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THE TOY SOLDIERS, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: Sleep on, little boy, and sleep secure
Last Line: Sleep, then, for we all keep guard.
Subject(s): Boys; Children; Play; Toys; Childhood


Sleep on, Little Boy, and sleep secure—
All day you have played so hard!
Your little feet that have romped and strayed,
Your head that has planned the games we played,
May rest, while we all keep guard.

Sleep on, Little Boy, your rest is sure—
What though we are battle-scarred;
The love you've lavished on us all day
Will more than do for a soldier's pay!
Sleep, then, for we all keep guard.





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