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First Line: I'm glad I have a good warm bed to snuggle / in to-night
Last Line: For the winds are in the alleys and the stars are cold and bright.
Subject(s): Beds; Homeless; Poverty


I'M glad I have a good warm bed to snuggle in to-night
For the winds are in the alleys and the stars are cold and bright.
I'm glad I do not have to tramp along the paven street,
A-tremble with the bitter blasts which numb and freeze the feet.
But I'm sorry for the others that must wander to and fro
And suffer as I had to do not many months ago;
I think of them, the thousands, in the bitter, bitter dark
Who move alone along the street with none but God to mark,
For tho' inured to many shames my heart can ne'er endure
The misery and hardship of the ever-patient Poor.
I've dozed by dying camp-fires and waked shuddering in the night,
Have seen the shining Zodiac depart, ere dawn, from sight,
Full oft I've slept in city jails where Vice was gathered in
And each man hugged the nightmare of his own peculiar sin;
And I've slept in side-tracked boxcars while the heartless winter lay
By my side, a cold companion, till a storm begot the day. ...
So I'm glad I have a good warm bed to snuggle in to-night,
For the winds are in the alleys and the stars are cold and bright.





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