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First Line: My own mamma!
Last Line: So long away again.
Alternate Author Name(s): Wells, A. M.
Subject(s): Mothers

MY own mamma!
My dear mamma!
How happy I shall be,
To-morrow night,
At candle-light,
When she comes home to me.

To-morrow night
At candle-light,--
Yes, that's the time, they say,
That she'll be here
Our mother dear,--
How long she's been away,

'Tis just a week,
Since on my cheek
She pressed the parting kiss;
It seems like two,--
I never knew
So long a week as this.

My tangled hair
She smoothed with care,
With water bathed my brow;
And all with such
A gentle touch,--
There's none to do so now.

I cannot play
When she's away;
There's none to laugh with me;
And much I miss
The tender kiss,--
The seat upon her knee.
When up to bed
I'm sorrowing led,
I linger on the stairs;
I lie and weep
I cannot sleep--
I scarce can say my prayers.

But she will come,
She'll be at home
To-morrow night, and then
I hope that she
Will never be
So long away again.

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