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A Child-World


By James Whitcomb Riley

_The Child-World–long and long since lost to view–
A Fairy Paradise!–
How always fair it was and fresh and new–
How every affluent hour heaped heart and eyes
With treasures of surprise!

Enchantments tangible: The under-brink
Of dawns that launched the sight
Up seas of gold: The dewdrop on the pink,
With all the green earth in it and blue height
Of heavens infinite:

The liquid, dripping songs of orchard-birds–
The wee bass of the bees,–
With lucent deeps of silence afterwards;
The gay, clandestine whisperings of the breeze
And glad leaves of the trees.

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O Child-World: After this world–just as when
I found you first sufficed
My soulmost need–if I found you again,
With all my childish dream so realised,
I should not be surprised._

Little Pieces of Innocence

Little Pieces of Innocence
(0n watching my children sleep) 

By Richard Netherland Cook 

Sweet sleep, little pieces of innocence, 
While dreams so serenely fair, 
Fill their heads with joyous thoughts, 
How gladly do I stand and stare, 
Upon the gifts that love has brought.

No darkness spreads her sorrow here, 
Sleep on dear children, rest, but know, 
Your father watches with such delight, 
This moment of truth, and with heart aglow, 
And filled with love this night.

Those little pieces of innocence, 
So serene, so full of grace, 
Sweetest gifts that Heaven imparts, 
Fondly shall I long embrace, 
The innocence in their hearts.

Those little pieces of innocence, 
Their youthful years so few, 
Enjoy now as you grow, 
Joys of innocence, pure and true, 
That only children ever know.

The hour is fleeting, and morn is nigh, 
Innocence so filled with truth, 
Awake! enjoy your childhood years, 
Before time sweeps away your youth, 
And innocence disappears.

Never, never can I lose them, 
No time or distance shall stake a claim, 
Though sadness may overcome me, 
My heart will stay the same, 
And those little pieces of innocence will forever be.