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Measuring the Baby.

We measured the riotous baby . Against the cottage wall— A lily grew at the threshold, And the boy was just as tall 1 A royal tiger lily^ v With spots of purple and gold. And a heart like, a jewelled chalice, The fragrant dew to hold.

Without, the bluebirds whistled High up in the maple trees, And to and fro at the window, The red rose rocked her bees :- And the wee pink fists of the baby Were never a moment still, Snatching at shine and shadow^ That danced on the lattice" sill.'

His eyes were wide as: blue bells, His, mouth like a flower unblown, Two little bare feet, like funny white mice, , . . Peeping out from the snowy gown ; Ahd we thought, with a thrill of rapture, That yet had a touch of pain,.. When June rolls round with her' roses, We'll measure the boy again. .-";.. Ah me ! in the darkened clumber, With the. sunshine shut away. Through tears that fell like a bitter rain, We measured the boy to-day ; And.the little bare feet that >were ] dimpled .. / . , '; Andsweet as, abudding rose, . *" ). Lay side by "side together, ' ■ i ;: In the hush of a long repose. Up from the dainty pillow, ,: '• .White as the risen dawji,.^ , \ ; ' The fair little face lay smiling" .With the light of heaven thereon ; And the dear little hands, like rose leaves. v "'i!'--:, - Dropped from a rose, lay still,""? f; Never to snatch at, the sunshine, That crept to the shrouded.silL. .. We measured' the sleeping baby With ribbons white as snow," For the shining rosewood casket That waited him below ; And out of the. darkened 1 chamber We crept-with a childless tnoatt ; To the Height of the sinless |angels Ourlittle one had grown.!* A —Emma Alice, Browne.

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Measuring the Baby., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XII, Issue 2430, 2 June 1890

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Measuring the Baby. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XII, Issue 2430, 2 June 1890

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