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Vachel Lindsay (1879-1931)

In Memory of a Child


I
              1The angels guide him now,
              2And watch his curly head,
              3And lead him in their games,
              4The little boy we led.

II
              5He cannot come to harm,
              6He knows more than we know,
              7His light is brighter far
              8Than daytime here below.

III
              9His path leads on and on,
            10Through pleasant lawns and flowers,
            11His brown eyes open wide
            12At grass more green than ours.

IV
            13With playmates like himself,
            14The shining boy will sing,
            15Exploring wondrous woods,
            16Sweet with eternal spring.

V
            17Yet, he is lost to us,
            18Far is his path of gold,
            19Far does the city seem,
            20Lonely our hearts and old.

Notes

17] The fifth stanza is only found in the original 1912 edition.


Online text copyright © 2003, Ian Lancashire for the Department of English, University of Toronto.
Published by the Web Development Group, Information Technology Services, University of Toronto Libraries.

Original text: Vachel Lindsay, Collected Poems (New York: Macmillan, 1923): 289. Facsimile in Vachel Lindsay's Adventures, Rhymes & Designs (New York: Eakins Press, 1968): 241.
First publication date: June 1912
Publication date note: Nicholas Vachel Lindsay, Rhymes to be Traded for Bread (Springfield, Illinois, June 1912)
RPO poem editor: Ian Lancashire
RP edition: RPO 1998.
Recent editing: 2:2002/3/21

Composition date: 1912
Rhyme: abcb


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