Eugene Field
Little Boy Blue by Eugene Field

Little Boy Blue by Eugene Field

The little toy dog is covered with dust, But sturdy and stanch he stands; And the little toy soldier is red with rust, And his musket molds in his hands. Time was when the ...

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Apple-Pie And Cheese by Eugene Field

Apple-Pie And Cheese by Eugene Field

Full many a sinful notion Conceived of foreign powersHas come across the ocean To harm this land of ours; And heresies called fashions Have modesty effaced,And baleful, morbid ...

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Jest ‘Fore Christmas by Eugene Field

Jest ‘Fore Christmas by Eugene Field

Father calls me William, sister calls me Will,Mother calls me Willie, but the fellers call me Bill!Mighty glad I ain't a girl - ruther be a boy,Without them sashes, curls, an' ...

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“Lollyby, Lolly, Lollyby” by Eugene Field

“Lollyby, Lolly, Lollyby” by Eugene Field

Last night, whiles that the curfew bell ben ringing,I heard a moder to her dearie singing "Lollyby, lolly, lollyby."And presently that chylde did cease hys weeping,And on ...

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Japanese Lullaby by Eugene Field

Japanese Lullaby by Eugene Field

Sleep, little pigeon, and fold your wings,-- Little blue pigeon with velvet eyes;Sleep to the singing of mother-bird swinging-- Swinging the nest where her little one lies.Away ...

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Mother And Child by Eugene Field

Mother And Child by Eugene Field

One night a tiny dewdrop fell Into the bosom of a rose,--"Dear little one, I love thee well, Be ever here thy sweet repose!"Seeing the rose with love bedight, The envious sky ...

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Wynken, Blynken, And Nod by Eugene Field

Wynken, Blynken, And Nod by Eugene Field

Wynken, Blynken, and Nod one night Sailed off in a wooden shoe,--Sailed on a river of crystal light Into a sea of dew."Where are you going, and what do you wish?" The old moon ...

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A Paraphrase by Eugene Field

A Paraphrase by Eugene Field

Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name;Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth, in Heaven the same;Give us this day our daily bread, and may our debts to ...

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With Two Spoons For Two Spoons by Eugene Field

With Two Spoons For Two Spoons by Eugene Field

How trifling shall these gifts appear Among the splendid manyThat loving friends now send to cheer Harvey and Ellen Jenney.And yet these baubles symbolize A certain fond ...

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Child And Mother by Eugene Field

Child And Mother by Eugene Field

O mother-my-love, if you'll give me your hand, And go where I ask you to wander,I will lead you away to a beautiful land,- The Dreamland that's waiting out yonder.We'll walk in a ...

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Orkney Lullaby by Eugene Field

Orkney Lullaby by Eugene Field

A moonbeam floateth from the skies,Whispering, "Heigho, my dearie!I would spin a web before your eyes,--A beautiful web of silver light,Wherein is many a wondrous sightOf a ...

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Norse Lullaby by Eugene Field

Norse Lullaby by Eugene Field

The sky is dark and the hills are whiteAs the storm-king speeds from the north to-night,And this is the song the storm-king sings,As over the world his cloak he flings: "Sleep, ...

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The Dinkey Bird by Eugene Field

The Dinkey Bird by Eugene Field

In an ocean, 'way out yonder, (As all sapient people know) Is the land of Wonder-Wander, Whither children love to go; It's their playing, romping, swinging, That give ...

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A Valentine by Eugene Field

A Valentine by Eugene Field

Go, Cupid, and my sweetheart tellI love her well.Yes, though she tramples on my heartAnd rends that bleeding thing apart;And though she rolls a scornful eyeOn doting me when I go ...

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Picnic-Time by Eugene Field

Picnic-Time by Eugene Field

It's June ag'in, an' in my soul I feel the fillin' joyThat's sure to come this time o' year to every little boy;For, every June, the Sunday-schools at picnics may be seen,Where ...

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The Duel by Eugene Field

The Duel by Eugene Field

The gingham dog and the calico catSide by side on the table sat;'T was half-past twelve, and (what do you think!)Nor one nor t' other had slept a wink!The old Dutch clock and the ...

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The Fly-Away Horse by Eugene Field

The Fly-Away Horse by Eugene Field

Oh, a wonderful horse is the Fly-Away Horse -Perhaps you have seen him before;Perhaps, while you slept, his shadow has sweptThrough the moonlight that floats on the floor.For it's ...

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With Trumpet And Drum by Eugene Field

With Trumpet And Drum by Eugene Field

With big tin trumpet and little red drum,Marching like soldiers, the children come!It 's this way and that way they circle and file---My! but that music of theirs is fine!This way ...

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When I Was A Boy by Eugene Field

When I Was A Boy by Eugene Field

Up in the attic where I sleptWhen I was a boy, a little boy,In through the lattice the moonlight crept,Bringing a tide of dreams that sweptOver the low, red trundle-bed,Bathing ...

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Pittypat And Tippytoe by Eugene Field

Pittypat And Tippytoe by Eugene Field

All day long they come and go-- Pittypat and Tippytoe; Footprints up and down the hall, Playthings scattered on the floor, Finger-marks along the wall, Tell-tale ...

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A Spring Poem From Bion by Eugene Field

A Spring Poem From Bion by Eugene Field

One asketh:"Tell me, Myrson, tell me true:What's the season pleaseth you?Is it summer suits you best,When from harvest toil we rest? Is it autumn with its glory Of all surfeited ...

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Seein’ Things by Eugene Field

Seein’ Things by Eugene Field

I ain't afeard uv snakes, or toads, or bugs, or worms, or mice,An' things 'at girls are skeered uv I think are awful nice!I'm pretty brave, I guess; an' yet I hate to go to ...

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Dutch Lullaby by Eugene Field

Dutch Lullaby by Eugene Field

Wynken, Blynken, and Nod one night Sailed off in a wooden shoe,--Sailed on a river of misty light Into a sea of dew."Where are you going, and what do you wish?" The old moon asked ...

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Some Time by Eugene Field

Some Time by Eugene Field

Last night, my darling, as you slept, I thought I heard you sigh,And to your little crib I crept, And watched a space thereby;And then I stooped and kissed your brow, For oh! I ...

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Soldier, Maiden, And Flower by Eugene Field

Soldier, Maiden, And Flower by Eugene Field

'Sweetheart, take this,' a soldier said, 'And bid me brave good-by; It may befall we ne'er shall wed, But love can never die.Be steadfast in thy troth to me, And then, whate'er my ...

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A Drinking Song by Eugene Field

A Drinking Song by Eugene Field

Come, brothers, share the fellowship We celebrate to-night;There's grace of song on every lip And every heart is light!But first, before our mentor chimes The hour of ...

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A Valentine To My Wife by Eugene Field

A Valentine To My Wife by Eugene Field

Accept, dear girl, this little token, And if between the lines you seek, You'll find the love I've often spoken—The love my dying lips shall speak. Our little ones are making ...

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Our Biggest Fish by Eugene Field

Our Biggest Fish by Eugene Field

When in the halcyon days of old, I was a little tyke,I used to fish in pickerel ponds for minnows and the like;And oh, the bitter sadness with which my soul was fraughtWhen I ...

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At Play by Eugene Field

At Play by Eugene Field

Play that you are mother dear,And play that papa is your beau;Play that we sit in the corner here,Just as we used to, long ago.Playing so, we lovers twoAre just as happy as we can ...

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The Sugar-Plum Tree by Eugene Field

The Sugar-Plum Tree by Eugene Field

Have you ever heard of the Sugar-Plum Tree? 'T is a marvel of great renown! It blooms on the shore of the Lollipop seaIn the garden of Shut-Eye Town; The fruit that it bears is so ...

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A Piteous Plaint by Eugene Field

A Piteous Plaint by Eugene Field

I cannot eat my porridge, I weary of my play;No longer can I sleep at night, No longer romp by day!Though forty pounds was once my weight, I'm shy of thirty now;I pine, I wither ...

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A Lullaby by Eugene Field

A Lullaby by Eugene Field

The stars are twinkling in the skies,The earth is lost in slumbers deep;So hush, my sweet, and close thine eyes,And let me lull thy soul to sleep.Compose thy dimpled hands to ...

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Mr. Dana, Of The New York Sun by Eugene Field

Mr. Dana, Of The New York Sun by Eugene Field

Thar showed up out'n Denver in the spring uv '81A man who'd worked with Dana on the Noo York Sun.His name wuz Cantell Whoppers, 'nd he wuz a sight ter viewEz he walked inter the ...

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The Doll’s Wooing by Eugene Field

The Doll’s Wooing by Eugene Field

The little French doll was a dear little dollTricked out in the sweetest of dresses;Her eyes were of hueA most delicate blueAnd dark as the night were her tresses;Her dear little ...

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The Dream-Ship by Eugene Field

The Dream-Ship by Eugene Field

When the world is fast asleep, Along the midnight skies--As though it were a wandering cloud-- The ghostly dream-ship flies.An angel stands at the dream-ship's helm, An ...

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The Little Peach by Eugene Field

The Little Peach by Eugene Field

A little peach in the orchard grew,--A little peach of emerald hue;Warmed by the sun and wet by the dew, It grew.One day, passing that orchard through,That little peach ...

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Star Of The East by Eugene Field

Star Of The East by Eugene Field

Star of the East, that long ago Brought wise men on their wayWhere, angels singing to and fro, The Child of Bethlehem lay--Above that Syrian hill afarThou shinest out to-night, O ...

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Fiddle-Dee-Dee by Eugene Field

Fiddle-Dee-Dee by Eugene Field

There once was a bird that lived up in a tree,And all he could whistle was "Fiddle-dee-dee" -A very provoking, unmusical songFor one to be whistling the summer day long!Yet always ...

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Abu Midjan by Eugene Field

Abu Midjan by Eugene Field

When Father Time swings round his scythe, Entomb me 'neath the bounteous vine,So that its juices, red and blithe, May cheer these thirsty bones of mine."Elsewise with tears and ...

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Krinken by Eugene Field

Krinken by Eugene Field

Krinken was a little child,--It was summer when he smiled.Oft the hoary sea and grimStretched its white arms out to him,Calling, "Sun-child, come to me;Let me warm my heart with ...

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At The Door by Eugene Field

At The Door by Eugene Field

I thought myself indeed secure, So fast the door, so firm the lock;But, lo! he toddling comes to lure My parent ear with timorous knock.My heart were stone could it withstand The ...

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A Heine Love Song by Eugene Field

A Heine Love Song by Eugene Field

The image of the moon at night All trembling in the ocean lies,But she, with calm and steadfast light, Moves proudly through the radiant skies,How like the tranquil moon thou ...

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Over The Hills And Far Away by Eugene Field

Over The Hills And Far Away by Eugene Field

Over the hills and far away,A little boy steals from his morning playAnd under the blossoming apple-treeHe lies and he dreams of the things to be:Of battles fought and of ...

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A Rhine-Land Drinking Song by Eugene Field

A Rhine-Land Drinking Song by Eugene Field

If our own life is the life of a flower (And that's what some sages are thinking),We should moisten the bud with a health-giving flood And 'twill bloom all the sweeter-- ...

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The Night Wind by Eugene Field

The Night Wind by Eugene Field

Have you ever heard the wind go "Yooooo"?'T is a pitiful sound to hear!It seems to chill you through and throughWith a strange and speechless fear.'T is the voice of the night ...

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Shuffle-Shoon And Amber-Locks by Eugene Field

Shuffle-Shoon And Amber-Locks by Eugene Field

Shuffle-Shoon and Amber-Locks Sit together, building blocks; Shuffle-Shoon is old and grey, Amber-Locks a little child, But together at their play Age and Youth ...

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Sister’s Cake by Eugene Field

Sister’s Cake by Eugene Field

I'd not complain of Sister Jane, for she was good and kind,Combining with rare comeliness distinctive gifts of mind;Nay, I'll admit it were most fit that, worn by social ...

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A Chaucerian Paraphrase Of Horace by Eugene Field

A Chaucerian Paraphrase Of Horace by Eugene Field

Syn that you, Chloe, to your moder sticken,Maketh all ye yonge bacheloures full sicken;Like as a lyttel deere you ben y-hidingWhenas come lovers with theyre pityse chiding;Sothly ...

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The Dreams by Eugene Field

The Dreams by Eugene Field

Two dreams came down to earth one night From the realm of mist and dew; One was a dream of the old, old days, And one was a dream of the new.One was a dream of a shady lane That ...

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Yvytot by Eugene Field

Yvytot by Eugene Field

Where wail the waters in their flawA spectre wanders to and fro, And evermore that ghostly shoreBemoans the heir of Yvytot.Sometimes, when, like a fleecy pall,The mists upon the ...

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