Oh! yes, my sweet child, be it so,
That, near the cypress-tree,
Thy sister sees those eyes o’erflow,
And fondly waits for thee;
That still she hears the young birds sing,
And sees the chaplet wave,
Which every morn thy light hands bring,
To dress her early grave;
And in a brighter, purer sphere,
Beyond the sunless tomb,
Those virtues that have charmed us here
In fadeless life shall bloom.
* * * * *
The little flower-garden.
In yonder village burying-place,
With briers and weeds o’ergrown,
I saw a child, with beauteous face,
Sit musing all alone.
Without a shoe, without a hat,
Beside a new-raised mound,
The little Willie pensive sat,
As if to guard the ground.
I asked him why he lingered thus
Within that gray old wall.
“Because,” said he, “it is to us
The dearest place of all.”
“And what,” said I, “to one so young,
Can make the place so dear?”
“Our mother,” said the lisping tongue,—
They laid our mother here.
And since they made it mother’s lot,
We like to call it ours:
We took it for our garden-spot,
And planted it with flowers.
We know ’twas here that she was laid;
And yet they tell us, too,
She’s now a happy angel made,
To live where angels do.
Then she will watch us from above,
And smile on us, to know
That here her little children love
To make sweet flowerets grow.
My sister Anna’s gone to take
Her supper, and will come,
With quickest haste that she can make,
To let me run for some.
We do not leave the spot alone,
For fear the birds will spy
The places where the seeds were sown,
And catch them up and fly.
We love to have them come and feed,
And sing and flit about;
Yet not where we have dropped the seed,
To find and pick it out.