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  • Little Boy Blue

    From The Detroit Times, May 8, 1915. By Eugene Field.

    The little toy dog is covered with dust,
        But sturdy and staunch he stands;
    And the little toy soldier is red with rust,
        And his musket molds in his hands.
    Time was when the little toy dog was new,
        And the soldier was passing fair;
    And that was the time when our Little Boy Blue
        Kissed them and put them there.

    “Now, don’t you go till I come,” he said,
        “And don’t you make any noise!”
    So, toddling off to his trundle bed,
        He dreamt of the pretty toys;
    And, as he was dreaming, an angel song
        Awakened our Little Boy Blue—
    Oh! the years are many, the years are long
        But the little toy friends are true!

    Ay, faithful to Little Boy Blue they stand,
        Each in the same old place,
    Awaiting the touch of a little hand,
        The smile of a little face;
    And they wonder, as waiting the long years through
        In the dust of that little chair,
    What has become of our Little Boy Blue
        Since he kissed them and put them there.