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Love Songs of Childhood

By Eugene Field
To Mrs. Belle Angler
Dearest Aunt:
Many years ago you used to rock me to sleep, cradling me in
your arms and singing me petty songs. Surely you have not
forgotten that time, and I recall it with tenderness. You were very
beautiful then. But you are more beautiful now; for, in the years
that have come and gone since then, the joys and the sorrows of
maternity have impressed their saintly grace upon the dear face I
used to kiss, and have made your gentle heart gentler still.
Beloved lady, in memory of years to be recalled only in thought,
and in token of my gratitude and affection, I bring you these little
love-songs, and reverently I lay them at your feet.
Eugene Field Chicago, November 1, 1894