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Augustin S. Macdonald, comp. A Collection of Verse by California Poets. 1914.

By Clara Dolliver

No Baby in the House

NO baby in the house I know—

’Tis far too nice and clean;

No toys by careless fingers strewn

Upon the floors are seen.

No finger-marks are on the panes,

No scratches on the chairs,

No wooden men set up in rows,

Or marshaled off in pairs;

No little stockings to be darned,

All ragged at the toes,

No pile of mending to be done,

Made up of baby-clothes;

No little troubles to be soothed,

No little hands to fold;

No grimy fingers to be washed,

No stories to be told;

No tender kisses to be given,

No nick-names—“Clove” and “Mouse;”

No merry frolics after tea—

No baby in the house.