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Eugene Field

Eugene Field, an American poet, was born in 1850 and died in 1895. He was known as "The Children's Poet" because he wrote children's poems. Drawing from his own life's tragedies, one of his most famous poems, Little Boy Blue, eloquently addresses the death of his own son.

        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 moulds 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 these 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.

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