The Parents' Review

A Monthly Magazine of Home-Training and Culture

Edited by Charlotte Mason.

"Education is an atmosphere, a discipline, a life."

by L. E. B.
Volume 2, 1891/92, pg. 373

Two pretty dimpled hands that, outstretched, pray
     For us to guide;
Two little tottering feet turned aye one way--
     'Tis to our side;
A baby voice whose constant language speaks
     Thy name or mine;
Quick flowing tears whose woe for soothing seeks
     My arms or thine;
And two blue eyes that turn with laughing quest
     To us for love.
So flies she ever to the parent nest--
     Our household dove.

A little loving heart that, childlike, aye
     New bonds doth twine
To strengthen and bind closer day by day
     Thy love and mine;
An angel soul so pure, so fresh and bright,
     Looks from her eyes,
'Tis like the drifted snow, unsullied white
     At new sunrise.
We fear lest word or deed on soul so mild
     A blemish make.
God grant we live our lives before our child
     Pure for her sake!

L. E. B.

Typed by Blossom Barden, Feb 2013