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Poem by Katharine Tynan

The Nurse

Such innocent companionship 
Is hers, whether she wake or sleep, 
Tis scarcely strange her face should wear 
The young childs grave and innocent air. 

All the night long she hath by her 
The quiet breathing, the soft stir, 
Nor knows how in that tender place 
The childrens angels veil the face. 

She wakes at dawn with bird and child
To earth new-washed and reconciled, 
The hour of silence and of dew, 
When God hath made His world anew. 

She sleeps at eve, about the hour 
Of bedtime for the bird and flower, 
When daisies, evening primroses, 
Know that the hour of closing is. 

Her daylight thoughts are all on toys 
And games for darling girls and boys, 
Lest they should fret, lest they should weep, 
Strayed from their heavenly fellowship. 

She is as pretty and as brown 
As the woods children far from town, 
As bright-eyed, glancing, shy of men, 
As any squirrel, any wren. 

Tender she is to beast and bird, 
As in her breast some memory stirred 
Of days when those were kin of hers 
Who go in feathers and in furs. 

A child, yet is the childrens law,
And rules by love and rules by awe. 
And, stern at times, is kind withal 
As a girl-baby with her doll. 

Outside the nursery door there lies 
The world with all its griefs and sighs,
Its needs, its sins, its stains of sense: 
Within is only innocence.

Katharine Tynan

Katharine Tynan's other poems:
  1. Slow Spring
  2. The Truce of God
  3. The Crown
  4. Dead - A Prisoner
  5. Lambs

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