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Poem by Florence Earle Coates


An Idler


She cannot wind the distaff,
⁠     She can nor bake nor brew;
Her hands are indeed too dainty
⁠     Such labors to pursue.

She cares not to follow the harvest,
⁠     She neither can sow nor glean,
But waits for the weary reapers
     ⁠With cheerful calm serene.

Commanding all to serve her,
     ⁠From service she is free;
But, ah, my babe so helpless
⁠     Is health and wealth to me!



Florence Earle Coates


Florence Earle Coates's other poems:
  1. Probation
  2. Before the Hour
  3. Tennyson
  4. Combatants
  5. Sappho


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