James Whitcomb Riley


A Life Lesson


    THERE, little girlódonít cry!
  They have broken your doll, I know;
      And your tea-set blue,
      And your play-house, too,
  Are things of the long ago:
But childish troubles will soon pass by;ó
    There, little girlódonít cry!

    There, little girlódonít cry!
  They have broken your slate, I know;
      And the glad, wild ways
      Of your schoolgirl days
  Are things of the long ago:
But life and love will soon come by;ó
    There, little girlódonít cry!

    There, little girlódonít cry!
  They have broken your heart, I know;
      And the rainbow gleams
      Of your youthful dreams
  Are things of the long ago:
But heaven holds all for which you sigh;ó
    There, little girlódonít cry!






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