Children in Slavery by Eliza Lee Follen

When children play the livelong day,
Like birds and butterflies,
As free and gay sport life away,
And know not care nor sighs;

Then earth and air seem fresh and fair,
All peace below, above;
Life’s flowers are there, and everywhere
Is innocence and love.

When children pray with fear all day,
A blight must be at hand;
Then joys decay, and birds of prey
Are hovering o’er the land.

When young hearts weep as they go to sleep,
Then all the world seems sad;
The flesh must creep, and woes are deep,
When children are not glad.

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