Love Songs of Childhood

Author: Eugene Field

The Cunnin’ Little Thing

When baby wakes of mornings,
Then it’s wake, ye people all!
For another day
Of song and play
Has come at our darling’s call!
And, till she gets her dinner,
She makes the welkin ring,
And she won’t keep still till she’s had her fill -
The cunnin’ little thing!

When baby goes a-walking,
Oh, how her paddies fly!
For that’s the way
The babies say
To other folk "by-by";
The trees bend down to kiss her,
And the birds in rapture sing,
As there she stands and waves her hands -
The cunnin’ little thing!

When baby goes a-rocking
In her bed at close of day,
At hide-and-seek
On her dainty cheek
The dreams and the dimples play;
Then it’s sleep in the tender kisses
The guardian angels bring
From the Far Above to my sweetest love -
You cunnin’ little thing!


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Chicago: Eugene Field, "The Cunnin’ Little Thing," Love Songs of Childhood in Love Songs of Childhood (New York: George E. Wood, 1850), Original Sources, accessed March 25, 2019,

MLA: Field, Eugene. "The Cunnin’ Little Thing." Love Songs of Childhood, in Love Songs of Childhood, New York, George E. Wood, 1850, Original Sources. 25 Mar. 2019.

Harvard: Field, E, 'The Cunnin’ Little Thing' in Love Songs of Childhood. cited in 1850, Love Songs of Childhood, George E. Wood, New York. Original Sources, retrieved 25 March 2019, from