The Poems of Sidney Lanier

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Author: Sidney Lanier

Baby Charley.

He’s fast asleep. See how, O Wife,
Night’s finger on the lip of life
Bids whist the tongue, so prattle-rife,
Of busy Baby Charley.

One arm stretched backward round his head,
Five little toes from out the bed
Just showing, like five rosebuds red,
— So slumbers Baby Charley.

Heaven-lights, I know, are beaming through
Those lucent eyelids, veined with blue,
That shut away from mortal view
Large eyes of Baby Charley.

O sweet Sleep-Angel, throned now
On the round glory of his brow,
Wave thy wing and waft my vow
Breathed over Baby Charley.

I vow that my heart, when death is nigh,
Shall never shiver with a sigh
For act of hand or tongue or eye
That wronged my Baby Charley!

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Macon, Georgia, December, 1869.

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Chicago: Sidney Lanier, "Baby Charley.," The Poems of Sidney Lanier, ed. Callaway, Morgan, Jr., 1962- in The Poems of Sidney Lanier (New York: George E. Wood, 1850), Original Sources, accessed September 24, 2018, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=CZ2M6UHL5EXV5DP.

MLA: Lanier, Sidney. "Baby Charley." The Poems of Sidney Lanier, edited by Callaway, Morgan, Jr., 1962-, in The Poems of Sidney Lanier, New York, George E. Wood, 1850, Original Sources. 24 Sep. 2018. www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=CZ2M6UHL5EXV5DP.

Harvard: Lanier, S, 'Baby Charley.' in The Poems of Sidney Lanier, ed. . cited in 1850, The Poems of Sidney Lanier, George E. Wood, New York. Original Sources, retrieved 24 September 2018, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=CZ2M6UHL5EXV5DP.