Love Songs of Childhood

Author: Eugene Field

To Mrs. Belle Angler

Dearest Aunt:

Many years ago you used to rock me to sleep, cradling me in your arms and singing me petty songs. Surely you have not forgotten that time, and I recall it with tenderness. You were very beautiful then. But you are more beautiful now; for, in the years that have come and gone since then, the joys and the sorrows of maternity have impressed their saintly grace upon the dear face I
used to kiss, and have made your gentle heart gentler still.

Beloved lady, in memory of years to be recalled only in thought,
and in token of my gratitude and affection, I bring you these little love-songs, and reverently I lay them at your feet.

Eugene Field
Chicago, November 1, 1894


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Chicago: Eugene Field, "To Mrs. Belle Angler," Love Songs of Childhood in Love Songs of Childhood (New York: George E. Wood, 1850), Original Sources, accessed May 19, 2024,

MLA: Field, Eugene. "To Mrs. Belle Angler." Love Songs of Childhood, in Love Songs of Childhood, New York, George E. Wood, 1850, Original Sources. 19 May. 2024.

Harvard: Field, E, 'To Mrs. Belle Angler' in Love Songs of Childhood. cited in 1850, Love Songs of Childhood, George E. Wood, New York. Original Sources, retrieved 19 May 2024, from