Fannie Stearns Davis

(1884-1966 / United States)

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Davis was born in Cleveland, Ohio on March 6, 1884. She graduated from Smith College in 1904. She is credited with having two books of poetry

published: Myself and I, 1913, and Crack O' Dawn, 1915.

Her poetry is marked by sensitive poetic feeling and delicate artistry. Davis taught English at Kemper Hall in Kenoshay, Wisconsin from 1906-07. In 1910, she was instrumental in ... more »

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For A Child

Your friends shall be the Tall Wind,
The River and the Tree;
The Sun that laughs and marches,
The Swallows and the Sea.

Your prayers shall be the murmur
Of grasses in the rain;
The song of wildwood thrushes
That makes God glad again.

And you shall run and wander,
And you shall dream and sing
Of brave things and bright things
Beyond the swallow's wings.

And you shall envy no man,
Nor hurt your heart with sighs,
For I will keep you simple
That God may make you wise.

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