Martha Lavinia Hoffman

(1865 - 1900 / California / United States)

Home, Sweet Home

Backward across the lapse of years,
With its ebbing tide of smiles and tears,
Memory turns her wistful gaze
And sighs for the pleasures of by-gone days,
Yearns for one glimpse through the crested foam
And pauses to whisper: 'Home, sweet Home.'

Not for a palace does she sigh
With rare old painting and tapestry,

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