Eugene Field

(2 September 1850 - 4 November 1895 / St Louis / Missouri / United States)

Little Boy Blue - Poem by Eugene Field

The little toy dog is covered with dust,
But sturdy and stanch he stands;
And the little toy soldier is red with rust,
And his musket molds in his hands.
Time was when the little toy dog was new
And the soldier was passing fair,
And that was the time when our Little Boy Blue
Kissed them and put them there.

"Now, don't you go till I come," he said,
"And don't you make any noise!"
So toddling off to his trundle-bed
He dreamed of the pretty toys.
And as he was dreaming, an angel song
Awakened our Little Boy Blue,--
Oh, the years are many, the years are long,
But the little toy friends are true.

Ay, faithful to Little Boy Blue they stand,
Each in the same old place,
Awaiting the touch of a little hand,
The smile of a little face.
And they wonder, as waiting these long years through,
In the dust of that little chair,
What has become of our Little Boy Blue
Since he kissed them and put them there.

Comments about Little Boy Blue by Eugene Field

  • (10/28/2018 3:36:00 PM)

    one Of my favourite poems definetly worth reciting (Report) Reply

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  • (10/7/2018 5:20:00 PM)

    Little Boy Blue Sad , beautiful and pungent . Have it committed to memory . Age 90 still recite it (Report) Reply

  • (9/14/2018 10:44:00 AM)

    This is such a beautiful poem but so sad. Does anyone think there's like a hidden meaning in this poem? (Report) Reply

  • (9/13/2018 5:40:00 AM)

    I found this poem written down in an old ledger of my grandfather born in 1873 or so. (Report) Reply

  • Grasshopper Bot (8/30/2018 12:41:00 PM)

    Thank you for resurrecting this poem. (Report) Reply

    (9/13/2018 3:37:00 PM)

    I learned this poem back in the 1930s, but had forgotton a couple of lines...thank you for the update!

  • (8/13/2018 8:12:00 PM)

    I'm 80 and my mother used to recite this poem when I was young, I memorized it and never forgot it. (Report) Reply

  • (7/22/2018 7:33:00 AM)

    Iam 75 yrs old now and back in the 50's in 7th grade we were made to memorize this poem and recite it in front of the class.Today I can still recite this poem by memory, I never forgot it.Just something about the beauty of the poem that has stuck w/me for all these years.Amazing! (Report) Reply

    (8/4/2018 8:26:00 PM)

    Me too! I am 71 and also had to memorize - and it still brings a year to my eyes!

  • (7/8/2018 6:03:00 PM)

    His daughter, Ruth, was 2 years old she he died. When she was an, she gave poetry readings and would cry real tears over this one. (Report) Reply

  • (4/29/2018 7:50:00 PM)

    the most tearful poem
    ever written of losing a child
    (Report) Reply

  • (4/28/2018 5:49:00 PM)

    My father had me memorize this poem over 55 years ago....he loved it. I will recite it at his funeral on May 7th. (Report) Reply

  • (3/24/2018 3:16:00 PM)

    My mother read this poem to me when I was three. It was favorite and I requested it often It made me sad but I loved it dearly. (Report) Reply

  • (6/7/2016 6:32:00 PM)

    Was Little Boy Blue used to make the son Puff The Magic Dragon (Report) Reply

  • (6/7/2016 6:30:00 PM)

    Was puff the magic dragon copied from this poem (Report) Reply

  • Chinedu Dike (4/19/2015 7:03:00 AM)

    Lovely imaginative piece of poetry, well articulated and nicely penned with beautiful rhyme scheme. Thanks for sharing. (Report) Reply

  • Kim Barney (12/13/2014 7:08:00 PM)

    Dawn Fuzan,
    You are talking to someone who died in 1895!
    I have loved this poem since I first heard it as a kid many, many years ago.
    (Report) Reply

  • Dawn Fuzan (5/13/2014 5:20:00 PM)

    Eugene This is a good poem, keep it up (Report) Reply

  • (6/6/2012 9:41:00 PM)

    I also learned this poem about 55 years ago-in the fifth grade and for whatever reason I can still recite it by heart today-beautiful but sad poem! (Report) Reply

  • (11/2/2011 7:47:00 PM)

    My father taught me to recite this poem about 50 years ago and I recited it in one of my jr high classes. For some reason I was reminded of it today but I could not remember all of it. I found it here and am very happy with the wonderful memories of father and all the poems he would recite to me. Great poem and great memories. (Report) Reply

  • (12/11/2010 8:10:00 AM)

    I first read this poem about 10 years ago and it moved me to tears.It is the only poem that I know by heart.It is so sad that when I recite it to my grandchildren I still get a lump in my throat. (Report) Reply

  • (4/7/2009 2:09:00 AM)

    I LOVE this poem! My PaPa used to recite it to me all the time (he knew it all by heart) . I can hear him recite it to me now! I'm so glad I found it! I'm going to be a grandma in september and I can recite it to my grandchild! I LOVE this poem! (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, January 1, 2004

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