poet Eugene Field

Eugene Field

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Little Boy Blue

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.

Poem Submitted: Thursday, January 1, 2004

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  • Jean MohinRamsey (7/4/2020 3:43:00 PM)

    I remember this poem that I memorized in the fifth grade In St.Anns School in the Bronx. I am now 83 yrs old sand can still recite it verbatim and it still brings tears to my eyes..

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  • John R (4/20/2020 7:23:00 PM)

    I've always loved this touching poem...

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  • Michael Cobb (4/15/2020 2:22:00 PM)

    Heartbreakingly wonderful.

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  • gary Nist (3/7/2020 7:11:00 PM)

    my mother used to read this poem to me many years ago and I still remember it and still brings tears.

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  • Me Poet Yeps PoetMe Poet Yeps Poet (5/10/2019 3:10:00 PM)

    I spoke

    Lead kindly into the night
    with hubby aright
    be faithful all night and life
    be a good wife

    nothing and no one
    but your husband is right

    he will take care of you
    only if you always lead him

    KINDLY

    into the night
    till twilight
    all your life
    and I was right

    me poet yeps poet

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  • Me Poet Yeps PoetMe Poet Yeps Poet (5/10/2019 3:09:00 PM)

    ..................Lead Kindly Into The Night - Poem by me poet yeps poet
    I once composed
    LEAD GENTLY INTO THE NIGHT

    A poem for a Virgin
    who was always afraid of a man
    was married and
    taken away to a far off land

    she had none of her trusted ones at hand
    thus I spoke

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  • Bonnie May Russell (4/20/2019 11:59:00 PM)

    For some reason, this poem came to me this enening as I was sitting in my recliner watching an old Western on TV. I am 74 now and I used to memorize poems when I was very young, mostly to please my father who was born in 1887. Little Boy Blue was an old poem when I was young. I had forgotten the last stanza so I decided to find it online. So glad I found it. Thank you.

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  • Linda Whittington. (3/18/2019 7:54:00 PM)

    Such a great poem even though it is so sad. Read it in high school and still read it fifty years later.

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  • Mary pat (1/25/2019 7:31:00 PM)

    I love this poem and could cry every time instead it.

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  • Just a guy not a critic (10/28/2018 3:36:00 PM)

    one Of my favourite poems definetly worth reciting

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  • Dennis J Psoras (10/7/2018 5:20:00 PM)

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

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  • Caroline Worms (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?

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  • Carol Brening (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.

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

    Thank you for resurrecting this poem.

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    Tomi May(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!

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  • M. LaBreche (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.

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  • jim morris (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!

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    Judi Crisi(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!

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  • D.M.Dettmering (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.

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  • Phil Gantner (4/29/2018 7:50:00 PM)

    the most tearful poem
    ever written of losing a child

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  • Jerrita Lake (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.

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  • Norm Chaney (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.

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