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Come Home, Father! - Poem by Henry Clay Work

'Tis The
SONG OF LITTLE MARY,
Standing at the bar-room door
While the shameful midnight revel
Rages wildly as before.

Father, dear father, come home with me now!
The clock in the steeple strikes one;
You said you were coming right home from the shop,
As soon as your day's work was done.
Our fire has gone out our house is all dark
And mother's been watching since tea, --
With poor brother Benny so sick in her arms,
And no one to help her but me. --
Come home! come home! come home! --
Please, father, dear father, come home. --

Hear the sweet voice of the child
Which the night winds repeat as they roam!
Oh who could resist this most plaintive of prayers?
"Please, father, dear father, come home."

Father, dear father, come home with me now!
The clock in the steeple strikes two;
The night has grown colder, and Benny is worse
But he has been calling for you.
Indeed he is worse Ma says he will die,
Perhaps before morning shall dawn; --
And this is the message she sent me to bring
"Come quickly, or he will be gone." --
Come home! come home! come home! --
Please, father, dear father, come home. --

Hear the sweet voice of the child
Which the night winds repeat as they roam!
Oh who could resist this most plaintive of prayers?
"Please, father, dear father, come home."

Father, dear father, come home with me now!
The clock in the steeple strikes three;
The house is so lonely the hours are so long
For poor weeping mother and me.
Yes, we are alone poor Benny is dead,
And gone with the angels of light; --
And these were the very last words that he said
"I want to kiss Papa good night." --
Come home! come home! come home! --
Please, father, dear father, come home. --

Hear the sweet voice of the child
Which the night winds repeat as they roam!
Oh who could resist this most plaintive of prayers?
"Please, father, dear father, come home."


Comments about Come Home, Father! by Henry Clay Work

  • Gold Star - 16,036 Points Practicing Poetess (9/3/2017 10:58:00 PM)

    This one is a real heartbreaker.
    Drunken bum didn't even care that his own son was dying! (Report) Reply

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  • Gold Star - 149,542 Points Rajnish Manga (9/3/2017 10:23:00 PM)

    The poem creates an atmosphere akin to a tale of mystery and then giving it an emotional touch, thus, it becomes a very sad and poignant. Thanks. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 183,751 Points Kumarmani Mahakul (9/3/2017 7:01:00 AM)

    Hear the sweet voice of the child
    Which the night winds repeat as they roam!
    Oh who could resist this most plaintive of prayers?
    Please, father, dear father, come home.... touching lines with nice theme. Congratulation to his soul for being selected this poem as the poem of the day. (Report) Reply

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Poems About Home

  1. 1. They Went Home , Maya Angelou
  2. 2. To A Daughter Leaving Home , Linda Pastan
  3. 3. Home And Love , Robert William Service
  4. 4. A Letter Home , Siegfried Sassoon
  5. 5. Home They Brought Her Warrior Dead , Alfred Lord Tennyson
  6. 6. Home Burial , Robert Frost
  7. 7. Home For Thanksgiving , Linda Pastan
  8. 8. Welcome Home , Spike Milligan
  9. 9. My Childhood Home I See Again , Abraham Lincoln
  10. 10. Home , Anne Brontë
  11. 11. Home Thoughts, From Abroad , Robert Browning
  12. 12. Coming Home , Ernestine Northover
  13. 13. Home, Sweet Home , John Howard Payne
  14. 14. Journey Home , Rabindranath Tagore
  15. 15. A Home Song , Henry Van Dyke
  16. 16. Home After Three Months Away , Robert Lowell
  17. 17. Letter Home , Natasha Trethewey
  18. 18. Bound For Your Distant Home , Alexander Sergeyevich Pushkin
  19. 19. My Home , Ella Wheeler Wilcox
  20. 20. Home Thoughts , Claude McKay
  21. 21. At Home , Christina Georgina Rossetti
  22. 22. Down Home , Lucy Maud Montgomery
  23. 23. Come Home, Father! , Henry Clay Work
  24. 24. Home From Abroad , Laurie Lee
  25. 25. Graydigger's Home , William Stafford
  26. 26. Home Thoughts, From The Sea , Robert Browning
  27. 27. The Home , Rabindranath Tagore
  28. 28. Away From Home Are Some And I— , Emily Dickinson
  29. 29. A Martian Sends A Postcard Home , Craig Raine
  30. 30. The Old Home Calls , Lucy Maud Montgomery
  31. 31. Home , Zbigniew Herbert
  32. 32. Oh Stay At Home, My Lad , Alfred Edward Housman
  33. 33. On Home Beaches , Les Murray
  34. 34. Home , Wilfrid Wilson Gibson
  35. 35. Who Goes Home? , Gilbert Keith Chesterton
  36. 36. Home Sweet Home , Siyabonga A Nxumalo
  37. 37. Home, Sweet Home , Frances Ellen Watkins Harper
  38. 38. Almost Home , Sandra Fowler
  39. 39. The Wrong Way Home , James Tate
  40. 40. The Hangman At Home , Carl Sandburg
  41. 41. Variations At Home And Abroad , Kenneth Koch
  42. 42. The Princess: A Medley: Home They Brough.. , Alfred Lord Tennyson
  43. 43. When The Children Come Home , Henry Lawson
  44. 44. .home Sweet Home , Nikunj Sharma
  45. 45. Prophets At Home , Rudyard Kipling
  46. 46. How Bateese Came Home , William Henry Drummond
  47. 47. Night In The Old Home , Thomas Hardy
  48. 48. Sweet Stay-At-Home , William Henry Davies
  49. 49. Home , Rupert Brooke
  50. 50. To Friends At Home , Robert Louis Stevenson
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