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Darling Little Joe

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Darling Little Joe

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1. What will the birds do, mother, in the spring
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    the little brown birds around the door ?
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    Will they fly from the trees and tap at my window,
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    asking why Joe wanders out no more ?


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2. What will the kitten do, mother, all alone,
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    will it stop from its frolics for a day ?
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    Will it lie on its rug by the side of my bed,
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    as it did before I went away ?

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3. Keep Tige, dearest mother, my poor little dog,
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    for I know that he'll miss me, too,
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    keep him when old and useless he grows,
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    sleeping all the long summer through.
 
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4. Show him my coat, mother, so he'll not forget
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    little master who will then be dead,
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    speak to him kindly and often of Joe,
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    and pat him on his curly head.

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5. What will Thomas, the old gardener, say,
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    when you ask him for a flower for me ?
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    Will he give you a rose he has tended with care,
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    the first, fairest bloom of the tree ?
 
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6. And you, dearest mother, will miss me for a while,
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    though in heaven I'll larger grow,
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    any kind angel will tell you at the gate,
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    when you ask for your darling Little Joe.
 







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