The Orphan

Original Text: 
Ann and Jane Taylor, Original Poems for Infant Minds, 2 volumes, and Rhymes for the Nursery, preface by Christina Duff Stewart (New York: Garland, 1976): II, 81. PR 4712 G6A17 1976 Robarts Library
1MY father and mother are dead,
2    No friend or relation I have :
3And now the cold earth is their bed,
4    And daisies grow over the grave.
5I cast my eyes into the tomb,
6    The sight made me bitterly cry ;
7I said, and is this the dark room
8    Where my father and mother must lie !
9I cast my eyes round me again,
10    In hopes some protector to see ;
11Alas ! but the search was in vain,
12    For none had compassion on me.
13I cast my eyes up to the sky,
14    I groan'd, tho' I said not a word ;
15Yet God was not deaf to my cry,
16    The friend of the fatherless heard.
17O yes -- and he graciously smil'd,
18    And bid me on him to depend ;
19He whisper'd -- fear not, little child,
20    For I am thy father and friend.
Publication Start Year: 
1805
RPO poem Editors: 
Ian Lancashire
RPO Edition: 
RPO 1996-2000.
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