Elizabeth Akers Allen

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Elizabeth Akers Allen. (1832–1911).



Backward, turn backward, O Time, in your flight!
Make me a child again, just for to-night!

(Rock me to sleep.)

Backward, flow backward, O tide of the years!
I am so weary of toil and of tears,—
Toil without recompense, tears all in vain!
Take them, and give me my childhood again!

(Rock me to sleep.)

  Behold, we live through all things,—famine, thirst,
  Bereavement, pain; all grief and misery,
All woe and sorrow; life inflicts its worst
On soul and body,—but we can not die,
Though we be sick and tired and faint and worn,—
Lo, all things can be borne!