Home > Literature > Eugene Field > Poems > Western and Other Verse >
To Mary Field French
by Eugene Field (1850-1895)

A dying mother gave to you
   Her child a many years ago;
How in your gracious love he grew,
   You know, dear, patient heart, you know.

The mother's child you fostered then
   Salutes you now and bids you take
These little children of his pen
   And love them for the author's sake.

To you I dedicate this book,
   And, as you read it line by line,
Upon its faults as kindly look
   As you have always looked on mine.

Tardy the offering is and weak;---
   Yet were I happy if I knew
These children had the power to speak
   My love and gratitude to you.


Back to Eugene Field poems: Western and Other Verse...

Page last updated: 13 August 1998
©1998-1999, Richard J. Yanco