THE FARM AND FIRESIDE. January 15. 1905. Page 26. "Lay the Little White Dresses Away". By Eda Earldeen.
I am sitting alone in the twilight by a drawer filled with garments of white.
...Around me are scattered the play things that fill the heart of a child with delight.
Can it be it was only this morning, for my heart seems aged with its woe
...That the little hearse went back to its home, and my baby lies under the snow?.
Then lay the little white dresses away, so dainty, so spotless and gay.
There's no further use for the dear little shoes, so lay them with the dresses away.
Can it be that the patter of two little feet I will hear in the hallway no more
...The tap of wee hands and the soft cooing cry, "Oh, mama, please open the door?"
Oh, why do I say "Can it be?" When a voice thro' my heart sends a thrill:
...There was missing a gem from out of God's crown that my darling was called up to fill.
Yes, lay the little white dresses away, and gather up each little toy.
...Each tells a story, each brings a thought of a dear voice that's hushed, baby Joy.
It may be that time will lessen the pain tho' I now say, "Thy will be done."
...I know in my heart a deep scar will remain, for baby Joy was my only one.
N.B. -- The music for this song appears in the THE FARM AND FIRESIDE magazine in 1905. It expresses so well a circumstance researchers so often come across in Fremont county families where a child in a family doesn't make it to adulthood......In all, there are three verses. -- W.F.