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 The Half-Soled-Boots-With-Toecaps-Child
Walked out into the street
And splashed in all the pubbles till
She had such shocking feet

The Patent-Leather-Slipper-Child
Stayed quietly in the house
And sat upon the fender stool
As still as any mouse.
The Half-Soled-Boots-With-Toecaps-Child Her hands were black as ink; She would come running through the house And begging for a drink.
The Patent-Leather-Slipper-Child Her hands were white as snow; She did not like to play around, She only liked to sew.
The Half-Soled-Boots-With-Toecaps-Child Lost hair ribbons galore; She dropped them on the garden walks, She dropped them on the floor.
The Patent-Leather-Slipper-Child O thoughtful little girl! She liked to walk quite soberly, It kept her hair in curl.
The Half-Soled-Boots-With-Toecaps-Child When she was glad or proud Just flung her arms round Mother's neck And kissed her very loud.
The Patent-Leather-Slipper-Child Was shocked at such a sight, She only offered you her cheek At morning and at night.
O Half-Soled-Boots-With-Toecaps-Child Your happy laughing face Does like a scented Summer rose Make sweet the dullest place.
O Patent-Leather-Slipper-Child My dear, I'm well content To have my daughter in my arms, And not an ornament.

by Katherine Mansfield
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