So fair the sun rose yester-morn,
The mountain cliffs adorning;
The golden tassels of the corn
Danced in the breath of morning;
The cool, clear stream that runs before,
Such happy words was saying,
And in the open cottage door
My pretty babe was playing.
Aslant the sill a sunbeam lay:
I laughed in careless pleasure,
To see his little hand essay
To grasp the shining treasure.
To-day no shafts of golden flame
Across the sill are lying;
To-day I call my baby's name,
And hear no lisped replying;
To-day--ah, baby mine, today--
God holds thee in His keeping!
And yet I weep, as one pale ray
Breaks in upon thy sleeping--
I weep to see its shining bands
Reach, with a fond endeavor,
To where the little restless hands
Are crossed in rest forever!