Monday, November 19, 2007

To a Little Girl

Sleep on, little one
All is well.
Better to die thus
Than go to Hell.

Life is cold and hard
Death is sweet
Many the traps are set
For wandering feet.

Would I could die as thou
Hast done this day
In childish faith and love
Be ta'en away.

Rest, my little one
Flowers on your breast
Safe in the cold earth's arms
Ever at rest.

Katherine Mansfield, written at the age of 15

- thank you, Antonia