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    In Trouble

    by Edith Nesbit
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    It's all for nothing: I've lost him now.
    I suppose it had to be;
    But oh, I never thought it of him,
    Nor he never thought it of me.
    And all for a kiss on your evening out,
    And a field where the grass was down . . .
    And he 'as gone to God-knows-where,
    And I may go on the town.

    The worst of all was the thing he said
    The night that he went away;
    He said he'd 'a married me right enough
    If I hadn't 'a been so gay.
    Me--gay! When I'd cried, and I'd asked him not,
    But he said he loved me so;
    An' whatever he wanted seemed right to me . . .
    An' how was a girl to know?

    Well, the river is deep, and drowned folk sleep sound,
    An' it might be the best to do;
    But when he made me a light-o'-love
    He made me a mother too.
    I've had enough sin to last my time,
    If 'twas sin as I got it by,
    But it ain't no sin to stand by his kid
    And work for it till I die.

    But oh! the long days and the death-long nights
    When I feel it move and turn,
    And cry alone in my single bed
    And count what a girl can earn
    To buy the baby the bits of things
    HE ought to ha' bought, by rights;
    And wonder whether he thinks of Us . . .
    And if he sleeps sound o' nights.
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