A Child’s Question.
O, why do you weep mother, why do you weep
For baby that fell in the summer to sleep?
You say that you prayed, when she lingered in pain,
That God in His mercy would take her again.
He heeded your prayer, and a beautiful sleep
Stole over our darling; then why do you weep?
You tell how the angels sang pæans of love
To welcome her home to the mansions above,
Where lovingly over her spirit they keep
A bright watch forever; then why do you weep?
And have you not told us again and again
That we will yet see her set free from all pain,
Beyond the bright sun where no dark shadows creep?
Then why do you weep, mother? Why do you weep?
Louisa Lawson, “The Lonely Crossing” and Other Poems, Sydney: Dawn Office, , p. 85
This poem is apparently about the death of a baby.
See a related poem by Louisa Lawson: A Mother’s Answer.