Friday, August 10, 2007

The Barefoot Boy

by John Greenleaf Whittier (1855)an excerpt

Blessings on thee, little man,
Barefoot boy, with cheek of tan!
With thy turned-up pantaloons,
And thy merry whistled tunes;
With thy red lip, redder still
Kissed by strawberries on the hill;
With the sunshine on thy face,
Through thy torn brim’s jaunty grace;
From my heart I give thee joy,—
I was once a barefoot boy!
Prince thou art,—the grown-up man
Only is republican.

Let the million-dollared ride!
Barefoot, trudging at his side,
Thou hast more than he can buy
In the reach of ear and eye,
—Outward sunshine, inward joy:
Blessings on thee, barefoot boy!


Grafted Branch @ Restoring the Years said...

What a lovely post! I like how you incorporated the poetry, Heather. What lovely (and loving) children you have.

Becky said...

He is so handsome~! I really enjoyed that poem. Your kids are so wonderful. You and your family are such a blessing.

((hugs)) Becky

Pam said...

Awwww!! He's cuter than ever! And Lily looks like she's becoming such a little lady. Thanks for sharing these!

Happymama said...

Such a sweet post.


Free In Christ said...

Great posts. I love the poems with the pictures. I can't believe how big you children have gotten. They are a good looking bunch. Thanks for sharing.