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A.M.W. BALL
American poet and writer
(19th century)

Backward, flow backward, O full tide of years!
  I am so weary of toil and of tears,
    Toil without recompense--tears all in vain,
      Take them and give me my childhood again.
        I have grown weary of dust and decay,
          Weary of sowing for others to reap;
            Rock me to sleep, mother, rock me to sleep.
      - Rock me to Sleep, Mother,
        also attributed to Elizabeth Akers Allen, see "Northern Monthly", vol. II, 1868
        [Time]

Backward, turn backward, then time in your flight;
  Make me a child again just for tonight.
    Mother, come back from the echoeless shore,
      Take me again to your heart as of yore.
      - Rock me to Sleep, Mother [Time]


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