Julia A. Moore

The Sweet Singer of Michigan


      AIR -- "Gypsy's Warning"

Andrew was a little infant,
      And his life was two years old;
He was his parents' eldest boy,
      And he was drowned, I was told.
His parents never more can see him
      In this world of grief and pain,
And Oh! they will not forget him
      While on earth they do remain.

On one bright and pleasant morning
      His uncle thought it would be nice
To take his dear little nephew
      Down to play upon a raft,
Where he was to work upon it,
      An this little child would company be --
The raft the water rushed around it,
      Yet he the danger did not see.

This little child knew no danger --
      Its little soul was free from sin --
He was looking in the water,
      When, alas, this child fell in.
Beneath the raft the water took him,
      For the current was so strong,
And before they could rescue him
      He was drowned and was gone.

Oh! how sad were his kind parents
      When they saw their drowned child,
As they brought him from the water,
      It almost made their hearts grow wild.
Oh! how mournful was the parting
      From that little infant son.
Friends, I pray you, all take warning,
      Be careful of your little ones.

Reprinted from The Sweet Singer of Michigan: Poems by Mrs. Julia A. Moore, ed. Walter Blair (Chicago: Pascal Covici, 1928).

Note: In stanza 2 I have corrected "An this little child" to "And this little child".

Return to Julia A. Moore Home Page