Sibyl’s First Poem (part 13)

[My maternal grandmother, Sibyl Mary Croly, was born in Cadillac, Michigan on February 29, 1888, to James Croly and Maria (Cowles) (Dennett) Croly.  In 1889, her father started a journal about her, entitled "The Record of Little Sibyl." This is an exact transcription of the contents.]

Quiet Repose

Safe in the cradle of the tree,
Sleeps the birdie that sings;
Safe in the rose’s pink curtained rooms,
Sleeps the elf that has wings.

Safe in the ground the acorn is,
Which sometime will be a tree;
Safe, all tucked in bed I am,
While Christ is watching o’er me.

So everything is safe, in the care
of Him that died,
So many the time that man has sinned;
Christ, the Lord has sighed.

I write these verses in here to keep them safe. They are copied with literal exactness from the slip of paper on which Sibyl wrote them when she was 7 years old. The title is her own and the language her own.

Jas. Croly,
Lincoln, Calif

The entire contents of “The Record of Little Sibyl” can be seen in these posts:

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