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Aunt Eleanor's Diamonds
Eugene Field


Aunt Eleanor wears such diamonds!
Shiny and gay and grand,
Some on her neck and some in her hair,
And some on her pretty hand.
One day I asked my mama
Why she never wore them, too;
She laughed and said, as she kissed my eyes,
My jewels are here, bright blue.
They laugh and dance and beam and smile,
So lovely all the day,
And never like Aunt Eleanor’s go
In a velvet box to stay.
Hers are prisoned in bands of gold,
But mine are free as air,
Set in a bonny, dimpled face,
And shadowed with shining hair!”

This poem is in the public domain.

Eugene Field (1850 –1895) was born in St. Louis, Missouri, raised in Amherst, Massachusetts, and spent most of his adult life in Chicago. Best known for his children’s poetry and humorous essays, he explored acting and law before turning to a very successful career in journalism. Eugene lost both parents before he was 20, buried three of his eight children, and died himself when he was only 45. He nonetheless seemed to have a happy and satisfying life, publishing more than a dozen books and forever endearing himself to the world’s children by penning such classic poems as “The Duel” and “Wynken, Blynken, and Nod.” Eugene’s home in St. Louis is preserved and open to the public.


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so sweet
Posted 05/11/2014 10:03 AM
Love Eugene Field!! Thanks Jayne
Posted 05/11/2014 08:44 AM
That IS lovely!
Posted 05/11/2014 08:05 AM
Posted 05/11/2014 05:23 AM
What fun.
Posted 05/10/2014 11:32 PM
Splendid little poem, true not hackneyed.
Posted 05/10/2014 11:18 PM

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