A Year with Dolly
By Eudora S. Bumstead
Doctor Mama knows what to do
When girls and dollies are troubled;
With needle and thread and a bottle of glue
My Dolly’s strength she has doubled.
But she never can make her new and bright;
I’m almost ashamed to show her. –
If Santa Claus could see her to-night
I don’t suppose he would know her.
Mama has said if I learn to be
A careful, kind little mother,
He surely will notice the change in me,
And maybe he’ll bring me another;
But, dear little Dolly, you need not care
Nor be jealous one bit if I get her,
For tho’ you may never be quite so fair
I’ll only love you the better.
Here is a black and white clip art version of the main illustration from the page.
I scanned the original poem from the December 1892 issue of St. Nicholas magazine.
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