Poor Kid

Mumsie and Dad are raven dark
  And I am lily blonde.
''Tis strange,' I once heard nurse remark,
  'You do not correspond.'
And yet they claim me as their own,
  Born of their flesh and bone.

To doubt their parenthood I dread,
  But now to girlhood grown,
The thought is haunting in my head
  That I am not their own:
If so, my radiant bloom of youth
  Would wither in the truth.

'Twould give me anguish deep to know
  A fondling babe was I;
And that a maid in wedless woe
  Left me to live or die:
I'd rather Mother lied and lied
  To save my pride.

I love them both and they love me;
  I am their all, they say.
Yet though the sweetest home have we,
  To know I'm theirs I pray.
If not, please dear ones, never tell . . .
  The truth would be of hell.

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