At the Hearthside

by John Vance Cheney

John Vance Cheney

The children tucked away,

His hearthside bright and still,

The farmer's frowns are all that say

The day has brought him ill.

The wife—her work is done—

Moves cheerly here and there;

The comforts gather, one by one,

Around the easy chair.

Now, as a sunny brook

Will woo the moody shore,

She nears the gloomy chimney nook;

She hardly ventures more.

If he but lift his face—

The hearth-flames quicken, spring;

A yielding smile, his old embrace,

And wife and kettle sing.

Last updated January 14, 2019