‘The idea was fine and some of the verses remarkably excellent, but it seemed not complete and some of the lines defective, and supposing it to be his friend's, he (Whittier) re-wrote and amplified it and signed it as anonymous. Only after printing it had he learned it was not his friend's.’ ‘He was very glad to hear of the true author and as he was to issue a new edition of “Child life” he would give the credit of the poem to Miss Smith if she would accept the additions and alterations.’The second edition was printed, but by some typographical error the author's name was given as ‘Clara’ instead of Carrie Smith. Here is her poem, and beside it is the poem as accredited to Whittier, appearing in 1871.
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