Hic Jacet (Williams)

Published in The Tempers (1913).

The coroner's merry little children
    Have such twinkling brown eyes.
Their father is not of gay men
    And their mother jocular in no wise,
Yet the coroner's merry little children
      Laugh so easily.

They laugh because they prosper.
    Fruit for them is upon all branches.
Lo! how they jibe at loss, for
    Kind heaven fills their little paunches!
It's the coroner's merry, merry children
      Who laugh so easily.

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