The Girl He Left Behind
We used to think her frivolous—you know how
A little quick to see the faults and petty flaws
The girl their son is fond of and may choose
to make his wife,
A little overjealous of the one who’d share his
But the girl he left behind him when he bravely
Has blossomed into beauty that we see and need
She was with us at the depot, and we turned our
And her eyes were sad and misty, though she
tried her best to smile.
Then she put her arm round mother, and it
seemed to me as though
They just grew to love each other, for they
shared a common woe.
Now she often comes to see us, and it seems
to me we find
A heap of solid comfort in the girl he left behind.
‘She’s so sensible and gentle,’ mother said last
night to me,
‘The kind of girl I’ve often wished and prayed
his wife would be.
And I like to have her near us, for she understands
And I see my brave boy smiling when I look into
Now the presence of his sweetheart seems to fill
our home with joy.
She’s no longer young and flighty—she’s the
girl who loves our boy.