336 At the Back of the North Wind
" So I should have said," returned his father, " if he had not driven such a hard bargain with me at first.''
" But we don't know what may come of it yet, husband," said his wife. " Mr. Raymond may give a little to boot, seeing you've had more of the bargain than you wanted or reckoned upon."
"I'm afraid not: he's a hard man," said Joseph, as he rose and went to get his cab out.
Diamond resumed his singing. For some time he carolled snatches of everything or anything; but at last it settled down into something like what follows. I cannot tell where or how he got it.
Where did you come from, baby dear? Out of the everywhere into here.
Where did you get your eyes so blue? Out of the sky as I came through.
What makes the light in them sparkle and spin? Some of the starry spikes left in.
where did you get that little tear? I found it waiting when I got here.
What makes your forehead so smooth and high? A soft hand stroked it as I went by.
What makes your cheek like a warm white rose? I saw something better than any one knows.
Whence that three-cornered smile of bliss? Three angels gave me at once a kiss.
Where did you get this pearly ear? God spoke, and it came out to hear.
Where did you get those arms and hands? Love made itself into hooks and bands.