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"Who's Afraid" is a poem for children by L. Frank Baum. It is one of the two poems that is included in both By the Candelabra's Glare (1898) and Father Goose (1899) — the other being "Where Do They Go?"

The 18-line poem palliates the fears of childhood, beginning with the villains of fairy tales —

Ev'ry Giant now is dead —
Jack has cut off ev'ry head.
Ev'ry Goblin, known of old,
Perished years ago, I'm told

— and continuing on to elements of the modern world: burglars, lions, and grizzly bears.

"Who's Afraid" is also one of the poems set to music in The Songs of Father Goose (1900).

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