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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  A Victorian Anthology, 1837–1895.  1895.
 
The Toy Cross
 
Roden Berkeley Wriothesley Noel (1834–94)
 
 
MY little boy at Christmastide
  Made me a toy cross;
Two sticks he did, in boyish pride,
  With brazen nail emboss.
 
Ah me! how soon, on either side        5
  His dying bed’s true cross,
She and I were crucified,
  Bemoaning our lifeloss!
 
But He, whose arms in death spread wide
  Upon the holy tree,        10
Were clasp’d about him when he died—
  Clasp’d for eternity!
 

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