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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  A Victorian Anthology, 1837–1895.  1895.
 
A Child’s Portrait
 
William James Dawson (b. 1854)
 
 
HER face is hushed in perfect calm,
  Her lips half-open hint the psalm
The angels sing, who wear God’s palm:
  And in her eyes a liquid light,
With somewhat of a starry sheen,        5
  Comes welling upward from the white
And vestal soul that throbs within.
 
A golden tangle is her hair
  That holds the sunlight in its snare;
And one pure lily she doth wear        10
  In her white robe: and she doth seem
A flower-like creature, who will fade
  If suns strike down too rude a beam,
Or winds blow roughly on her shade.
 
The golden ladders of the Dawn        15
  Meet at her feet, where on the lawn
She stands, in tender thought withdrawn:
  And little wonder would it be,
If on those slanting stairs she trod,
  And, with one farewell smile toward me,        20
Were caught into the smile of God.
 

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