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Alfred H. Miles, ed.  Women Poets of the Nineteenth Century.  1907.
Miscellaneous Poems.
IV. A Death of a Firstborn
By Christina Georgina Rossetti (1830–1894)
January 14th, 1892
(The Duke of Clarence)

ONE young life lost, two happy young lives blighted,
          With earthward eyes we see:
With eyes uplifted, keener, farther-sighted,
          We look, O Lord, to Thee.
Grief hears a funeral knell: hope hears the ringing        5
          Of birthday bells on high;
Faith, hope, and love make answer with soft singing,
          Half carol and half cry.
Stoop to console us, Christ, Sole Consolation,
          While dust returns to dust;        10
Until that blessed day when all Thy Nation
          Shall rise up of the Just.

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