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Alfred H. Miles, ed.  Women Poets of the Nineteenth Century.  1907.
The Foremost Trail (1900)
II. A Worshipper
By Cicely Fox-Smith (1882–1954)
AGAINST the oaken pew he leant,
  A child of summers three or four,
And smiled to see each stained-glass saint
  Cast by the sunlight on the floor.
He wondered why the folk should look        5
  So sad and stern on either hand.
His thoughts were wandering from the book,
  The prayers he could not understand.
Yet, when the organ’s thunder filled
  The dim-lit aisles in praise and prayer,        10
Sweetly his baby treble trilled
  Happiest of all who worshipped there.
The sunshine made his heart rejoice;
  And who shall chide him? Who declare
God did not hear the childish voice        15
  That sang because His world was fair?

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