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Alfred H. Miles, ed.  The Sacred Poets of the Nineteenth Century.  1907.
Rose’s Diary (1850).
“How beautiful it is to be alive!”
By Henry Septimus Sutton (1825–1901)
HOW beautiful it is to be alive!
To wake each morn as if the Maker’s grace
Did us afresh from nothingness derive
That we might sing “How happy is our case!
How beautiful it is to be alive!”        5
To read in God’s great Book, until we feel
Love for the love that gave it; then to kneel
Close unto Him Whose truth our souls will shrive,
While every moment’s joy doth more reveal
How beautiful it is to be alive.        10
Rather to go without what might increase
Our worldly standing, than our souls deprive
Of frequent speech with God, or than to cease
To feel, through having wasted health or peace,
How beautiful it is to be alive.        15
Not to forget, when pain and grief draw nigh,
Into the ocean of time past to dive
For memories of God’s mercies, or to try
To bear all sweetly, hoping still to cry
“How beautiful it is to be alive!”        20
Thus ever towards man’s height of nobleness
Strive still some new progression to contrive;
Till, just as any other friend’s, we press
Death’s hand; and, having died, feel none the less
How beautiful it is to be alive.        25

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