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Alfred H. Miles, ed.  The Sacred Poets of the Nineteenth Century.  1907.
 
Selected Sonnets.
II. The Sparrow
By Richard Wilton (1827–1903)
 
A SPARROW lighted chirping on a spray
  Close to my window, as I knelt in prayer,
  Bowed by a heavy load of anxious care.
The morn was bitter, but the bird was gay,
And seemed by cheery look and chirp to say,—        5
  What though the snow conceals my wonted fare,
  Nor have I barn or storehouse anywhere,
Yet I trust Heaven e’en on a winter’s day.
That little bird came like a wingèd text,
  Fluttering from out God’s Word to soothe my breast:        10
What though my life with wintry cares be vext,
  On a kind Father’s watchful love I rest;
He meets this moment’s need, I leave the next,
  And, always trusting, shall be always blest!
 
 
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