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Alfred H. Miles, ed.  The Sacred Poets of the Nineteenth Century.  1907.
I. “A little child, in bulrush ark”
By William Johnson Fox (1786–1864)
A LITTLE child, in bulrush ark,
  Came floating on the Nile’s broad water;
That child made Egypt’s glory dark,
  And freed his tribe from bonds and slaughter.
A little child enquiring stood        5
  In Israel’s temple of its sages;
That child, by lessons wise and good,
  Made pure the temples of past ages.
’Mid worst oppressions, if remain
  Young hearts to Freedom still aspiring;        10
Though nursed in Superstitious chain,
  If human minds be still enquiring,—
Then, let not priest or tyrant dote
  On dreams of long the world commanding;
The ark of Moses is afloat,        15
  And Christ is in the temple standing.

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