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Alfred H. Miles, ed.  The Sacred Poets of the Nineteenth Century.  1907.
III. On the Death of a Little Child
By Catherine Winkworth (1829–1878)
(W. Meinhold)

  GENTLE Shepherd, Thou hast stilled
Now Thy little lamb’s long weeping;
  Ah, how peaceful, pale, and mild,
In its narrow bed ’tis sleeping,
  And no sigh of anguish sore        5
  Heaves that little bosom more.
  In this world of care and pain,
Lord, Thou would’st no longer leave it;
  To the sunny heavenly plain
Dost Thou now with joy receive it;        10
  Clothed in robes of spotless white
  Now it dwells with Thee in light.
  Ah, Lord Jesus, grant that we
Where it lives may soon be living,
  And the lovely pastures see        15
That its heavenly food are giving;
  Then the gain of death we prove,
  Though Thou take what most we love.

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