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Thomas Humphry Ward, ed.  The English Poets.  1880–1918.
Vol. II. The Seventeenth Century: Ben Jonson to Dryden
The Burial of an Infant
By Henry Vaughan (1621–1695)
BLEST infant bud, whose blossom-life
Did only look about, and fall
Wearied out in a harmless strife
Of tears, and milk, the food of all;
Sweetly didst thou expire: thy soul        5
Flew home unstain’d by his new kin;
For ere thou knew’st how to be foul,
Death wean’d thee from the world, and sin.
Softly rest all thy virgin-crumbs
Lapt in the sweets of thy young breath,        10
Expecting till thy Saviour comes
To dress them, and unswaddle death!

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