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Stedman and Hutchinson, comps.  A Library of American Literature:
An Anthology in Eleven Volumes.  1891.
Vols. IX–XI: Literature of the Republic, Part IV., 1861–1889
 
A Child shall Lead them
By Henry Mills Alden (1836–1919)
 
[Harper’s New Monthly Magazine. 1887.]

(On a Painting by F. S. Church.)

THOU Child-Soul, sister of the Loving Ones
    Whom Dante saw circling in choral dance
    Above the stars; thou who in charmèd trance
Dost bind these earthly to those heavenly zones,
So that Love’s spell all lower life attones        5
    To that far song; behold, thy ministrants—
    All things that live—in loving train advance,
Thee following. Even as the Sea, that moans
With wildness, followeth the Moon’s white dream,
    His rage suppressed—so, by thy heavenly mood        10
    The fiercest beasts that in the jungle brood
Assuagèd are; and thou, sweet maid, shalt even
Thy triumph join unto the pomp supreme—
God’s kingdom come on Earth as ’tis in Heaven.
 
 
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