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C.D. Warner, et al., comp.  The Library of the World’s Best Literature.
An Anthology in Thirty Volumes.  1917.
 
Of Providence
By Vincenzo da Filicaia (1642–1707)
 
JUST as a mother, with sweet pious face,
  Turns towards her little children from her seat,
Gives one a kiss, another an embrace,
  Takes this upon her knees, that on her feet;
And while from actions, looks, complaints, pretenses,        5
  She learns their feelings and their various will,
To this a look, to that a word dispenses,
  And whether stern or smiling, loves them still;—
So Providence for us, high, infinite,
  Makes our necessities its watchful task,        10
    Hearkens to all our prayers, helps all our wants:
And even if it denies what seems our right,
  Either denies because ’twould have us ask,
    Or seems but to deny, or in denying grants.
 
 
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