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C.D. Warner, et al., comp.  The Library of the World’s Best Literature.
An Anthology in Thirty Volumes.  1917.
 
Epitaph on a Child
By Thomas William Parsons (1819–1892)
 
THIS little seed of life and love
  Just lent us for a day,
Came like a blessing from above,—
  Passed like a dream away.
 
And when we garnered in the earth        5
  The foison that was ours,
We felt that burial was but birth
  To spirits, as to flowers.
 
And still that benediction stays,
  Although its angel passed;        10
Dear God! thy ways, if bitter ways,
  We learn to love at last.
 
But for the dream,—it broke indeed,
  Yet still great comfort gives:
What was a dream is now our creed,—        15
  We know our darling lives.
 
 
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