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James and Mary Ford, eds.  Every Day in the Year.  1902.
January 14
Death of a Firstborn
By Christina Georgina Rossetti (1830–1894)
          The Duke of Clarence, eldest son of the then Prince of Wales, died on Jan. 14, 1892.

ONE young life lost, two happy young lives blighted,
  With earthward eyes we see:
With eyes uplifted, keener, farther-sighted,
  We look, O Lord, to Thee.
Grief hears a funeral knell: hope hears the ringing        5
  Of birthday bells on high;
Faith, hope and love make answer with soft singing,
  Half carol and half cry.
Stoop to console us, Christ, Sole Consolation,
  While dust returns to dust;        10
Until that blessed day when all Thy Nation
  Shall rise up of the Just.

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