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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Restoration Verse.  1910.
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!
  Lapp’d in the sweets of thy young breath,        10
Expecting till thy Saviour comes
  To dress them, and unswaddle death.

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