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Andrew Macphail, comp.  The Book of Sorrow.  1916.
X. The Pity of It
By John Greenleaf Whittier (1807–1892)
O CHRIST of God! whose life and death
  Our own have reconciled,
Most quietly, most tenderly
  Take home Thy star-named child!
Thy grace is in her patient eyes,        5
  Thy words are on her tongue;
The very silence round her seems
  As if the angels sung.
Her smile is as a listening child’s
  Who hears its mother call;        10
The lilies of Thy perfect peace
  About her pillow fall.
She leans from out our clinging arms
  To rest herself in Thine;
Alone to Thee, dear Lord, can we        15
  Our well-beloved resign!
Oh, less for her than for ourselves
  We bow our heads and pray;
Her setting star, like Bethlehem’s,
  To Thee shall point the way!        20

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