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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  A Victorian Anthology, 1837–1895.  1895.
 
The Secret Place
 
Henry Francis Lyte (1793–1847)
 
 
THERE is a safe and secret place
  Beneath the wings divine,
Reserv’d for all the heirs of grace:
  Oh, be that refuge mine!
 
The least and feeblest there may bide        5
  Uninjur’d and unaw’d;
While thousands fall on every side,
  He rests secure in God.
 
The angels watch him on his way,
  And aid with friendly arm;        10
And Satan, roaring for his prey,
  May hate, but cannot harm.
 
He feeds in pastures large and fair
  Of love and truth divine;
O child of God, O glory’s heir,        15
  How rich a lot is thine!
 
A hand almighty to defend,
  An ear for every call,
An honor’d life, a peaceful end,
  And heaven to crown it all!        20
 

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