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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  An American Anthology, 1787–1900.  1900.
 
115. Robin Redbreast
 
By George Washington Doane
 
 
SWEET Robin, I have heard them say
That thou wert there upon the day
The Christ was crowned in cruel scorn
And bore away one bleeding thorn,—
That so the blush upon thy breast,        5
In shameful sorrow, was impressed;
And thence thy genial sympathy
With our redeemed humanity.
 
Sweet Robin, would that I might be
Bathed in my Saviour’s blood, like thee;        10
Bear in my breast, whate’er the loss,
The bleeding blazon of the cross;
Live ever, with thy loving mind,
In fellowship with human kind;
And take my pattern still from thee,        15
In gentleness and constancy.
 

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