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Alfred H. Miles, ed.  The Sacred Poets of the Nineteenth Century.  1907.
 
I. “The child leans on its parent’s breast”
By Isaac Williams (1802–1865)
 
THE CHILD leans on its parent’s breast,
Leaves there its cares, and is at rest;
The bird sits singing by his nest,
        And tells aloud
His trust in God, and so is blest        5
        ’Neath every cloud.
 
He has no store, he sows no seed,
Yet sings aloud, and doth not heed;
By flowing stream or grassy mead
        He sings to shame        10
Men, who forget, in fear of need,
        A Father’s name.
 
The heart that trusts for ever sings,
And feels as light as it had wings;
A well of peace within it springs;        15
        Come good or ill,
Whate’er to-day, to-morrow brings,
        It is His will!
 
 
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