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Alfred H. Miles, ed.  The Sacred Poets of the Nineteenth Century.  1907.
 
II. “In Paradise Reposing”
By Richard Frederick Littledale (1833–1890)
 
IN Paradise reposing
  By Life’s eternal well,
The tender lambs of Jesus
  In greenest pastures dwell.
 
Their palms and tiny crownlets,        5
  Aglow with brightest gem,
Bedeck the baby Martyrs
  Who died in Bethlehem.
 
With them the rose-wreathed army
  Of children undefiled,        10
Who passed through mortal torments
  For love of Christ the Child.
 
With them in peace unending,
  With them in joyous mirth,
Are all the stainless infants        15
  Which since have gone from earth.
 
The Angels, once their guardians,
  Their fellows now in grace,
With them, in love adoring,
  See God the Father’s Face.        20
 
The lullaby to hush them
  In that eternal rest,
Is sweet angelic singing,
  Their nurse God’s Mother blest:
 
For she who rocked the cradle        25
  In Nazareth of old,
Now bendeth o’er the younglings
  Within that happy fold.
 
O Jesu, loving Shepherd,
  Who tenderly dost bear        30
The lambs in Thine own Bosom,
  Bring us to join them there.
 
 
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