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Henry Charles Beeching, ed. (1859–1919).  Lyra Sacra: A Book of Religious Verse.  1903.
 
Angels and Children
By John Keble (1792–1866)
 
HEAVEN in the depth and height is seen,
  On high among the stars, and low
In deep, clear waters; all between
  Is earth and tastes of earth: even so
      The Almighty One draws near        5
To strongest seraphs there, to weakest infants here.
 
And both are robed in white, and both
  On evil look unharmed, and wear
A ray so pure, ill powers are loth
  To linger in the keen bright air.        10
      As angels wait in joy
On saints, so on the old the duteous-hearted boy.
 
God’s angels keep the eternal round
  Of praise on high, and never tire;
His lambs are in His temple found        15
  Early, with all their heart’s desire.
      They boast not to be free,
They grudge not to their Lord meek ear and bended knee.
 
O well and wisely wrought of old,
  Nor without guide, be sure, who first        20
Did cherub forms as infants mould,
  And lift them where the full deep burst
      Of awful harmony
Might need them most, to waft it onward to the sky.
 
 
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