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George Willis Cooke, comp.  The Poets of Transcendentalism: An Anthology.  1903.
The Love of God
By Helen Hunt Jackson (1830–1885)
LIKE a cradle rocking, rocking,
  Silent, peaceful, to and fro,
Like a mother’s sweet looks dropping
  On the little face below,
Hangs the green earth, swinging, turning,        5
  Jarless, noiseless, safe, and slow;
Falls the light of God’s face bending
  Down and watching us below.
And as feeble babes that suffer,
  Toss, and cry, and will not rest,        10
Are the ones the tender mother
  Holds the closest, loves the best,—
So when we are weak and wretched,
  By our sins weighed down, distressed,
Then it is that God’s great patience        15
  Holds us closest, loves us best.

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