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W. Garrett Horder, comp.  The Poets’ Bible: New Testament.  1895.
 
The Slaughter of the Innocents
Reginald Heber (1783–1826)
 
OH, weep not o’er thy children’s tomb,
  O Rachel, weep not so!
The bud is cropt by martyrdom,
  The flower in heaven shall blow.
 
Firstlings of faith! the murderer’s knife        5
  Has missed its deadliest aim:
The God for whom they gave their life,
  For them to suffer came.
 
Though feeble were their days and few,
  Baptised in blood and pain;        10
He knows them, whom they never knew,
  And they shall live again.
 
Then weep not o’er thy children’s tomb,
  O Rachel, weep not so;
The bud is cropt by martyrdom,        15
  The flower in heaven shall blow.
 
 
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