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Hunt and Lee, comps.  The Book of the Sonnet.  1867.
 
Learning Prayers
By John James Piatt (1835–1917)
 
THE SWEET pure mother, wearing through the dust
  Her heaven-white garment of fresh Christian love
Silent about her, while her patient trust
  O’er cloudland sings—one sunlit bird above—
Through twilight’s hushing gold bends sweet and lowly        5
  Down on her little children, making prayers
Grow in their hearts, while their low voices slowly
  Send little angels heavenward unawares:
So Nature, a sweet mother, o’er us bends,
  Through this dim eve of an eternal day;        10
Whispers love-words, till gushing light ascends,—
  Prayer’s hidden fountain in the heart that lay;
And heaven’s mild dew into our dream descends,
  While, flame-like, close tired eyes, waiting morn’s golden ray.
 
 
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