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Bliss Carman, et al., eds.  The World’s Best Poetry.
Volume I. Of Home: of Friendship.  1904.
Poems of Home: II. For Children
“By cool Siloam’s shady rill”
Reginald Heber (1783–1826)
BY cool Siloam’s shady rill
  How sweet the lily grows!
How sweet the breath beneath the hill
  Of Sharon’s dewy rose!
Lo, such the child whose early feet        5
  The paths of peace have trod;
Whose secret heart, with influence sweet,
  Is upward drawn to God.
By cool Siloam’s shady rill
  The lily must decay;        10
The rose that blooms beneath the hill
  Must shortly fade away.
And soon, too soon, the wintry hour
  Of man’s maturer age
Will shake the soul with sorrow’s power,        15
  And stormy passion’s rage.
O Thou, whose infant feet were found
  Within thy Father’s shrine,
Whose years, with changeless virtue crowned,
  Were all alike divine;        20
Dependent on thy bounteous breath,
  We seek thy grace alone,
In childhood, manhood, age, and death,
  To keep us still thine own.

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