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John Greenleaf Whittier (1807–1892).  The Poetical Works in Four Volumes.  1892.
 
Religious Poems
The Sisters
 
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THE SHADE for me, but over thee
  The lingering sunshine still;
As, smiling, to the silent stream
  Comes down the singing rill.
 
So come to me, my little one,—        5
  My years with thee I share,
And mingle with a sister’s love
  A mother’s tender care.
 
But keep the smile upon thy lip,
  The trust upon thy brow;        10
Since for the dear one God hath called
  We have an angel now.
 
Our mother from the fields of heaven
  Shall still her ear incline;
Nor need we fear her human love        15
  Is less for love divine.
 
The songs are sweet they sing beneath
  The trees of life so fair,
But sweetest of the songs of heaven
  Shall be her children’s prayer.        20
 
Then, darling, rest upon my breast,
  And teach my heart to lean
With thy sweet trust upon the arm
  Which folds us both unseen!

  1858.
 
 
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