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John Greenleaf Whittier (1807–1892).  The Poetical Works in Four Volumes.  1892.
 
Religious Poems
Vesta
 
O CHRIST of God! whose life and death
  Our own have reconciled,
Most quietly, most tenderly
  Take home Thy star-named child!
 
Thy grace is in her patient eyes,        5
  Thy words are on her tongue;
The very silence round her seems
  As if the angels sung.
 
Her smile is as a listening child’s
  Who hears its mother call;        10
The lilies of Thy perfect peace
  About her pillow fall.
 
She leans from out our clinging arms
  To rest herself in Thine;
Alone to Thee, dear Lord, can we        15
  Our well beloved resign!
 
Oh, less for her than for ourselves
  We bow our heads and pray;
Her setting star, like Bethlehem’s,
  To Thee shall point the way!

  1874.
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