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John Greenleaf Whittier (1807–1892).  The Poetical Works in Four Volumes.  1892.
 
Occasional Poems
Hymn of the Children
 
          Sung at the anniversary of the Children’s Mission, Boston, 1878.

THINE are all the gifts, O God!
  Thine the broken bread;
Let the naked feet be shod,
  And the starving fed.
 
Let Thy children, by Thy grace,        5
  Give as they abound,
Till the poor have breathing-space,
  And the lost are found.
 
Wiser than the miser’s hoards
  Is the giver’s choice;        10
Sweeter than the song of birds
  Is the thankful voice.
 
Welcome smiles on faces sad
  As the flowers of spring;
Let the tender hearts be glad        15
  With the joy they bring.
 
Happier for their pity’s sake
  Make their sports and plays,
And from lips of childhood take
  Thy perfected praise!        20
 
 
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