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Samuel Kettell, ed.  Specimens of American Poetry.  1829.
 
Death of an Infant
By Lydia H. Sigourney (1791–1865)
 
DEATH found strange beauty on that cherub brow,
And dash’d it out. There was a tint of rose
On cheek and lip;—he touch’d the veins with ice,
And the rose faded.—Forth from those blue eyes
There spoke a wishful tenderness,—a doubt        5
Whether to grieve or sleep, which Innocence
Alone can wear. With ruthless haste he bound
The silken fringes of their curtaining lids
For ever. There had been a murmuring sound
With which the babe would claim its mother’s ear,        10
Charming her even to tears. The spoiler set
His seal of silence. But there beam’d a smile
So fix’d and holy from that marble brow,—
Death gazed and left it there;—he dared not steal
The signet-ring of heaven.        15
 
 
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