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A Baby's Death

Kate Seymour Maclean 1836 ( Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania) – 1918 ( New York)

A little white soul went up to God,
  Out of the mire of the city street;
  It grew like a flower in the highway broad,
  Close to the trample of heedless feet.

  It fell like a snow-flake over night,
  Into the ways by vile ones trod;
  It sparkled--dissolved in the morning light,
  And the little white soul went up to God.

  Dainty, flower-soft, waxen thing,
  Its clear eyes opened on this bad earth,
  And the little shuddering soul took wing,
  By the gate of death, from the gate of birth.

  Not for those innocent lips and eyes,
  The words and the ways of sin and strife;
  The pure flower opened in paradise,
  Fast by the banks of the river of life.

  Yea, little victors, who never fought;
  And crowned, though ye never ran the race,
  His blood your innocent lives hath bought,
  And ye stand before Him and see His face!

  For this, oh Father! we give Thee thanks,
  By the little graves, and the tear-wet sod,
  They stand before Thee in shining ranks,
  And the little white souls are safe with God!
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Kate Seymour Maclean

Washington Gladden was a leading American Congregational pastor and early leader in the Social Gospel movement. He was a leading member of the Progressive Movement, serving for two years as a member of the Columbus, Ohio city council and campaigning against Boss Tweed as religious editor of the New York Independent. more…

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