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First Line: I was in heaven one day when all the prayers
Last Line: "this is the first prayer of a little child."
Alternate Author Name(s): Brown, T. E.
Subject(s): Prayer

I WAS in Heaven one day when all the prayers
Came in, and angels bore them up the stairs
Unto a place where he
Who was ordained such ministry
Should sort them so that in that palace bright
The presence-chamber might be duly dight;
For they were like to flowers of various bloom;
And a divinest fragrance filled the room.

Then did I see how the great sorter chose
One flower that seemed to me a hedgeling rose,
And from the tangled press
Of that irregular loveliness
Set it apart -- and -- "This," I heard him say,
"Is for the Master": so upon his way
He would have passed; then I to him: --
"Whence is this rose? O thou of cherubim
The chiefest?" -- "Know'st thou not?" he said and smiled,
"This is the first prayer of a little child."

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