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First Line: When tiny babes we touch on brow and breast
Last Line: Wetting them with our tears.
Subject(s): Baptism; Fear; Smiles; Soul; Tears; Christenings

WHEN tiny babes we touch on brow and breast,
Making them God's the while,
We murmur: "Take and keep, Thy keep is best,"
And tearfully we smile.

And when, lapsed back to childhood's witless ways,
All helpless in our hands,
Poor souls, they walk as in a dim-lit haze --
What myriads in what lands!

Then, with awed lips, we look to the divine,
Striving to still our fears,
And say: "They seem not ours, they must be Thine," --
Wetting them with our tears.

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