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First Line: Go count the stars!
Last Line: Pray, is there one who can count the unborn souls?
Subject(s): Stars


Go count the stars!
Whirling worlds of light,
Endless balls of fire,
Lonely Evening Star,
Dancing Morning Star,
Silvery necklaces in a jewel box of mist
For the wedding of an angel to an earth-daughter.
Pray, is there one who can count the stars?

Go count the unborn souls!
Many are the cherubs at Michael's Gate,
Awaiting their chubby bodies and a mother's arms.
So in their day flitted Caesars, Napoleons,
Alexanders whilst cherub Miltons chanted,
"We are Michael's angels, sweet Michael's angels."
Pray, is there one who can count the unborn souls?






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