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MIMMA BELLA; IN MEMORY OF A LITTLE LIFE: 11, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: How patiently they did their work of old
Last Line: In sunrise tints on memory's missal page.
Subject(s): Death - Children; Death - Babies


How patiently they did their work of old,
Those cowled illuminators of the cells,
Painting their vellum from the small ribbed shells
That held the mystic carmine and the gold;

Matching God's tints in every glowing fold,
In nimbus, wing and robe; and by their spells,
Seizing the living glory in the wells
Of some great sunrise that His hand had scrolled.

They made immortal cherubs that retain,
In spite of Time and his effacing trace,
Their pristine loveliness from age to age;

As Death, the cowled one, with his brush of pain,
Illuminates some lovely baby face,
In sunrise tints on Memory's missal page.





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