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First Line: She stood within the gleaming gates of pearl
Last Line: "let me go back! Oh, god, please let me go!"
Alternate Author Name(s): Litsey, E. Carl Edwin Carlile
Subject(s): Heaven; Paradise

She stood within the gleaming gates of pearl,
Her worn out shoes upon a golden street;
A frightened, ragged, wide-eyed little girl
No winged, shining angel came to meet.
A blinding, white light down upon her beat
To mock each tattered rent and unkempt curl.
She saw far vistas of high mansions fair,
A throne of glory, and a crystal sea.
Then by her side One stood and touched her hair
And said: "O little lamb, come unto me!"
A start, a look of terror, then the child
Ran screaming from the One she did not know,
And through wide heaven rang her pleading wild:
"Let me go back! Oh, God, please let me go!"

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