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HOLY INNOCENTS (1), by                 Poet Analysis     Poet's Biography
First Line: Sleep, little baby, sleep
Last Line: And love and warmth to-morrow.
Alternate Author Name(s): Alleyne, Ellen; Rossetti, Christina


Sleep, little baby, sleep;
The holy angels love thee,
And guard thy bed, and keep
A blessed watch above thee.
No spirit can come near
Nor evil beast to harm thee;
Sleep, Sweet, devoid of fear
Where nothing need alarm thee.

The Love which doth not sleep,
The eternal Arms surround thee:
The Shepherd of the sheep
In perfect love hath found thee.
Sleep through the holy night,
Christ-kept from snare and sorrow,
Until thou wake to light
And love and warmth to-morrow.





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