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First Line: The white dove cooeth in her downy nest
Last Line: Thou wert born for us in time of snow.
Alternate Author Name(s): Alleyne, Ellen; Rossetti, Christina
Subject(s): Whitsun


The white dove cooeth in her downy nest,
Keeping her young ones warm beneath her breast:
The white moon saileth through the cool clear sky,
Screened by a tender mist in passing by:
The white rose buds, with thorns upon its stem,
All the more precious and more dear for them:
The stream shines silver in the tufted grass,
The white clouds scarcely dim it as they pass;
Deep in the valleys lily cups are white,
They send up incense all the holy night.
Our souls are white, made clean in Blood once shed:
White blessed Angels watch around our bed: -
O spotless Lamb of God, still keep us so,
Thou wert born for us in time of snow.




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