Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, ON THE DEATH OF AN INFANT, by DIRK SMITS

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ON THE DEATH OF AN INFANT, by            
First Line: A host of angels flying
Last Line: But left the shell on earth.
Variant Title(s): Death Of An Infant
Subject(s): Children; Death - Children; Childhood; Death - Babies

A HOST of angels flying,
Through cloudless skies impelled,
Upon the earth beheld
A pearl of beauty lying,
Worthy to glitter bright
In heaven's vast hall of light.
They saw, with glances tender,
An infant newly born,
O'er whom life's earliest morn
Just cast its opening splendor;
Virtue it could not know,
Nor vice, nor joy, nor woe.
The blest angelic legion,
Greeted its birth above,
And came, with looks of love,
From heaven's enchanting region;
Bending their winged way
To where the infant lay.
They spread their pinions o'er it, --
That little pearl which shone
With lustre all its own, --
And then on high they bore it,
Where glory has its birth; --
But left the shell on earth.

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