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THE BOY JESUS, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: Once, measuring his height, he stood
Last Line: I've seen the tears upon his cheek.
Alternate Author Name(s): Father Tabb
Variant Title(s): The Child At Nazareth
Subject(s): Jesus Christ - Childhood & Youth


I

Once, measuring His height, He stood
Beneath a cypress-tree,
And, leaning back against the wood,
Stretched wide His arms for me;
Whereat a brooding mother-dove
Fled fluttering from her nest above.

II

At evening He loved to walk
Among the shadowy hills, and talk Of Bethlehem;
But if perchance there passed us by
The paschal lambs, He'd look at them
In silence, long and tenderly;
And when again He'd try to speak,
I've seen the tears upon His cheek.





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