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First Line: The widow stood beside her husband dead
Last Line: Which never utter'd or denied a creed!


The widow stood beside her husband dead:
He was a man of harsh and stubborn cast;
Who hugg'd his selfish vices to the last,
And scoff'd at faith, even on his dying bed.
I spoke of love, and faith, and holy fear,
And all a patient heart could bear and do:
The mother listen'd with attentive ear,
And the poor infant seem'd to listen too.
She stretch'd her arms towards the psalm and prayer;
Forward she lean'd, as if in earnest heed,
And on the wond'rous sound attentive hung:
What sweet and wistful innocence was there,
Her open mouth and little wordless tongue,
Which never utter'd or denied a creed!





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