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First Line: Beneath, a sleeping infant lies
Last Line: "had been as short as thine."
Subject(s): Death - Children; Epitaphs; Death - Babies

"Beneath, a sleeping infant lies;
To earth whose ashes lent,
More glorious shall hereafter rise,
Though not more innocent.

When the archangel's trump shall blow,
And souls and bodies join,
What crowds will wish their lives below
Had been as short as thine."

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