Vesta Poem Rhyme Scheme and Analysis


O Christ of God whose life and deathA
Our own have reconciledB
Most quietly most tenderlyC
Take home thy star named childB
Thy grace is in her patient eyesD
Thy words are on her tongueE
The very silence round her seemsF
As if the angels sungE
Her smile is as a listening child'sG
Who hears its mother's callH
The lilies of Thy perfect peaceI
About her pillow fallH
She leans from out our clinging armsJ
To rest herself in ThineK
Alone to Thee dear Lord can weC
Our well beloved resignK
O less for her than for ourselvesL
We bow our heads and prayM
Her setting star like Bethlehem'sN
To Thee shall point the wayM

John Greenleaf Whittier


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