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"Hymn by the Sick-Bed of a Mother" by Felicia Hemans (1793 - 1835)
This Edition: Hemans, Felicia Dorothea. The Poetical Works of Felicia Dorothea Hemans London: Oxford University Press, 1914. p. 504.

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Hymn by the Sick-Bed of a Mother

FATHER! that in the olive shade
  When the dark hour came on,
Didst, with a breath of heavenly aid,
            Strengthen thy Son;

Oh! by the anguish of that night,
  Send us down bless'd relief;
Or to the chasten'd, let thy might
            Hallow this grief!

And Thou, that when the starry sky
  Saw the dread strife begun,
Didst teach adoring faith to cry,
            'Thy will be done';

By thy meek spirit, Thou, of all
  That e'er have mourn'd the chief
Thou Saviour! if the stroke must fall
            Hallow this grief!

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