A Celebration of Women Writers

"On the Death of an Infant." by Jane Taylor (1783-1824)
Publication: The Writings of Jane Taylor, In Five Volumes by Jane Taylor. Volume I, Memoirs and Poetical Remains.. Edited by Isaac Taylor, Jr., of Stanford Rivers. Boston: Perkins & Marvin, 1832. p. 340.

Editor: Mary Mark Ockerbloom

ON THE DEATH OF AN INFANT.

WITH what unknown delight the mother smiled
  When this frail treasure in her arms she pressed!
Her prayer was heard–she clasped a living child;
  –But how the gift transcends the poor request!
A child was all she asked, with many a vow;–
Mother–Behold the child an angel now!

Now in her Father's house she finds a place;
  Or if to earth she take a transient flight,
'T is to fulfil the purpose of His grace,
  To guide thy footsteps to the world of light;–
A ministering spirit sent to thee,
That where she is, there thou mayst also be.

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Editor: Mary Mark Ockerbloom