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"Songs by the Way"
The Poetical Writings of the Right Rev. George Washington Doane, D.D., LL.D.

Arranged and Edited by His Son, William Croswell Doane

New York: D. Appleton, 1860.


"Your boy is looking as peaceful and happy, asleep in his cradle, as you can desire."

SLEEP lies like dew about thee,
      The sleep, which God bestows;
Nor pain, nor care, nor sorrow, yet,
      Thy peaceful spirit knows:
Washed, from the first transgression,
      In that baptismal flood;
God makes thee, His beloved,
      Through the Beloved's blood.

Sleep sweetly on, and safely,
      Mine own baptismal child;
Calm, as the stream in Eden's bower,
      While yet Jehovah smiled;
The heavenly Dove hangs o'er thee,
      With blessed, brooding wing,
To shelter and to shield thee,
      From evil thought and thing.

LONDON, August 24, 1841.

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