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1843. Excerpt: ... DEATH IN INFANCY. BY REV. WLXLUU M. SOGERS. The
gladness of Spring has ever a cast of sadness with it, for me. The
air is perfumed indeed, by bud and blossom, as if an angel had
shaken his wings around us; but look you, there are more germs
blighted and dead beneath the tree, than clinging yet to the
branches. Life is ever in the minority, and that sweet emblem
admonishes me how largely young life enters the harvest of death.
It seems but natural, when the duties of life have been met, its
pleasures exhausted, its relationships formed and perfected, and
when the soul is shut in from the world without, by its decaying
senses, and limited to the circle of its own reflections, that the
spent energies of age should rest in the grave. But here in
infancy, you have death with no faculty developed, and the life
which might have been an oak to shelter nations, dying a seedling.
Life itself is but a fragment, interposed between eternities; but
here the very fragment is broken, and the living clay, which but an
hour ago was stamped with his own image by the hand of God, under
the self-same hand, crumbles into dust. That life seems an
intention interrupted, a purpose formed, and in the very moment of
its taking shape, strangely changed. It seems a life with no end
but death, and death, too, where last we should look for it in the
varied condition of man. When hallowed love has blended jts own
nature in the life of the newborn, and "For the mother's sake the
child is dear, And dearer yet the mother, for the child," wherever
else the curse on the earth might fall and blight, here last and
lightest should we look for it; but even here Death claims his own.
But let us regard this matter as they to whom God has spoken in
words articulate by man, and interpret his provide...
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