Beautiful child, may'st thou soar above,
A warbling cherub of joy and love;
A drop on eternity's mighty sea,
A blossom of life's immortal tree;
Floating, flowering forevermore,
In the blessed light of the golden shore.
And as I gaze on thy sinless bloom
And thy radiant face, they dispel my gloom;
I feel He will keep thee undefiled,
And His love protect my beautiful child.
-- W. A. H. Sigourney
From A Mother's Year. compiled by Helen Russ Stough.
New York: Fleming H. Revell Co., 1905.