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    NIGHT.   Table of Contents     MAIDENHOOD--LOVE.

Mossell, N.F.
The Work of Afro-American Women

- VERSE.
- THE STORY OF A LIFE.


THE STORY OF A LIFE.

CHILDHOOD --HOME


A precious gift our God has given
To bless declining years,
Anew we feel our sins forgiven,
And eyes o'erflow in grateful tears.
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A little child with gentle ways,
The darling household pet,
Swiftly passing, peaceful days,
The jewel is ours yet.

The child has passed to bloom of youth
A maiden fair of face,
With heart of love and lips of truth,
Doth still our fireside grace.

The skilful hands and winsome ways
Win love without a thought;
And words of cheer and songs of praise
Are given, though all unsought.

A time of sadness follows now,
And then a Saviour's love;
A grateful band we humbly bow,
And thank our Friend above.

But grown to years of maidenhood
The heart is not our own;
Though home is dear and God is love,
The sweet content has flown.

    NIGHT.   Table of Contents     MAIDENHOOD--LOVE.