Give Place by Adelaide Anne Procter

Starry Crowns of Heaven
Set in azure night!
Linger yet a little
Ere you hide your light:-
–Nay; let Starlight fade away
Heralding the day!

Snowflakes pure and spotless,
Still, oh, still remain,
Binding dreary winter,
In your silver chain:-
–Nay; but melt at once and bring
Radiant sunny Spring!

Blossoms, gentle blossoms,
Do not wither yet;
Still for you the sun shines,
Still the dews are wet:–
–Nay; but fade and wither last,
Fruit must come at last!

Joy, so true and tender,
Dare you not abide?
Will you spread your pinions,
Must you leave our side?
–Nay; an Angel’s shining grace
Waits to fill your place!

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