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Alfred H. Miles, ed. The Sacred Poets of the Nineteenth Century. 1907.

By I. “A little child, in bulrush ark”

William Johnson Fox (1786–1864)

A LITTLE child, in bulrush ark,

Came floating on the Nile’s broad water;

That child made Egypt’s glory dark,

And freed his tribe from bonds and slaughter.

A little child enquiring stood

In Israel’s temple of its sages;

That child, by lessons wise and good,

Made pure the temples of past ages.

’Mid worst oppressions, if remain

Young hearts to Freedom still aspiring;

Though nursed in Superstitious chain,

If human minds be still enquiring,—

Then, let not priest or tyrant dote

On dreams of long the world commanding;

The ark of Moses is afloat,

And Christ is in the temple standing.