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[303] How reverent in our midst she stood,
     Or knelt in grateful praise!
What grace of Christian womanhood
     Was in her household ways!

For still her holy living meant
     No duty left undone;
The heavenly and the human blent
     Their kindred loves in one.

And if her life small leisure found
     For feasting ear and eye,
And Pleasure, on her daily round,
     She passed unpausing by,

Yet with her went a secret sense
     Of all things sweet and fair,
And Beauty's gracious providence
     Refreshed her unaware.

She kept her line of rectitude
     With love's unconscious ease;
Her kindly instincts understood
     All gentle courtesies.

An inborn charm of graciousness
     Made sweet her smile and tone,
And glorified her farm-wife dress
     With beauty not its own.

The dear Lord's best interpreters
     Are humble human souls;
The Gospel of a life like hers
     Is more than books or scrolls.

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