On An Infant Which Died Before Baptism

'Be, rather than be call'd, a child of God,'
Death whisper'd!--with assenting nod,
Its head upon its mother's breast,
The Baby bow'd, without demur--
Of the kingdom of the Blest
Possessor, not inheritor.


April 8th, 1799.

by Samuel Taylor Coleridge

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The baby dying so young - still innocent of all the trappings of life - did not have to 'regain' by redemptive grace the heaven it had never forfeited.