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The Hope of My Heart

"Delicta juventutis et ignorantius ejus, quœsumus ne memineris, Domine."

I left, to earth, a little maiden fair,
   With locks of gold, and eyes that shamed the light;
I prayed that God might have her in His care
 And sight.

Earth's love was false; her voice, a siren's song;
  (Sweet mother-earth was but a lying name)
The path she showed was but the path of wrong
 And shame.

"Cast her not out!" I cry. God's kind words come—
   "Her future is with Me, as was her past;
It shall be My good will to bring her home
 At last."