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Stillborn Poems, Quotes and Funeral Readings for Baby Loss

Posted 15/03/16

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This is a selection of poems, readings and quotes to give comfort and support to anyone who has lost a baby to stillbirth, miscarriage or any other illness. As a mother, my heart breaks when I compile this list, but we have many clients who come to us deeply bereaved and are so grateful for the information they have found on our blog, and I hope that this list of poems and quotes may not only provide some small amount of comfort but may also provide ideas for an epitaph or headstone quote. It is always worth waiting at least a year before even thinking about a memorial, and often several years will go by before you are able to face the idea of commissioning a memorial. Do not feel hurried, take your time, and be kind to yourself. There is an emotional and beautiful video made by a couple who lost their stillborn daughter here.

Hannah Wessel

The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart.

Helen Keller

A butterfly lights beside us

A butterfly lights beside us like a sunbeam, and for a
brief moment its glory and beauty belong to our world:
but then it flies again. And though we wish it could
have stayed, we feel so lucky to have seen it.

Author Unknown.

Wherever they go, and whatever happens to them on the way, in that enchanted place on the top of the forest, a little boy and his bear will always be playing.

A.A. Milne, closing lines of Winnie-The-Pooh

Those we have held in our arms for a little while, we hold in our hearts forever.

from The Prophet

When you are sorrowful look again into your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight.

Khalil Gibran

So go and run free

So go and run free with the angels
Dance around the golden clouds
For the lord has chosen you to be with him
And we should feel nothing but proud
Although he has taken you from us
And our pain a lifetime will last
Your memory will never escape us
But make us glad for the time we did have
Your face will always be hidden
Deep inside our hearts
Each precious moment you gave us
Shall never, ever depart
So go and run free with the angels
As they sing so tenderly
And please be sure to tell them
To take good care of you for me

Author unknown.

A moment in our arms...a lifetime in our hearts.

Family Chain

We little knew that morning,
God was going to call your name.
In life we loved your dearly,
In death we do the same.

It broke our hearts to lose you,
You did not go alone,
For part of us went with you,
the day God called you home.

You left us beautiful memories,
Your love is still our guide
And though we cannot see you,
You are always by our side.

Our family chain is broken
And nothing seems the same
But as God calls us one by one
The chain will link again.

Ron Tranmer

Think of Me

When you're feeling sad or a little blue,
Look around and you'll see I'm here with you

I'm the bird who soars so high above
I'm the one who filled your heart with love

Author Unknown

Inside Our Dreams

Where do people go to when they die?
Somewhere down below or in the sky?
'I can't be sure,' said Grandad, 'but it seems
They simply set up home inside our dreams.'

Jeanne Willis

Grief is not a sign of weakness, nor a lack of faith; it is the
price of love.

P'u - Hua Fei Hua

A flower and not a flower; of mist and yet not of mist;
At midnight she was there; she went as daylight shone.
She came and for a little while was like a dream of spring,
And then, as morning clouds that vanish traceless,
she was gone

Po Chu - I

Each new life... No matter how fragile or brief... Forever changes the world.

Look for me in Rainbows

Time for me to go now, I won't say goodbye;
Look for me in rainbows, way up in the sky.
In the morning sunrise when all the world is new,
Just look for me and love me, as you know I loved you.

Time for me to leave you, I won't say goodbye;
Look for me in rainbows, high up in the sky.
In the evening sunset, when all the world is through,
Just look for me and love me, and I'll be close to you.

It won't be forever, the day will come and then
My loving arms will hold you, when we meet again.

Time for us to part now, we won't say goodbye;
Look for me in rainbows, shining in the sky.
Every waking moment, and all your whole life through
Just look for me and love me, as you know I loved you.

Just wish me to be near you,
And I'll be there with you.

Music and lyrics: Conn Bernard

epitaph for a child or baby

Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends.

Corinthians 13:7-8

Listen...can you hear it?
A heavenly choir sings.
Another little angel
Just got her set of wings.
There's joy and there is shouting
As she steps through heaven's gate.
They all lined up to greet her.
All the angels celebrate.
Her eyes are shining brightly
And a smile lights her face,
As she receives her halo
And takes her special place.
She's the smallest little angel
With the biggest kind of love.
She's wiser than an owl
And more peaceful than a dove.
And though there's joy in heaven,
There is sorrow down below.
broken hearts are crying
Since they had to let her go.
So she watches them from heaven
But she knows the time will come,
They will join their precious daughter
When their work on earth is done

Author Unknown

These are my footprints

These are my footprints, so perfect and so small.
These tiny footprints, never touched the ground at all.
Not one tiny footprint, for now I have my wings.
These tiny footprints were meant for other things.
You will hear my tiny footprints, in the patter of the rain.
Gentle drops like angels tears, of joy and not from pain.
You will see my tiny footprints, in each butterflies' lazy dance.
I'll let you know I'm with you, if you give me just a chance.
You will see my tiny footprints, in the rustle of the leaves.
I will whisper names into the wind, and call each one that grieves.
Most of all, these tiny footprints, are found in mummy's heart,
'cause even though I'm gone now, we'll never truly part."

Author Unknown

The mention of my child's name may bring tears to my eyes, but it never fails to bring music to my ears. If you are really my friend, let me hear the beautiful music of his name. It soothes my broken heart and sings to my soul.

from On The Beach At Night

Weep not, child,
Weep not, my darling,
With these kisses let me remove your tears,
The ravening clouds shall not long be victorious,
They shall not long possess the sky, they devour the stars only in apparition,
Jupiter shall emerge, be patient, watch again another night, the Pleiades shall emerge,
They are immortal, all those stars both silvery and golden shall shine out again,
The great stars and the little ones shall shine out again, they endure,
The vast immortal suns and the long-enduring pensive moons shall again shine.

Walt Whitman

If Tears Could Build A Stairway

If tears could build a stairway
And memories were a lane
We would walk right up to Heaven
And bring you back again

No farewell words were spoken
No time to say goodbye
You were gone before we knew it
And only God knows why

Our hearts still ache in sadness
And secret tears still flow
What it meant to lose you
No one will ever know

But know we know you want us
To mourn for you no more
To remember all the happy times
Life still has much in store

Since you’ll never be forgotten
We pledge to you today
A hallowed place within our hearts
Is where you’ll always stay

Author Unknown

Fingerprints

Your fingerprints are on my heart.
Fingerprints that teach me about caring.
Fingerprints that teach me about love.
Fingerprints that teach me about courage.
Fingerprints that teach me about hope.
Fingerprints that bring me closer to my loved ones.
Fingerprints that bring me closer to myself.
In the time I cared for you my whole life changed --
never to be the same again
All this from tiny fingerprints that touch my heart.
You will live in my heart forever - never to be forgotten.
I will always love you.
You are my child.

Tom Krause

Most people only dream of angels, I held one in my arms

An Angel Never Dies

Don't let them say I wasn't born,
That something stopped my heart
I felt each tender squeeze you gave,
I've loved you from the start.

Although my body you can't hold,
It doesn't mean I'm gone,
This world was worthy, not of me,
God chose that I move on.

I know the pain that drowns your soul,
What you are forced to face.
You have my word, I'll fill your arms,
Someday we will embrace.

You'll hear that it was "meant to be,
God doesn't make mistakes,"
But that won't soften your worst blow,
Or make your heart not ache.

I'm watching over all you do,
Another child you'll bear,
Believe me when I say to you,
That I am always there.

There will come a time, I promise you,
When you will hold my hand,
Stroke my face and kiss my lips,
And then you'll understand.

Although I've never breathed your air,
Or gazed into your eyes
That doesn't mean I never "was"
An angel never dies.

Author Unknown

A Million Times

You never said I'm leaving
You never said good-bye
You were gone before I knew it
And only God knew why

A million times we've needed you,
A million times we've cried.
If love alone could've saved you,
You never would have died.

In life we loved you dearly,
In death we love you still.
In our hearts you hold a place,
No one else will ever fill.

It broke our hearts to lose you,
But you didn't go alone.
Part of us went with you,
The day God took you home

Author Unknown

Once in a while
Children come into this world
So special that the angels
Need these precious ones
To sing in Heaven
And light up the world from above

Author Unknown

Dear Child in Heaven

You were a blessing to us all
you were a special child.
And we're so glad God sent you
to be with us awhile.

You filled our home with happiness
and made our life complete.
The time we had with you
was far too short, but oh so sweet.

Some things we don't find easy
to accept or understand.
Until we realize they're part of
our Creator's perfect plan.

Now it comforts us to know
you're with the angels up above.
While in our hearts we hold you close
Surrounded by our love.

Don’t Cry for me

Don't cry for me now I have died, for I'm still here I'm by your side,
My body's gone but my soul is here, please don't shed another tear,
I am still here I'm all around, only my body lies in the ground.
I am the snowflake that kisses your nose,
I am the frost, that nips your toes.
I am the sun, bringing you light,
I am the star, shining so bright.
I am the rain, refreshing the earth,
I am the laughter, I am the mirth.
I am the bird, up in the sky,
I am the cloud, that's drifting by.
I am the thoughts, inside your head,
While I'm still there, I can't be dead.

Author unknown

I Did Not Die

Do not stand at my grave and weep;
I am not there. I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am the diamond glints on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
I am the gentle autumn's rain,
When you awaken in the morning's hush,
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry;
I am not there. I did not die.

Author Unknown

I Remember You

The world may never notice
If a rosebud doesn't bloom:
Or even pause to wonder if the petals fall too soon.

But every life that ever forms,
Or ever comes to be
Touches the World in some small way
For all eternity.

The little ones we longed for
Were swiftly here and gone.
But the love that was then planted
Is a light that still shines on.

And though our arms are empty,
Our hearts know what to do
Every beating of my heart says
"I Remember You"

Author Unknown

Don't think of him as gone away

Don't think of him as gone away,
His Journey's just begun.
Life holds so many facets,
This earth is only one.

Just think of him as resting,
From the sorrows and the tears,
In a place of warmth and comfort
Where there are no days and years.

Thinking how he must be wishing
That we could know today,
How nothing but our sorrows
Can really pass away.

And think of him as living
In the hearts of those he touched,
For nothing loved is ever lost
And he was loved so much.

Ellen Brenneman

Love is not a thing to understand.

Love is not a thing to feel.
Love is not a thing to give and receive.
Love is a thing only to become
And eternally be.

Sri Chinmoy

An angel in the book of life wrote down my baby's birth, then whispered as she shut the book… "too beautiful for Earth”

Gaelic Blessing

May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face;
the rains fall soft upon your fields and until we meet again,
may God hold you in the palm of His hand.

Traditional

Tiny Angel

Tiny Angel rest your wings
Sit with me for awhile.
How I long to hold your hand,
And see your tender smile.
Tiny Angel, look at me,
I want this image clear...
That I will forget your precious face
Is my biggest fear.
Tiny Angel can you tell me,
Why you have gone away?
You weren't here for very long...
Why is it, you couldn't stay?
Tiny Angel shook his head,
"These things I do not know...
But I do know that you love me,
And that I love you so."

Goodnight

Goodnight my dear loved ones
It was not meant to be
I am now to live my life
In a land you can't see

This land is very beautiful
All sunshine and no rain
Where everybody's healthy
And no one can feel pain

You see, Heaven like Earth needs children
To laugh and sing and play
To be loved by all around them
Bringing joy to every day

So now you know I'm happy
Growing up like you want me to
Please mention my name with a smile
And I'll send all my love to you

Remember I'll always be near you
For your child I'll always remain
So live your life knowing I care
And I'll be waiting when we meet again.

Author Unknown

There Is A Special Angel

There is a special Angel in Heaven
that is part of me.
It is not where I wanted him
but where God wanted him to be.
He was here but just a moment
like a night time shooting star.
And though he is in Heaven
he isn't very far.
He touched the heart of many
like only an Angel can do.
So I send this special message
to the Heaven up above.
Please take care of my Angel
and send him all my love.

Author Unknown

You Were Taken On Angel’s Wings

You were taken on angel’s wings
As you sweetly and quietly slept
And returned to heaven before we knew
That you had even left

Our hearts are heavy and sorrowed
That our time with you was so brief
For you were our gift of heaven’s light
That is now replaced with grief

But not so much that we won’t be grateful
For every second that you were here
You filled our hearts with so much joy
Treasured memories we’ll hold forever dear

And though we weren’t blessed to see you grow up
We were blessed to see you smile
And to hold you lovingly in our arms
For just a little while

Even though you’re in Heaven now
We trust you’re not too far away
To be close to us when we long for you near
For a part of our family you’ll always stay

We’ll look forward to the day when you’re with us again
When the happiness that has left us will never again part
For when you left on angel’s wings
You took with you the deepest love in our hearts

Author Unknown

God Needed You More

God Needed You More
I wanted you so bad,
God needed you more.

I tried everything
To keep you here,
God needed you more.

I cried and almost died,
The day you came,
God needed YOU more.

It breaks my heart
I can no longer hold you
God needed you more.

We will meet again, someday,
But right now, God needs you more.
I will continue to love you,
I will grieve your loss,
I will always TRY to remember…
God needed you more.

Nicole Lothridge

Darling Swept Away

No stain was on her little heart;
Sin had not entered there;
And innocence slept sweetly on;
That pale white brow so fair.
She was too pure for this cold Earth;
Too beautiful to stay;
And so God's holy angel bore;
Our darling one away.

Author Unknown

Love in Every Tear

O precious, tiny, sweet little one
You will always be to me.
So perfect, pure, and innocent
Just as you were meant to be.
We dreamed of you and of your life
And all that it would be.
We waited and longed for you to come.
And join our family.
We never had the chance to play,
To laugh, to rock, to wiggle.
We long to hold you, touch you now
And listen to you giggle.
I’ll always be your mother,
He’ll always be your dad.
You will always be our child,
The child that we had.
But now you’re gone…but yet you’re here
We’ll sense you everywhere.
You are our sorrow and our joy,
There’s love in every tear.
Just know our love goes deep and strong
We’ll forget you never
The child we had, but never had
And yet will have forever!

Author Unknown

Hers was the lamb shy early spring,
the gentle bud half opening,
but now unpetalled.
The primrose smile, the fairy ring
of laughter light about her lips.

Hers was the youth of little things,
warm trust in all small feathered wings
but now unfolded.
Wide-eyed as loving hands made strings
of daisies for her soft hairs crown.

Hers was springtime magic, bringing
music with pale harebells ringing
now an elegy.
Hers the endless summer singing
ours the winter of her going.

Author Unknown

We Only Wanted You

They say memories are golden
Well maybe that is true.
We never wanted memories,
We only wanted you.

A million times we needed you,
A million times we have cried.
If love alone could have saved you,
You would have never died.

In life we loved you dearly,
In death we love you still.
In our heart you hold a special place,
That none will ever fill.

It broke our heart to lose you,
But you did not go alone.
For all our love went with you
The day God called you home.

Author Unknown

The Cord

We are connected, my child and I,
by an invisible cord not seen by the eye.
It's not like the cord that connects us at birth
this cord can't be seen by any on earth.
This cord does it's work right from the start
it binds us together attached to my heart
I know that it's there though no one can see
the invisible cord from my child to me.
The strength of this cord it's hard to describe
it can't be destroyed it can't be denied.
It's stronger than any cord man could create
it withstands the test, can hold any weight
And though you are gone, though you're not here with me
the cord is still there but no one can see
It pulls at my heart, I am bruised...I am sore
but this cord is my lifeline as never before.
I’m thankful that my heart connects us this way
a mother and child, death can't take it away!!

from Martial Cadenza

Only this evening I saw again low in the sky
The evening star, at the beginning of winter, the star
That in spring will crown every western horizon,
Again . . . as if it came back, as if life came back,
Not in a later son, a different daughter, another place,
But as if evening found us young, still young,
Still walking in a present of our own.

Wallace Stevens

The child was a gift. The grief does not smother the gratitude. And death..is not the end. We grieve, but not as those who have no hope. Yet none says that since death is not the end, we should not grieve. Though grief does not smother hope, neither does hope smother grief.

Nicholas Wolterstorff, from This Incomplete One

On Angel's Wings

On Angel's Wings you were taken away,
But in my heart you will always stay.
I will hear your whisper in the tallest trees,
Feel your love in the gentle breeze.
And when I find I miss you the most,
Inside our beautiful memories
I will hold you close.
You are an angel watching over me
with the comfort and blessings you bring,
You embrace my heart and hold it close,
Forever on Angel's Wings

Crailin Hardy

from For the Fallen

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.

Laurence Binyon

Always

We think about you always,
we talk about you still,
you have never been forgotten,
and you never will.
We hold you close within our hearts,
and there you will remain,
to walk with us throughout our lives
until we meet again.

Author Unknown

Never

I’ll never get to see your precious face;
or whisper words to make you feel safe
I’ll never get to hold you tight
when you can’t sleep at night
I’ll never get to sing to you a sweet lullaby,
to calm you down when you cry
I’ll never get to fall asleep with you in my arms,
all bundled in a blanket to keep you warm
I’ll never get to hear you laugh and giggle
or see you little toes wiggle
There are many things I will never get to do,
but the hardest is not being with you.

K. Fugleberg

Early Death

She passed away like morning dew
Before the sun was high;
So brief her time, she scarcely knew
The meaning of a sigh.

As round the rose its soft perfume,
Sweet love around her floated;
Admired she grew - while mortal doom
Crept on, un-feared, un-noted.

Love was her guardian angel here,
But love to death resigned her;
Though love was kind, why should we fear
But holy death is kinder?

Hartley Coleridge

Don't Think of Them as Gone Away

Don't think of them as gone away,
Their journey has just begun.
Life holds so many facets,
This earth is only one.

Just think of them as resting,
From the sorrows and the tears.
In a place of warmth and comfort,
Where there are no days or years.

Think of how they must be wishing,
That we could know today,
How nothing but our sadness
Can really pass away.

And think of them as living,
In the hearts of those they touched.
For nothing loved is ever lost,
And they were loved so much!

Author Unknown

Children Who Die Are Not Really Gone

Children who die are not really gone,
But go to a place that is something like home,
Where they sleep the deep sleep, as quiet as stone,
Until we can join them when our lives are done.

Children who die are not really dead,
But just like good children tucked into bed,
Wait the long wait while we go ahead
Till our tales are all told and our tears are all shed.

Children who die feel no pleasure or pain
In the place where they wait till they see us again,
And all of us dance in a world washed with rain
Where the sun shines so brightly no sorrows remain.

Nicholas Gordon

Too Soon

This was a life that had hardly begun
No time to find your place in the Sun
No time to do all you could have done
But we loved you enough for a lifetime

No time to enjoy the world and it's wealth
No time to take life down off the shelf
No time to sing the songs of yourself
Though you had enough love for a lifetime

Those who live long endure sadness and tears
But you'll never suffer the sorrowing years
No betrayal, no anger, no hatred, no fears
Just love - Only love - In your lifetime.

Mary Yarnall

How long with the pain last?

How long will the pain last? " a broken-hearted mourner
asked me. 'All the rest of your Life.'
I have to answer truthfully.

We never quite forget. No matter how many
years pass, we remember.

The loss of a loved one is like a major operation.
Part of us is removed, and we have a scar
for the rest of our lives.
As years go by, we manage.

There are things to do, people to care for, tasks that
call for full attention.
But the pain is still there, not far below the surface.

We see a face that looks familiar,
hear a voice that echoes, see a photograph in someone's
album, see a landscape that once we saw together, and it
seems as though a knife were in the wound again.

But not so painfully
And mixed with joy too
Because remembering a happy time is not all sorrow
it brings happiness with it

How long will the pain last?
All the rest of your life
But the things to remember is that
not only the pain will last but,
the blessed memories as well

Tears are proof of life
the more love, the more tears
If this be true, then how could we ever ask
That pain cease all together
For then the memory of love would go with it
the pain of grief is the price we pay for love!

Megan Dugan

A Child of Mine

I'll lend you for a little while
A child of mine God said
For you to love while he lives
And mourn for when he's dead

It may be six or seven years
Or twenty two or three
But will you 'til I call him back
Take care of him for Me

He'll bring his charms to gladden you
And should his stay be brief
You'll always have his memories
As a solace for your grief

I cannot promise he will stay
As all from earth return
But there are lessons taught down there
That I want this child to learn

I've looked this whole world over
In My search for teachers true
And from the throngs that crowd life's lane
I have chosen you

Now will you give him all your love
Nor think labour vain
Nor hate Me when I come to take
This lent child back again?

I fancied that I heard them say
Dear Lord Thy Will be done
For all the joys Thy child will bring
The risk of grief we'll run

We'll shelter him with ternderness
We'll love him while we may
And just for having loved him
Forever grateful stay

But should the angels come for him
Much sooner than we planned
We'll brave the bitter grief that comes
And try, to understand

Edgar Guest

Fluff Up The Clouds

Call heaven there's an Angel
That's coming home today.
Our hearts are sad and broken
Because he couldn't stay.

Fluff up the clouds and lay him
Gently in your care.
Place the tiny halo
Softly in his hair.

Our arms will never hold him again
Our lips will never kiss
The velvet of his cheeks again
We were not prepared for this.

In our hearts will be a tiny hole
Where always you will be.
Because we loved you so much
Our hearts will always grieve.

Author Unknown

I Do Not Think My Song Will End

I do not think my song will end
While flowers, grass and trees
Abound with birds and butterflies
For I am one with these.

And I believe my voice will sound
Upon the whispering wind
So long as even one remains
Among those I call "friend."

I shall remain in hearts and minds
Of loved ones that I knew,
And in the rocks and hills and streams
Because I love those, too.

So long as love and hope and dreams
Abide in earth and sky,
Weep not for me, though I be gone.
I shall not really die.

Johnny Hathcock

Little Footprints

How very softly you tiptoed into my world.
Almost silently you stayed,
but what an imprint your footsteps
have left upon my heart
A heart of gold stopped beating
My baby girl’s eyes at rest
God broke our hearts to prove,
He only takes the best.
God knew she had to leave us,
but she did not go alone.
For part of us went with her,
the day He took her home.
To some she is forgotten,
to others…just the past,
but to us who loved and lost her
memories will always last.

Dorothy Ferguson

How Do I Love Thee? (Sonnet 43)

How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight
For the ends of Being and ideal Grace.
I love thee to the level of every day’s
Most quiet need, by sun and candle-light.
I love thee freely, as men strive for right.
I love thee purely, as they turn from praise.
I love thee with the passion put to use
In my old griefs, and with my childhood’s faith.
I love thee with a love I seemed to lose
With my lost saints. I love thee with the breath,
Smiles, tears, of all my life; and, if God choose,
I shall but love thee better after death.

Elizabeth Barrett Browning, 1806 - 1861

Little Angels

When God calls little children to dwell with Him above,
We mortals sometimes question the wisdom of His love.
For no heartache compares with the death of one small child
Who does so much to make our world, seem wonderful and mild
Perhaps God tires of calling the aged to his fold,
So He picks a rosebud before it can grow old.

God knows how much we need them, and so He takes but few
To make the land of Heaven more beautiful to view.
Believing this is difficult still somehow we must try,
The saddest word mankind knows will always be "Goodbye."
So when a little child departs, we who are left behind
Must realize God loves children, Angels are hard to find.

Author Unknown

from The Prelude

..whether we be young or old,
Our destiny, our being's heart and home,
Is with infinitude, and only there;
With hope it is, hope that can never die,
Effort, and expectation, and desire,
And something evermore about to be.

William Wordsworth

Everything Passes And Vanishes

Everything passes and vanishes;
Everything leaves its trace;
And often you see in a footstep
What you could not see in a face.

William Allingham

One Person

Sometimes when one person is missing, the whole world seems depopulated.

Alphonse de Lamartine

from Dombey and Son

And can it be that in a world so full and busy, the loss of one weak creature makes a void in any heart, so wide and deep that nothing but the width and depth of vast eternity can fill it up!

Charles Dickens

from Romeo and Juliet

When he shall die,
Take him and cut him out in little stars,
And he will make the face of heaven so fine
That all the world will be in love with night
And pay no worship to the garish sun.

William Shakespeare

Two Headed boy

Two headed boy
There is no reason to grieve
The world that you need is wrapped in gold silver sleeves
Left beneath Christmas trees in the snow
And I will take you and leave you alone
Watching spirals of white softly flow
Over your eyelids and all you did
Will wait until the point when you let go

Lyrics by Neutral Milk Hotel

Holy Innocents

Sleep, little baby, sleep;
The holy Angels love thee,
And guard thy bed, and keep
A blessed watch above thee.
No spirit can come near
Nor evil beast to harm thee:
Sleep, sweet, devoid of fear
Where nothing need alarm thee.

The love which doth not sleep,
The eternal Arms around thee:
The shepherd of the sheep
In perfect love hath found thee.
Sleep through the holy night,
Christ-kept from snare and sorrow,
Until thou wake to light
And love and warmth to-morrow.

Christina Rossetti

Only a little while

We were together
Only a little while,
And we believed our love
Would last a thousand years.

Yakamochi

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