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Bird or Beast?

by Christina Rossetti
Did any bird come flying
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Bird or Beast?

by Christina Rossetti
Did any bird come flying
  After Adam and Eve,
When the door was shut against them
  And they sat down to grieve?
I think not Eve's peacock
  Splendid to see,
And I think not Adam's eagle;
  But a dove may be.
Did any beast come pushing
  Through the thorny hedge
Into the thorny thistly world,
  Out from Eden's edge?
I think not a lion,
  Though his strength is such;
But an innocent loving lamb
  May have done as much.
If the dove preached from her bough
  and the lamb from his sod,
The lamb and dove
  Were preachers sent from God.

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