New Zealand Tablet, Rōrahi IX, Putanga 469, 7 Paengawhāwhā 1882, Page 13
(FoKirs of Eleanok C. Donnelly.)
" The fair, sweet child in the dark old chair, The lovely spinner, small and slight, They have laid a veil on her golden hair, And her robe and her mantle are not bright With the gorgpous hnos or the trappings rare Ihe royal virgins of Biou wear. " Rut the spin/lle rests in her slender hands, Emblem of labour ! and on her right, A crystal vase, full of lillies, stands, Their petals warm with the morning light ; And. lo 1 at her feet, dear children, look ! Are tuc ba-ket of work and the open book. " Or, maybe, her dreaming heart is haunted With tho view of a Mountain later scaled, Where a rough old Cross in the glooms is planted, — And the Sacred Victim upon it nailed ; And, maybe, f-he sees and knows the face Of the veiled Madonna at its base. '• 0 va3t and wonderful mystery ! Laid open and bare to those childish eyes, O dolor, deep as an infiuite pea, When she, dying, lives, — when she, living, dies ! For, lo ! the ppinner who sits in the sun, And the mother who stands by the Cross, are one 1 " 0 Dove I in the cleft of the great Rock hidden, O shy, small Dove ! that dwellesfc apart, The tears spring into our eyes unbidden, And a strange, sweet sadness stirs the heart, When the light of thy purity shines in On the dark abyss of our want and sin."