James and Mary Ford, eds. Every Day in the Year. 1902.

January 14

Death of a Firstborn

By Christina Georgina Rossetti (1830–1894)

  • The Duke of Clarence, eldest son of the then Prince of Wales, died on Jan. 14, 1892.

  • ONE young life lost, two happy young lives blighted,

    With earthward eyes we see:

    With eyes uplifted, keener, farther-sighted,

    We look, O Lord, to Thee.

    Grief hears a funeral knell: hope hears the ringing

    Of birthday bells on high;

    Faith, hope and love make answer with soft singing,

    Half carol and half cry.

    Stoop to console us, Christ, Sole Consolation,

    While dust returns to dust;

    Until that blessed day when all Thy Nation

    Shall rise up of the Just.