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Quote #4

But let them sleep, Lord (line 9)

According to this poem, death is just the "sleep" between the end of earthly life and the beginning of eternal life. It's funny how the speaker sounds like a nervous parent huddled over a crib: "They look so peaceful – let's let them sleep, huh?"

Quote #5

with thy blood. (line 14)

Jesus and God share the same bloodline as son and father of the Holy Trinity. God the Father wrote the pardon for humanity and sealed it with His son's blood.

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