“The Sinner’s Appeal” by Frances Sargent Osgood

This simple poem comes from The Ladies’ Companion of March, 1840, pg. 242.

The Sinner’s Appeal
Frances Sargent Osgood

THE sinner placed a verdant spray,
Within her dead child’s hand,
And turned, in wordless woe, away—
A lost one—barred and banned !

In that mute act were prayer and vow !
Oh ! be her guilt forgiven !
Her dovelet bears an olive-bough,
To make her peace with Heaven !