“The Sinner’s Appeal” by Frances Sargent Osgood

by Ann Neilson

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 !