I must be about My Father’s business.@Luke 2:49
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Christ Teaching at the Temple
Carl H. Bloch (1834–1890)

Mar­gar­et Full­er (1810–1850). Pub­lished post­hu­mous­ly in her Life With­in and Life With­out, 1859.

Er­nan Lo­well Ma­son, 1850 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Margaret Fuller (1810–1850)

Jesus a child His work begun:
How radiant dawned His heavenly day!
And those who such a race would run
As early should be on their way.

His Father’s business was His care;
Yet in man’s favor still He grew;
O might we learn by thought and prayer,
Like Him a work of love to do!

For all mankind He came, nor yet
An infant’s visit would deny;
Nor friend nor mother did forget
In His last hour of agony.

O children, ask Him to impart
That spirit clear, that temper mild,
Which made the mother in her heart
Keep all the sayings of her Child.

Bless Him who said, of such as you
His Father’s kingdom is: and still,
His yoke to bear, His work to do,
Study His life to learn His will.