NOTES ON ISSUE 9: ALLUSIONS
…and the Divine friend of children, to whom in her
trouble she had confided hers, seemed to take her child in his arms, as He took
the child of old, and made it a sacred joy to her.
The “Divine friend” is of course Christ, who in Matthew 19:13-4 receives children: “Then were there brought unto him little children, that he should put his hands on them, and pray: and the disciples rebuked them. But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven.”
Suffer them and forbid them not. They see my Father’s face. O Father, blessed words!
As above, this line echoes the words of Christ in Matthew 19:14 – “But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven.”