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TO A YOUNG CHILD
As doth his heart who travels far from home Leap up whenever he by chance doth see One from his mother-country lately come, Friend from my home — thus do I welcome
thee. Thou art so late arrived that I the tale Of thy high lineage on thy brow can trace, And almost feel the breath of that soft gale That wafted thee unto this desert place, And half can hear those ravishing sounds
that flowed From out Heaven's gate when it was oped
for thee, That thou awhile mightst leave thy bright
abode Amid these lone and desolate tracks to be A homesick, weary wanderer, and then Return unto thy native land again.
MOTHER! whose virgin bosom was uncrost
Brighter than eastern skies at daybreak
strewn With fancied roses, than the unblemished
Before her wane begins on heaven's blue
coast; Thy image falls to earth. Yet some, I ween, Not unforgiven the suppliant knee might
bend, As to a visible Power, in which did blend All that was mixed and reconciled in Thee Of mother's love with maiden purity, Of high with low, celestial with terrene!
WOMAN! the Power who left his throne on
high, And deigned to wear the robe of flesh we
wear, The Power that thro' the straits of Infancy Did pass dependent on maternal care, His own humanity with Thee will share, Pleased with the thanks that in his People's
eye Thou offerest up for safe Delivery From Childbirth's perilous throes. And
should the Heir
Of thy fond hopes hereafter walk inclined
this observance may renew A better will; and, in the imagined view Of thee thus kneeling, safety he may find.
THERE was a gather'd stillness in the room : Only the breathing of the great sea rose From far off, aiding that profound repose, With regular pulse and pause within the
gloom Of twilight, as if some impending doom Was now approaching;—I sat moveless there, Watching with tears and thoughts that were
Till the hour struck, — the thread dropp'd
from the loom; And the Bark pass'd in which freed souls
are borne. The dear still’d face lay there; that sound
forlorn Continued; I rose not, but long sat by: And now my heart oft hears that sad seashore, When she is in the far-off land, and I Wait the dark sail returning yet once more.
William Bell Scott
AGE cannot wither her whom not
hairs Nor furrowed cheeks bave made the thrall
of Time; For Spring lies hidden under Winter's rime, And violets know the victory is theirs. Even so the corn of Egypt, unawares, Proud Nilus shelters with engulfing slime; So Etna's hardening crust a more sublime Volley of pent-up fires at last prepares. O face yet fair, if paler, and serene With sense of duty done without complaint! O venerable crown!- a living green, Strength to the weak, and courage to the
faintThy bleaching locks, thy wrinkles, have but
been Fresh beads upon the rosary of a saint!
Wendell Phillips Garrison
TO MY FIRST LOVE, MY MOTHER
SONNETS are full of love, and this
Has many sonnets : so here now shall be
One sonnet more, a love sonnet, from me To her whose heart is my heart's quiet home, To my first Love, my Mother, on whose knee
I learnt love-lore that is not troublesome;
Whose service is my special dignity, And she my lodestar while I go
And so because you love me, and because
honored name: In
you not fourscore years can dim the
flame Of love, whose blessed glow transcends the
laws Of time and change and mortal life and death.
Christina G. Rossetti