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Her ample gown is of cream-hued linen, Her grandsons raised the flax, and her granddaughters spun it with the distaff and the wheel.
The melodious character of the earth, The finish beyond which philosophy cannot go and does not wish to go,
The justified mother of men.
AH! bless'd are they for whom, 'mid all their pains,
That faithful and unalter'd love remains;
Who, Life wreck'd round them-hunted from their rest
And, by all else forsaken or distress'd
Claim, in one heart, their sanctuary and shrine
As I, my Mother, claim'd my place in thine!
Oft, since that hour, in sadness I retrace My childhood's vision of thy calm sweet
Oft see thy form, its mournful beauty shrouded
In thy black weeds, and coif of widow's
Thy dark expressive eyes all dim and clouded By that deep wretchedness the lonely
Stifling thy grief, to hear some weary task, Conn'd by unwilling lips, with listless air; Hoarding thy means, lest future need might
More than the widow's pittance then could
Hidden, forgotten by the great and gay, Enduring sorrow, not by fits and starts, But the long self-denial, day by day,
Alone amidst thy brood of careless hearts! Striving to guide, to teach, or to restrain, The young rebellious spirits crowding round,
Who saw not, knew not, felt not for thy pain,
And could not comfort-yet had power
Ah! how my selfish heart, which since hath
Familiar with deep trials of its own,
And darkens every folly into crime!
Caroline E. S. Norton
TO MY MOTHER
I SEE your face as on that calmer day When from my infant eyes it passed away Beyond these petty cares and questionings Beyond this sphere of sordid human things
The trampled field of time's capricious play.
Bright with more mother-love than tongue
Stern with the sense of foes in strong array, Yet hopeful, with no hopefulness earth brings
I see your face.
O gracious guarder from the primrose way, O loving guide when wayward feet would stray,
O inspiration sweet when the heart sings, O patient ministrant to sufferings, Down the long road, madonna mia, may I see your face.
Robert Haven Schauffler
SHE was as good as goodness is,
Her acts and all her words were kind, And high above all memories
I hold the beauty of her mind.
Frederic Hentz Adams