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SONNET TO A FRIEND WHO ASKED, HOW I FELT ... MY INFANT TO ME, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: Charles, my slow heart was only sad, when first
Last Line: And dearer was the mother for the child.
Variant Title(s): Sonnet To A Friend Who Asked How I Felt;mother And Child;to A Friend, Who Asked How I Felt, When The Nurse First Presented
Subject(s): Mothers; Parents; Parenthood


CHARLES, my slow heart was only sad, when first
I scanned that face of feeble infancy;
For dimly on my thoughtful spirit burst
All I had been, and all my babe might be!
But when I saw it on its Mother's arm,
And hanging at her bosom (she the while
Bent o'er its features with a tearful smile),
Then I was thrilled and melted, and most warm
Impressed a Father's kiss; and all beguiled
Of dark remembrance, and presageful fear,
I seemed to see an Angel's form appear--
'Twas even thine, beloved Woman mild!
So for the Mother's sake the Child was dear,
And dearer was the Mother for the Child.





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