Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, CHILDREN, by WALTER SAVAGE LANDOR

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First Line: Children are what the mothers are
Last Line: Open with joy and not surprise.
Subject(s): Children; Mothers; Childhood

CHILDREN are what the mothers are.
No fondest father's fondest care
Can fashion so the infant heart
As those creative beams that dart,
With all their hopes and fears, upon
The cradle of a sleeping son.
His startled eyes with wonder see
A father near him on his knee,
Who wishes all the while to trace
The mother in his future face;
But 't is to her alone uprise
His waking arms; to her those eyes
Open with joy and not surprise.

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