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VALENTINES TO MY MOTHER: 1882, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: My blessed mother dozing in her chair
Last Line: A lifelong love to this dear saint of mine.
Alternate Author Name(s): Alleyne, Ellen; Rossetti, Christina
Subject(s): Holidays; Mothers; Singing & Singers; Soul; Valentine's Day; Songs

My blessed Mother dozing in her chair
On Christmas Day seemed an embodied Love,
A comfortable Love with soft brown hair
Softened and silvered to a tint of dove,
A better sort of Venus with an air
Angelical from thoughts that dwell above,
A wiser Pallas in whose body fair
Enshrined a blessed soul looks out thereof.
Winter brought Holly then; now Spring has brought
Paler and frailer Snowdrops shivering;
And I have brought a simple humble thought
-- I her devoted duteous Valentine --,
A lifelong thought which thrills this song I sing,
A lifelong love to this dear Saint of mine.

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