Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, MOTHER WEPT, by JOSEPH SKIPSEY

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MOTHER WEPT, by                     Poet's Biography
First Line: Mother wept, and father sighed
Last Line: Mother turned and wept.
Subject(s): Mines & Miners; Mothers

MOTHER wept, and father sigh'd;
With delight a-glow
Cried the lad, "To-morrow," cried,
"To the pit I go."

Up and down the place he sped,
Greeted old and young,
Far and wide the tidings spread,
Clapp'd his hands and sung.

Came his cronies, some to gaze
Rapt in wonder; some
Free with counsel; some with praise;
Some with envy dumb.

"May he," many a gossip cried,
"Be from peril kept";
Father hid his face and sighed,
Mother turned and wept.

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