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BIRTH, by            
First Line: Just when each bud was big with bloom
Last Line: Peace laid upon her breast a child.
Alternate Author Name(s): Raymond, Grace
Subject(s): Birth; Children; Mothers; Child Birth; Midwifery; Childhood

JUST when each bud was big with bloom,
And as phophetic of perfume,
When spring with her bright horoscope,
Was sweet as an unuttered hope;
Just when the last star flickered out,
And twilight, like a soul in doubt,
Hovered between the dark and dawn,
And day lay waiting to be born;
Just when the gray and dewy air
Grew sacred as an unvoiced prayer,
And somewhere through the dusk she heard
The stirring of a nested bird, --
Four angels glorified the place:
Wan Pain unveiled her awful face;
Joy, soaring, sang; Love, brooding smiled;
Peace laid upon her breast a child.

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