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First Line: Known are we women as the weaker sex
Last Line: Because her greatness in her weakness lies.
Subject(s): Women


KNOWN are we women as the weaker sex,
The fact is true, and thus 't will aye remain.
Happy are we if, in earth's record book,
As faithful mothers we can write a name.
Man with brows decked with laurel may appear,
We find our joys within a narrow sphere.

Known are we women as the weaker sex,
We only weep the while men fiercely swear;
And -- if joy's balance wavers -- ever seek
Our refuge, not in weapons, but in prayer.
We do but bless, though false to us men prove,
Ay, women's hearts are more than weak in love.

What will to man his strength of arm avail,
If woman points him not to virtue's goal?
Who'll save him amid passion's storm and stress,
When o'er him all Life's surges fiercely roll?
Woman alone the powers of hell defies,
Because her greatness in her weakness lies.





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