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First Line: One thought of ivory and precious lace
Last Line: And worshiped beauty by a candle's light.
Variant Title(s): Pioneer Mother
Subject(s): Frontier & Pioneer Life; Pioneers

One thought of ivory and precious lace
And lilac blossoms as one looked at her,
So delicately lovely her aged face,
So slim and fine the artist hands that were
Displaying rare pieced coverlets, each one
A miracle of craftsmanship and art,
Designed it seemed from patterns fairy-spun
To ease the ache for beauty in her heart.

They had been pieced in years when she had bowed
To grim Necessity and left a hound
To guard her precious babes the while she plowed
And they sat watching while she made each round.
After those long hard days, when tasks were done
And wee ones sleeping, she had wrought with fine
Close stitches, blossom, blazing star, and sun,
Feasting her soul on color and design.

The great world listens as a famed violin
Lifts its clear voice; it watches sunlight flow
From the deft brush of one who watched his slim
Young mother guide the oxen long ago.
And they are sons of her who learned to blend
The rainbow in the watches of the night,
Who fed her spirit's hunger at day's end
And worshiped beauty by a candle's light.

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