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First Line: From out the font of being, undefiled
Last Line: Shall bring a brightness to the darkened earth.
Alternate Author Name(s): Lake, Claude
Subject(s): Mothers

FROM out the font of being, undefiled,
A life hath been upheaved with struggle and pain;
Safe in her arms a mother holds again
That dearest miracle -- a new-born child.
To moans of anguish terrible and wild --
As shrieks the night-wind through an ill-shut pane --
Pure heaven succeeds; and after fiery strain
Victorious woman smiles serenely mild.

Yea, shall she not rejoice, shall not her frame
Thrill with a mystic rapture! At this birth,
The soul now kindled by her vital flame
May it not prove a gift of priceless worth?
Some saviour of his kind whose starry fame
Shall bring a brightness to the darkened earth.

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