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First Line: With what angelic countenance
Last Line: To fatherhood and motherhood!
Subject(s): Fathers; Mothers


WITH what angelic countenance
She wonders as she sits alone,
With tender fear, and musing glance
Because a life is in her own.
Ah! if a woman should be loved
'T is when she hears the silent voice,
'T is when an unknown life has moved
Her soul to fear and to rejoice.
'T is when amidst life's blithesome scenes,
A something speaks she cannot hear,
And quells her spirit till it dreams
The sacred thing she is to bear.
Ah! what is needed most to bless
The weary waiting of the time!
Love's duty rendered tireless
To cheer her holy state sublime;
A tender presence that would teach
Her more than laws of science could;
That, life belongs to each and each,
To Fatherhood and Motherhood!





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