Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, BEING A MOTHER, by ELIZABETH BARRETT BROWNING



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First Line: I thought a child was given to sanctify
Last Line: Through being a mother? -- then she's none.
Subject(s): Mothers


I THOUGHT a child was given to sanctify
A woman, set her in the sight of all
The clear-eyed heavens, a chosen Minister
To do their business, and lead spirits up
The difficult blue heights. A woman lives
Not bettered, quickened toward the truth and good
Through being a mother? -- then she's none.





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