Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, THE MOTHER'S PRAYER, by ELIZABETH BARRETT BROWNING

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THE MOTHER'S PRAYER, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: Dear lord, dear lord / thou who didst not erst deny the mother-joy to mary mild
Last Line: From all the world to him.
Subject(s): Mothers

DEAR Lord, dear Lord,
Thou, who didst not erst deny
The mother-joy to Mary mild
Blessed in the blessed Child--
Hearkening in meek babyhood
Her cradle hymn, albeit used
To all that music interfused
In breasts of angels high and good.
Oh, take not, Lord, my babe away--
Oh, take not to thy songful heaven,
The pretty babe thou hast given;
Or ere that I have seen him play
Around his father's knees, and known
That he knew how my love hath gone
From all the world to him.

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