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A MOTHER'S LAMENT [FOR THE DEATH OF HER SON], by             Poet's Biography
First Line: Fate gave the word, the arrow sped
Last Line: With him I love, at rest!
Subject(s): Death - Children; Death - Babies


Fate gave the word, the arrow sped,
And pierc'd my darling's heart;
And with him all the joys are fled
Life can to me impart.

By cruel hands the sapling drops,
In dust dishonour'd laid;
So fell the pride of all my hopes,
My age's future shade.

The mother-linnet in the brake
Bewails her ravish'd young;
So I, for my lost darling's sake,
Lament the live-day long.

Death, oft I've feared thy fatal blow.
Now, fond, I bare my breast;
O, do thou kindly lay me low
With him I love, at rest!





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