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BENEDICTION IN PASSING, by            
First Line: Under the clouded road's precipitate edge
Last Line: And take your quiet baby to your breast.
Subject(s): Mothers; Sickness; Illness


Under the clouded road's precipitate edge,
What time we drive against the pale stars' rising,
Sometimes a faint lamp glimmers on the ledge,
Set in the thin dark lonely and surprising.

Who in these frosty cabins takes account
Of night, or notes how far the stars have swung?
Who sees the morning constellations mount
Save women long awake with ailing young?

This is the hour the mother, heavy-eyed,
Takes breath; the cough is done, the spasm past.
She turns her sleeping child upon its side,
Draws up the covers and lies down at last.

Our brief light splits the shadows overhead;
Sleep well, dream well, this little hour of rest.
Blow out the lamp; turn in the chilly bed
And take your quiet baby to your breast.





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