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FACES, by            
First Line: There are two pictures hanging on my wall
Last Line: And mary maiden gray the mother of me!
Subject(s): Creative Ability; Mary. Mother Of Jesus; Mothers; Religion; Women; Women In The Bible; Inspiration; Creativity; Virgin Mary; Theology

THERE are two pictures hanging on my wall:
One is the Woman of Dagnan-Bouveret—
Mary Madonna, with sad, dark eyes that say
Hidden and holy things, her peasant shawl
Folding her babe and breast; the other, call
"My Mother in Old Age," gracious and gray,—
Hers is a lonely sleeping, long leagues away,
Nor can she hear her son's prayers passional.

But sometimes the two faces dim and blur,
The darks and deeps are mingled, the lights turn
Trembling toward one another, and I see
Then, as with subtler vision, the eyes of her,
My mother, from the Virgin's aureole yearn,
And Mary Maiden gray the mother of me!

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