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First Line: How can I, mother, ever give to you
Last Line: No higher tribute would I need to pay.
Subject(s): Love; Memory; Mothers

How can I, Mother, ever give to you
The tribute that your life demands of me—
My heritage of noble thoughts and true
To longings born of love and charity!
The blessed memory of your great soul
Divine, and lovelier far than mortal, gleamed.
Words are too feeble, if I would extol
The plane on which you daily lived and dreamed
Now I, as mother, too, can better know
The meaning of your gracious life to mine.
Could I one boon on my dear child bestow,
I'd give a portion of your spirit fine.
If I could but inspire my child that way
No higher tribute would I need to pay.

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