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MRS. NASSAU SENIOR, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: True woman, gentle and yet strong
Last Line: We learn so slowly.
Subject(s): Humanitarianism; Nassau Senior, Mrs. (1828-1877).; Poetry & Poets; Women - Writers

TRUE woman, gentle and yet strong
To strive with misery and wrong,—
Thy life was like a rhythmic song
'Mid aimless voices.
The poet whose fine ear has caught
The music with which life is fraught,
Through all discordant deed and thought
The world rejoices:

He does but listen and translate
For us who stand outside the gate
The spirit of harmonies we mate
With dullest letter:
But thou, with patient, loving care,
Didst add a lost note here and there
To the world's symphony, and dare
To make it better.

His the ecstatic rapture, thine
The dull routine of toil divine,
Where sympathy and skill combine
In joy most lowly.
We, who still blunder, trying to play
The tune God sets us day by day,
For thy sweet secret, wondering, pray:
We learn so slowly.

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