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I AM TO HAVE A CHILD, by            
First Line: I am to have a child. Flesh of my flesh
Last Line: Like to my own--as god would have it be.
Subject(s): Mothers

I AM to have a child. Flesh of my flesh,
Soul of my soul, and love of earthly love!
In marvel of thanksgiving do I kneel
To pledge that coming life to God above.

The throbbing of my pulse shall live anew;
Where I have stumbled she shall firmly tread;
Where sin has dimmed my vision she shall see;
Of my night's darkness she shall know no dread.

In valleys my path led, but when I bear
My Baby-one aloft no sight shall mar
Her view beyond the hills where beauties lie
That I see now, because I came afar.

Wonder of wonders! Lift that gives increase,
Spring to the winter and a child to me!
Within the Future's pool I see a face
Like to my own--as God would have it be.

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