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First Line: About her household moving glad each day
Last Line: And love that comes to claim the love of her!
Subject(s): Mothers


ABOUT her household moving glad each day,
With heartful care of all the simplest things;
And near her side a child voice coos and sings--
She hears the noise of pattering feet at play,
and pauses oft to kiss the lips that say
"Mother!" and joys to feel the hand that clings
Close to her heart, as to her apron strings--
Nor would she chide that little hand away!

Then, when the day hath drifted to the dark,
And brightening stars loom through the twilight late
She feels the heart within her bosom stir
At every leaf that strikes the lattice.... Hark!
Her life's reward--a footstep at the gate,
And love that comes to claim the love of her!






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