Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, MOTHERS AND SISTERS, by ARTHUR W. UPSON

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First Line: Mothers and sisters, whom no sacrifice
Last Line: Pascal had jacqueline — renan, henriette!

MOTHERS and sisters, whom no sacrifice
Dismays, nor whom your long, laborious hours
Do anywise appall, ye are the powers
By whom the swift are girded for the prize
They reach in the light of your believing eyes.
Ye are the hidden oil the shrine devours —
Soil of the garden whence the great rose flowers —
The silent force that bids a star arise.
Ye ask of men nor honour, nor regret,
Nor memory, save one's whose love is all.
Renouncement? Living daily the divine!
Effacement? Still the world your names shall call:
Monica was the mother of Augustine;
Pascal had Jacqueline — Renan, Henriette!

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