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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  The New Poetry: An Anthology.  1917.
 
378. On the Birth of a Child
 
By Louis Untermeyer
 
 
Jerome Epstein—August 8, 1912
 
 
LO—to the battle-ground of life,
  Child, you have come, like a conquering about,
Out of a struggle—into strife;
  Out of a darkness—into doubt.
 
Girt with the fragile armor of youth,        5
  Child, you must ride into endless wars,
With the sword of protest, the buckler of truth,
  And a banner of love to sweep the stars.
 
About you the world’s despair will surge;
  Into defeat you must plunge and grope—        10
Be to the faltering an urge;
  Be to the hopeless years a hope!
 
Be to the darkened world a flame;
  Be to its unconcern a blow—
For out of its pain and tumult you came,        15
  And into its tumult and pain you go.
 

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