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Stedman and Hutchinson, comps.  A Library of American Literature:
An Anthology in Eleven Volumes.  1891.
Vols. IX–XI: Literature of the Republic, Part IV., 1861–1889
 
The Two Mothers
By Epiphanius Wilson (1845–1916)
 
[Born in Liverpool, England, 1845. Died in Bronxville, N. Y., 1916.]

FOR fondling arm, warm breast, and life’s sweet tide,
  What dost thou to thy mother make return?
Some madcap girl can win thee from her side;
  Few tears, at best, hast thou above her urn.
 
Only to Earth, thy mother, art thou just:        5
  To her thou givest all within thy power,
Thy life, thy breath, thyself,—a pinch of dust,
  To star her bosom with a summer flower.

  The Atlantic Monthly. 1889.
 
 
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