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Augustin S. Macdonald, comp.  A Collection of Verse by California Poets.  1914.
To Mrs. M——
By Richard Realf
On the birth of her first child

WHEN you lay shivering with the great excess
  Of mother-marvel at your child’s first cry;
  When you looked up and saw him standing by,
Leaning the strong unspeakable utterness
  Of all his soul upon you; when you smiled,        5
And your weak lips strove mightily to frame
To a new song your new life’s oriflamme,
  And presently the infinite words, “Our child,”
Made a most musical murmur, as of breath
  Breathed by a poet’s spirit—did you know        10
  The babe’s slight moan, that seemed so faint and low,
Was God’s voice speaking from dear Nazareth,
  Covering you up with that white light that lay
  On Mary and her young Christ in the hay?

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