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Hunt and Lee, comps.  The Book of the Sonnet.  1867.
V. The Mother
By Mrs. Sarah Josepha Hale (1788–1879)
The Empire of Woman—A Series of Sonnets

  EARTH held no symbol, had no living sign
To image forth the mother’s deathless love;
And so the tender care the righteous prove
  Beneath the ever-watching Eye Divine
  Was given as type to show how pure a shrine        5
The mother’s heart was hallowed from above;
  And how her mortal hopes must intertwine
With hopes immortal;—and she may not move
  From this high station which our Saviour sealed
  When in maternal arms he lay revealed.        10
O, wondrous power and little understood,
  Intrusted to the mother’s mind alone,
To fashion genius, form the soul for good,
  Inspire a Wirt, or train a Washington!

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