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Higginson and Bigelow, comps.  American Sonnets.  1891.
By Elaine Goodale Eastman (1863–1953)
UPON her snowy couch she drooping lies,
  A languor on her limbs that seems a grace,
  A sacred pallor on her lily face,
A blessed light reflected in her eyes,
She knows who drew her strength and would not rise;        5
  Forgetting self, she rests a little space,
  Sees her warm life-blood mantle in his face,
And strains her ear to catch his wailing cries.
O wondrous mother-love! how strange and deep,
  With what vibrating thrill of tenderness;        10
    To give the glow, and lie a pallid flower,
To give the light, and smile, and wait to weep!
  Sweet is thine infant’s warm unconsciousness,
    But sweeter thy mysterious sacred power!

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