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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
 
The Mother
By Nancy Campbell
 
I
NOW I am like the earth—
I can give food;
And you, my little one, look to me only.
We are so little separate, you and I—
Still your growth comes of me,        5
And my strength makes you strong.
Now I am like the earth—
I can give birth to flowers, and nourish them.
 
II
Happy the house
That goes a-tiptoe when the evening comes,        10
And says, “Hush, hush—
He sleeps!”
Happy the house that may not lie too long
Of mornings;
Little cries of hunger or of laughter        15
Wakening it,
Imperious fingers pushing up its eyes.
That house is living,
There is moving in it
The green sap of the world.        20
 
 
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