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Thomas Humphry Ward, ed.  The English Poets.  1880–1918.
Vol. V. Browning to Rupert Brooke
A Mother to Her Baby
By Mary Elizabeth Coleridge (1861–1907)
WHERE were you, Baby?
  Where were you, dear?
Even I have known you
  Only a year.
You were born, Baby,        5
  When I was born,
Twelve months ago you
  Left me forlorn.
Why did you leave me,
  Heart of my heart?        10
Then I was all of you,
  Now you are part.
You lived while I lived,
  We two were one.
We two are two now        15
  While the days run.
Every maid born, love,
  Womanly, mild,
Is in herself, love,
  Mother and child.        20
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