|Stedman and Hutchinson, comps. A Library of American Literature:|
An Anthology in Eleven Volumes. 1891.
Vols. IXXI: Literature of the Republic, Part IV., 18611889
|The Two Mothers|
|By Epiphanius Wilson (18451916)|
[Born in Liverpool, England, 1845. Died in Bronxville, N. Y., 1916.]
FOR fondling arm, warm breast, and lifes sweet tide,
| What dost thou to thy mother make return?|
|Some madcap girl can win thee from her side;|
| Few tears, at best, hast thou above her urn.|
|Only to Earth, thy mother, art thou just:|| 5|
| To her thou givest all within thy power,|
|Thy life, thy breath, thyself,a pinch of dust,|
| To star her bosom with a summer flower.|
The Atlantic Monthly. 1889.