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August 29, 2012

The Little Woman

The little woman, to her I bow
And doff my hat as I pass her by;

I reverence the furrows that mark her brow.
And the sparkling love light in her eye.

The little woman who stays at home,
And makes no bid for the world's applause; Who never sighs for a chance to roam,
But toils all day in a grander cause.
The little woman, who seems so weak,
Yet bears her burdens day by day; And no one has ever heard her speak
In a bitter or loud complaining way. She sings a snatch of a merry song,
As she toils in her home from morn to night. Her work is hard and the hours are long
But the little woman's heart is light.
A slave to love is that woman small,
And yearly her burdens heavier grow, But somehow she seems to bear them all,
As the deep'ning lines in her white cheeks show. Her children all have a mother's care,
Her home the touch of a good wife knows; No burden's too heavy for her to bear,
But, patiently doing her best, she goes.

The little woman, may God be kind
To her wherever she dwells to-day; The little woman who seems to find
Her joy in toiling along life's way. May God bring peace to her work-worn breast
And joy to her mother-heart at last; May love be hers when it's time to rest,
And the roughest part of the road is passed.
The little woman — how oft it seems
God chooses her for the mother's part; And many a grown-up sits and dreams
To-day of her with an aching heart. For he knows well how she toiled for him
And he sees it now that it is too late; And often his eyes with tears grow dim
For the little woman whose strength was great.
-Edgar Guest

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