Poetry of Kansas

Woman's Work.

Let her not lift a feeble voice and cry,
      "What is my work?" and fret at bars,and
While all about her life's plain duties lie,
 Waiting undone beneath her idle hands.

The noblest life oft hath, for warp and woof,
      Small, steady-running threads of daily
Where patient love, beneath some lowly
      Its poem sweet is weaving unaware.

And soft and rich and rare the web shall be.
      O wife and mother, tender, brave and
Rejoice, be glad ! and bend a thankful knee
      To God, who giveth thee thy work to do.

__Ellen P. Allerton.

Annabel and Other Poems
Ellen P. Allerton
(New York: John B. Alden, Publisher. 1885)
Pages 147-148

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