Poetry of Kansas
 

Woman's Work.

Let her not lift a feeble voice and cry,
      "What is my work?" and fret at bars,and
      bands,
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
          care;
Where patient love, beneath some lowly
          roof,
      Its poem sweet is weaving unaware.

And soft and rich and rare the web shall be.
      O wife and mother, tender, brave and
      true,
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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