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The Mother (Author: Pádraic H. Pearse)


  1. 1] I do not grudge them: Lord, I do not grudge
    2] My two strong sons that I have seen go out
    3] To break their strength and die, they and a few,
    4] In bloody protest for a glorious thing,
    5] They shall be spoken of among their people,
    6] The generations shall remember them,
    7] And call them blessed;
    8] But I will speak their names to my own heart
    9] In the long nights;
    10] The little names that were familiar once
    11] Round my dead hearth.
    12] Lord, thou art hard on mothers:
    13] We suffer in their coming and their going;
    14] And tho' I grudge them not, I weary, weary
    15] Of the long sorrow—And yet I have my joy:
    16] My sons were faithful, and they fought.