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Motherhood  (1870) 
by Alice Dalsheimer
Originally published in the summer of 1870 in the Times of New Orleans, Louisiana, under the pseudonym “Salvia Dale”


Two little arms around my neck,
 In artless, fond caressing;
Two little lips upon my own
 Sweet baby-kisses pressing;
Two sparkling eyes that beam with love
 Which knows no doubt or fearing;
A cooing voice that whispers soft
 Some lisping words endearing:
These, these the spells that banish care,
 Life's sweetest solace bringing,
And gratefully I clasp the joy
 From motherhood upspringing.