A Mother Speaks

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A Mother Speaks  (1916) 
by Patrick Pearse

"A MOTHER SPEAKS", poem by P. H. Pearse, written in Arbour Hill Detention Barracks, 1st May, 1916. Published by The Office of Public Works, Dublin.

Dear Mary, that didst see thy first-born Son
Go forth to die amid the scorn of men
For whom He died,
Receive my first-born son into thy arms,
Who also hath gone out to die for men,
And keep him by thee till I come to him.
Dear Mary, I have shared thy sorrow,
And soon shall share thy joy.

This work was published before January 1, 1926, and is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.