I, too

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by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

I saw fond lovers in that glow
   That oft-times fades away too soon:
I saw and said, 'Their joy I know -
   I, too, have had my honeymoon.'

A young expectant mother's gaze
   Held earth and heaven within its scope:
My thoughts went back to holy days -
   I said, 'I, too, have known that hope.'

I saw a stricken mother swayed
   By sorrow's storm, like wind-blown grass:
I said, 'I, too, dismayed
   Have seen the little white hearse pass.'

I saw a matron rich with years
   Walk radiantly beside her mate:
I blessed them, and said through my tears,
   'I, too, have known that high estate.'

I saw a woman swathed in black
   So blind with grief she could not see:
I said, 'Not far need I look back -
   I, too, have known Gethsemane.'

I saw a face so full of light,
   It seemed with all God's truths to shine:
I said, 'I, too, have found my sight,
   I, too, have touched the Fact Divine.'

from Hello, Boys! by Ella Wheeler Wilcox (1919)

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