Lord, speak again

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by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

   When God had formed the Universe, He thought
   Of all the marvels therein to be wrought
   And to His aid then Motherhood was brought.

   ‘My lesser self, the feminine of Me,
   She will go forth throughout all time,’ quoth He,
   ‘And make My world what I would have it be.

   ‘For I am weary, having laboured so,
   And for a cycle of repose would go
   Into that silence which but God may know.

   ‘Therefore I leave the rounding of My plan
   To Motherhood; and that which I began
   Let woman finish in perfecting man.

   ‘She is the soil: the human Mother Earth:
   She is the sun, that calls the seed to earth.
   She is the gardener, who knows its worth.

   ‘From Me, all seed, of any kind must spring.
   Divine the growth such seed and soil will bring.
   For all is Me, and I am everything.’

   Thus having spoken to Himself aloud,
   His glorious face upon His breast He bowed,
   And sought repose behind a wall of cloud.

   Come forth, O God! though great Thy thought and good,
   In shaping woman for true Motherhood,
   Lord, speak again; she has not understood.

   The centuries pass: the cycles roll along—
   The earth is peopled with a mighty throng,
   Yet men are fighting and the world goes wrong.

   Lord, speak again, ere yet it be too late,
   Unloved, unwanted souls come through earth’s gate:
   The unborn child is given a dower of hate.

   Thy world progresses in all ways save one.
   In Motherhood, for which it was begun,
   Lord, Lord, behold how little has been done!

   Children are spawned like fishes in the sand.
   With ignorance and crime they fill the land.
   Lord, speak again, till mothers understand.

   It is not all of Motherhood to know
   Conception pleasure or deliverance woe.
   Who plants the seed should help the shoot to grow.

   Better a barren soil than weed and tare,
   Or sickly plants that die for want of care
   In poisonous jungles, void of sun and air.

   True Motherhood is not alone to breed
   The human race; it is to know and heed
   Its holiest purpose and its highest need.

   Lord, speak again, so woman shall be stirred
   With the full meaning of that mighty word
   True Motherhood. She has not rightly heard.


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