You could not make it your life’s only quest,
Nor watch the poor corpse long in its decay.
Go forth, dear, thou hast much to do on earth;
In life’s campaign there waits thee a great part,
Much to be won and conquered of more worth
Than this poor victory of a woman’s heart.
For me the daylight of my years is dim.
I seek not gladness, yet shall find content
In such small duties as are learned of Him
Who bore all sorrows, till my youth is spent.
Yet come what may to me of weal or woe,
I love thee, bless thee, dear, where’er thou go.

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