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George Herbert Clarke, ed. (1873–1953).  A Treasury of War Poetry.  1917.
 
149. A Mother’s Dedication
 
By Margaret Peterson
 
 
DEAR son of mine, the baby days are over,
I can no longer shield you from the earth;
Yet in my heart always I must remember
How through the dark I fought to give you birth.
 
Dear son of mine, by all the lives behind you;        5
By all our fathers fought for in the past;
In this great war to which your birth has brought you,
Acquit you well, hold you our honour fast!
 
God guard you, son of mine, where’er you wander;
God lead the banners under which you fight;        10
You are my all, I give you to the Nation,
God shall uphold you that you fight aright.
 

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