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The Village Wife's Lament

Maurice Henry Hewlett

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .The laws are so for bird and beast,
And so we must live:
They give the most who have the least,
And gain of what they give.
For working women 'tis the luck,
A child on the lap;
And when a crust he learn to suck,
Another's for the pap.


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I know 'tis true, the laws of Life
Are holy to the poor:
Cleave you to her who is your wife,
Trust you in her store;
Eat you with sweat your self-won meat,
Labour the stubborn sod,
And that your heat may quicken it,
Wait still upon God.
[Pg 15] Hallow with praise the wheeling days
Until the cord goes slack,
Until the very heartstring frays,
Until the stiffening back
Can ply no more; keep then the door,
And, thankful in the sun,
Watch you the same unending war
Ontaken by your son.


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Community Reviews

Dramatic, sing-songy poem of varying quality narrated by a village wife who has just lost her husband in WWI and their baby soon after birth.

The six-part poem begins with the bereaved looking for answers in her grief, angry with all the men responsible for war and guilty with her feminine responsib