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Mary L. Cummins: The Women Who Wait

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Mary L. Cummins: The News of War

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Mary L. Cummins
The Women Who Wait

Think of the women who wait,
Through days that eat out the heart with their sorrow,
Through nights which are but a dread of the morrow;
E’en sleep brief freedom from fear may not borrow:
God pity the women who wait!

Think of the women who wait;
Wait for the dread words, “Killed,” “Missing,” or “Wounded”;
Wait – with fierce hope, which they know is unfounded;
Wait – till the death knell of joy has been sounded:
Oh, pray for the women who wait!

Think of the women who wait,
Far from the horror and clamor of battle,
Far from the noise of the cannon’s fierce rattle,
Dreaming of dear ones, who, herded like cattle,
Dream, too, of loved women who wait.

Think of the women who wait:
Dear Lord, at whose holy and wonderful birth
Angels sang forth in their gladness and mirth
“Goodwill unto men,” and sweet “Peace on the earth,”
Remember the women who wait.

Oh, faint-hearted women who wait,
Rise up in the spirit and might of your Lord,
Shake off this dread curse, this heart-piercing sword:
“An end to all war,” be our motto and word,
Release for the women who wait!

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