DO YOU KNOW you have asked for the costliest thing

         Ever made by the Hand above?

         A woman’s heart, and a woman’s life—

         And a woman’s wonderful love.


         Do you know you have asked for this priceless thing

         As a child might ask for a toy?

         Demanding what others have died to win,

         With the reckless dash of a boy.


         You have written my lesson of duty out;

         Manlike, you have questioned me.

         Now stand at the bar of my woman’s soul

         Until I shall question thee.


         You require your mutton shall be always hot,

         Your socks and your shirt be whole;

         I require your heart to be true as God’s stars

         And as pure as His heaven your soul.


         You require a cook for your mutton and beef,

         I require a far greater thing;

         A seamstress you’re wanting for socks and shirts—

         I look for a man and a king.


         A king for the beautiful realm called Home,

         And a man that his Maker, God,

         Shall look upon as He did on the first

         And say: “It is very good.”

         I am fair and young, but the rose may fade

         From my soft young cheek one day;

         Will you love me then ‘mid the falling leaves,

         As you did ‘mong the blossoms of May?


         Is your heart an ocean so strong and deep,

         I may launch my all on its tide?

         A loving woman finds heaven or hell

         On the day she is made a bride.


         I require all things that are grand and true,

         All things that a man should be;

         If you give this all, I would stake my life

         To be all you demand of me.


         If you cannot be this, a laundress and cook

         You can hire and little to pay;

         But a woman’s heart and a woman’s life

         Are not to be won that way.

                                        By: LENA LATIIROP

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