A WOMAN’S QUESTION

         

         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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