Monday, February 14, 2005

A proclamation...............

A Mother's Day Proclamation, by Julia Ward Howe, Boston, 1870, according to Suzanne Taylor

Arise, then, women of this day!
Arise all women who have hearts...
We will not have great questions decided by irrelevant agencies,
Our husbands shall not come to us reeking of carnage,
For caresses and applause.
Our sons shall not be taken from us to unlearn
All that we have been able to teach them of charity, mercy and
Let [women] then solemnly take counsel with each other as to the means
Whereby the great human family can live in peace,
Each bearing after his own time the sacred impress, not of Caesar,
But of God...
To promote the alliance of the different nationalities,
The amicable settlement of international questions.
The great and general interests of peace

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