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The Mother

The Mother is a sad poem by Padraic Pearse. It is about a mother than raises her two boys, but then they die fighting for Irish independence.

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Although the mother is proud that her sons fought and died for their country, she is still heartbroken that they are gone.
Mothers-Day-The-Mother-Pearse Image copyright Ireland Calling
The Mother by Padraic Pearse. Image copyright Ireland Calling

The Mother

I do not grudge them; Lord, I do not grudge
My two strong sons that I have seen go out
To break their strength and die, they and a few,
In bloody protest for a glorious thing.
They shall be spoken of among their people,
The generations shall remember them,
And call them blessed;
But I will speak their names to my own heart
In the long nights;
The little names that were familiar once
Round my dead hearth.
Lord, thou art hard on mothers:
We suffer in their coming and their going;
And tho’ I grudge them not, I weary, weary
Of the long sorrow — And yet I have my joy:
My sons were faithful, and they fought.

The Mother by Padraic Pearse. Image copyright Ireland Calling

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