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WOMEN

OF THE

SCRIPTUR E S.

EVE.

MRS. LYDIA H. SIGOURNEY.

For the first time, a fair and goodly scene

Earth saw, and smiled, -
A lovely form, with pallid mien.

Bending o'er her new-born child.
The pang, the anguish, and the woe

That words have never told,
Fled, as the sun with noontide glow

Dissolves the snow-wreath cold,
Leaving the bliss that none but mothers know,

While he, the partner of her heaven-taught joy, Knelt in adoring praise beside his beauteous boy.

She, first of all our mortal race

Learned the ecstasy to trace
The expanding form of infant grace
From her own life-spring fed,

To mark, each radiant hour
Heaven's sculpture still more perfect growing,

More full of power,
The rounded foot, with timid tread,
Soon with elastic ardour glowing,
The fringed eye, with gladness flowing

As the pure, blue fountains roll,
And then, those lisping sounds to hear,

Unfolding to her thrilling ear
The strange, mysterious, never-dying soul, —

And, with delight intense,
To watch the angel-smile of sleeping innocence.

No more she mourned lost Eden's joy,

Or wept her cherished flowers
In their primeval bowers

By wrecking tempests riven,
The thorn and thistle of their exile's lot

She heeded not,
So all-absorbing was the sweet employ
To rear the incipient man,* the gift her God had given

But when his boyhood bold

A richer beauty caught,
Her kindling glance of pleasure told

• w And. Eve said, I have gotten a man from the Lord.”—Gen. iv. l.

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