Poetry of Kansas

A Woman's Hand

A woman's hand, in jewels dressed,
Or wearied by life's toilsome quest,__
    Though supple, dimpled, clinging, bold, 
    Though wrinkled, trembling, cringing, old,__
Is ever strong and ever blessed. 
Rich stores of tenderness confessed,
Sweet welcomes lingering in the breast, 
    Love, sympathy, and hope enfold 
            A woman's hand. 
In toyings of the cradle-nest, 
In sweetheart's shyly made behest, 
    In maiden's touch or mother's hold,__
    Wherever hearts must be controlled, 
Earth's highest, sweetest powers invest 
            A woman's hand. 
__Charles Moreau Harger.

Kansas in Literature
(Topeka: Crane & Co. 1900)
Pages 102-103

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April 21, 2002 / John & Susan Howell / Wichita, Kansas / howell@kotn.org

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