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Old Maid's Child | 15-Sep-06

Child of my body whom I never bore
Dear fruit of all a woman's fruitless pain
Come nestle in these empty arms again
Come, nuzzle at my milkless breasts once more

You cannot feel, and yet I hear your cries.
You seem to weep, because since you are blind
You cannot even see if I am kind.
Hush, darling! look through other children's eyes.

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It is quoted in the 2007 book "Singled Out: How Two Million Women Survived Without Men After the First World War," by Virginia Nicholson. She attributes the poem to Margery Fry. Her source is "The Single Woman" (1953).

Karin Hardy

This poem is quoted in Margery Fry's The Single Woman ('a broadcast talk with some additions'), Delisle, London,1953, 44 pp.
On p. 9, she writes: 'the desire for children is an instinct at least as profound as that of sex. Something of this is expressed in the following verses, which their author allows me to give here.'
She then gives the poem as it is quoted here, though with several comma differences.
Anna Davin


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