The meaning of Mother's Day as penned in Boston by Julia Ward Howe in 1870

  1. The meaning of Mother's Day as penned in Boston by Julia Ward Howe in 1870:

    Arise, then, women of this day!
    Arise all women who have hearts,
    Whether your baptism be that of water or of tears
    Say firmly:
    "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 patience.
    We women of one country
    Will be too tender of those of another country
    To allow our sons to be trained to injure theirs.
    From the bosom of the devastated earth a voice goes up with
    Our own. It says, "Disarm, Disarm!"
    The sword of murder is not the balance of justice!
    Blood does not wipe out dishonor
    Nor violence indicate possession.
    As men have often forsaken the plow and the anvil at the
    summons of war.
    Let women now leave all that may be left of home
    For a great and earnest day of counsel.
    Let them meet first, as women, to bewail and commemorate the
    dead.
    Let them 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.
    In the name of womanhood and humanity, I earnestly ask
    That a general congress of women without limit of
    nationality
    May be appointed and held at some place deemed most
    convenient
    And at the earliest period consistent with its objects
    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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