Patrick Henry Pearse

(10 November 1879 – 3 May 1916 / Great Brunswick / Ireland)

The Mother - Poem by Patrick Henry Pearse

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.


Comments about The Mother by Patrick Henry Pearse

  • Patti C-chatwin (3/8/2016 10:40:00 AM)

    My heart aches when I read this poignant poem.It bodes well to remember with pride, the sacrifice others have made so we could have freedom (Report) Reply

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  • Patti C-chatwin (3/8/2016 10:38:00 AM)

    My heart aches when I read this poignant poem, so beautifully and sensitively written, to try and, give some comfort to his mother, after her boys death, which, he had obviously anticipated. (Report) Reply

  • Margaret O Driscoll Margaret O Driscoll (5/23/2015 4:51:00 PM)

    So sad, so moving, powerful poem. (Report) Reply

  • Margaret O Driscoll Margaret O Driscoll (5/23/2015 4:51:00 PM)

    What a powerful poem! (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, May 25, 2012

Poem Edited: Friday, August 3, 2012


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