A South-Sea Islander

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Old 08-Oct-2010
A South-Sea Islander

Aloll in the warm clear water,
On her back with languorous limbs,
She lies. The baby upon her breasts
Paddles and falls and swims.

With half-closed eyes she smiles,
Guarding it with her hands;
And the sob swells up in my heart -
In my heart that understands.

Dear, in the English country,
The hatefullest land on earth,
The mothers are starved and the children die,
And death is better than birth!

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