09 May 2010

The spirit of Mothers Day

Today is the American Mothers Day (the British one is in the middle of Lent). It is worth remembering the spirit in which it was started. Mother's Day Proclamation by Julia Ward Howe - Mother's Day History:
Arise then...women of this day!
Arise, all women who have hearts!
Whether your baptism be of water or of tears!
Say firmly:

'We will not have questions answered by irrelevant agencies,
Our husbands will not come to us, reeking with 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, the women of one country,
Will be too tender of those of another country
To allow our sons to be trained to injure theirs.'


Yewtree said...


Would it be superfluous to point out that Julia Ward Howe was a Unitarian? :)

Steve Hayes said...

Not at all superfluous. I previously only knew of her as the author of a hymn, "Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord", which was in the Methodist Hymn Book, and appeared to be glorifying the American Civil War. So I thought it interesting that she was responsible for the American Mothers Day as well, and that she saw it primarily in terms of promoting peace.

Yewtree said...

Here's the UU biography page for her.


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