Poem: “The Hand That Rocks the Cradle Is the Hand That Rules the World” by W. R. Wallace

William Ross Wallace (1819-1891) - American Poet. Son of Presbyterian Minister.

William Ross Wallace (1819-1891) – American Poet. Son of Presbyterian Minister.

 

THE HAND THAT ROCKS THE CRADLE IS
    THE HAND THAT RULES THE WORLD.

      BLESSINGS on the hand of women! 
        Angels guard its strength and grace. 
      In the palace, cottage, hovel, 
          Oh, no matter where the place; 
      Would that never storms assailed it, 
          Rainbows ever gently curled, 
      For the hand that rocks the cradle 
          Is the hand that rules the world.

      Infancy’s the tender fountain, 
          Power may with beauty flow, 
      Mothers first to guide the streamlets, 
          From them souls unresting grow— 
      Grow on for the good or evil, 
          Sunshine streamed or evil hurled, 
      For the hand that rocks the cradle 
          Is the hand that rules the world.

      Woman, how divine your mission, 
          Here upon our natal sod; 
      Keep—oh, keep the young heart open 
          Always to the breath of God! 
      All true trophies of the ages 
          Are from mother-love impearled, 
      For the hand that rocks the cradle 
          Is the hand that rules the world.

      Blessings on the hand of women! 
          Fathers, sons, and daughters cry, 
      And the sacred song is mingled 
          With the worship in the sky— 
      Mingles where no tempest darkens, 
          Rainbows evermore are hurled; 
      For the hand that rocks the cradle 
          Is the hand that rules the world.

Published in 1865

 

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5 thoughts on “Poem: “The Hand That Rocks the Cradle Is the Hand That Rules the World” by W. R. Wallace

  1. KQ That is a great poem which I was introduced to as a stupid college boy. As I’ve gotten older, and wiser, it’s still great.

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