Sunday, May 10, 2009

Mother's Day Proclamation

The poet and abolitionist Julia Ward Howe, well-known as the author of The Battle Hymn of the Republic, wrote the "Mother's Day Proclamation" in 1870 in response to the death and devastation of the Civil War. It is at the origins of Mother's Day in America. Part is below (h/t CD):

Let them meet first, as women, to bewail and commemorate the dead.
Let them 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.