by Montagu Slater (1902 - 1956)

Mother Comfort
Language: English 
Available translation(s): GER
Dear, shall we talk or will that cloud the sky?
Will you be Mother Comfort or shall I?
If I should love him where would our lives be?
And if you turn him out at last, then friendship pity me!
My longing, like my heart, beats to and fro.
Oh that a single life could be both Yes and No.
Ashamed to grant and frightened to refuse – 
Pity has chosen: Power has still to choose.
But darling, when that stretched out will is tired
Surely your timid prettiness longs to be overpowered?
Sure gossips have this sweet facility 
To tell transparent lies and, without pain, to cry.
Will you be Mother Comfort or shall I?


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Available translations, adaptations, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • GER German (Deutsch) (Elaine Marie Ortiz-Arandes) , title 1: "Mutter Trost", copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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