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The sisterhood of women.

Estelle M. H. Merrill (Jean Kincaid).
The nineteenth century is woman's century. Victor Hugo.

The century plant, through many a silent hour,
Within itself holds the potential power,
The possibility of its rare, perfect flower.

So as this “woman's century” its closing nears,
From slow and silent growth of by-gone years
The sisterhood of women, perfect flower, appears.

“My sister!” cries the rich unto the poor to-day;
And sinless Mary unto Magdalena may “My sister still thou art,” in yearning accents say.

After the flower comes fruitage; and what test
Can measure the good wrought, when love's behest
Compels the gift of each to other of her best!

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