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     ‘A poor man's wife am I, and yet,’
Said one, “I am a queen.

My realm a little homestead is,
     Where, lacking crown and throne,
I rule by loving services
     And patient toil alone. “

The other said: “The great world lies
     Beyond me as it lay;
O'er love's and duty's boundaries
     My feet may never stray.

I see but common sights of home,
     Its common sounds I hear,
My widowed mother's sick-bed room
     Sufficeth for my sphere.

I read to her some pleasant page
     Of travel far and wide,
And in a dreamy pilgrimage
     We wander side by side.

And when, at last, she falls asleep,
     My book becomes to me
A magic glass: my watch I keep,
     But all the world I see.

A farm-wife queen your place you fill,
     While fancy's privilege
Is mine to walk the earth at will,
     Thanks to the Wishing Bridge. “

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