The death of infancy.
--As the infant begins to discriminate between the objects around, it soon discovers one countenance that ever smiles upon it with peculiar benignity.
When it wakes from its sleep, there is one watchful form ever bent over its cradle.
If startled by some unhappy dream, a guardian angel seems ever, ready to soothe its fears.
If cold, that ministering spirit brings it warmth; if hungry, she feeds it; if in pain, she relieves it; if happy, she caresses it. In joy or sorrow, in weal or woe, she is the first object of its thoughts.
Her presence is its heaven.
The mother is the deity of infancy.