Saturday, May 13, 2006

Happy Mothers Day!

Having seen this over at Marty's place, I thought I'd share the wealth. Julia Ward Howe, the author of the "Battle Hymn of the Republic," wrote this powerful speech in the days following the Civil War (from which Mothers Day sprung as an anti-war effort!)

Great stuff, thanks Marty.


Arise, then, women of this day! Arise all women who have hearts, whether our baptism be that of water or of fears!

Say firmly: "We will not have great questions decided by irrelevant agencies. Our husbands shall not come to us, reeking with carnage, for caresses and applause. Our sons shall not be taken from us to unlearn all that we have been able to teach them of charity, mercy and patience.

We women of one country will be too tender of those of another country to allow our sons to be trained to injure theirs. From the bosom of the devastated earth a voice goes up with our own. It says "Disarm, Disarm! The sword of murder is not the balance of justice."

Blood does not wipe our dishonor nor violence indicate possession. As men have often forsaken the plow and the anvil at the summons of war, let women now leave all that may be left of home for a great and earnest day of counsel. Let them meet first, as women, to bewail and commemorate the dead.

Let them then solemnly take counsel with each other as to the means whereby the great human family can live in peace, each bearing after their own time the sacred impress, not of Caesar, but of God.

In the name of womanhood and of humanity, I earnestly ask that a general congress of women without limit of nationality may be appointed and held at some place deemed most convenient and at the earliest period consistent with its objects, to promote the alliance of the different nationalities, the amicable settlement of international questions, the great and general interests of peace.

Julia Ward Howe
Boston, 1870


Pam in Tucson said...

Dan - this is a wonderful statement. Thanks so much for posting it.

Deb said...

Yeah, thanks Dan. I was not aware of Howe's connection with Mother's Day until a newspaper columnist wrote about it this week. Here I thought Mother's Day was invented by Hallmark...

I am thinking of a mother who lives near here, who lost a son in Iraq about a year ago. She's running for governor, God bless her.

Marty said...

You are quite welcome Dan. Happy Mother's Day to your wife and mom!

Dan Trabue said...

And thank you all very much. You all are Great Strong Women, too, ya know.