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A Mother's Influence

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A Mother's Influence

I took a piece of plastic clayAnd idly fashioned it one day;And as my fingers pressed it stillIt moved and yielded at my will.

I came again when days were past,The form I gave it still it bore,And as my fingers pressed it still,I could change that form no more.

I took a piece of living clay,And gently formed it day by day,And molded with my power and art,A young child's soft and yielding heart.

I came again when days were gone;It was a man I looked upon,He still that early impress bore,And I could change it never more.