The Hand That Rocks The Cradle Rules The World

by Wendy on July 2, 2012

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A beautiful young mom of 5 small children recently reminded me of a quote that I love: “The hand that rocks the cradle is the hand that rules the world.”  That, and replying to some comments on my Spanking series, caused me to look up where this quote comes from.  Here are the words to the beautiful poem which includes this quote in its refrain.  May it bless you!

William Ross Wallace (1819-1881)

THE HAND THAT ROCKS THE CRADLE IS

THE HAND THAT RULES THE WORLD.

BLESSINGS on the hand of women!
Angels guard its strength and grace.
In the palace, cottage, hovel,
Oh, no matter where the place;
Would that never storms assailed it,
Rainbows ever gently curled,
For the hand that rocks the cradle
Is the hand that rules the world.

Infancy’s the tender fountain,
Power may with beauty flow,
Mothers first to guide the streamlets,
From them souls unresting grow—
Grow on for the good or evil,
Sunshine streamed or evil hurled,
For the hand that rocks the cradle
Is the hand that rules the world.

Woman, how divine your mission,
Here upon our natal sod;
Keep—oh, keep the young heart open
Always to the breath of God!
All true trophies of the ages
Are from mother-love impearled,
For the hand that rocks the cradle
Is the hand that rules the world.

Blessings on the hand of women!
Fathers, sons, and daughters cry,
And the sacred song is mingled
With the worship in the sky—
Mingles where no tempest darkens,
Rainbows evermore are hurled;
For the hand that rocks the cradle
Is the hand that rules the world.

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Theresa July 6, 2012 at 9:26 AM

I never knew that saying came from a poem. Thank you for sharing that. Nice to “see” you in this space again. :)

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Wendy July 6, 2012 at 1:35 PM

Thanks, Theresa. Yes, it was interesting to find that out for me, too! It’s such a true saying that we need to be reminded of continually–moms are the most important and influential people in children’s lives, and always will be!

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Phyllis Sather July 3, 2012 at 5:26 PM

Good to see you again. Love the poem.

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Wendy July 6, 2012 at 1:33 PM

Wonderful to be here (thanks for commenting:) and also to have been with young moms lately, and their children, who I love! Reminds me how important this ministry is to my heart–and how much others need encouragement. I will try to do a better job of sharing encouragement:)

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