"For her price is far above rubies"

This world of ours sees overmuch of pain;
But there are those with skill to heal the hurt,
And some of them are women.

And in this world too many children weep;
But there are some who wipe away the tears,
And most of them are women.

And one there was who gave me precious life,
And brought me up with love and understanding;
And that one was a woman - and my mother.

And then, praise be to God, there came another
Who fills each moment of my life with joy
And that one is a woman - and my wife.

14 February 1992