Study Guide

Ballad of Birmingham Stanza 6

By Dudley Randall

Stanza 6

Lines 21-24

The mother smiled to know her child
Was in the sacred place,
But that smile was the last smile
To come upon her face.

  • The child is in "the sacred place": the church.Ā 
  • This stanza has some foreshadowing. Things seem hunky-dory now, but we learn that the mother's comfort is her final joy in life. Something bad is coming: the mother never smiles again.

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