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A jewel once dropped from life's gift cup
Which shone so wondrously, A Peri stooping, picked it up
And called it Poetry.
It comes as vision to the worn and blind,
As language to the wondering and dumb; It is a dream of worlds we left behind,
A rumor of the worlds that are to come.
I was born long ages ago, in the Garden of Para
dise, And Adam found me unwritten, in his fair Eve's
tender eyes. I live in Man and Nature and who seeks me wisely
knows I may lurk in the heart of a seeming churl, or hide in some wayside rose.
The life that makes all new;
Is put in language simple, pure and pat So that one says, while smiling o'er the page,
If I had tried, I could have written that.
23. Far off we catch the tuning of her lyre,
Or glimmer of her vestal fire see; She looks beyond earth's table-lands, and higher,
To shoreless thought's unpent eternal sea.
14. When winds and waters strive for human speech, When Love and Life would have their deep
things known, When Joy and Sorrow seek in words to teach, They make the Poet's stammering tongue their
Of love's sweet sorrow in a throbbing heart;
Of babies' eyes; of white lips fallen apart In death; of Truth and the rare souls she chose.
24. He of the flaming sword thus closed the direful
ban: Without is Eden also, if ye seek the King. Whereat the woman's face grew glorious for the
man, And toward the far horizon went they wondering
I touch these mortals lightly with a dream.,
My name is Beauty, but I'm not of Earth!
It is the chime- the cadence heavenly-sweet,
Heard on the loftiest table-lands of thought,-
Her light, where tremulous moonlit waters roll; Her passion scintillates the Poet's mind; Her image lies within the Poet's soul.
19, Music and Light, first of the heavenly throng,
Thou bringest earthward past the immortal bars, Thy lips a chalic murmurous with song,
And on thy brow the largess of the stars.
27. “ The bard's a thing," cries Plato, “light, with
For silence was more than speech to the wise,
Till the luring light of a woman's eyes Fired a madman to set words into rhyme!
29. Who says thy day is done, thine altar cold ?
Smile on, Immortal Beauty! let them rave; Thou shalt not die while flowers or hopes unfold,
Not till man's soul is laid in Nature's grave.
30. 'Tis the cry of soul anguish, the sigh of the sad; 'Tis the shout of all those who rejoice and are
glad; 'Tis the voice of the mother, the whisper of rest, And the true triumph-song of the pure and the blest.
And Shelley yielded to thy spell,
His name on water, loved thee well.
39. Thou hear'st the pang that speaks not o'er its
breath: Man's sister-confessor art thou-no more: Few see thy face full-fronted: seen it saith “Where Gods conversed stood beside the door."
40. Once Echo showed to me her gentle face,
And once a Shadow spoke sweet words to me, Then Shadow-music married Echo-grace,
And lo! their fairer child was Poetry.
41. One spot of green, water'd by hidden streams, Makes summer in the desert where it gleams; And mortals gazing on thy heavenly face Forget the woes of earth and share thy dreams.
32. A bit of blue sky the tempest to shame
A flurry of snow with the sunshine on itA thunder-peal and the heavens aflame:An epic, a song, a play, or a sonnet.
33. The Fount invisible whose overflow,
Murmurs divinely in the souls of men
The harmonies that never tongue nor pen Hath yet made clear to him who does not know.
42. It is the speech that angels know,
By poets overheard, The deepest thought by feeling's glow
To music softly stirred.
34. We name thee not the Angel of the Tomb:
O'er that, vain-glory fleets, waning wrath: God's light alone dispels the churchyard's gloom: Yet whisperings hast thou with God's Daughter, Faith.
35. Her face and form I oft would try to trace
But the shy maid loves Freedom more than bars;
Qutburst of wakened soul and worshipper; Flame of ignited minds, and Beauty's guise; Heaven's own revealer and interpreter!
38. The symphony of the responsive shell,
The voiced beauty of his soul who hears,
And to the lesser soul and duller ears Only the hollow murmur of a shell.
For the best Quatrain (subject: Poetry) received by the editor on or before June 1, 1889, one hundred dollars. First prize, $50; second prize, $30; third prize, $20.
First prize won by Charles E. Markham, San José, Cal. Second prize won by Miss Katherine Lee Bates, Wellesley, Mass. Third prize won by Bert Ingliss (Miss Kate Goode) Boydton, Va.
Judges: Clinton Scollard, Charles Goodrich Whiting, Henry Abbey, J. Macdonald Oxley, and Nettie Leila Michel.
Number of poems sent in competition 466; representing every state and territory in the United States, every province and territory in the Dominion of Canada. Poems also received from England, Ireland, Scotland, Germany and France.
1. Charles E. Markham. 2. Katherine Lee Bates. 3. Bert Ingliss. 4. D. M. Henderson. 5. Virna Woods. 6. Frances L. Mace. 7. Elisabeth Cavazza. 8. Annie Bronson King. 9. C. 1. Inge. 10. Evelyn English, II. Charles E. Markham. 12. A. A. Coleman, 13. Charles W. Hubner. 14. Caroline S. Spencer. 15. Mamie S. Paden. 16. James Newton Matthews. 17.
Croasdale E. Harris. 19. Francis Howard Williams. 20. Anne Reeve Aldrich. 21. Rev. M. R. Knight. 22. Mary F. Butts. 23. Louise Phillips. 24. St. James Cummings. 25. Mary E. Mannix. 26. Charles E. Markham. 27. Alice Williams Brotherton. 28. Clara J. Benedict. 29. Caroline S. Spencer. 30. Bertha H. Burnham. 31. Mary E. Blanchard. 32. Helen W. North. 33. Anna L. Muzzey. 34. Aubrey DeVere. 35. C. H. Crandall. 36. Mamie S. Paden. 37. A. P. Miller. 38. Elizabeth A. Hill. 39. Aubrey DeVere. 40: Louise V. Boyd. 41. Florence Earle Coates. 42. Alice Williams Brotherton.
fashioned itself into verse, and 'Leaf by Leaf' was written almost without volition as it seemed on my part. It was published in Gleason's Pictorial, and from thence copied widely into various papers, meanwhile being set to musc for a Boston publication, the composer claiming the words as his
This experience has been several times repeated, and twice even, in one magazine of late years. Meanwhile it makes its appearance in the form of sheet music adapted for the piano, becoming very popular and having large sales, this composer also claiming the authorship of the poem. In 1865, on being introduced to Mr. O'iver Ditson as the writer of this song, he immediately desired proof, which, when furnished, he set before the different publishers, and through his efforts credit has been given me in all subsequent editions. I had not thought that the simple ‘note of cheer,' sent to me that morning in the rose-garden, would make its way into other hearts or homes. A fine transcription of the song has been made by Wehli, adapted for the piano."
YEATS. “An Old Song Re-sung" is an attempt to reconstruct an old song from three lines imperfectly remembered by an old peasant woman in the village of Ballysodare, Sligo, who often sings them to herself.
HAYNE. The death of Paul Hamilton Hayne, one of the noblest poets that the South has produced, lends peculiar interest to“ Face to Face,” a lofty strain of final triumph. Mr. Hayne early devoted himself to literature, and his name is associated with nearly all the best American magazines, especially the Southern ones, several of which, though short lived, rose to eminence under his editorship. When the war deprived him of his fortune he still continued true to his standard. His picturesque little home near Augusta,furnished with what ancestral goods he managed to save in the destruction of Charleston, was the scene of his labors for twenty years. Having experienced all the phases of prosperity and adversity, his lingering decline with consumption made him a calm and fearless student of the coming change. The result is beautifully shown in this poem, which, though written two years before, by a strange coincidence was published in Harper's Magazine, just before the writer was permitted to verify its truth.
IBID. “Love's Autumn” is from Scribner's Magazine for October, 1880. Vol. 20, page 874.
SANGSTER. “Are the Children at Home?" was written in 1867, while the author was sitting on her pleasant veranda at Norfolk, Va., overlooking the Elizabeth River. Its blending of pathos, tenderness, and simplicity, are rarely equalled. Howe. Of the poem,
Leaf by Leaf the Roses Fall!" the author says: “It was written in Boston in 1856, while under the shadow of a great affliction. As I stood one morning in my friend's rose-garden amid the falling blossoms, the thought came to me that all life renewed itself in some form, and that even roses would bloom again in their time. The idea, grounded in my perception,
Hay. While on the Tribune staff Mr. Hay amused himself, one night, while waiting for 2. proof, by jotting down some rhymes running i his head, and read them afterwards to two o three of his associates. They liked them and urged him to publish them. He refused for some time, but their praise persuaded him, and one morning “ Little Breeches" appeared in the paper over the initials J. H. They were read more than anything printed in that issue of the Tribune; they were copied from Maine to California, and generally commended. The lesson of practical Christianity they enforced was ardently approved, and in a few weeks everybody knew that J. H. stood for John Hay, who had been Lincoln's private secretary, had seen much diplomatic service abroad, and is a particularly pleasant fellow. “Little Breeches" caused society and public to seek him; but he was too wise to allow himself to be hurt by what he called a rhyming accident. He wrote “ Jim Bludso" and several other dialect pieces, though he refused to beat out his material very thin. He was conscious of possessing something besides capacity for those rhythmic skits. After he had published “Castilian Days," which he considered serious work, he was often mortified to find that “Little Breeches" had the preference.
ALEXANDER. Mrs. Cecil Frances Alexander was born about 1830, and is the wife of William Alexander, D. D., Bishop of Derry, etc. She is the author of “Moral Songs, Hymns for Children," and Poems on Old Testament Subjects.” “The Burial of Moses" is her most famous poem.
BELL. “Spring's Immortality" is about to be set to music in England by William Marshal Hutchison, composer of “Dream Faces.”
WORKS CONSULTED IN THE PREPARATION OF THIS
NUMBER OF THE MAGAZINE OF POETRY."
HAYNE, PAUL HAMILTON. Poems. Complete edition, with numerous illustrations. Boston: D. Lothrop and Company, 1882. 8vo, pp. 6 and 386.
LAMPMAN, ARCHIBALD. Among the Millet and Other Poems. Ottawa: J. D. Durie and Son, 1888. 12mo, pp. 5 and 151.
BRUCE, WALLACE. Old Homestead Poems. Illustrated. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1888. 8vo pp. 10 and 167.
DE VERE, AUBREY. The Search after Proserpine and Other Poems, Classical and Meditative. New edition. London: Kegan Paul, Trench and Company. 12mo, pp. 14 and 384. Includes: The Search after Proserpine, Recollections of Greece and Other Poems, King Henry the Second at the Tomb of King Arthur, and Other Poems, Sonnels, Miscellaneous Poems, The Year of Sorrow and Other Poems, etc.
IBID. The Legends of Saint Patrick. Oiseen the Bard and Saint Patrick. Antar and Zara. Legends of Ireland's Heroic Age. New edition. London: Kegan Paul, Trench and Company, 1884. 12mo, pp. 16 and 447.
IBID. Alexander the Great, Saint Thomas of Canterbury, and Other Poems. New edition. London: Kegan Paul, Trench and Company, 1884. 12mo, pp. 10 and 428.
IBID. Legends of the Saxon Saints. London: Kegan Paul, Trench and Company, 1879. 12mo, pp. 52 and 289.
IBID. Legends and Records of the Church and Empire. London: Kegan Paul, Trench and Company, 1887. 12mo, pp. 28 and 310.
Ibid. May Carols; or, Ancilla Domini. Third edition, enlarged. London: Burns and Oates, 1881, 16mo, pp. 47 and 240.
SANGSTER, MARGARET E. Poems of the Household. Second edition. Boston: James R. Osgood and Company, 1883. 12mo, pp. 259.
And miscellaneous poems.
SHERMAN, FRANK DEMPSTER. Madrigals and Catches. Second edition. New York: Frederick A. Stokes and Brother. Ihmo, pp. 12 and 139.
HowE, CAROLINE DANA. Ashes for Flame and
IBID. Miscellaneous poems.
MATTHEWS, JAMES NEWTON. Tempe Vale and
12mo, pp. 200. Morris, Harrison S. A Duet in Lyrics. By Harrison S. Morris and John Arthur Henry. Phil. adelphia: Dan F. Gillin, 1883. 18mo, pp. 48.
IBID. Miscellaneous poems.
VANNAH, KATE. Verses. Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott and Company, 1883. i6mo, pp. 117.
Ibid. Miscellaneous poems.
HAY, JOHN. Pike County Ballads and Other Poems. Boston: James R. Osgood and Company, 1878. 12mo, pp. 167.
BARKER, DAVID. Miscellaneous poems.
LAVELY, HENRY ALEXANDER. The Heart's Choice and Other Poems. Cambridge: Printed at the Riverside Press, 1886. 16mo, pp. 72. FEARING, LILLIEN BLANCHE.
The Sleeping World and Other Poems. Chicago: A. C. MicClurg and Company, 1887. 16mo, pp. 116.
HOWELLS, WILLIAM DEAN. Poems. Boston: Ticknor and Company, 1886. 12mo, pp. 223.
Jones, IONE L. Miscellaneous poems.
YEATS, WILLIAM BUTLER. The Wanderings of Oisin and Other Poems. London: Kegan Paul, Trench and Company, 1889. 16mo, pp. 156.
STOCKARD, HENRY JEROME. Miscellaneous poems.
BARNES, Esther WALDEN. Miscellaneous poems.
INDEX OF COMPLETE POEMS
De Vere, 411
S. T. Clark.
Bay Fight, From the
De Vere. 411;
Sherman. 415 :
S. T. Clark 272
Carmen Sylva. 34
P. H. Hayne. 389