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To-day Jerusalem hails Thee divine,
Yet storm of death awaits to rend the calm! What, then, if grief and bitterness like Thine
To me shall come, I shall not lack this balm,To know, that if Thy way of peace be mine, The amaranth is sweeter than the palm!
ROWLAND B. MAHANY. - Buffalo Sunday Express, March 22, 1891.
TO SLEEP! to sleep! The long bright day is done, And darkness rises from the fallen sun.
To sleep! to sleep!
How dare one say it?
the long, long times' thick dotted roads,
areas, The shining clusters and the Milky Ways of stars-
Nature's pulses reap'd, All retrospective passions, heroes, war, love, ador
ation, All ages' plummets dropt to their utmost depths, All human lives, throats, wishes, brains-all exper
iences' utterance; After the countless songs, or long or short, all
tongues, all lands, Still something not yet told in poesy's voice or print
something lacking, (Who knows? the best yet unexpress’d and lacking).
SAIL OUT FOR GOOD, EIDÓLON YACHT! Heave the anchor short! Raise the main-sail and jib-steer forth, O little white-hull'd sloop, now speed on really deep
waters, (I will not call it our concluding voyage, But outset and sure entrance to the truest, best,
maturest;) Depart, depart from solid earth-no more returning
to these shores, Now on for aye our infinite free venture wending, Spurning all yet tried ports, seas, hawsers, densities,
gravitation, Sail out for good, eidólon yacht of me!
Whate'er thy joys, they vanish with the day; Whate'er thy griefs, in sleep they fade away.
To sleep! to sleep!
Sleep, mournful heart, and let the past be past! Sleep, happy soul! All life will sleep at last. To sleep! to sleep!
ALFRED, LORD TENNYSON. - The New Review, March, 1891.
WHAT SHALL IT PROFIT?
AFTER THE ARGUMENT.
If I lay waste and wither up with doubt
WILLIAM DEAN HOWELLS. -Harper's Magazine, February, 1891.
A group of little children with their ways and chatter
flow in, Like welcome rippling water o'er my heated nerves and flesh.
WALT WHITMAN. -Lippincott's Magazine, March, 1891.
Of the purling waters faintly Whispered music, soft and saintly,
The sobering touch of time
Holds back the hasty rhyme That in the heat of youth once spurned control;
For snared in webs of thought
His flying dreams are caught; Age looks beyond the senses to the soul.
Sad, ah, sad the after summer
Where we know
As they grow
Hu MAXWELL. -For The Magazine of Poetry.
Ah, could the singer's art
Assume the loftier part
Ah, could life's grander themes
Flow like the early streams, What minstrel then would say he had lived too long ?
CHRISTOPHER P. CRANCH. --Harper's Magasine, February, 1891.
SYDNEY LANIER. (Read at the Unveiling of the Poet's Bust, in Macon, Ga.)
I hold a prism to mine upturned eye,
Ten thousand shimmering rainbows arch the sky,
And interblend their glorious radiancy; All gross and common things fade from my view, And, in her virgin beauty robed anew,
The Earth, once more, an Eden seems to be.
GAUNT wreckers watch the wintry coast at night;
The tempest rages in the outward gloom;
Rough men are praying unto God to doom
Upon the fated ship, a floating tomb,
Who for his sentence in distraction waits,
FRANCIS S. SALTUS. – Witch of En-dor and Other Poems.
Such are, to me, the glorifying powers
Of thy rare verse, O crystal-souled Lanier;
What valiant war for Truth thy pen did wage!
Thy stainless song recalls Art's golden age,
CHARLES W. HUBNER. For The Magazine of Poetry.
He thought he once could sing
A song of love and spring, But stammered, though he held a full-strung lyre;
Because he lacked the art
Which later years impart; Because the skill was less than the desire.
In the night, in the night, I a mocking-bird heard sing,
In the loneliness and gloom
Of his close, wire-woven room; But he longed with rapid wing
From his prison to take fight; And 'twas for a fancied mate That he sang so loud and late,
In the night.
And now he seems to know
Just how the tune should flow, But misses the young ardor once so strong.
The impulse of the heart
Is slower than the art;
In the night, in the night, Like the captive mocking-bird,
I sit in my chamber dim,
THE BIBLIOMANIAC'S PRAYER.
By a longing sweet am stirred,
And dream of a lost delight;
W. L. SHOEMAKER. -For The Magazine of Poetry.
KEEP me, I pray, in wisdom's way,
That I may truths eternal seek; I need protecting care to-day,
My purse is light, my flesh is weak; So banish from my erring heart
All baleful appetites and hints Of Satan's fascinating art
Of first editions and of prints. Direct me in some godly walk
Which leads away from bookish strife, That I with pious deed and talk
May extra-illustrate my life.
JAMES GRAHAM. -For The Magazine of Poetry.
But if, O Lord, it pleaseth Thee
To keep me in temptation's way,
Most notably beset to-day.
Which I shall purchase, hold and keep,
They'll wail to know I got it cheap.
As in rare copperplates abounds!-
EUGENE FIELD. -A Little Book of Western Verse.
When I was young the twilight seemed too long.
How often on the western window seat
A. MARY F. ROBINSON. - The Athenicum.
burgh: Edmondston & Douglas, 1868. 16mo, pp. viii and 344, and viii and 336.
Ibid. The Book of Orm. (A Prelude to the Epic.) London: Strahan & Co., 1880. 16mo, pp. x and 262.
IBID. The Drama of Kings. London: Strahan & Co., 1871. 12mo, pp. xviii and 472.
IBID. Poetical Works. London: Henry S. King & Co., 1874. Boston: James R. Osgood & Co. Post Svo, pp. x and 317, viii and 347.
Ibid. Ballads of Life, Love, and Humor. With a Frontispiece by Arthur Hughes. London: Chatto & Windus, 1882. 16mo, pp. xii and 355.
Ibid. The Earthquake, or Six Days and a Sabbath. London: Chatto & Windus; 1885. 16mo, pp. vi and 236.
Willson, FORCEYTHE. The Old Sergeant, and Other Poems. Boston: Ticknor & Fields, 1867. 16mo, pp. vi and 115.
BATES, ARLO. Berries of the Brier. Second edition. Boston: Roberts Brothers, 1888. 16mo, pp. 95.
IBID. Sonnets in Shadow. Boston: Roberts Brothers, 1887. 16mo, pp. 48.
GRIFFITH, GEORGE BANCROFT. Miscellaneous poems.
MOORE, AUGUSTA. Miscellaneous poems.
BATES, MARGRET HOLMES, Miscellaneous poems.
MEYNELL, ALICE. Preludes. London, 1875.
CLEAVELAND, CHARLES LORENZO. Miscellaneous poems.
LYTTON, ROBERT, LORD. Poetical works. “Lucile,” “The Apple of Life,” “The Wanderer, Clytemnestra,” etc. New York: Thomas Y. Crowell & Co. Izmo, pp. 480.
Ibid. Fables in Song. Boston: James R. Osgood & Co. 16mo, pp. 332.
Ibid. The Poetical Works of Owen Meredith. Household edition. Boston: James R. Osgood & Co., 1875. 12mo, pp. 406. Ibid. Poems of Owen Meredith. In two vol
Boston: Ticknor & Fields, 1866. 16mо. . Ibid. Lucile. Boston: James R. Osgood & Co., 1878. 16mo, pp. iv and 251.
Ibid. Glenaveril; or, The Metamorphoses. A poem in six books. New York: D. Appleton & Co., 1885. 12mo, pp. 646.
Ibid. After Paradise; or, Legends of Exile, with Other Poems. Boston: Estes & Lauriat, 1887. 16mo, pp. 232.
McKINNIE, PATTERSON LEON. Miscellaneous poems.
RICHARDSON, MARY E. M. Miscellaneous poems.
ROBINSON, HARRIET H. The New Pandora. A drama. New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1889. 12mo, pp. 151.
Ibid. Miscellaneous poems.
ARNOLD, Edwin. The Light of Asia, or The Great Renunciation, being The Life and Teaching of Guatama, Prince of India and Founder of Buddhism. As Told in Verse by an Indian Buddhist. London: Trübner & Co., 1879. 16mo, pp. xvi and 238.
Ibid. Poems. Boston: Roberts Brothers, 1880. 16mo, pp. xv and 246.
Ibid. Pearls of the Faith, or Islam's Rosary. Being the ninety-nine Beautiful Names of Allah. With Comments in Verse from Various Oriental Sources. Boston: Roberts Brothers, 1883. 16mo, pp. vi and 319.
Ibid. The Secret of Death. (From the Sanskrit.) With Some Collected Poems. Boston: Roberts Brothers, 1885. 16mo, pp. x and 252.
Ibid. Birthday Book. Compiled from the works of Edwin Arnold, with new and additional poems written expressly therefor. Edited by Katherine Lilian Arnold and Constance Arnold, his daughters. Boston: D. Lothrop & Co., 1884. 16mo, pp. 441.
Ibid. The Light of the World, or the Great Consummation. New York: Funk & Wagnalls, 1891. 12mo, pp. 286.
BELL, ORELIA KEY. Miscellaneous poems.
HEWITT, JOHN H. Poems. Baltimore, 1853. 16mo, pp. 235.
SWAFFORD, Mrs. M. (BELLE BREMER). Wych Elm. Poems. Buffalo: Charles Wells Moulton, 1891. 16mo, pp. viii and 99.
MOUNTCASTLE, CLARA H. The Mission of Love; Lost; and Other Poems, with Songs and Valentines. By Caris Sima. Toronto: Hunter, Rose & Co., 1882. I 2mo, pp. 200.
KENT, LUCIAN HERVEY. Sunshine and Storm Rendered in Rhyme. Sandusky, Ohio: J. F. Mack & Bro., 1883. 12mo, pp. 166.
Kerr, Rev. ROBERT. Miscellaneous poems.
WELLS, Harry · LAURENZ. Miscellaneous poems.
WEBSTER, GEORGE W. Miscellaneous poems.
Harlow, William BURT. Songs of Syracuse and Other Poems. Syracuse, N. Y.: W. B. Harlow, 1890. 16mo, pp. 74.