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DICKINSON, CHARLES M. The Children and Other Verses. New York: Cassell & Company, 1889. 16mo, pp. v and 140.
FERRIS, L. D. W. Miscellaneous poems.
SCOTT, Sir Walter. Poetical Works, with Introduction and Notes. Complete edition. New York: Thomas Y. Crowell & Co.
12mo, pp. vi and 659.
Willson. When “The Old Sergeant” was first published, the attention of Mr. John James Piatt, who had met the poet three years before, was directed to the poem by a prominent Union member of Congress, who, “prefacing his confession with familiar Kentucky emphasis,” said, “I cried when I read that." Mr. Piatt continues: “I took the paper home and read the poem aloud, -or tried to read it aloud, and after the bluff old Kentuckian's confession, I did not think it shameful weakness to have cried too." Mr. Piatt at once attributed the authorship of the poem to Willson, and in answer to a note of inquiry, the latter responded, not openly admitting the fact, but saying, “You speak of a production, ‘The Old Sergeant,' assuming it to be mine, and say
- wept over it. So did I." In a note to Prof. Lewis, Dr. O. W. Holmes says: “I read one or two of his poems, which led me to make his acquaintance. He was a tall, striking looking man, rather shy, I should say, but pleasant when one had gained his confidence. reader and admirer of Thoreau, and, I think, of Emerson. A Spiritualist, who was, as he thought, in near relations with disembodied beings,-his deceased father and wife. The latter would float in the air before him. One day a feather fell in his path. He looked upon this as a mystic event-a token of some kind, not an ordinary occurrence, and wrote a poem about it, of which he gave me a manuscript copy. ... I do not think many persons made his acquaintance, except Longfellow, Lowell and myself, but I do not know. I went to see him first, and afterwards he visited me repeatedly.”
GRIFFITH. Among the lofty mountains and elevated valleys of Switzerland, the Alpine horn has another use besides that of sounding the farfamed Ranz des Vaches, or Cow Song, and this is of a very solemn and impressive nature. When the sun has set in the valley, and the snowy sum
mits of the mountains gleam with golden light, the herdsman, who dwells upon the highest habitable spot, takes his horn and pronounces clearly and loudly through it, as through a speaking-trumpet, * Praise the Lord God!' As soon as the sound is heard by the neighboring huntsmen, they issue from their huts, take their Alpine horns and repeat the same words. This frequently lasts a quarter of an hour, and the call resounds from all the mountains and rocky cliffs around. Silence at length settles over the scene. All the huntsmen kneel and pray with uncovered heads. Meantime, it has become quite dark. 'Good-night!' at last calls the highest herdsman through his horn. 'Good-night!' again resounds from all the mountains, the horns of the huntsmen, and the rocky cliffs. The mountaineers then retire to their dwellings and to rest."
MEYNELL. Mrs. Meynell, notwithstanding that she has only published one slight volume of verse, is generally acknowledged to be one of the sweetest singers among living poets. With the exception of “Renouncement" her sonnets are to be found in her volume, “Preludes," illustrated by her sister, Lady Butler (Elizabeth Thompson). Several of them show a very marked affinity to the love sonnets of Mrs. Browning. In this class I know no nobler or more beautiful sonnet than “Renouncement,” and I have so considered it ever since that day I first heard it, when Rossetti (who knew it by heart), repeating it to me, added that it was one of the three finest sonnets ever written by woman.
W. S. McKINNIE. Mr. McKinnie's poem on “Sherman and Porter" was written for and read at a memorial mass-meeting held at the Auditorium, Chicago, Sunday, March 1, 1891, to an audience of 7,000 people. Nearly 2,000 persons were turned away from the doors, being unable to gain admittance.
KERR. On December 17, 1856, in King Street Church, Kilmarnock, the author of these verses on Louis Kossuth had the honor of presenting a public testimonial to the Ex-Governor of Hungary, and of crowning him with a Kilmarnock bonnet, in presence of a large and enthusiastic audience.
DICKINSON. Mr. Dickinson's most famous poem, "The Children," was published in The MAGAZINE OF Poetry for April, 1889. Vol. I, No. 2, page 240.
HOWE. . Among the women who made themselves well known throughout the country for their interest in the condition and welfare of the troops was Mrs. Howe, who, together with her brother, rendered
important service to the Northern Army. In 1861 Mrs. Howe, in company with her husband, visited Washington. It was there that she heard the chorus from a regiment of soldiers. Among the songs which were given with true musical ring was the familiar one known as “John Brown." This was at the time used by college boys as a setting for various of their nonsensical improvisations. The episode which introduced “John Brown” and his career suggested to the author a further use for the simple tune. It was a good marching air, was easily harmonized, and readily learned. During the five years from the beginning to the end of the war there was no song which was more popular, and as one of our veterans says: “There never was a song to whose strains our men would, march, fight, or die more bravely." Mrs Howe, as she says, thought that in consequence of the popularity of the music there should be more inspiring words, and it was this idea that gave birth to the hymn. In 1862, more than a year after Mrs. Howe had written the words, they were given to the public through the medium of the Atlantic Monthly. She had written them during a restless night in Washington after she had seen a skirmish by the troops and had listened to a sermon by the chaplain of a regiment. Her whole mind, she says, was filled with the importance of the struggle, and with the belief that it was the guidance of an all-wise Providence toward the emancipation of human creatures whose cries for release had reached heaven. As everyone knows, through the medium of her writing, Mrs. Howe was deeply interested in the condition of the slaves. Whatever had been the views of politicians respecting the ultimate object of the war, many Christians firmly believed that it was purely for the eradication of slavery. This will account for the religious tone of the poem.
has written about his writing under some form or degree of "inspiration" seems to me to have been true. The hymn in question was written, off-hand, as it were, just before meeting on the Christmas evening referred to, which I have good reason to believe was December 25, 1854, although my data are not positive. He did not cultivate his poetical talents, and while many times called upon to prepare poetic pieces for special occasions, he rarely complied, saying: 'I can promise nothing. If any. thing comes to me, it will be in season, and I will inform you.' I think he liked the hymn quite as well as 'Calm on the Listening Ear of Night,' written while in the Divinity School at Cambridge."
Mrs. Sears writes Mr. Draper concerning the hymn as follows: “Your note received this evening. I have not the least objection to Mr. Moulton's publishing the hymn, 'It Came Upon the Midnight Clear.' But what is there to be said, except that it came to Mr. Sears from the inspiration of a parish gathering at our house in Wayland one Christmas evening, and was sung that same evening by the friends who met with us (you may have the date, I have not). I think you selected the tune, did you not? If you think of any other item connected with it, please add it, for your memory of those old times is better than mine, though no one enjoyed them more than I did. Mr. Sears never wrote a hymn unless he felt inspired to do so.
He always said he could tell at once on reading a hymn whether it was written to order."
Edmund Hamilton Sears was born April 7, 1810, at Sandisfield, a quaint old town nestled among the Berkshire hills in Western Massachusetts. With little aid from his family, and larger self-denial on his own part, he entered Union College, Schenectady, N. Y., where he was graduated at the age of twenty-four. Three years afterwards, in 1837, he was graduated at Cambridge Divinity School. With most decided taste for a literary career, his deep religious sentiment impelled him, from early boyhood, to the Christian ministry. He enjoyed this service amidst the quiet towns of Lancaster, Wayland, and Weston, in Massachusetts, where he also found time to engage in those literary pursuits and studies which were so congenial to his taste, and for which, because of physical limitations, he finally withdrew from pastoral labors. He died in Weston, among his former parishioners, beloved and honored, January 16, 1876.
DOWLING. “Revelry in India.” These lines are said to have been sung by a company of British officers stationed at a frontier post in India during a pestilence. It is also said that the author of them was the next victim. They have been persistently
SEARs. In reply to a note from the editor, Rev. James S. Draper, of Wayland, Mass., says: ing the seventeen years that Mr. Sears occupied the Unitarian pulpit here, he was my nearest neighbor, and our families were as one, and I had ample opportunity to observe his characteristics. From others I have learned that in early youth he was noted for writing poetry and sermons; that his mental faculties matured early; that as a scholar he readily grasped the problems presented to his mind, and easily maintained the first standing in schools and college. While here in the ministry his studies absorbed his attention entirely for the time being; almost as much so, in appearance, as though in a trance condition at times. He read extensively the works of Swedenborg, and some of his views in psychological matters seem to have been drawn from that source. What Mrs. Sears
attributed to Alfred Domett; but in a letter to Ros ing his friend's lifetime. So strong was the impresssiter Johnson, dated February 6, 1879, he says: “I | ion that the incident made on Morris's mind that he did not write that poem, and was never in India in commemorated it in a verse. A compliment that
I am as ignorant of the authorship as you greatly delighted the author was paid this poem by can be; indeed, I never heard of the poem until I a member of the British House of Commons, who saw it attributed to myself in an article in the concluded a long speech in favor of protection by Chicago Times, in the year 1872, I think.
quoting it, the tree, according to the speaker, being The poem has splendid talent, and even more spirit, the constitution, and Sir Robert Peel the woodman which makes me the more anxious to disclaim it, about to cut it down. See“Bryant and his Friend," as I do not wish to take any credit that properly by James Grant Wilson (New York, 1886). belongs to another man."
Wolfe. This famous ode, “The Burial of Sir SHERIDAN. These gay and flowing verses, per John Moore,” is here printed exactly as it stands haps the most popular of their class in the language, in “Wolfe's Remains," where it is copied from the are evidently modeled on the following song in original manuscript. The Rev. Samuel O'Sullivan, Suckling's play of the “Goblins":
writing under date of April 22, 1841, says: “I think A health to the nut-brown lass
it was about the summer of 1814 or 1815 (I cannot With the hazel eyes, let it pass,
say for a certainty which), I was sitting in my colShe that has good eyes, etc.
lege rooms ( in Dublin), and reading in the 'EdinLet it pass-let it pass.
burgh Annual Register,' in which a very striking As much to the lively gray,
and beautiful account is given of the burial of Sir 'Tis as good in the night as the day, She that has good eyes, etc.
John Moore. Wolfe came in, and I made him Drink away-drink away.
listen to me as I read the passage, which he heard
with deep and sensible emotion. We were both I pledge, I pledge, what, ho! some wine,
loud and ardent in our commendation of it, and Here's to thine-here's to thine! The colors are divine;
after some little time I proposed to our friend to But oh! the black, the black,
take a walk into the country. He consented, and Give us as much again, and let 't be sack;
we bent our way to Simpson's nursery, about half She that hath good eyes, etc.
way between Dublin and the Rock. During our This song was appropriated by S. Sheppard, in a stroll Wolfe was unusually meditative and silent, comedy called the “Committee-man Curried,” and I remember having been provoked a little by 1647. Sheppard was a notorious plagiarist, and had meeting with no response or sympathy to my frethe audacity to publish the lines without any ac quent bursts of admiration about the country and knowledgment of the source from whence he stole the scenery, in which, on other occasions, he used them.
so cordially to join. But he atoned for his apparent CLEVELAND. "No Sect in Heaven." The
dullness and insensibility upon his return, when he author of this poem is the wife of a New England repeated for me the first and last verses of his beauclergyman and daughter of Mr. Jocelyn, an eminent tiful ode, in the composition of which he had been engraver of New York. The lines first appeared absorbed during our little perambulation. in the Berkshire Courier, August, 1860, under her These were the only verses which our dear friend
They were also sent in manuscript to the , at first contemplated; but moved, as he said, by my Congregationalist, and were published in that paper approbation, his mind worked upon the subject with the signature, but not without several alterations.
aster he left me, and in the morning he came over The poem, since then, has had an extensive circu to me with the verses by which it was completed.” lation in religious and secular papers, and as a tract,
Wolfe (born in Dublin December 14, 1791, died on both sides of the Atlantic.
February 21, 1823), neither published this poem nor MORRIS. “Woodman Spare That Tree” was
took pains to claim it. Manuscript copies were founded on the fact that on one occasion a friend
taken down from recitation, and it was finally took him into the woods not far from Bloomingdale,
printed, with the initials 'C. W.' in the Newry, N. Y. and pointed out an old elm under which he
Ireland, Telegraph, from which it was speedily had played in his youth. While they were examining
copied far and wide. An interesting discussion of the tree a man approached and was about to cut it
its merits by Byron and Shelley is given in Med
win's down when Morris's friend offered the workman
Conversations of Byron.” ten dollars to spare it. The three men went into MASON. This remarkable sonnet by Miss Mason the woodman's cottage, and Morris drew up a bond was inadvertently omitted from the study of her to the effect that the tree should be preserved dur poetry in the January number of this magazine.
A STUDY OF HIS POETRY.
BENTON. “Midsummer Invitation” was first
FRANCIS SALTUS SALTUS. published some twenty years ago. In its present form it was revived for publication in The MAGAZINE OF Poetry. For a study of Mr. Benton's poetry see Vol. II, No. 3.
N the 25th of June, 1889, at the age of thirtyANDREWS. This sonnet on Matthew Arnold ap
nine, there passed from earth one of those peared in The Century for July, 1888.
strangely gifted souls, whose story becomes the MARSTON. Philip Bourke Marston was a great wonder of succeeding generations, though the admirer of Hayne, and without doubt the feeling people among whom they live, and from whose was reciprocated. This sonnet first appeared in presence they go out to the land of shadows, give the New York Independent of October 21, 1886. little heed to their existence, or to their work. EDMONDS. “When June Shall Come Again," a
Francis Saltus Saltus, dying in the flush of mansonnet on the death of Emily Pfeiffer, was first pub
hood, with the best working years of life unlived, lished in the Women's Penny Paper of London.
left behind him a mass of literary and musical per“Under the Aspens," is the name of one of Mrs.
formance, that simply because of its extent, is won
derful. But it is not the amount alone that makes Pfeiffer's works, and it was in a hammock under the aspens of Mayfield that she wrote during the
it worthy of note. In the variety of matter, in the
originality of thought, in the curious and vivid imsummer months.
agination that it evinces, the work of Francis Saltus GOODALE. Miss Goodale's tribute to Walt Whit
will stand out as an evidence that our literature has man was published in Lippincott's Magazine, April, produced a phenomenon. 1886.
The variety of his work is as astonishing as Wilson. This excellent sonnet on Stevenson its vastness; covering poetry, both serious and was originally published in The Critic, and repub comic, biography, musical composition and literalished in Crandall's “Representative Sonnets by ture, romance, literary and general criticism, corAmerican Poets."
respondence and other journalistic work, humorous TENNYSON.
articles and books on all subjects. He was not conThe text of “A Song” is taken from a cablegram to the New York. World. For
tent to use one language, but luxuriated in many, the three stanzas the Review is said to have paid
and was proficient in each. the Laureate more than $10 per word.
To fully understand the man, and to reach a
proper conception of the motives which actuated DELETOMBE. This poem was inspired by read his work, would require that daily intercourse which ing Mr. Allen's poem in the October (1890) num Boswell held with Johnson, and this no man outside ber of The MAGAZINE OF POETRY.
of his own family had; but some idea of his gifts, and his methods, and his achievements may be won
from a glance along his life. He began writing at THE EDITOR'S TABLE.
an early date, winning school honors with a readiness that made competition with him useless, and
when under sixteen years of age, turned a Spanish For engravings in this number of THE MAGAZINE
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vehicles for thought and literary effort. The rapidity
with which he worked, and his varied linguistic poems written on events and occasions of passing attainments, can be best shown in telling of his interest. Beside these, there was destroyed in the “Life of Donizetti." This book, certainly the most fire mentioned, a poem entitled “Nijni Novgorod," complete musical biography extant, and a work of giving a graphic picture of the great fair in that city, love and loyalty such as usually measures the ac interspersed with many Russian and Oriental legends complishment of a life, was composed in English, clinging to this vast gathering, enough to make and translated into French, Italian and German by a large volume, and miscellaneous poems sufficient the author. When it is considered that the manu to make a book equal in size to those published script will make seven hundred printed pages, the since his death. labor this caused is, to say the least, amazing, and Francis Saltus was early a contributor of Eurothe achievement one to be wondered at. That such pean correspondence to several papers, and his a work, whose composition involved much travel, a letters were widely quoted. He has contributed large expenditure of money, and a correspondence general articles, criticisms and editorials to many that became gigantic in its proportions, should remain journals, and his work in this direction would make unpublished in the native land of its author, is not several respectable-sized books. In connection a gratifying mark of American literary enterprise. with this branch of his literary achievement, though C'nfortunately, in the fire that consumed a great different, and showing the versatility of his mind, warehouse in New York, the French, German and may be mentioned his humorous writings. He was Italian translations were destroyed, otherwise the prolific in those witty and humorous dialogues that Italian and German editions would be in print, as brighten our daily and weekly press, often writing propositions looking to this result were under con from fifty to one hundred in a day. More than ten sideration by the author at the time of his death. thousand of these were published, and a large numHe did not live to complete the new translations, ber still remain in manuscript. Besides these, he but so thoroughly were the Italians convinced of wrote crazy histories of the United States, France, the strength and usefulness of his work, that he re Rome, England and Germany, a comic Robinson ceived from them the freedom of the city of Ber Crusoe, a comic cook book and a comic Bible, with gamo, and was enrolled a member of the society numerous witty and humorous sketches on people, that commemorates the life and glorious achieve incidents and events. ments of the great composer whose biography he Saltus was also a writer of short stories of much wrote. Fortunately, a type copy of the English power, in the same vein as those of Theophile version of this work had been made, and was not ! Gautier and Edgar Allan Poe, but differing from stored with the translations and original, so that them in thought and manner of treatment. Here this monument of American scholarship still exists. his originality and imagination revel, and his study
But while giving much time to musical biography ¡ in Paris, and his intimate acquaintance with the and studies, as this “Life of Donizetti” and mono best French literature, has given his stories the graphs on Rossini, Bellini, “The Kings of Song,'' verve and finish of those models of concise roand humorous articles concerning the plots of op
There are enough of these sketches and eras, and the lives of famous composers, and much stories to fill several books, and it is keeping within musical criticism, shows Saltus was not idle in poetry. bounds to say that his literary work, if carefully col
It has been related that he began writing poetry lected, would make more than fifty printed volumes. at an early age. His first volume, “Honey and And this was not all of his work.
He was a Gall," was published in 1873, and was the result of musical composer of great force and beauty, and work done before he was twenty. Fugitive, serious was equally prolific in this branch of art. Two and humorous poems from his pen were common grand operas, one on “Marie Stuart," the other on from that time till his death, but save a pamphlet of “Joan-of-Arc,” are among his remains in this line, humorous sonnets on the plots of famous operas, and he composed both librettos and music. He published under his pen name of “Cupid Jones," also composed several short and comic operas, and no other collection of his verse was published. more than two thousand fugitive pieces, all of which Since his death, two volumes, “Shadows and have merit, some being veritable gems of melody. Ideals," and "The Witch of En-dor, and Other | Several of his fugitive pieces, composed during his Poems," have appeared. There still remains un i residence in Paris, became very popular there, and published two volumes of miscellaneous poetry, one were claimed by people whose genius was unequal volume of sonnets, two volumes of French poems, to such work. In improvisation Saltus was unrivaled. one volume of poems in other foreign languages, a He could sit down to the piano and compose and volume of children's poetry, and two volumes of play melodies that would move the soul with their humorous and comic verse, and a large number of strange harmony and power, and this without pre