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Ah! what if it were true?
Then would I call ye who
I would set wide the door
Ye enter now no more
Come as ye came of old
Laden with love untold' Hark! was that nothing but the night wind's moan?
JULIA C. R. DORR. - Independent, June 25, 1891.
TO THE WINDS OF JUNE.
THEODORE DE BANVILLE.
Blow gently, Winds of June! Each downy nest
Is full of unsung songs and unspread wings
That will respond to patient hoverings;
That soon will be transformed into the rose,
The sweetest miracle that nature knows; A breath might mar the beauty of the year. So easily the song drops out of tune,
So eagerly the sun absorbs the dews,
So quickly does the rose its petals lose, That, for their sakes, blow gently, Winds of June!
MARY A. MASON. -St. Nicholas, June, 1891.
BALLADE FOR THE FUNERAL OF THE LAST OF
THE JOYOU'S POETS.
ONE ballade more before we say goodnight,
O dying Muse, one mournful ballade more; Then let the new men fall to their delight,
The Impressionist, the Decadent, a score Of other fresh fanatics, who adore
Ibid. Idyls and Lyrics of the Ohio Valley. Boston: Houghton, Mifflin & Co., 1888. 16mo,
Piatt, Mrs. Sarah M. B. A Woman's Poems. Boston: Houghton, Mifflin & Co. 16mo.
IBID. A Voyage to the Fortunate Isles, etc. Boston: James R. Osgood & Co., 1874. 16mo, pp. vi and 180.
Ibid. An Irish Garland. Boston: Houghton, Mifflin & Co., 1885. 16mo, pp. vi and 62.
IBID. The Children Out-of-Doors. A Book of Verse by Two in One House. Cincinnati: Robert Clarke & Co., 1885. 16mo, pp. 88.
Ibid. In Primrose Time. A New Irish Garland. Boston: Houghton, Mifflin & Co., 1886. 16mo, pp. 70.
IBID. A Voyage to the Fortunate Isles, and Other Poems. Boston: Houghton, Mifflin & Co., 1886. 16mo, pp. x and 205.
IBID. The Witch in the Glass, etc. Second edition. London: Elliot Stock, 1890. 16mo, pp. 102.
Mitchell, S. Weir, M. D. The Hill of Stones and Other Poems. Boston: Houghton, Mifflin & Co., 1883. 16mo, pp. 98.
IBID. A Masque and Other Poems. Boston: Houghton, Mifflin & Co., 1887. 8vo, pp. 63.
Ibid. The Cup of Youth and Other Poems. Boston: Houghton, Mifflin & Co., 1889. 8vo, pp. 78.
IBID. A Psalm of Deaths and Other Poems. Boston: Houghton, Mifflin & Co., 1890. Svo, pp. 70.
PIATT, J. J. Western Windows and Other Poems. New York: Hurd & Houghton, 1869. 16mo, PP. 231.
IBID. Landmarks and Other Poems. Cambridge: Hurd & Houghton, 1872. 16mo, pp. 116.
IBID. Western Windows and Other Poems. Boston: James R. Osgood & Co., 1877. 16mo, Pp. 231.
Ibid. Poems of House and Home. Boston: James R. Osgood & Co., 1879. ihmo, pp. 129.
Ibid. The Children Out-of-Doors. A Book of Verse by Two in One House. Cincinnati: Robert Clarke & Co., 1885. 16mo, pp. 88.
IBID. At the Holy Well with a Handful of New Verses. Dublin: M. H. Gill & Son, 1887. 12mo, pp. 112.
IBID. A Dream of Church Windows, etc. Poems of House and Home. Revised edition. Boston: Houghton, Mifflin & Co., 1888. 16mo, pp. 129.
Ibid. A Book of Gold, and Other Sonnets. London: Elliot Stock, 1889. 16mo, pp. 50.
Ibid. At the Holy Well, with a Handful of New Verses. Dublin: M. H. Gill & Son, 1890. 16mo, pp. 112. GOODE, KATE TUCKER.
Miscellaneous poems. BARKER, ANNIE E. HUBBART. Miscellaneous poems.
GUSTAFSON, ZADEL BARNES. Meg: a Pastoral and Other Poems. Boston: Lee & Shepard, 1879. 16mo, pp. 282.
Brown, Rev. THERON. Miscellaneous poems. Ivory, Bertha May. Miscellaneous poems.
MUNKITTRICK, RICHARD K. Miscellaneous poems.
WASHBURN, DEXTER CARLETON. Songs from the Seasons and Other Verses. St. Johnsbury: Charles T. Walter, 1888. 12mo, pp. 118.
FLANDERS, Rev. C. P. Miscellaneous poems.
OBERHOLTZER, Sara LOUISA. Violet Lee, and Other Poems. Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott & Co., 1873. 16mo, pp. 143.
Ibid. Come for Arbutus, and Other Wild Bloom. Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott & Co., 1882. 16mo, pp. 147.
IBID. Daisies of Verse. Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott & Co., 1886. 16mo, pp. 152.
STEVENS, Mrs. SARAH J. D. Miscellaneous poems.
MANVILLE, MARION. Over the Divide, and Other Verses. Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott & Co., 1888. 12mo, pp. 190.
WALTON, SARAH STOKES. Night Watches. Printed for private circulation. Svo, pp. 58.
IBID. Miscellaneous poems.
GALLAGHER, William D. Miami Woods, A Golden Wedding, and Other Poems. Cincinnati: Robert Clarke & Co. 1881. Izmo, pp. 264.
MÖGREGOR, DONALD Fitz-RANDOLPH. Miscellaneous poems. WEBSTER,
MRS. AUGUSTA. Miscellaneous poems.
COLLINS, REV. DENNIS B. Miscellaneous poems.
BRADLEE, REV. CALEB D. A Few Poems. For private distribution. 1880.
12mo, pp. 30. IBID. A Few Poems. Second series. For private distribution. 1880. 12mo, pp. 54.
IBID. Poems. Third series. For private distribution. 1881. 12mo, pp. 56.
Ibid. Selections from Poems. For private distribution.
IBID. Miscellaneous poems.
Nourse, LAURA A. SUNDERLIN. Pencilings from Immortality. Maquoketa, Iowa: Swigart & Sargent, Printers, 1876. . 16mo, pp. 202.
Ibid. Miscellaneous poems.
LEGGETT, BENJAMIN F. A Sheaf of Song. New York: John B. Alden, 1887. 12mo, pp. 154.
TALMAN, JOHN. Miscellaneous poems.
HARPER, John M. Translations in Verse from Homer and Virgil. Montreal: Dawson Bros., 1888. 16mo, pp. 64.
Ibid. Miscellaneous poems.
EFNOR, LOTTIE CAMERON. Miscellaneous poems.
JENKS, EDWARD A. Miscellaneous poems.
Lowell, JAMES Russell. Poetical Works. Complete edition. Boston: Houghton, Mifflin & Co., 1890. 12mo.
graceful in carriage and figure. Her head is singularly fine in shape and outline. She has dark, tender hazel eyes, under finely-arched brows, a small, sensitive mouth, straight, well-shaped nose. And as if these endowments were not sufficient, her head is crowned with hair of the real auburn hue, brown in the shadow, golden in the sunlight, and of a silken fineness.
One of Mrs. Piatt's most famous poems, Caprice at Home," can be found on page 1o8, Vol. I, MAGAZINE OF POETRY, 1889.
PIATT, J. J. Of Mr. Piatt's poems perhaps “The Mower in Ohio" has been most frequently quoted. Of it James Russell Lowell has said: “It has touches of singular beauty and tenderness.
In his general choice of subjects, and mode of treating i them, we find a native sweetness and humanity, a
domesticity of sentiment, that is very attractive." Mr. Piatt's muse seems to find in the farm and prairie a wide range for expression. Like his gifted wife he is a poet of nature.
GOODE. “In Memory of John Howard Payne" has been widely copied. It is not, however, a special favorite with Miss Goode. It was first published under the nom de plume of “Kitty Clover."
IBID. “I Want You So," was written to her sister, Marion Goode, after her marriage in November, 1885.
Ibid. “The Songs My Mother Used to Sing” is a favorite with Miss Goode, but in the opinion of her friends it is far from being her best, and in deference to their wishes was withheld. In a letter to the editor Miss Goode says: “You will readily see that I make no claim to profundity. I choose the simple themes within reach of my pen, and my taste is for the lyrical in verse. In other words, I love rhythm and I love rhyme, and my efforts are all in that direction.”
BARKER. “When the Mists have Rolled Away" was first published in Theodore Tilton's paper, The Golden Age under the title, “We Shall Know." Soon after it was set to music by fifteen or more composers.
The authorized copy, and that most generally known and sung, is that of James G. Clark's, sold by W. W. Whitney, Toledo, Ohio. The composition was a favorite one of Mr. Clark's, and has been sung by him hundreds of times on his tours through the country, singing for temperance and other convocations. Sung in Mr. Clark's own inimitable way, with the peculiar tenderness of expression of which he alone is capable, it has been received with great enthusiasm by his audiences. The poem has also been translated into other languages, and may be called one of the
Piatt, Mrs. Mr. George D. Prentice early predicted for Mrs. Piatt a foremost place in the rank of American poets. In a letter to Mrs. Piatt, then Miss Bryan, Mr. Prentice wrote: “I now say emphatically to you again .. that, if you are entirely true to yourself, and if your life be spared, you will, in the maturity of your powers, be the first poet of your sex in the United States. I say this not as what I think, but what I know.” Mrs.Piatt's poems are to be found in every collection of verse. Mr. Whittier in his "Songs of Three Centuries,"
quotes “The Black Princess," which would induce one to believe the poem to be a favorite with Mr. Whittier. “The Black Princess" was a slave woman belonging to Mrs. Piatt's grandmother, and was not only her nurse, but her mother's as well. Mrs. Piatt writes mostly out of doors, which would seem to account for her ready appreciation of, and sympathy with nature. She is as poetic in her personality as in her temperament. Slightly above the medium height, delicate and fragile in appearance, and
wayside songs of the world. It was written during MOORE. “A Visit from St. Nicholas." These Mrs. Barker's residence in the Missouri Valley, be lines are about the only ones of Mr. Moore's that fore that country was opened up to emigrants. have ever received much notice, although he pubIBID. “When they go Silently” was extensively
lished a volume of poems in 1844. He was a procopied, and set to music. It has also found a place
fessor in the Protestant Episcopal Seminary, New in compiled volumes of poetry. “But,” says the
York. He was born in New York in 1779, and author, “this is the history of many of my waifs.”
died in Newport, R. I., in 1863. And it is indeed true. Mrs. Barker gives but three ALLEN. “Rock me to Sleep.” “Mrs. Allen stanzas.
sent this poem from Italy (she was then Mrs. Paul GUSTAFSON. “Zlobane” was first published by
Akers) to the Saturday Evening Gazette in 1860. Harper's and afterwards quoted by Mr. Epes Sar
When it had become popular, several claimants to gent in his “Cyclopædia of British and American
its authorship arose, and a fierce dispute ensued, Poetry.” “Zlobane is the name of the mountain
one claimant hiring a whole page of a New York which was taken by storm from the Zulus by the
daily in which to set forth his proofs. Mrs. Akers'
volume contains better, though less popular poems British forces on the morning of the 28th of March,
R.I. 1879. On the top of this mountain the victorious English troops, who had unsaddled their horses
Later the poem was set to music. and cast themselves down to rest, were surprised BYRD. “My Mind to me a Kingdom is." Willand surrounded by the Zulus. Of the British corps iam Byrd (born in 1540, died in 1623) was organist only one captain and six men escaped. This bal to Queen Elizabeth, and composed an immense lad relates an incident of the day.”
E. S. amount of vocal music. Three or four other IBID. "A Ditty of Dolldom,” from which we have
stanzas, inferior to these, are sometimes inserted in given extracts, can be found in Frank Leslie's
this poem, and its authorship has been claimed for Illustrated Newspaper, January 3, 1891.
Sir Edward Dyer, a contemporary of Byrd's.
There are also four stanzas of precisely similar OBERHOLTZER. “A Burial Ode" was com construction, having many of the same thoughts, posed for and sung as part of the funeral services and in some cases almost identical words, which of Bayard Taylor, at Longwood Cemetery, March are attributed to Joshua Sylvester." R. ). 15, 1879. It was set to music by J. R. Sweeney,
SYLVESTER. “A Contented Mind. Joshua M. B.
Sylvester was born in England in 1563, and died in BROWNING. “Mother and Poet."
1618. (For notes see Byrd.) Laura Savio, of Turin, a ess and patriot, whose
STILL. "Good Ale.” John Still was born in sons were killed at Ancona and Gaeta. Miss Mer- ' 1607. He was Bishop of Bath and Wells, and was cedes Leigh, of Washington, D. C., recited the
the author of “Gammer Gurton's Needle," one of poem at a drawing-room in London to which the
the earliest English comedies, from which this Prince and Princess of Wales were present. They
poem is taken. were much pleased with Miss Leigh's artistic ren- i dering, and not long after she was invited to give the recitation before the Queen.
THE EDITOR'S TABLE. Sims. "'Ostler Joe" gained great notoriety through Mrs. James Brown Potter. Mrs. Potter had been invited by some ladies at Washington to
For engravings in this number of the MAGAZINE give a reading. She chose for her recitation George
of Poetry, the Publisher wishes to acknowledge R. Sims' “'Ostler Joe,” which so shocked some of
the courtesy of Jacob Leonard & Son, Albany, the ladies present that they retired from the room.
N. Y.; Matthews, Northrup & Co., Buffalo, N. Y.; This action on their part caused general comment
The Art Alliance, Buffalo, N. Y. not only in society but by the press. It is needless to say that public sentiment was with Mrs. Potter. Mr. Sims is an English playwright and story writer For copyright poems and other selections the of more than average ability. His plays have Publisher returns thanks to Houghton, Mifflin & yielded him an immense income. It is said he pos Co.; Robert Clarke & Co.; Elliot Stock; M. H. sesses the peculiar faculty of being able to keep two Gill & Son; Lee & Shepard; Charles T. Walter; or three serial stories going at the same time, J. B. Lippincott & Co.; John B. Alden; Dawson changing from one to another for rest.