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UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA.
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SONGS FROM BOHEMIA
DANIEL O CONNELL
EDITED BY INA D. COOLBRITH
BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH BY WM. GREER HARRISON
A. M. ROBERTSON
MABEL ASHLEY O CONNELL
THE MURDOCK PKHSS
BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH . i
AFTER DEATH 181
ANGELUS, THE 163
ANGLER S CONFESSION, THE 59
ARCHERY IDYL, AN 136
AT REST 17
BUSINESS OF THE FUTURE, THE 205
BY THE LAKE 70
BY THE SEA 52
CAMP INDOLENCE 13
CENCI, THE 183
CHAMBER OF SLEEP, THE 231
CHRISTMAS DREAM, A 66
CHRISTMAS REVERIE, A 22
COLOR OF GOLD, THE 121
CRASTINE VIVE HODIE 36
Cui BONO? ii
DEAD IN THE MINE 130
DEAD WARRIOR, THE 113
DEATH LIST, THE 176
DIFFERENCE, THE 199
DIGMAN PASHA 94
DRAYMAN, THE 187
DRUNK IN THE STREET 26
EXILE S MUSINGS, THE 227
FAREWELL THE PIPE 49
FAVORITE TOAST, THE , 74
FIFTY YEARS AGO . . . 221
GOD S FORGOTTEN POOR 170
IN MEMORIAM 50
IN MEMORY 153
IN SIR HUMPHREY S HALL 165
IN THE COLISEUM 76
INTO GOD S HANDS 119
IRISH TRAMP, THE 33
Is LIFE WORTH LIVING ? 217
JOVINA: A LEGEND OF THE SAN CARLOS MISSION 38
JUST AS OF OLD 224
LA GRIPPE 101
LAND OF THE NEVER WAS, THE 84
LAST POOL, THE 128
LEGEND OF THE HAZEL 213
"LITTLE HUT UPON THE BEACH," 195
LOVING-CUP, THE 191
MARRIAGE A LA MODE 92
MARY S CAT 215
MAY IDYL, A 9
MISSION DOLORES 123
MISSION ROSES 147
MY FAVORITE BOOK 179
NATURE AND MAN 91
NEW- YEAR THOUGHTS 47
OLD SAILOR, THE 132
ONLY A WOMAN S FACE . , 106
ON THE BANKS OF THE NILE 134
ON THE BRINK 201
REFUGEE, THE 151
RIVER S TEACHINGS, THE 219
ROMANCE AND REALITY 54
ROSE AND THE NIGHTINGALE, THE 208
ROSE AND THE WlND, THE 157
SINGER, THE 125
SING ME A RINGING ANTHEM 45
SONG OF THE FIELDS 203
SOUTH WIND, THE 185
SPANISH VISTA, A 72
STATE-HOUSE BELL, THE (1776) 80
SWEETHEARTS AND WIVES 24
THROUGH SUN AND CLOUD 174
TOM MOORE 96
TRUE PHILOSOPHER, THE 144
Two RIVERS 87
WAITER, THE 104
WANDERERS FROM THE SEA 99
WERE I TO DIE TO-NIGHT 197
WILLOW TREE, THE 28
WINE PICTURES 19
WITH THE DEAD 64
WORKERS, THE 116
DANIEL O CONNELL
THE biographic gift is rare, and at best its possessor
can only depict the man as he appeared to him. I have
often thought that a biography should be like a composite
picture, made up of the several views of the subject.
The publishers of this work have asked me to write
a brief sketch of Dan O Council s life. I am quite sure
the request is made because of my love for the man, and
not because of any very special fitness for the work. I
knew, and I think understood, O Connell. Our friend
ship covered a quarter of a century of California s growth.
I saw him under all the conditions of life. I knew him
as poet, litterateur, athlete, humorist, and Bohemian ; and
the more I saw of him, and the better I knew him, the
more I loved him.
His good humor was inexhaustible, his nature sunny,
and his temper exceptionally sweet.
But under the jester s garb, beneath the habiliments of
humor, there was a nature strong, deep, and extremely
reflective; a mind that dealt with all the great problems
of life, that dared to question, that dared to ask why.
O Connell was a true Bohemian in the highest sense
of that much misunderstood word. He had an abundant
faith in the providential impulses of his friends, who never
failed him. The cares and worries of ordinary life passed
him by as one immune. No man ever saw O Connell in
despondent mood. He was the sun itself comforting
others, he had no time for regrets. He was in love with
Nature, and she was very generous in her gifts to him.
He had a magnificent physique which he kept always
in condition. He was an excellent boxer, a capital wres
tler, a splendid swordsman, a great angler, and loved all
kinds of outdoor life. Had he not been a Celt, he would
have been a gypsy.
Bohemian as he was, he knew nothing of idleness,
mental or physical. His pen was ever busy with the
things of life; his mind was ever in the dreams, hopes,
passions that do not belong to mere materialism, but
which are the environment of the poet. But the cumula
tive art was abhorrent to O Connell. His desire to spend
far exceeded his capacity to acquire. It would follow that
he would frequently find himself in short straits, and that
his table would be decorated by suggestion only. I have
dined with him when the "banquet" was almost entirely
intellectual, and the simple meal was made luxurious by
the wealth of his humor and the beauty of his thoughts.
He was an inventor of humor, genial, loving hits without
a suggestion of rancor. His laugh was a benison, his
smile an inspiration. To be with him was to be happy.
The rich organ-like tone of his voice was a moral tonic,
bracing one up to deeds of love.
He had no enemies, because he would not permit any
man to be out of harmony with him.
With all his humor, indeed, because of his humor,
O Connell was a reverent man, and the profound things
of life were sacred to him. Born in beautiful, historic
Glare, in the old town of Ennis, one of the most romantic
spots in a land of romance, son of a distinguished lawyer,
Charles O Connell, grand-nephew of the great Irish
patriot, associating with the brightest and best in his
native land, O Connell had every advantage in his en
vironment. Naturally he would sympathize with youth s
fair dreams of a people lifted by song and oratory from a
position of dependence to the alta of hope, the lofty pin
nacle of freedom, and his Celtic heart went out in patriotic
songs which were echoed throughout his native vale.
O Connell in himself connected the family of Derry-
nane, the home of the great Liberator, with his own
family at Ennis. The young lad was always a welcome
visitor to Derrynane, where his quick wit and heart-born
humor made him one of the family.
O Connell greatly resembled the orator in physique
and vocal expression. There was the same quality of
voice, the same musical expression, the same Celtic inspi
ration. Both loved and spoke the language of their fathers
a language rich in liquid beauty, powerful in its strength,
grand in its dramatic use, falling upon the ear of the Celt
as the songs of the gods.
O Connell s early education was directed by the Jesuit
Fathers, whose training left a profound impression on his
mind, evidenced by his keen appreciation of the classics
and of all^ phases of philosophy. His life at the Jesuit
College in Dublin, though brief, must have been full of
delightful incidents; for all through his wandering career
he never ceased to speak in loving terms of what he
regarded as his Alma Mater. He must have drank deeply
from the loving-cup of youth in his college days, and we
can well believe there was never a heavy hour with his
companions, nor a weary moment with his friends in the
old college. A fatal accident to his beloved mother and
sister, who were drowned by the upsetting of a coach in
the Grand Canal reservoir, brought him back to his home.
From the home of the mourner, O Connell was trans
ferred to Clongowes Wood College, the chief establish
ment of the Jesuit order in Ireland, where he remained
for three years. There he absorbed Latin and Greek
and caught the passion for literature which influenced all
His father was offered a commission in the British
Navy for his son, and the boy, always an enthusiastic
lover of the world of waters, left the shades of classic
Clongowes to become a toiler of the seas. He became
a middy, and it is not difficult to believe that he was a
most welcome addition to his mess. His frolics, his
escapades, his wit, and above all his splendid temper,
made him the idol of his brother middies. He saw all
sides of the world during his sea-going days, and his
visits ashore were always the occasion of legitimate mirth
and boyish jollification.
A bachelor uncle of O Connell s, resident in New
York, induced the sailor lad to pay him a visit. The
fascination of the New World led O Connell to abandon
the sea; but the death of his uncle changed his prospects
in the city of wealth, and he migrated to San Francisco.
Here he found his Mecca. The freedom of thought
and impulse, the generous disposition of the people, the
thousand and one charms which no one can explain, but
which all appreciate, captured his youthful imagination
and held him in gentle bonds all his life.
His earliest days in California days of undoubted
happiness were spent at Santa Clara College, then under
the presidency of the Rev. Father Varsi, a man of great
culture, noble nature, and most charming manner.
It was natural that O Connell should drift into journal
ism, chiefly, perhaps, because in that profession he found
so many bright, genial companions, so many brilliant fel
lows whose Bohemian appreciation of life and its myste
ries found a ready response in his own nature.
To the journalistic class the Bohemian Club owes its
origin and its splendid success. O Connell was one of
the founders, and remained all his life the truest and best
exponent of its social ideas. He towered high in Bohe
mia, upon which he never lost his loving grip nor a
moment of its allegiance, and to the last he was Bohemia.
Hundreds of bright men passed into Bohemia and
out into the grave, but to O Connell alone was rendered
the last tribute of the great. That which contained the
noble form of him whom we loved always, was placed in
the Green Room of the Club, and his mourners, from all
classes, reverently looked upon their beloved and wept
and passed away.
O Connell s life as a journalist, dramatist, novelist, and
poet was too large, too full of incident and pathos to be
told in a fragmentary way. His place in literature must
be described by some other pen. The man as I knew
him is my topic, but his life-work demands the attention
of the gifted. That he had a place, a distinguished place,
in literature must be accorded. That he is not more
widely known, that his works are not more generally
demanded, is readily understood. O Connell was su
premely indifferent to the commercial side of art, and
could not avail himself of even legitimate advertising.
He wrote for his friends. He wrote because the message
in him demanded utterance. His message was noble
his readers must determine the character of its utterance.
O Connell, like many kindred artists, delighted in
delicate cookery. He was a natural chef, and the dishes
which he prepared were odes, madrigals, songs, hymns,
as the fancy took him. He wrote a charming work on
the etiquette of eating, and he cordially disliked the
He was attached from time to time to all the dailies,
and most of the weeklies, and his style, always Celtic,
his ready wit, and versatile pen gave his work a distinc
tion at a time when San Francisco rejoiced in a legion of
exceptionally brilliant men.
His "Bluff King Hal," a delightful opera, which he
wrote in collaboration with Dr. H. J. Stewart, his drama,
"The Red Fox," his novel, "A Special Deposit," in
which he collaborated with J. V. Coleman, are of the class
of work that deserves to live. But his fugitive pieces,
his good-natured satire, his merry conceits these not
being framed between boards, linger only in the memory
of his intimates. Could they be collected, in them would
be found a library in which all phases of life were presented.
He, jointly with Henry George, founded the Evening
Post, and to his fertile fancy we owe the birth of the Illus
trated Bohemian, which, unhappily, refused to live.
For thirty-three years O Connell sang to the people of
San Francisco. Occasionally he wandered into other
spheres, but always returned to the city of his love to
renew his allegiance. He was once lured away to the
island kingdom of Hawaii when Kalakaua reigned.
Between the monarch and the poet there was instant
friendship, and with the chivalric tendency of the Celt,
O Connell threw his gauntlet at the world, challenging all
who dared to see Kalakaua with other eyes than the
champion s. But Hawaii, with all its charms, was only an
incident; O Council s life and work were here.
O ConnelPs home life was singularly happy. In 1874
he married Miss Annie Ashley, the daughter of Senator
Delos R. Ashley. With kindred tastes and a boy-and-
girl love, which endured all the vicissitudes of life, their
union was perfect. A large family made the household
a small world where love reigned. O Connell s children
worshiped their genial father, and it is to that filial devo
tion on the part of his family, and the desire to honor his
memory, that this book owes its birth.
In his " Lyrics," of which he published a volume, the
true poet speaks his best thoughts. Here we have
O Connell himself, singing his Celtic strain, tenderly
touching us to tears or laughter as the humor took him.
Strange coincidence, the last of his songs the last
that he sang the last in this work, was written just
ten days before his fatal illness. In the "Chamber of
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Silence," O Connell unconsciously spoke his farewell
message to his world said good-by to loving friends,
and entered by anticipation the silent mansion where
Broken down by the burden of a great grief, his wife,
the dear companion of so many years, lingered here only
long enough to say farewell to her many friends, and then
joined her husband in the land that is hidden from ma
terial eyes, where love and life are one.
W. G. H.
SONGS FROM BOHEMIA
A MAY IDYL
THROUGH pleasant vales the streamlets course;
The babble of a summer s day
Fills all the fragrant fields of May;
The wild flowers here, and there the gorse,
Are stirred with breezes mild and sweet,
Fair carpeting for Summer s feet.
Ah ! who that rests beneath the trees
And drinks in Nature s holy calm,
The song of birds, the freshing balm
The teeming earth exhales, but sees
In all those gracious things the hand
Of Him, the artist of them all ?
The brook, the wood, the swelling seas,
The thunder of the waterfall,
The birds that dip and spring and rise,
The gracious sun, the azure skies,
Are picture limned for men to praise
The Artist, while in Nature s ways
From dawn of day to set of sun,
They walk, and mark the work well done.
Who, then, shall sit in endless gloom,
The shadow of the soul within,
And brood on ruin, wrong, and sin,
And let the vapors of the tomb
Embrace him like a cerement,
When Nature s summer sacrament
Awaits him in the field and wood,
Is for him by the shining flood
To stir the current of his blood,
And bid him look above and praise
The Power that guides, nor ever strays
From clemency to us, but makes
This summer landscape for our sakes?
Then, weary toilers, put aside
The petty schemes, the nets you weave
With thoughts of hate and jealous pride,
And hand in hand walk forth with May,
And drink the incense of the breeze,
And list the lessons of the trees,
And live in peace one perfect day.
As A traveler belated, who still follows
The windings of the wood, and hopes to see
At length, beyond the dense and tangled hollows,
The dying sun illume the open lea,
But meets, instead, thick brake and growing
Then sinks upon the damp and trackless clay,
And, weary, dreams of open fragrant meadows,
And wakes and sleeps, and longs and moans for
Is he, who stored with wealth of garnered learning,
Would solve the mystery that wraps him round,
And dream that unswayed science, cold, discerning,
Can pass beyond this clay- encircled bound.
He reads the stars, he measures every distance
That lies between each planet and the earth;
The globe itself can offer no resistance,
But yields to him the story of its birth.
But when he grapples with his own soul s mystery,
A wall unyielding rears its bulk between;
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All else surrenders long-restrained history,
This only stands a grim, impervious screen.
We live, we die so much, no more, is given:
From dust we spring, return again to dust.
And ties are made, and dearer ties are riven,
And trust is true, and oft betrayed is trust.
What good, I ask you, is this vain undoing?
What good this fruitless measurement of years ?
The old beliefs may perish the pursuing
Can only find its goal in nameless fears
That we may perish with the tree and blossom,
And be no more in any time or place,
But form one atom of Earth s mighty bosom,
One particle upon the parent s face.
What good ? Ah me, who cares for the hereafter,
If only here we taste the hour s delight ?
The world is full of song, and wine, and laughter;
The day is ours be happy until night.
OUR camp beneath a shady oak,
The sand a carpet at our feet,
The bay before us, and around
The summer breezes fresh and sweet.
Here all the day we lie and dream,
Nor read, nor speak, but lazily
Look out upon the waves and think
On all the secrets of the sea.
The ships sail in, the ships sail out,
White sea-gulls hover here and there;
The fisher s song from far-off beach
Comes softly on the evening air.
At night the drift-wood fire is piled,
It seams the dark with crimson bars;
Its sparks shoot up a glittering shower,
In yearning for the distant stars.
This is another world, indeed,
A world of deepest peace serene,
Where all the cares of troublous years
Come to us only as a dream
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From which we have awaked, to find
The perfect peace of perfect rest
The home that Fate for man designed,
Close, close on Mother Nature s breast.
BUDS and blossoms, and life-renewal,
Strong, passionate life in Nature s plan;
Corn upspringing, and full brooks rushing,
Torpor alone in the heart of man.
Stagnant and dull and beyond revival,
The once quick pulses now sad and slow ;
Spring joyfully breathes on the moldering ashes,
But their bright, fierce fever no more shall glow.
Buds and blossoms and leaves outstarting,
Promise of harvest and promise of wine,
Only the human heart lies dormant
Dormant, athirst for the thrill divine,
The olden thrill that awoke its music,
And bade it leaf with the leafing tree,
Bud with flowers, with streams expanding,
Swell out and onward to life s great sea.
Is this the goblet that once could gladden?
This discord music? these wan lips red?
To some sepulcher bear both cup and woman,
Let strains be sounded to please the dead.
Ah ! the wine is sweet and rich as ever,
The lips as tempting, the heart as true,
Tis the heart alone that has turned to ashes,
The bay to cypress, the rose to rue.
O Mother Nature, if life s worth living,
Once more I crave you that glorious sense
Of high endeavor and ancient passion,
With its strength of life and fire intense.
When grief was greater, and love was deeper,
And music clearer, and grape-juice bright,
And the buoyant years were unflecked by shadow,
But all was purpose and hope and light.
Must we ever linger while others hasten?
Must we be sighing while others sing?
Is the wine of life for us exhausted?
And winter chill us, though it be spring ?
No more for us is the rosy dawning:
The sun creeps downward we mark its rays;
But O for the strong, rich flush of morning
That lit the splendor of other days!
WEARY of the rivers, and the verdure of the
Of the sky s unchanging azure, of the sea s un
Of the glories of the landscape, with its sunshine
and its shadows;
Of the bustle of the city, with its folly and its sin.
Panting with a longing, and a golden - misted
For a haven where the spirit knows no surfeit in
Where the sparkle of the wine-cup, and the love
from bright eyes streaming,
Steal from age its bitter poison steal from time
its power to cloy.
Where regrets may never enter, never cross the
Where decay shall be a stranger, and the past an
With no doublings for the future, but a sense of
Deaf to hear the voice of sorrow, strong to turn
the lance of grief.
Where the wailing of the widow, and the wrong and
crime and aching
In the hearts of saddened brothers, treading dark
and lonesome ways,
Shall never pierce the ramparts, nor, the trance
Cloud the sun of its enjoyment, mar the music
of its lays.
Where no winter s frost may wither flowers of per
Never hush the song of brooklets, change the
splendor of the scene;
But the shades of peace eternal soul and sense
and mind o ercasting
Wrap them safe from outer troubles, in a grand
"FiLL me a brimming goblet,"
I said to my winsome wife;
"Let me read, in its bubbles reflected,
The story of its life."
From a flask, long treasured and olden,
She filled the goblet up,
And I spoke of the pictures that passed me
In the bubbles of the cup.
Here is a generous vineyard
On the slope of a pleasant hill;
Below, the village lies sleeping
In the noontide, warm and still.
I can hear the summons to labor,
And the maids come tripping along
To gather the grapes, while weaving
Their toil into blithesome song.
And one there is standing among them,
Whose face is more fair and sweet
Than all others; like snow in the winter
Is the gleam of her bare white feet.
She plucks from the vine its burden
They are fair, these maids of France
And she whispers to one who will lead her
At eve through the village dance.
He answers; she blushes. The story
Is the old one, ever new
The dawn of the dream And the ending,
Quoth my wife, I will read for you.
See how the glamour and glory,
Mark how the luster divine,
In the hand of a woman departed
From this cup of historic wine.
"I see in this bubble your maiden,
A wan and a weary wife;
And I read in this wine the story
Of a sad and a wasted life !
" No vineyard is here no music
Of villagers songs at eve
But the wailing of wives heart-broken
And the sobs of mothers who grieve
" For sons and husbands and brothers,
And many a grand, great soul,"
Here I reached for the antique goblet,
And drained the delicious bowl,
And remarked to my wife, " When I started
This pleasing little romance
About vineyards and maidens and flirting,
And billing and cooing in France,
1 J T was not to provoke a sermon
Here my wife in wrath went out,
And I fought with the bottle till daylight,
In an old-time bachelor bout.
A CHRISTMAS REVERIE
UNTIL skies were darkened, and fortune failed me,
And friends forsook me for lack of pelf,
I never knew what a good companion,
What a glorious fellow I was myself.
Now, seated here by the blazing embers,
With my cup of wine in the twilight dim,
A long procession of dead Decembers
Come floating over the goblet s rim.
And I drink to him, that other fellow,
Who never has wandered from my side,
From youth s callow hours to the sere and yellow
Pal and companion, both true and tried.
We have no secrets from one another;
We ve been in sunshine, we ve been in rain,
At the knees we ve knelt of the same dear mother
By her bier have suffered the same keen pain.
I bid him call up those dear dead faces
We both so loved in the golden past,
And we dream again of the old embraces,
And the clinging arms about us clasped,
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And of one fair woman, so sweet and tender,
No lovelier maid on God s earth, I ween;
Oh, lips like rose-leaves, eyes deep and tender!
Right proud you found us to call you queen.
It was then we quarreled, you bid me shun her,
And you called her false, and your words were
But what mortal eyes could have gazed upon her
And not swear her breathing of love and truth.
Then came hopes and fears, and long nights of
Heart-sore with yearning, and passion tossed,
One day contentment, and then the aching
Of a ruined life and a treasure lost.
Now, old companion who has walked beside me
In desert paths and when blooms were rife,
Too close and faithful to e er deride me,
My alter ego, my other life,
From this silver goblet we ll quaff together
The same good draught of the same good wine;
When the curtains falls on life s stormy weather,
In the same cold chamber we 11 both recline.
SWEETHEARTS AND WIVES
IF sweethearts were sweethearts always,
Whether as maid or wife,
No drop would be half so pleasant
In the mingled draught of life.
But the sweetheart has smiles and blushes
When the wife has frowns and sighs,
And the wife s have a wrathful glitter
For the glow of the sweetheart s eyes.
If lovers were lovers always,
The same to sweetheart and wife,
Who would change for a future of Eden
The joys of this checkered life ?
But husbands grow grave and silent,
And cares on the anxious brow
Oft replace the sunshine that perished
At the words of the marriage vow.
Happy is he whose sweetheart
Is wife and sweetheart still
Whose voice, as of old, can charm him,
Whose kiss, as of old, can thrill;
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Who has plucked the rose, to find ever
Its beauty and fragrance increase,
As the flush of passion is mellowed
In love s unmeasured peace;
Who sees in the step a lightness;
Who finds in the form a grace;
Who reads an unaltered brightness
In the witchery of the face,
Undimmed and unchanged. Ah! happy
Is he, crowned with such a life,
Who drinks the wife, pledging the sweetheart,
And toasts in the sweetheart the wife.
DRUNK IN THE STREET
" DRUNK, your honor," the officer said:
<( Drunk in the street, sir." She raised her head;
A lingering trace of the olden grace
Still softened the lines of her woe-worn face;
Unkempt and tangled her rich brown hair;
Yet with all the furrows and stains of care,
The years of anguish and sin and despair,
The child of the city was passing fair.
The ripe red mouth, with lips compressed,
The rise and fall of the heaving breast,
The taper fingers, so slender and small,
That crumple the fringe of the tattered shawl,
As she stands in her place at the officer s call,
Seem good and fair, seem tender and sweet,
Though this fallen woman was drunk in the street.
Does the hand that once smoothed the ripple and
Of that golden hair lie still in its grave ?
Are the lips that pressed her lips to their own
Dead to the pain of that stifled moan?
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Has the voice that once chimed with the lisping
No accent of hope for the lost one there
Bearing her burden of shame and despair ?
Drunk in the street in the gutter down
From a passionate longing to crush and drown
The soul of the woman she might have been,
To cast off the weight of a fearful dream,
And awake once more in the home hard by
The wooded mountain that kissed the sky;
To pause a while on the path to school
And catch, by the depths of the limpid pool,
Under the willow shade, green and cool,
A dimpled face and a laughing eye,
And the pleasant words of the passers-by.
Ye men with sisters and mothers and wives,
Have ye no care for these women s lives?
Must they starve for the comfort ye never speak?
Must they ever be sinful and erring and weak,
Tottering onward with weary feet,
Stained in the gutter, and drunk in the street?
ONCE, when the world was young, the willow
Its branches to the smiling sky as straight as
Silver cloudlets greeted it, soft winds o er it drifted,
None dared to rival its grace and symmetry
Murmuring rivers wooed it with accents low and
But it never bent to listen its gaze was on the
Yearning to the zenith, its tendrils lithe and
Bid the stars a welcome, saw the dawn begun.
Alas for the direful hour the tyrants flogged our
Flogged him with willow rods! then it cursed
its birth !
And since that bitter time, mourning their behavior,
The willow-tree has, weeping, bent toward the
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Crying in its anguish, "Mother, who can blame
Dear Christ, forgive me ! O children of men,
Do not my weeping boughs through all the ages
I who unconsciously wrought the Saviour pain.
" Oh, had I a voice! then never Heaven s thunder,
Nor all its clamor the shrinking woods among
Aye, though its bolts tore rod and branch asunder,
Could command me silence in this cruel wrong.
* Yet fondly do I hope I shall yet be shriven,
And my offending forgotten evermore;
That, in the ages, Christ, who has forgiven,
Shall lift up kindly my branches as of yore."
IF ever I think of those pleasant nights,
Those moments of loving we stole from the ball,
And if ever I dream of those dear delights,
When you and I parted, at twelve, in the hall,
I assure you, Miss Inez, it is not because
I fancied your heart ever turned towards me.
We flirted, you know, but respected the laws,
So both from love s arrows are perfectly free.
Yet, again, I have thought in your eyes dwelt a
A something denied to the rest of the world
When prone at your feet, on the festival night,
Beneath that old porch I lay blissfully curled.
Twas a charming flirtation; we both were expert,
And both rather seasoned well up in the art
Though I sometimes half wished that you were not
And had less of the ball-room and more of the
For your hand, love, was soft (I am e en flirting
So the language is naturally tender and warm),
And I ve tried very hard, dear, but can not forget
How my silly cheeks burned when you leant on
And I ve dreamed now and then that we were not
But were each, mind and soul, all in all to the
And I ve hoped, in my blindness, there burned in
A spark that our vanities never could smother.
Well, of course, I was wrong; but still do I wear
The rose-leaves you gave me those rose-leaves
And I find in my locket a tress of brown hair,
And I find in my bosom that something is missed.
T was playing with fire; and if one felt the pang,
And still feels the scar why, who is to blame?
You remember the ballad one evening you sang,
About loving and trust bringing sorrow and
Did we love and trust? Did you fear that we
When you sang me that ballad of shame and
Let bygones be bygones ; farewell, and good
Pass out from my life-path, O beautiful face!
THE IRISH TRAMP
WHIN the sun is shining brightly, an the grass
(God bless it ! ) is green,
Like the ould sod o er the ocean I sailed from at
An my mother came down to the steamer (it was
the first she ever did see),
Crying, "Terence Cushla Machorra, don t forget
the Asthon Machree."
Whin the sun is shining brightly, an the grass
(God bless it!) is green,
Back to me like a vision comes her face in that
Wid her gray hair over her shoulders, an her arms
about me neck,
An she begging the Virgin to save me from sin
an trouble an wreck.
Shure she thought I d make me fortune in a couple
of years or more,
An come sailing back wid my pockets lined, again
to sweet Ireland s shore,
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An buy the ould cabin out an out, an ride in my
coach an four,
An fill the meadows wid fine milch cows, an have
pigs an sheeps galore,
An marry the landlord s daughter, an become a
An drink whisky an wine an porter wid the
wealthy an the great,
An restore once more the O Houllihans to their
ancient medaval state,
An for the County Galway in Parliament take my
Av course, it was idle draming; but many a night
Has the ould mother, sad an lonesome, sat by the
- logwood s glow.
An smiled whin she thought of her gossoon away
beyond the say,
Makin slathers of money to carry home to his
mother s lap some day.
Whin the sun is shining brightly, an the grass
(God bless it! ) is green,
An the beautiful sky above me is smiling an
I wonder, alas^I wonder, an my grimy cheeks
If the ould mother home in Ireland prays still for
the Irish Tramp.
CRASTINE VIVE HODIE
GIVE us this day our daily bread;
Feed us to-day, and let the morrow
Trust to itself.
We live to-day, and little care
What burdens foolish mortals bear
For love of pelf.
The day is ours the sun, the breeze,
The song of streams, the shade of trees,
The balmy wine,
The clasp of hands, the flash of eye,
The melody of passion s sigh
In love divine.
Our daily bread not for the years
Do we foreshadow joy or tears
But for the day.
We care not if through toil or rest,
With heart o erjoyed, or sore oppressed,
We see our way.
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Let it be hidden; if we fail,
Life is at best so dim, so frail,
It matters not
If we the thorny path may climb
Or faltering, sink before our time
And are forgot.
Shall we, the atoms of a day,
Build palaces along our way,
And glory crave,
When every hour we see the end
Of wife and mistress, father, friend,
Is but the grave?
A LEGEND OF THE SAN CARLOS MISSION
MANY legends of the Mission, in the pleasant days
Round the hearth in Spanish households, when
evening falls, are told;
Many tales of love and daring, and woman s faith,
In the archives of those people who reverence the
In the cold, material present, it is well to catch a
Of those dim and moldering pages of a country s
One evening in December, half a century ago,
In the Mission of San Carlos fell the sunset wintry
From the belfry-tower the Angelus was musically
In the aisles the hymns were chanted in the soft
Padre Juan, with hands uplifted, the kneeling faith
Then dismissed them, and the Mission was
wrapped in sleep and rest.
Up rose the moon; its soft light in tender shimmer
On the cypress-shadowed bosom of Carmel s tran
Round Point Pinos rugged headland, by ocean
By the west wind gently wafted, a tall-sparred
And ere had ceased the rattle of her noisy anchor-
At her peak streamed out her ensign the flag
of haughty Spain.
Next morning, in the Mission, her commander
and the priest
Sat down in friendly concourse to a hospitable
Count Alfredo told his story how his idol and
His faithful wife, Jovina, but a week ago had
And how the hopes that filled him of name and
fame were gone;
He d lift anchor on the morrow and return to
He had longed to bring back tidings of this
unknown northern shore,
But ambition had departed he was stricken and
He would leave his little daughter with the padre
A larger, safer vessel should arrive from distant
Then he called the little maiden, who among the
And her hand within the padre s with graceful
The good priest kissed with tenderness the sweet
" May the Virgin help me!" said he, "I will try
to fill your place.
A dozen years passed over, and the padre, old and
Looked seaward from the Mission, for never since
The Count Alfredo left him Jovina for his ward
Had aught that might concern the Captain s fate
And she, the fairest daughter of the Mission, like
Of maidens, felt love knocking for admittance at
Her tender heart was given, nay, her pure and
For what Spanish maid who loves well surrenders
not the whole
Of her being to her lover? But the youth Jovina
By the good folks at the Mission was very ill
Carlos Sanchez, brave and handsome, who careful
Wandered round, guitar on shoulder, when twas
time to be in bed.
The old priest, sighing, murmured : "lam full of
years and rust,
Yet a few years and this chancel will open for my
And Jovina (who can fathom a youthful maiden s
Her fancies are as various and fickle as the wind.
I have told her of her father; I have taught her all
Of the fortitude and bearing that belongs to noble
And this Sanchez but she loves him " " Padre
mio!" at his side
Kneels Jovina. Ah, my daughter, so soon to be
Blessings on you, mi chiquita; may your future
be as bright
As yon mellow sun now bathing this dark hair in
Christmas Eve: The bells are ringing, and the
Mission maids are gay
In mantles and mantillas for Jovina s wedding-
It lacked an hour of sunset, when on the ocean s
The white sails of a vessel loomed indistinct and
Another hour a great ship her anchor drops, and
The Spanish ensign, greeted by many wondering
Padre Juan stands on the wet sands; the first that
leaps to land
Rushes rapidly toward him and grasps his out
"My daughter?" "She is yonder," said the
padre, with troubled face,
And the Count strides toward the Mission in fierce,
The news has traveled quickly, and the Mission
Jovina and her lover will not wed this Christmas
For the bride has kissed the bridegroom she will
never see again,
And sleeps aboard the vessel that will carry her to
The night is dark and gloomy, and the anchor
Neath the forecastle for shelter, where all their
The plash of oars they hear not, so loud the storm s
Nor see the muffled form now bending o er the rail.
They only hear from Pinos the breakers on the
Nor see the tossed and spray-lashed skiff that
struggles toward the land.
Christmas Day, the sun dispelling the early morning
Gleams through the fringing pine-trees; its broad
and golden rays
Rest on the old church belfry, then mercifully fall
On the long black tresses, veiling the body like a
Of a woman, drowned, disfigured, and cast up by
And clad in wedding garments, for Death had
claimed a bride.
Nor was the bridegroom wanting, for farther
down the shore,
Lay Sanchez, in his death-clasp grasping still a
And all the Mission mourned them, and still old
The roses bloom the whole year round, above
their graves to-day.
SING ME A RINGING ANTHEM
SING me a ringing anthem
Of the deeds of the buried past,
When the Norseman brave dared the treach
And laughed at the icy blast.
And fill me a brimming beaker
Of the rich Burgundian wine,
That the chill of years, with its chain of tears,
May unbind from this breast of mine;
For working and watching and waiting
Make the blood run sluggish and cold,
And I long for the fire and the fierce desire
That burned in the hearts of old.
I can dream of the fountains plashing
In the soft, still summer s night,
And of smothered sighs, and of woman s eyes,
And of ripe lips, ruddy and bright.
But better the tempest s fury,
With its thunders and howling wind,
And better to dare what the future may bear,
Than to muse on what lies behind.
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Then chant me no tender love-song,
With its sweet and low refrain,
But sing of the men of the sword and the pen,
Whose deeds may be done again.
As IN the west the evening sun goes down,
And, dying, glorifies with varied hues
Of gold and purple all the floating clouds
That saw him slowly sink below the verge;
So the old year to us who, with a sigh,
Mark his last hour, as tranquilly he fades
Leaves many a rich-hued memory behind.
The twilight fades, the night goes by, anon
The eastern sky is flushed with joyous clouds
That wait expectant for the sun s return;
And as he climbs the blue, and gleams and glows,
Gladdening the world and all life with the dawn,
The clouds and peaks receive his kiss, and blush,
So we, the fresh young New Year hail, nor grieve
For that which in the solemn midnight died.
The hope, the promise of some better things
Than we have known brightens dull hearts, as when
A sunbeam swift from parted clouds breaks forth
O er meadows on a fitful April day,
Chasing the shade to hide on hills and groves.
The buried aspirations though their graves
Have not yet known a single season s change
Are all forgotten; as the child who flies
To grasp the gaudy moth, and, failing, turns
To pluck a flower, which seems the richer prize.
The storm-tossed sailor, when the wave is high,
And bitter winds, ice-laden, sweep the deck,
In dreams beholds the tropic summer seas,
Where gentle zephyrs, with the perfumed breath
Of fruited woodlands, sigh through shroud and sail.
Thus, turning from the old year s cheated hopes
And broken promises and erring deeds,
We look beyond to pleasant scenes and paths
Which virgin months shall smilingly disclose.
Come, glad New Year, unwritten scroll, white page
Where we may write the record of good deeds
Long left undone annals of brave resolve,
Accomplished by sweet patience and strong will.
Come, glad New Year, and make us strong and true;
And when you sink, sun-like, below the verge,
Be we the clouds to wear for evermore
The golden brightness of your memories.
FAREWELL THE PIPE
THROW down the pipe, and let its shattered bowl
Lie on the earth in atoms at my feet!
Adieu the fragrant incense which my soul,
Dark and bewildered, once found passing sweet !
No more shall float before my half-closed eyes
Fair visions, mingled with its azure clouds ;
No more succeeding forms shall fall and rise
In vapors soft, a shadowy welcome crowd.
No more tall castles rear their gleaming walls
With open portals and inviting ways;
No more the drowsy hum of waterfalls,
The memories of the rapturous yesterdays.
No more to see, locked in the noisy town,
Long meadow reaches, where the brooks rush by
To meet the sea, and in a last kiss crown
Their sacrifice and ocean s victory.
Throw down the pipe, and with this parting plaint
Perish the pleasures all good smokers love;
I 11 smoke no more; I m training for a saint,
The harp and robe and purer joys above!
CHERISHED and honored beyond all others,
Loved and looked up to, as dearest and best,
Noblest of natures and kindest of brothers,
Truest of souls that a friend ever blest;
Could you but speak to us, poor dead one, lying
Cold in thy casket; and if it were meet
That you could whisper us, " Hush and cease
Even our grief for you then would be sweet.
Oh! but t is hard to feel we, left behind you,
We, sore and sorrowing, here by your bier,
Never again in this life may remind you
How much we worshiped you, how held you
Hand, cold and motionless, though we may clasp
Hand, true and faithful, now rigid and prone,
Though we may cling to you, fervently grasp you,
No pressure shall thrill in response to our own.
Eyelids now closed in the last solemn slumber^
Would that beneath you our own eyes might see
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One glance of the many that beamed without
Soothing our troubles, or brightening our glee!
Voice that once flowed like a beautiful river,
In song sweeter than song-birds most exquisite
How can we feel that you are silenced forever,
Your glory departed, your melody still ?
Ah! but we 11 keep thy grave green with love s
And close in our hearts a grave greener for thee,
With a grief that shall last, friend, as long as the
As deep and unchanged as the sob of the sea.
The heart-place left vacant shall never, oh never,
By another be claimed, by another be filled,
Until we, too, lie down in thy calm sleep forever,
And our pulses, like thine, friend, forever are
BY THE SEA
THE curling waves crept up the beach,
The fishers drew their nets to land;
Behind us lay the clover reach,
Before us gleamed the pleasant sand.
A deeper blue was on the sea,
Than ever touched its waves before;
In sweeter fragrance bloomed the lea,
In purer silver stretched the shore.
We sat on rocks, where time and age
Had fretted many a curious trace.
Her heart was mine an open page;
Her love was written in her face.
A ship sailed by. The sea-birds led;
The waters clasped her gliding form.
"And so shall be our lives," she said;
"With never sorrow, never storm."
A black cloud darkened all the sky,
And darkened all the smiling land;
A sunbeam chased the cloud away,
My love then raised her dimpled hand
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And said : " If shadows chill our hearts,
T is aye for fear the sun may cloy;
For when the past of gloom departs,
The warmer glows the present joy."
ROMANCE AND REALITY
"HERE is the bed where Nellie slept,"
She turned the snowy coverlet down;
In through the lattice the ivy crept
What a blissful change from the heated town!
"Good-night." She left me; the moonbeams fell
On flowered carpet and dainty bed;
I smoked and pondered, but strange to tell
I could n t get Nellie out of my head.
" My aunt had never a friend," I said,
" Named Nell or Nellie; yet I am here,
Seated on Nell or Nellie s bed
My clothes upon Nell s or Nellie s chair."
" Nellie! I always liked that name,
The gods are propitious, and I, perchance,
Who voted the country dull and tame
Am here beginning my life romance.
" How fragrant this soap! And this ewer quaint
Has the water held in which Nellie washed,
Nellie, whose face needs no nasty paint;
And the basin, too, what a pity tis smashed!
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4 How soft the towel ! Nellie or Nell
Has hung it thus. What a dear, sweet girl
She is, to be sure! And this brush! Ah well,
I wish I could drop on a truant curl.
" Is she a blonde? or is she a brunette?
I m sure to love her! These nights of bliss
Are made for loving. I knew that yet
I should meet my fate in some way like this.
I sank on the pillows. O dear, sweet Nell !
To think that your cheeks have pressed this
And your limbs reclined here, my country belle,
One day to be queen of my house in town.
My sleep was broken. T was not the breeze
That sighed through the trees the whole night
I rather fear that it was the fleas,
Though the thought seemed wicked and base
I looked in vain in the breakfast-room
For Nell or Nellie. She was not there.
" Dear aunt," I said, " are we not too soon?
Miss Nell has not finished her morning prayer."
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1 Nellie, come here. With cheeks aflame,
I could not raise my eyes from the floor;
But grim was the air of the ancient dame,
As Nellie, her poodle, came in at the door!
A SOFT, dark eye so deep, so deep,
Its liquid depths no glance may follow;
A face where lights and shadows creep
O er arching brow and dimpled hollow.
A voice, now loud in maiden glee,
As tides on pebbly reaches throbbing,
Now sorrow-hushed, as sunset sea
In purple rays at even sobbing.
O twining hands! O rich, dark sheen
Of gleaming braids that crown in glory
A face as fair as spirits seen
In ancient books of Bible story!
O love ! O life ! like generous wine
Like breezes from the streams and mountains,
Thy presence thrills this soul of mine,
Thy glances stir my heart s deep fountains.
O love! O life! a rose, a weed,
Touched by thy hand, my peerless beauty,
Is cherished with a miser s greed,
And guarded well in jealous duty.
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But though you ve woven warp and woof
Into the thread of my life s passion,
I dare not speak, but stand aloof,
And dream and sigh the olden fashion.
THE ANGLER S CONFESSION
I VE angled in many waters,
On many a summer s day,
By many a murmuring river,
In many a tangled way ;
And the voice of the brook has never
Lost pathos and charm for me,
As it rippling runs forever
To its grave in the mighty sea.
These were the days the angler,
In the flush of guileless youth,
Told all his simple story
Told nothing but the truth:
" I fished the stream near the mill-dam
Hour after hour in vain
I ve not a trout in my basket;
To-morrow I 11 try again."
But now, alas! this bosom
Is sadly changed I fear
I ve learned to lie like others,
In the angling time of year.
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" Fishing? I rather think so
A hundred in half a day;
Two-pounders, and strong such monsters!
Each took an hour to play."
I ve learned to lie like others:
I ve gone to the stream and found
A small boy fishing before me;
Then prone on the pleasant ground
I ve lain and slumbered, and bid him
Call me when he had caught
Just enough to fill my basket
And thus my fish were bought.
Then over my nice clean stockings
I ve plastered the river mud,
And the sleeves of my angling jacket
I ve smeared with fishes blood,
And strolled to the ferry landing
With a weary look in my eye,
Then reveled for days succeeding
In one luxurious lie,
How I fell from the massive bowlder;
How I swam the turbulent brook;
How in one pool four and twenty
Speckled beauties I took.
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Men may rave of the joys of angling,
But let them not despise
The pure, the esthetic pleasure
That dwells in those angling lies.
I vow the strain from yon ball-room band,
Which steals tender and sweet through the
Recalls me the touch of her matchless hand,
And the odor that breathed from her gold-
And here alone this September s eve,
With the moon above and within the glow
Of that brilliant hall, I cannot but grieve
For the queenly woman I used to know.
For queen she was once of the fair and gay
Once the courted and loved of all,
Whose light step moved like a forest fay
Through the glare and glitter of many a ball.
Once before her the richest and proud
Craved a smile from those ripe red lips,
And with courtly murmur of soft praise bowed
To press with passion her finger-tips.
She is now the jest of each ruffian boor,
A stranger to all that is good and bright,
No longer honored, no longer pure,
A star that has lost its luster and light.
And the ballad you careless revelers trolled
Was a song she loved in the golden years,
In the sunlight days, ere a woman sold
Her soul for riot, her peace for tears.
WITH THE DEAD
WHITE folds of linen on the marble face
Lie in the silence of the coming day;
The; long black shadows creep with laggard pace;
The eastern sky is marked with streaks of gray.
O quiet dead, let but those pallid lips
One^late-learned secret of the soul disclose,
So that our wisdom may at once eclipse
All that the sage of all the sages knows.
O tranquil lids, lift from those hidden eyes,
That on their orbs our doubting eyes may see
The graven gleams of startled, rapt surprise
Which marked their first glimpse of eternity.
The morning breeze sweeps thro the solemn room
And stirs the folds that wrap the dead around;
The bold, broad sun dispels the chilling gloom;
The streets are all astir with life and sound.
Most tacit dead! has mourning love no power
To win one accent for its many tears?
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Most ingrate dead! who leaves us in an hour,
And with us leaves the grief of loss for years,
One single word the faintly-breathed farewell
That failed thee as the fluttering spirit fled!
No answer yet! Ring out the final knell!
And, men, come in to bear away our dead.
A CHRISTMAS DREAM
I STOOD on the shores of the Wide Awake, at the
close of a winter s day,
Then I boarded my shallop and steered my course
to a country far away;
I was bound to the land of the Fast Asleep, my
track in the silver beams
Of the lustrous moon that lighted my way to the
harbor of Pleasant Dreams.
A Norman castle with lofty keep stands on a flower
And a landmark bold for miles around it frowns on
the open sea.
I am bidden to enter the pillared hall where the
banquet board is spread,
And knights and ladies surround the feast, and the
baron sits at the head.
Stream and forest, and crag and lake have sent
their offerings here,
Deer and boar from the parent wood, and fish and
bird from the mere;
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And the wine is quaffed in mighty draughts from
cups of silver and horn,
As the minstrels chant in holy phrase of the night
that Christ was born;
And the yule-log blazes upon the hearth, and I
mark by its ruddy flame
A cavalier, grander than all the rest, who sits by a
The blush is red on her lovely cheek, as he whis
pers low in her ear:
" This day and night will forever be to me the best
in the year,
And wherever I go, and wherever I be, I swear
on the cross of Christ
That my soul with thine on each Christmas Eve
will keep its solemn tryst.
And whether I perish by heathen sword, or by
knightly lance am sped,
Whether we twain must live apart, or by God s
grace we are wed,
This night of all nights will bring me back from
the spirit world to say
That love is immortal and knows no death, but
must live for ever and aye."
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An English manor, and elm and oak are draped in
the gleaming snow,
But laughter and mirth are rife within, as under the
The daring youth leads the bashful maid, and salutes
her lips of red
Lips that rival the crimson glow of the berry wreaths
And the same old chant from the waits outside to
the merry throng is borne,
" God bless you, dames and gentlemen, on this
night that Christ was born.
Where have I seen this maiden s eyes, and marked
the bearing bold
Of that comely youth ? T is the dame and the
knight of the Norman tower of old!
Now I know that the souls of the lovers then abide
with these lovers now,
And I know that the knight to the peerless dame
has kept his solemn vow,
That on this eve of the good Christ s birth, though
fate had parted the twain,
Their souls in those of a later life have found union
and love again.
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And now I behold in my changeful dream, by the
calm Pacific sea,
In a stately mansion a comely throng that surrounds
No Norman castle, no manor old, no waits on the
On this night that the shepherds saw the star and
hailed the immortal dawn.
But the holly-berries are bright and red, and in
yonder nook, I swear,
Hand clasped in hand, and lip close to lip, sit a
youth and a maiden fair!
Oh, wonder of wonders! That maiden s eyes are
the eyes of the dame of old,
And the bold, broad brow is the brow of the knight,
and his voice the voice that told
His own true love that he d keep his tryst, and his
fond devotion prove,
On this night when the hearts of all mankind are
moved to pity and love.
Ah, who shall question those gracious things, no
matter how strange they seem,
Or doubt that to many the best of life is the life
they live in their dream ?
BY THE LAKE
O SUMMER S day! O smiling lake!
O plash of wave! O pebbly beach!
The low, sweet words that softly break;
The thoughts too full for common speech;
The round, soft hand that lay within
The brown, broad palm that burned and clung;
The heart that strove a heart to win,
While meadows waved and robins sung;
The memories of a golden day,
Of fresh spring flowers, of sun and lake,
Of all she would yet could not say,
Of all I would yet could not take,
Are green this autumn, though the trees
Have lost the bloom they wore and waved,
Though many an ebb and flow of seas
The lake s white shores have left and laved.
The corn then peeped above the sod
In unripe beauty, fresh and cool;
The cautious angler swung his rod
Above the purple-shadowed pool.
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To-day the harvest- fields are bare;
The clover hues are gray and dead;
The meadow-grass, where lurked the hare,
Is gathered to the farmer s shed;
The mottled fowl float on the lake;
The ripples murmur in the reeds;
The quail pipes in the sheltered brake;
The minnow darts among the weeds;
The sky is clear, the air is pure,
And all is sweet as when before
The dreams, too golden to endure,
Were dreamed beside the lake s fair shore.
A SPANISH VISTA
LARGE, lazy cattle on the hill,
The landscape dotted over,
The sigh of breeze, the song of rill,
The scent of blooming clover.
Beyond, the tired sun sinking down,
In clouds of lurid splendor,
And gilding all the mountain s crown
With rays serene and tender.
A hacienda, shaded o er
By oaks, which in this wildwood
Rose high above the river s shore,
In the Franciscan s childhood,
Were large and strong in those old days,
When Spanish expeditions
Came here to plant, in tangled ways,
The tall cross of the Missions.
Upon the porch a maiden lies,
And over hill and meadow
Beholds, with calm and lustrous eyes,
The sun-rays yield to shadow.
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She chants a cadence soft and clear,
A tale of Spanish glory;
The oaks seem bending down to hear
The music of her story.
I listen, and I live again,
In twilight dream Elysian,
That past when legendary Spain
Made romance in the Mission.
The song is hushed, the sun is down,
The moon is rising slowly;
Still on the porch the mountain s frown
The singer shadows wholly.
Backward and backward creeps the shade,
By gracious moonlight driven,
Till lightly rests upon the maid
The silver light of heaven.
THE FAVORITE TOAST
HERE! stop the song! Look at the clock!
Although it s to our liking,
The joke must wait. Ease up the talk;
Eleven s nearly striking.
Fill glasses for the old-time toast
We hold above all others,
The one we love and honor most:
" Here s to our absent brothers."
Good fellows all, where are you now,
Who came with cheery greeting
In other days, and wondered how
Men thought that life was fleeting ?
There s Charley, brightest of them all,
His face shines in the claret.
He wears a smile to conquer Gaul,
As none but he could wear it.
Dear boy, his shadow in the glass
Shines bright and fair and cheery.
I almost hear the old jest passed,
M Let s drink, and all be merry."
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And Jack, who died a year ago,
When life was in its summer,
I see him in the shadow show
A new and loving comer.
And good John Boyd, and Hull, and those
Who ve passed across the ferry,
Return, as round that chorus goes,
<( Let s drink, and all be merry."
Dear boys, I know not where you are,
Nor do I care to ponder
Upon your home in that land far
Across the ferry yonder.
But yet I know, where er you rove,
You d hurry out of heaven
To drink this toast with those you love
When clocks point to eleven.
So we, who stand around the board,
Remember all those others,
Drink deep this toast without a word:
Here s to our absent brothers.
IN THE COLISEUM
ON the Campagna fell the shades of night,
And by the yellow, full-fed stream that rolled
On through the broad and far-extending plain,
The herdsman shouted to his thirsty flock,
Whose heads were buried in the Tiber s flood,
Drinking their fill as closed the sultry day.
An old man clad in skins, with painful step
Walked on to where, skirting the western sky,
Arose the tall and frowning walls of Rome;
And by his side, guiding his feeble steps,
A maiden whose soft cheek the sun had kissed
Brown as the nuts on lofty Sabine hill,
Moved, speaking words of tenderness to him.
" Think you," he said, " that soldier s words were
That he had seen amid the brotherhood,
Aye, in the arena, Faustus, my lost son,
The handsomest and the bravest of them all,
Faustus, thy playmate ? Surely thou must mind
How when the Goths thy father s cottage wrecked,
And slew him then before thy mother s eyes,
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" Faustus did bear thee, he then but a boy,
Far from the bloody hearth, and guarded thee.
And think ye now that Faustus wounds and
He whose once tender hand would gently lift
A piping fledgling from the ground and smooth
Its tiny feathers, lay it once again
Back in the nest it wandered from too soon ?
The maiden shuddered. Faustus could not brook
The sober dullness of the herdsman s life,
And so sought Rome, where men of warlike minds
Find ever favor in Augustus eyes."
Conversing thus, the twain at last drew near
The gates of Rome, and entered and moved on
To where the Coliseum s bulk stood out
Beneath the shadow of the Palatine Hill.
Struck by the maid s fair face, a soldier said:
" You come in time, sweet one, to see to-night
The games, for noble Caesar has decreed
That forty of the brotherhood contend,
And that so hotly that but one survives
And Caesar hails above his brethren slain.
Nay, shrink not, maiden; if thou tarriest here
But a few months, thy appetite for blood
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Shall grow as keen as that of our fair dames,
Who love to see a Roman s full veins bleed."
Into the circus next day poured the throng.
Matron and maid and proud patrician filled
The benches rising, tier surmounting tier.
Lictor and legionary and centurion stood
Around the throne where haughty Caesar sat,
Cold, like a marble god, upon his shrine.
" All hail, great Caesar!" rose the ringing shout,
And then a pause, for marching on the sands,
With gleaming shield and sword, the brethren
" The dying hail thee, Caesar!" Then the fray!
Steel rings on steel, swords clash, the sands are
Red with the blood of slaughtered men, and still
The sinewy arms rise high to smite and thrust,
And women s cheeks are flushed, and languid eyes
Flash into life to see this reign of death.
But two are left. They meet their blades are
" Faustus!" above the mighty din is heard
The girl s wild scream. One of the twain looks
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Ah, fatal pause! his foeman s blade falls swift,
And prone he lies upon the crimson sands.
Pitiless Caesar to the earth points down,
And then the gladiator s restless heart,
Which weaned of the quiet herdsman s life,
Had ceased to beat.
A few hours later, when the games were done,
Upon those benches where the plebeians sit
They found a lovely maiden cold in death.
Her head was pillowed on an old man s breast.
He, too, was dead, and none their story knew.
THE STATE-HOUSE BELL
STANDING proudly on the threshold of her fruit
ful hundred years,
The youngest of the nations lifts her head among
Pointing backward to the patriots that mark her
century s tide,
With the laurel on her fair brow, she names their
deeds with pride;
And the old theme that so often has been told and
read and sung:
How the great bell of the State-house, from its
ponderous brazen tongue,
Sonorous rang its tidings with quick pulse and
Was hailed a nation s birthday in memorial July.
But never can the story be too often wreathed in
And never can historian too oft the tale rehearse
For the old to bid them gladden, and be strong
and stout of heart;
For the young to let the future see them act as well
As a requiem for the warriors whose blood baptized
For the statesmen whose wise counsels broke British
rule and rod.
In the belfry stand the ringers hangs above the
Their arms are bared, their eyes gleam, they love
this duty well.
Without, the eager people sway and murmur like
Within, the statesmen listened to the words that
made them free.
The noonday sun is blazing; but greater than its
And fiercer, is the fire within those hearts upon the
So grave and so determined, with bent brows and
Toward the meeting-house the eager mass, with
steady purpose, pressed.
Maid and matron, age and childhood, gaze with
anxious look on high,
Where the massive tower, gigantic, looms against
the summer sky.
"Oh, this weary expectation! How the minutes
drag along! "
Hush, good friends! You 11 be rewarded with the
richest, rarest song
Ever rung from brass and iron. Hush! be still
and hold your breath!
On the swinging of yon metal hangs our country s
life or death !
"Have they signed it?" "Not all! Hear them
they are still in hot debate!
Oh, pass on, you sluggish moments, and let us
know our fate!"
Then the waiting throng is silenced over all a
When clang! clang! from the steeple peals the
thunder of the bell.
Hear its grand reverberations swelling o er the
Bringing joy to all the people, bringing sorrow to
Hand grasps hand with warmest pressure. * Ring
out, ringers, well and strong!
Ring in the joys of freedom ring out the woes
"Ring right lustily, my brave boys! The great
pledge signed to-day
Shall be sealed with freemen s best blood in many
a fiery fray.
Ring out, and never weary, for children yet
Shall bless the glorious music you ve made for us
No sooner was the peal stilled, than burst the bell
After such a lofty message it could ring no meaner
Nigh a hundred years tis silent, but the memory
of that chime
Shall echo on forever until the end of time;
Echo on through other nations, bidding other hearts
And like it, in Freedom s honor, lifting up a peo
ple s voice.
THE LAND OF THE NEVER WAS
I BOARDED my ship and I sailed away
With never a sigh or pause,
Away, away, to the rim of day,
And the land of the Never Was.
White were my sails as the soaring gull
That followed me o er the sea;
The breeze was strong with never a lull;
And the only crew with me
Were my hopes and dreams of another shore,
A port of refuge and rest,
Around the cape of the Evermore,
In the land of the Golden West.
Land ho! land ho! and the anchor falls
Deep in the purple tide.
From the bordering, the towering walls
Face me on either side.
And my ship is safe in a sheltered bay,
And only, from miles afar,
Is heard in the hush of the twilight gray
The surf on the harbor bar.
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And now as I step on the shining sand,
There comes to the peaceful shore,
With kindly faces and outstretched hands,
From the land of the Nevermore,
The noble souls from the Never Was,
This isle in the purple sea,
Who have framed its tender and kindly laws,
To give this welcome to me.
There never has been in the Never Was,
Since the birth and beginning of time,
A friend that was false, or a maid untrue,
Or the faintest shadow of crime.
There never has been a pang of pain,
Or a human heart gone wrong,
And the echoes of life have been the strain
Of a sweet, harmonious song.
And nobody toils from the early light
To the dusky close of day,
In this beautiful land of glory and right,
Where my anchored vessel lay.
They gave me a palace of towering height,
With meadows and woods and streams,
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And my house was peopled with fancies bright,
My hopes, and my noontide dreams.
The shriek of the tempest, the breaker s shock
As it foams on the iron shore,
And my ship is lost on the cruel rock,
Off the Cape of Evermore!
And the beautiful land of Never Was,
With its great souls fresh and free,
Are buried with me and my gallant ship,
Deep in the purple sea.
As THE lark from his cosy nest
Welcomed the morn,
Fresh from the mountain s crest,
Twin streams were born.
Through deep vale and wooded dale,
Meadow and lea,
One singing merrily,
Gushed to the sea.
Through bleak waste and arid plain,
Cheered by no song,
Far from the waving grain,
One toiled along.
And one stream the sunlight
Tinted with gold,
While gloomy clouds, black as night,
The other enfold.
But when the evening sun
Sank in the west,
The sea caught the rivers both
Home to her breast.
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And the song of the river
That burst o er the lea,
Has been hushed for all time
In the moan of the sea.
And the wail of the river
That toiled through the plain,
In nature s wild throbbing
Will ne er sound again.
Our lives, like these rivers,
Howe er they be cast,
In the grave, the great ocean,
Find nepenthe at last.
ON the bosom of the river
Dainty moonbeams gleam and quiver;
Trembling forms shrink and shiver,
Gazing on its silver sheen.
There is peace and calm forever:
Bonds of sin may solve and sever
In a journey with the river,
Through its willow banks of green.
Pallid faces are uplifting
To the moonbeams, glint and shifting;
Stiffened limbs are drowned and drifting
Underneath the rustling trees.
For, while all the world was sleeping,
Found a tired heart rest from weeping;
Sought the river sadly creeping
Towards the moan of distant seas.
Never more the pain of losing,
Never more the chill refusing,
Never more the deadly choosing
Of the sin and taint of care;
Past the days and nights of longing,
Past the sense of wrong and wronging,
Comes the deadly sleep belonging
To the erring ones that were.
NATURE AND MAN
THE moon is dawning, the west is darkening,
A sighing sound haunts the bodeful air;
The forest pines appear hushed, and harkening
Like living forms, for vesper prayer.
Their leaves are sparkling, but not with gladness:
Who readeth well what their sheen bespeaks
Will deem those pearly, pale dews of sadness
Most like the tear-drops on weepers cheeks.
The knelling fall of the mournful waters
Floats down the dell like the saddest song,
As though the flood s fabled fairy daughters
Bewailed some victim, or deed of wrong.
And as the gold of the sunset slowly
Decays and darkens till all hath fled,
Those tones appear to unite in holy
And choral swells for the lost and dead.
Is this illusion? A poet s dreaming?
An airy legend from Feristan ?
Or are the thoughtful more wise in deeming
That Nature may sometime mourn with man ?
MARRIAGE A LA MODE
HARRY, old fellow, the other day
The wedding-bells chimed for a girl we knew
A boarding-house beauty, with golden hair,
And the dainty complexion, and eyes of blue;
And the bridegroom proudly stood at her side,
And the parson pronounced them man and wife;
But I thought, when I looked at the stately bride,
Of those days when she made a part of your life.
And I wondered if, laid away in your trunk,
Are those letters I ve carried by dozens to you,
When she was your sweetheart, and you believed
There was none in the world so fond and true.
The groom, poor mortal, believed, no doubt,
That he was the idol of that heart s shrine;
But I could have sworn her thoughts were afar
With you, in your ship on the sultry line.
Well, the wedding presents came thick and fast.
I did as you told me. The opal ring
I gave her, saying: "A leaf from the past,
From an absent friend, by request I bring."
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She smiled and laughed and admired the stone,
And turned to her husband; but well I knew
What it cost her to stifle an agonized moan,
When she placed on her finger her gift to you.
Farewell, dear fellow! tis best as it is
But be sure of this: that she d rather be,
Though rich her husband and proud her home,
With you to-night on the lonely sea.
Since the fates have willed it, she 11 live her life
With the man of money he s good and kind;
But whenever she looks at that opal ring
She 11 grieve for the Eden she left behind.
"GENERAL, dismount!" The warrior laughed,
And stroked his beard, and laughed again.
"What! I, who danger s draught have quaffed
On many a hard-fought battle-plain,
Dismount because the balls are flying ?
I ve seen the Russian squadrons hying
Before our Moslem s troops in force,
And never yet have left my horse."
A bullet strikes the grand old man,
A shell beneath him plows the ground;
He, smiling, says, " Life s but a span,"
And binds his scarf about the wound.
"General, dismount! " He called back, Nay,
I ve lived through many a bloody fray,
And while the crescent floats on high,
I ride as Moslem should to die!
For Allah and the Sultan yield
My life, if needs, on this red field!"
Another volley ! That bold breast
Is bleeding now! The gleaming sword
Falls from his nerveless hands, the best,
The bravest, die for faith and lord.
As Digman Pasha s old gray head
Lies on a mourning comrade s knee,
He whispers ere the soul has fled,
11 Abdul, I die for faith and thee! "
As long as valor wins a name
To glisten upon history s page,
As long as soldier s cherished fame
And great deeds live from age to age,
Let Digman Pasha s name have place
Among that gallant Moslem race,
Who never fail when called to stand
And battle for their native land !
THE legends were dim and forgotten,
Neglected the heart and unstrung,
And the sad, sweet lore of the nation
Grew strange on her children s tongue,
When out of the ranks of the people
Sprang a bard, like the flash of a blade,
And the world stood passive, and wondered
At the weird, sweet music he made.
As the west wind, that breathes of the summer,
Wins the chilled buds to fragrance and bloom,
So the strains of the God-gifted comer
Won the genius of song from its tomb ;
From the old abbeys, ruined and hoary,
From the castles that frowned o er the sea,
He wove a romance and a glory
As he chanted the hymns of the free.
What pathos he wrung from that shattered,
That time-worn harp, when again
He swept its strings, breathing of sorrow,
Of love and oppression and pain
Of pain and of passion the deepest
Like wine, in the ripeness of years
The richer, because of the glimpses
Of smiles through its burden of tears.
It began, as the promise of dawning
Empurples the clouds of the night;
It grew till, like landscapes at noontide,
The land was aglow with its light.
To-day it is mellow and tender,
Half mirthful, half sad, and all pure,
As it teaches the children of Ireland
To be faithful, and strong to endure.
In the far battle-fields of the stranger,
By the camp-fires of France and of Spain,
On the eve of the morrow of danger,
The bivouac rang with its strain,
Now low, like the summer tides throbbing
On the beaches of Ireland, and then,
Like the winter gales, raging and sobbing
In the hearts of those strife-worn men.
O bard of our own land, thy laurels
Are brighter than ever to-day,
As we tread the dark pathway of sorrow,
And struggle towards Liberty s ray,
For the songs you have taught us have cheered us;
And when we have conquered, be sure
The first toast, the first pledge of our freedom,
Shall be to thy memory, Tom Moore!
WANDERERS FROM THE SEA
SHIP ahoy! Ship ahoy! Speeding hither o er the
With the waters white before thee, and their spray
upon thy deck,
Steer you steadily, and surely, for you bring our
As the harbor-bar you pass o er, safe from storm
Ship ahoy ! Ship ahoy ! when the winds about our
Blew fierce, and told disaster, our hearts were
out with thee;
Far from shore our hearts were drifting o er the
ocean wildly swelling,
To the ship that bore our treasure, far, far out
upon the sea.
Ship ahoy! Ship ahoy! long and wearily we ve
On the dangers of the tempest, and the cruel
ioo flflianlimrg from tfje
And the ship that braves the billows, for had that
good ship foundered,
Our hearts, O gallant vessel, had gone surely
down with thee.
Ship ahoy! Ship ahoy! the links that long have
Stretch farther than the farthest shore, reach over
Were thy homeward coming never, the years would
still have found us
Looking seaward for thy lofty spars, and waiting
on the quay.
Ship ahoy! Ship ahoy! thou art welcome to thy
Whether outward bound or homeward, our good
wishes are with thee.
May you ride out many a tempest, and shun rock
and reef, secure in
Our blessings, that you brought us our friends
safely o er the sea !
HAPPY the man who, on a gloomy day
When the streets are mud and mire,
Can put the business of the hour away,
And before a blazing fire,
Sip to his heart s desire,
Even as he gazes on the crackling log,
The hottest kind of grog.
Not to the millionaire alone does fate vouchsafe
For rain and cold this pleasant recompense;
Philosophers of ripened common sense
Can tranquilly surrender business obligation,
And put (such is the great law of life s compensa
Upon their doors,*while they the goblet sip,
" Gone home to bed: La Grippe."
Though churchyards fatten, and the doctor sees
With each declining sun increasing fees,
For many more than plausible apologies,
We are indebted to La Grippe.
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The florid face which follows terrapin,
The morning of the night of song and gin,
We place (alas, for man s mendacious lip!)
To that convenient visitant, La Grippe.
Why reeled the model citizen, the man whose mind
Is ne er to pleasures bibulous inclined?
Is that demeanor staid upset by wine?
He 11 tell you, " Whisky whisky and quinine,
For grippe, the doctor said." He took it; life
Must be preserved, though an indignant wife
Might scold a man with bitter, biting word
For coming home, his starboard tacks aboard.
For various kinds of ailments doctors pour
Into the patient horrid, nauseous doses,
Which make the nurses gasp and hold their noses,
And tear the victim to his bosom s core.
They leech and blister, and in other ways
Inferno s margin with their tortures graze;
But in the grippe changed is the painful scene,
And the afflicted sips with brow serene,
His medicine which naught his soul distresses.
His only mourning when he convalesces,
Nor finds in grippe the welcome, dear excuse
That friend afforded for his daily booze.
" Non semper agros manat in hispidos"
THE darkest shadows at times are lifted,
The clouds not always obscure the sun;
The hardest burden is sometimes shifted,
The hardest toiling is sometimes done.
The stream that flows from distant fountain,
Now through desert and now by lea,
Though wide the plain or steep the mountain,
Sooner or later must reach the sea.
The gales of winter that shake the forest
Give place in spring to the softer wind;
The wounded hearts that have ached the sorest
In the changeful future their solace find.
Did spring last ever, t would lose its sweetness;
If flowers bloomed always, we d cast them by.
Tis change that makes the world s complete
The sweetest laughter succeeds the sigh.
No cross he bears, nor ivory beads;
At matin chime he says no prayer,
Nor text, nor hymn from volume reads,
Nor bends the knee with saintly air.
He kneels in no confessional,
The penitent s sad tale to hear,
Nor on his hand, in blessing reached,
There falls the sinner s heart- wrung tear.
And yet he knows so much so much,
That tall, grim waiter, mild and gray,
That homes would wither at his touch,
And vows dissolve had he his say.
But yet he speaks not. On his lips
The seal of silence rests supreme;
The crowds that nightly come and go
Are but the shadows of a dream.
The song, the jest, the wine, the kiss,
The plighted promises, to him
Are fancies all, with naught amiss,
But phantoms, undefined and dim,
Of worlds outside his narrow sphere,
Of worlds where boisterous cohorts move-
And all are near and all are dear,
And every chant s refrain is love,
And every vow is emphasized,
With bubbling wine and beaker quaff;
And all by chastity most prized
Is greeted with the scoffing laugh.
tall, grim waiter, few indeed
Can hear so much and yet not speak.
1 pledge thee, for thy noble creed,
The golden silence of the Greek.
ONLY A WOMAN S FACE
ONLY a woman s face
Seen in the Latin quarter,
Maybe a fisherman s child,
Maybe a scavenger s daughter.
But eyes of infinite depths,
Not easily forgotten,
And a figure of queenly grace,
Though clad in a gown of cotton.
Ah! far away in the past,
When Spain was in its glory,
Some lord of that mighty land
Whispered love s tender story
Into the willing ear
Of a dame, whose great-granddaughter
In her cotton gown to-day
Roams through the Latin quarter.
For never from lowly race
Sprang maid so sweet and winning,
Perhaps the ring, perhaps
The tale of passionate sinning.
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It matters not to me;
Never again I ve sought her,
Like the dream of a pleasant hour
Is this queen of the Latin quarter.
IN a mantle of old traditions,
In the rime of a vanished day,
The shrouded and silent city
Sits by her crescent bay.
The ruined fort on the hilltop
Where never a bunting streams,
Looks down, a cannonless fortress,
On the solemn city of dreams.
Gardens of wonderful roses,
Climbing o er roof and wall,
Woodbine and crimson geranium,
Hollyhocks, purple and tall,
Mingle their odorous breathings
With the crisp, salt breeze from the sands,
Where pebbles and sounding sea-shells
Are gathered by children s hands.
Women, with olive faces,
And the liquid southern eye,
Dark as the forest berries
That grace the woods in July.
Tenderly train the roses,
Gathering here and there
A bud the richest and rarest
For a place in their long-, dark hair.
Feeble and garrulous old men
Tell, in the Spanish tongue,
Of the good, grand times at the Mission,
And the hymns that the Fathers sung;
Of the oil and the wine, and the plenty,
And the dance in the twilight gray
"Ah! these," and the head shakes sadly,
"Were good times in Monterey!"
Behind in the march of cities
The last in the eager stride
Of villages born the latest
She dreams by the ocean side.
DEAR friend, kind friend, and must we say farewell,
And break that circle, comrade, which so long
Has held us, brother, in its pleasant spell
A loving, faithful, merry-hearted throng ?
Death claims his own; we mourn, we pray and trust,
And softly praise the dead, but yet we know
When nature summons us again to dust,
We, too, along the drear, dark path must go.
But when we feel that though the sun-rays fall
Upon us living, though when stars are bright
We gaze above and say: " He now sees all
The mellow beauty of this summer s night;
Still he is absent, and his cheering voice
Is lost to us, as if our friend were dead;
Though he may grieve, and we, perchance, rejoice,
And he rejoice while we are sad instead;
"We know not; for, alas! between us lies
A barrier our thoughts alone may span.
What matter to us stars, or glowing skies,
Since we have lost of men the truest man ?
The circle narrower grows. Ah! what is wrong
In this strange world, that partings are so rife ?
For ere are hushed the echoes of the song,
There comes the dirge and bitterness of life.
The breeze that creeps through aisles of woodland
When day is done, bringing delicious balm,
The cooling mist that freshens all the glade,
The wave-borne lights that gleam when seas are
Are grand, rich blessings in creation s plan
From the Beneficent who reigns above.
But greater is the love of man for man
The love exceeding woman s rarest love.
Such is our love. And never better placed
Was man s affection since the Persian youth,
Beneath the tyrant s footstool strong, embraced,
Glorying in death for friendship and for truth.
The morning sun that climbs the eastern sky
And fades at evening in the crimson west,
Though grand at noon its luster to the eye,
Its last light is the fairest and the best.
And thus our love. In its meridian heat,
In all the warmth of its noontide power,
Has never seemed so dear, so sadly sweet,
As in the twilight of this parting hour.
And now, farewell ! Night may give place to dawn,
And birds sing on, and autumn crown the land;
But what care we when you, our friend, are gone,
And but the last clasp of your faithful hand
Left as a memory of a golden scene,
On which the curtain all too early fell
The sad awakening that succeeds the dream
Of severed ties ? Farewell, dear friend, farewell!
THE DEAD WARRIOR
MUFFLE the drum, let the musket point downward,
Twine crape in yon banners, the soldier lies
His hands shall no more draw the sword from its
His wan lips no more cheer his men on the foe.
Oh, what a harvest that great soul is reaping,
The grandest, the rarest a soldier e er won:
For, behold, a whole nation lies prostrate and
At the bier of its savior, its warrior son.
What shall we say of him? How tell his story?
Who shall be worthy to hear of his glory ?
How chant the praises of him who is gone ?
Who blazon the deeds that our soldier has done ?
Ye, who have marched with him, camped with him,
fought with him,
On plain and on mountain -side, swamp and
Ye who have thrilled at the voice of the leader,
Comrades of Grant, it is time to speak out!
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Tell of the soul that knew no hesitation,
The warrior born, a stranger to fear,
The sun in the gloom of the land s desolation,
That banished the tempest, and brought her
Who now dare murmur a word of disfavor ?
Who breathe a slander to tarnish his fame ?
Who grudge a tear to the country s savior?
Who not bend low at the sound of his name ?
Soldiers of Grant, who went down in the battle,
Whose bones have long moldered in the South
and the North,
Come from your graves! t is no musketry s rattle
That bids you, dead heroes, arise and stand forth.
Come in your shadowy, awful battalions,
For the hand of the leader is waiting for you,
You who met death when he bade you, and flinched
The valor he trusted, the brave hearts he knew.
Mid the muffled drum s beat and the wail of the
And the swell of the organ in mournfulest song,
Comes the murmur of these, the Republic s dead
Whose legions outnumber the sable-clad throng.
And sentries, unseen, by his grave will pass slowly,
Side by side with the living who honor that rest.
Let us go for the slumber of heroes is holy;
They who died at his bidding have loved him the
OURS is the earnest strife,
Who write and think,
And press the grapes of life
That you may drink.
We lay our dearest treasure
Before your feet,
Nor pause the gift to measure,
So it be sweet.
When we the work have wrought,
And gained the goal,
And wrung the glowing thought
From burning soul,
To you the key is given
That we have won;
No heed how hearts be riven,
So it be done.
Our offspring born in fears,
For you to toil,
Rewarded us with tears
You with the spoil.
Our homes are gaunt and bare
Yours rich indeed;
And yet we smile at care
Such is our creed.
We only lip the brink
You quaff the whole;
What need to brood or think
You have our soul.
We only reach the door
You gain the aisle.
Our hearts are sad and sore,
That you may smile.
Our cheeks are pale and wan
Yours flushed with health;
And still we struggle on,
But not for wealth.
That you may read and learn,
And gain in mind
For this we toil, nor turn
To look behind.
And if we dream at all,
Or dare to trust,
The boon is very small:
That our poor dust
us <gtf)e Qfliotktrg
(When weary brain is calm,
And peace is met )
The friends we gave the palm
Shall not forget.
INTO GOD S HANDS
INTO God s hands, than yours, which bore
Through dreary years the martyr s crown,
The placid face that never wore
The shadow of rebellious frown.
When airs were soft, I ve seen you lie
On slopes that overlooked the sea,
With poet s speech and kindling eye
Dwelling on all its mystery.
In rustling leaf, in song of bird,
In pipe-quail from the wooded hill,
The glory of a song you heard,
Which seemed your inmost soul to fill,
Until you overflowed with song,
And I, reclining at your side,
Have marked its torrent clear and strong,
And drank the sweetness of its tide.
What loss is ours, who ne er can place
Another king upon thy throne,
Nor looking on that tranquil face,
Bask in a sunshine all its own !
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O soul, whose wealth of charity
Was boundless as the waves, and grand
As the tall hills you loved to see
Loom high above the level land!
O heart, as warm as is the beam
That lights the landscape where you caught
In many a pleasant noonday dream
The beauty of the poet thought!
Shall we no more, when toil and grief
With iron bands our minds oppress,
Gather from thee a kind relief,
Reflecting thy great peacefulness?
Your grave shall be a double one
One for the soulless, perished clay,
Where through the hours the generous sun
Shall shed its brightest, warmest ray,
The other, in our breasts, a shrine
A shield against the cold years rust,
For memories for our love and thine
Till heart and shrine with thee are dust.
THE COLOR OF GOLD
CHEER up, old friend, and forget the past,
The months of discomfort, disease, and cold.
Come, look in this pan we ve struck it at last !
Here, my boy, is a color of gold.
Color of gold ! Ah ! three years ago,
In the season when daisies their sweets unfold,
I said, " Farewell! t is the hour to go,"
And I kissed her ringlets the color of gold.
We ve worked together, Jim, side by side,
In snow and in rain, as men work for life
I for a sunny-haired, blue-eyed bride,
You for your winsome and waiting wife
And though others around us made their pile,
Ever to us fell the barren claim.
Patient endurance and ceaseless toil
Availed us nothing luck was the same.
But we never lost heart; for well we knew,
If prayers for the wanderers are heard in heaven
The sweetheart s for me, and the wife s for you
That were each hour for our safety given,
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Would sooner or later turn the tide,
Bring us out victors at last in the strife
Give to my arms the trusting bride,
Give to your arms the faithful wife.
Oh! the sweet home meadows, the blithe brown
That caught its tints from verdure and sky;
The old bent willow, that sheltered the nook,
Where in drowsy noontime we used to lie;
And beyond the river, the reaches of sand
Which the west wind flecked with the yellow
The jagged reefs, where the tall rocks stand,
With their rough breasts bared to the breakers
But we never lost heart; for well we knew,
If prayers for the wanderers are heard in heaven
The sweetheart s for me, and the wife s for you
That were each hour for our safety given,
Would sooner or later turn the tide,
Bring us out victors at last in the strife
Give to my arms the trusting bride,
Give to your arms the faithful wife.
AWAY from the din of the city,
From the mart and the bustling street,
Stands the old church of the Mission,
With the graveyard at its feet.
Here alone in the silence and shadow
The crumbling belfries cast,
Lie the dust of the Spanish founders
Who reared the pile in the past.
The willows and tall marsh-mallows
Grow rank and luxuriant between
The monuments moldered and ruined,
The pathways neglected and green.
There are curious Spanish inscriptions
On the headstones, moss-grown and gray,
Bidding those who stand over the sleepers
" Be thoughtful and pause to pray."
And sometimes a Spanish woman,
Veiled and dark-eyed and brown,
When the Angelus peals from the belfry,
By the graves of her people kneels down,
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And tells her beads with devotion
For the sleeper s eternal rest,
Then noiselessly passes outward,
With a flower from the grave in her breast.
(TO INA COOLBRITH)*
I HOLD that every brook that flows
From mountain crest, by dale and glen,
Now near, now far from haunts of men,
Now where the gnarled alder grows,
And swift by ferny banks again,
Then slow o er shallows on the lea,
As loath to meet the yearning sea,
Calls to the poet, " Come, old friend,
And chant a song in praise of me.
"Sing of the tiny crystal well,
Deep hidden in the jealous earth,
From which I take my feeble birth,
But gather strength and vigor; sing
A song in praise of every spring.
Tell of the sun s hot kisses; say
How moonbeams steal at close of day
To tell me that they love me best
When my bold lover seeks the West,
And in their silvery arms caressed
His fevered kisses fade away."
* Written for the occasion of the Bohemian Club s testimonial to
Ina Coolbrith, and read by Mr. O Connell in person.
I hold that every forest tree,
Sedate and grand in solemn mood,
Arouses from its solitude
And rustles all impetuously
Its myriad leaves, when, dreaming, strays
The poet into woodland ways;
And bids the breeze to give it voice
To bid a dreamer to rejoice,
And sing its generous shade, its grace,
A jewel in the earth s fair face,
Its foliage green, till men depart
From noisy street and toilsome mart
To bless the trees with praiseful heart.
I hold that even the restless sea,
In all its power and majesty,
Craves from the poet s soul a song.
Bids him forget the bitter wrong
Of strong ships cast on iron coast
To sands which cast them back again,
To show how futile, weak, and vain
Man s skill its fury to enchain;
Bids him forget, and chant the sea
Its glory and tranquillity,
Its likeness to eternity.
A sweet and true interpreter
Stream, wood, and sea have found in her
We honor now; for she can read
In nature s book, the lay of lays,
The lessons of the flower and seed,
The song of songs, until we raise
Our dim, sad eyes from grosser things
To brighten as the poet sings.
She tells us what the sea has told
Her watchings on the sands of gold.
The language of the murmuring leaf,
The rustle of the yellow sheaf,
To her are true and clear and plain,
And, drinking in her joyous strain,
We bid her sing and sing again.
THE LAST POOL
THROUGH the murmuring sycamore branches
Swept the breeze from the south, fresh and cool,
And the hues of the leaves, autumn-tinted,
Lay in trembling sheen on the pool.
The song of the stream had been silenced
In the heat of the summer past,
And in all the bed of the river
This leaf-shadowed pool was the last.
This last, lone pool of the river,
In the shade of the sycamore-tree,
To the heart of the man world-weary
Had a type and a likeness for me.
When the heats of passion are over,
And hope gives way to distrust;
When the brightness and joy of existence
Are dimmed with canker and rust;
Though all may seem arid and worthless,
And the founts of feeling be dry,
There is still in the soul, close guarded,
Remote from the passers-by,
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One spring, which wears all the freshness
Of the days when the heart was green
One spot, like the pool in the river,
Fair and pure in its shadow and sheen.
When the traveler, footsore and weary,
Comes suddenly, unprepared,
On a river pool, lonely and lovely,
Which the heats of summer have spared,
His heart is filled with thanksgiving,
And he blesses the path which led
His steps to this secret beauty
In the sandy river-bed.
So, when the human-hearted
Find, in the darkest breast,
This spring, which has never yielded
To the heats that consumed the rest,
They bless the hope it brings them :
That the showers will some time come,
When the silent current of feeling
Shall no longer be dry and dumb.
DEAD IN THE MINE
FIRE and death in the mine!
Weeping and woe,
Women with pallid faces,
At the mouth of the shaft above,
Asking for those they love,
Hurrying to and fro.
Thank God for this: " All saved!
Welcome to life!"
All? Oh, horror, that cry
Hold the poor wife!
1 * They are not they are not! Ye lie!
Jem s in the mine."
" Back, lads Jem s my mate."
Forward he broke.
Lower him "Steady, boys, now!"
Into the smoke and the fire,
Now climbing higher and higher,
Into the mine.
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A roar and a shock, and like thunder
The timbers are torn asunder.
Death in the mine!
Tread softly, oh men, and speak low
A hero is lying below,
Dead in the mine!
THE OLD SAILOR
HE is tawny and bronzed with the fervor
Of summers in tropical lands;
His arms are powerful and brawny,
Like a vise-grip the clasp of his hands,
And an odor of tar and tobacco
Is perceived round the place where he stands.
He tells of the wonderful islands
Embosomed in southern seas,
And of marvelous matters in China
Of typhoons, and Mandarin teas,
And of shores where the barbarous natives
Live, like birds, in the branches of trees.
He can boast of a brush with the pirates,
When he captured a murderous crew
A mile off the coast of Sumatra,
/- And himself a bold buccaneer slew
And he shows you the scar on his shoulder,
convince you his yarn is true.
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And when strolling along by the shipping,
With anger he s ready to choke
At the iron and composite vessels
That were better of teak and stout oak,
And he swears that their silly inventor
Was a pig-headed, ignorant bloke.
I am fond of this honest old sailor,
With his whimsical nautical tales
His shooting of tigers in India,
His capture of monstrous whales,
And the spectral ships that have passed him
Without rudders, or seamen, or sails.
ON THE BANKS OF THE NILE
You ask me whence this silver ring,
Where serpents intertwine,
An odd, antique, and fragile thing,
Of quaint and strange design.
A hundred miles from Thebes, or more,
On Nile s banks, one day,
A Nubian maiden gave this ring
And stole my heart away.
She watched her father s herds I came
And begged a cooling draught;
She hid her face with virgin shame
While I the water quaffed.
Somehow I know not how, I swear
The incident occurred;
Though she was dark, and I was fair,
And not a single word
She spoke, was understood by me,
Nor knew she Saxon tongue,
But we were quite alone, and she
Was graceful, kind, and young.
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And so we fell in love outright,
And while the Nile rolled by,
Her Nubian eyes were sweet and bright,
And soft her maiden sigh.
Of course, we 11 never meet again;
And yet I often think
Of her, and love s delicious pain
By Nile s level brink.
AN ARCHERY IDYL
POISING her bow in dainty hand,
Clad in a suit of Lincoln-green,
With head erect and steadfast tread,
She looked indeed an archer queen.
Fair Marian, bold Robin s bride,
Who followed the hart thro forest glade,
Ne er bent a bow with better grace
Than she, this winsome city maid.
Her tiny foot was planted firm
Upon the sod; her lithe white wrist
Drew back the string; the light shaft flew
But, aimed too high, the target missed.
11 1 11 try and hit the gold," she said;
The arrow-plumes her cheek caressed.
I murmured, " Were those plumes my lips,
Sweet woodland nymph, then I were blest."
I spoke too loud. She turned aside
In pretty wrath to one who knew
His heavy purse was all the claim
He brought this archer-maid to woo.
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"I m sure to hit the gold," she said.
Her bow she raised, and shot with strength;
The arrow struck with force, but missed
The center by a bodkin s length.
She leaned upon my rival s arm;
They wandered down the pleasant slope.
1 I know he loves her and his wealth,
His lands and houses, give him hope.
* * O that I were a border-knight,
With ten good bowmen in my band,
I d bear her off and yon rich fool
Should feel the keen edge of my brand."
An hour or so, we met again.
Now for my fate: " Tell me," I said,
" If since we shot at yonder mark
Your shaft has hit the gold, sweet maid."
She blushed; her story then I knew
Ere she replied, My archer bold,
For you, my own beloved one,
I gladly, dearest, missed the gold.
OUT on the pavement, foggy and damp,
Streams the brilliant glare of the lamp,
And the homeless, shrinking, hungry tramp,
Whose haggard features bear the stamp
Of sin and ruin and crime,
Peers through the blinds at the glittering throng,
And rapt in the music and blaze and song,
Forgets her harvest of sorrow and wrong,
In a dream of the olden time.
And the windy streets are fields and woods,
And she hears the ripple of pleasant floods,
And the shadowy houses are fields in May,
And the foggy night is a summer s day,
And the old love-tale is spoken.
But the hand of the officer warns her on,
The dream has vanished, the joy is gone,
The spell of the past is broken.
IN a grave unmarked by stone or mound, beneath
a tall fir-tree,
Lies the dust of one for many years a faithful friend
No guile dwelt in his dark brown eye, his heart was
A great big heart of fire and love which ached to
give some sign
Beyond the province of his race, to show how much
The hand that fed him morn and night, the accents
The steady point, the quick retrieve, and all the
My poor friend s pride on hot hill-side, or on the
He scorned the cur of low degree, but still was ever
For Rover, though of noble birth, possessed a
But to his peers the threatening growl and gleam
ing teeth displayed,
Declared that if they cared for fight, why, he was
No woman gentler than he, no woman sways more
A lion to his foes, to me as playful as a child;
And when the world looked black and strange, his
eyes on mine would rest,
So full of love, I d swear he knew the sorrow in my
And when my poor dog passed away, I dug his
Beneath a tall fir s kindly shade, unmarked by
mound or stone,
But in my heart the sense of loss was keen and
Nor do I blush to own my tears fell on that grave
Sometimes, sometimes I dare to hope in that
That when the veil is rent aside, and all may
The soul-gem in that casket, so great, though
Has not perished with the clay, so he, my dog,
may greet me yet.
KISSING the streams
As they glide toward the sea;
Shading the wild flowers
That grow on the lea;
Telling, in murmurs,
A tale to the breeze;
Friends of humanity,
Trees of the forest,
Trees by the castle,
The pride of the land;
Trees guarding kindly
The laborer s door;
Knowing no level,
No rich and no poor.
Trees of the lonely,
Trees of the city,
Mid bustle of men;
Trees sadly waving
Mid homes of the dead,
Each slumbering head.
On hill-side or forest,
In village or glen,
Your presence is ever
A blessing to men;
Your rustling voices,
When zephyrs are near,
To each tells the story
He longs most to hear.
To lovers you whisper
Of dear joys to come;
The wanderer listens
To breathings of home,
The poet dreams fondly
Of laurels to win;
And you speak to the fallen
Of mercy for sin.
And thus we may gather
Good words from your leaves,
And drink in the lessons
That flow from the trees;
And, like you, growing higher
Each day from the sod,
So may we, grown purer,
Draw nearer to God.
THE TRUE PHILOSOPHER
I HOLD the true philosopher
Not he who wears a solemn frown
Who speaks alone of those who err,
And swears the world is upside down ;
Who aims at every shining mark
The shafts of wisdom tipped with hate
Who walks forever in the dark,
And deems men s lives are ruled by fate.
But he who looks across the tide
Of troubles incident to man,
Still seeking on the other side
Fulfillment of some bounteous plan
Who feels men s hearts are made of stuff
That should resist each petty grief,
And bravely turns from each rebuff
Unconquered in his strong belief.
Who mourns not for the olden time,
Declaring, with a somber sneer,
The world is more debased with crime,
And life more wretched year by year,
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But boldly says that men to-day
Are nobler than they ever were,
And doubts this doctrine of decay
He is the true philosopher.
The cynic s crown is lightly won,
And simple are his scornful ways,
For, ever since the world begun,
Tis easier to rail than praise.
A moment you may cloud the stream,
And dim its rippling breast with clay,
But it will wear its silver sheen
Again the livelong summer s day.
The morning sun that lights the grass
With diamond flashes from the dew,
The morning winds that, as they pass,
Waft dreams of flowers the lattice through,
The morning hopes that fill the heart
And all its thrilling pulses stir,
When on to bear his earnest part
Goes forth the true philosopher,
Are deep, convincing evidence
That smiles befit us more than tears
That, call it fate or providence,
Some mighty power directs the years;
And if we take the good and ill,
And chide the cynic s heresy,
With humble faith and steadfast will,
We have the true philosophy.
"PADRE MIO, by the Carmel grows the pallid
Snugly sheltered by the willows, where the shallow
* Let me gather some, my father, for our pleasant
See, the sun has but just vanished there is plenty
time and light.
I will shun the quicksand, father, and return to
kiss you soon;
Mission roses should be gathered by the twilight or
Then Don Ramon s only daughter kissed the old
man s withered lips;
Deftly rolled the cigarito in her dainty finger-tips,
And Don Ramon, smiling, took it from her tiny
Wondering where a woman fairer could be found
in all the land.
Mission roses should be gathered by the twilight
or the moon,"
Hummed the old ranchero s daughter, to a gay
A roundelay that often, in proud, romantic Spain,
Brought blushing face to lattice, smiling from the
But tis not to gather roses by the moon or waning
That Inez, the dark-eyed darling, leaves her father s
Flowers of passion poisonous blossoms, fatal to
a maiden s breast
Flowers that wither when we grasp them, are the
senorita s quest.
Dense and tall the sheltering willows that line the
Carmel s bank;
Ferns and mosses grow between them among
grasses long and dank;
And mid all, the Mission roses, pure and pallid as
Fill the air with tender fragrance by the current s
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" Mi querida, alma mia, Inez mia !" And her face,
Quickly to her lover s lifted, meets his quicker,
The hours wear on. She lingers till the August
On the river, on the roses, on the Mission s massive
Flowers of passion! Ah, poor roses! mid the
willows you may bloom;
Never Inez s hand shall pluck you by the twilight
or the moon.
Many days and nights passed over, but never any
The erring feet of Inez passed Don Ramon s arche d
But long after, when the strong walls were leveled
to the ground,
And the Mission bells were silent, and the house a
A woman, wan and stricken, prone upon the ruin
And moaned and wept and muttered, and kissed
the crumbling clay,
And sobbed out her life in sorrow for the shame
of twenty years
When she left to gather roses, and found disgrace
A VARYING scene of mist and sun,
Of sleeping bay, and purple hill ;
And thither, when the day is done,
And all the noisy world is still,
And men sit down by happy hearths,
And merry voices fill the air,
And night s dark mantle folds the earth,
I come, a refugee from care.
I come: the hacienda s door
Is opened wide, its master stands
Upon the threshold, and warm hands
Clasp mine a welcome, o er and o er
Repeated, bids me cast away
The cares and cankers of the day.
The calm of softly flowing tides
By moonlight silvered, visits me;
I gaze, and gather from the sea
A peace which in my soul abides;
And like the sea-bird, storm-tossed,
That seeks at last the sheltering rock,
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And safe from all the tempest s shock,
Sleeps high above the foam-lashed coast,
I fold my wings; shine on, pale moon,
The day of parting comes too soon!
WHEN the toiler in the morning goes forth to sow
His brown hands full of garnered grain, and his
footsteps free and bold,
Through all his weary labor he is thinking of the
When Autumn s russet mantle shall the teeming
The ploughshare shapes the furrow, the seed is
And the winter rains fall kindly upon the thirsty
And the toiler s heart is gladdened, as he contem
plates with pride
The rich reward of labor the harvesting shall
Midst the singing of the sailors, across the harbor-
The tall ship moves, her gliding keel the foaming
And many watch her progress, and bless her from
Their farewells filled with yearning for the noble
bark s return.
But by the storm that gallant ship is stricken, and
The hurricane has driven upon the iron shore,
And drowned men are lying upon her shattered
And they who watched her from the port shall
never see her more.
And the harvest for the reaper is naught but tare
For the heavens withheld their moisture, there
was naught but drought with frost;
There is no single blade of corn that born is from
And the labor of the husbandman is futile all,
But patiently he sows the grain and trusts another
And gallantly another ship goes forth upon the
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And the sailor s sturdy bosom a stranger is to fear,
And the husbandman looks forward to his harvest
from the lea.
Ah! such was he, the statesman, the great, the
Who for many a well-sown harvest reaped naught
but tare and weed,
Saw many a gallant ship go down, but never bowed
Still sending ships upon the sea, still sowing the
O mind above all selfish ends! O true, majestic
In the hour of party triumph you passed away
And the bells that rang out paean were mingled
with the toll
Of the funeral bells that thrilled us when they
placed you neath the sod.
Beyond ambitious promptings, beyond the fair
Of those who loved and praised him, he held the
Nation s peace,
And he drank the bitter chalice, and though the
task was hard,
He calmed an angry faction, and bade the storm
O patriot heart! that steadfastly in that fierce,
When wrong was bold and rampant, and when a
Would have plunged the land in conflict, with sac
Resigned thy well- won laurels, and sheathed the
Thou art gone from us, the leader, the learned, and
After years of fruitless sowing you saw the har
In the story of our statesmen thou shalt have a
And a Nation, not a party, shall weep above thy
THE ROSE AND THE WIND
I KISS thee, Rose, invoking gentle showers,
And dew and rain,
And tender growth, that morning s sunny hours
Be not in vain.
Thy kiss is death a deadly, poisoned greeting,
Thou Winter Wind!
Go! pass me by, and cease thy wild entreating;
Be not unkind.
Alas! my Rosebud, dost not remember
The glowing day
I pressed thy lips with kisses tender
Only last May?
I was a Zephyr then the South my mother;
My breath so sweet.
You cried: "Oh, cease; my perfume, love, you
Too fond you greet.
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Your kiss, O Wind, in May came with a blessing;
Tis not a blight.
With joy I hailed your sensuous caressing
Through all the night.
The bird awakened from his evening slumber,
And cried: "Desist!
Shame on thee, Rosebud! Zephyr, can you number
How oft you ve kissed?"
Were you but faithful though my kiss the urn
To clasp your dust
You d cry, "Old friend, your memories sweet I
With love I thirst!"
Tho death should follow one kiss for the olden,
The vanished May!
And let it be sweet, as in sunsets golden
The self-same way.
O power of love! O power of faith and duty!
The kiss was given;
And, soft, the true soul, grand in dying beauty,
Passed up to Heaven.
HERE we are seated, you and I,
The blinds drawn close, the waiter gone,
And yet you glance at me and sigh,
And wish that we were not alone.
With abstract air you sip the wine,
Toy with your glass, your eyes downcast,
Those troubled eyes will not meet mine,
And yet the time is speeding fast.
At last you speak, a commonplace.
I answer in the same dull tone;
But still I cannot read your face,
And we are quite alone.
The tumult of the clamorous street
Is borne toward our listless ears.
O moments that should be so sweet!
O idle hopes! O foolish fears!
The silence grows. Was it for this
We were so bold, we dared so much ?
Not one dear word, not one fond kiss,
No tender glance, no loving touch.
Was it for this we dared and schemed ?
An hour of silence are we changed ?
Is this the meeting so long dreamed ?
What spell has thus our souls estranged?
What is it that repels us ? Why
Do we forget the vows of old ?
Her lips are opened but to sigh,
And we are both so cold.
She glances at her watch. " And now,"
She murmuring faintly, " we must part."
I rise and touch her chill, pale brow,
I mark the beating of her heart.
I know we stand upon the brink,
I know that fate our paths divide,
I know we never more may drink
The chalice now we push aside.
Yet hand in hand we slow descend
The stairs, the last of all the guests :
One farewell clasp. She whispers, "Friend,
Twas for the best, twas for the best."
THE berries stained her dimpled face,
And dyed her white dress here and there,
As standing, with a laughing grace,
She twined the tendrils in her hair.
The brambles round her fondly clung
I envied branch and thorn that day
The very woodland, when she sung,
Seemed hushed, and listening to her lay.
The pines, that lined the shadowed lane,
And grew far down the rugged brake,
Had changed their weird and sad refrain
To one glad paean, for her sake.
The purpled lips, so full and sweet;
The dainty hand, so round and fair
I could have fallen at her feet,
In worship of her, smiling there.
Another June, and in the wood,
Among the berries in the lane,
I stand where once my idol stood,
But where she ne er shall stand again.
Comes from the pines a dreary dirge;
Comes from the sea a solemn moan;
And, oh! your wailing, wood and surge,
Is but an echo of mine own.
WHEN the Angelus bell is ringing,
And the shadows are creeping down,
A far-off echo is bringing,
Distinct mid the hum of the town,
A silvery voice, which sayeth,
" O friend, when the Angelus tolls,
And the pious, on bent knees, prayeth
For the peace of translated souls,
" For thee my voice will be given,
My prayers for thee will ascend
To the loftiest vaults of heaven,
Beloved and cherished friend.
When the Angelus bell is ringing
From belfries high in the air,
On swift pinions my soul is winging
Its way to that friend in prayer.
Mid all life s tribulations,
Mid its worry and crosses and pain,
Comes this reigning consolation,
This sense of immortal gain:
That whether my burden be shifted
Or no, there is one who prays,
Whose gentle voice is uplifted
For my welfare in thorny ways.
IN SIR HUMPHREY S HALL
OUTSIDE the castle shrieked the wind,
The snow was on the moor,
God s mercy ! t was an awful night
For homeless, wandering poor.
But in Count Humphrey s hall, the logs
Blazed high upon the hearth,
And all about the vassals thronged
To share his Christmas mirth.
Ye wassail-bowl, filled to the brim,
Went merrily around,
And all was jest and mirth within,
Though snow lay on the ground.
The waits had sung their greeting song
Outside the castle wall,
And bidden now the guests among,
They sat within the hall.
But though the songs are loud and high
Within that vaulted room,
There s sadness in Count Humphrey s eye,
His soul is filled with gloom.
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Nor is the fair dame by his side
Less sorrow-touched than he;
What burden rests upon their pride
Midst all this revelry?
For Humphrey s lands are broad and fair,
His vassals stanch and true,
Nor, Alice, dwells in English bowers
A fairer dame than you.
The harper of that ancient house
Then swept the plaintive chord,
Yet, when the last strain died away,
The Count said ne er a word.
Dame Alice spake: " Play, harper, now
That old and touching strain,
Of that young knight who long had sought
A lady s hand in vain.
"And how, when in the battle shock
Before the infidel,
With her sweet name upon his lips
The hapless lover fell.
" And how he sent her back her gage
With his life s current dyed,
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And how she wept and begged our Lord
For mercy for her pride."
The harper played, and while the song
With sorrow filled each soul,
A maiden, fair as poet s dream,
Into the great hall stole.
Her hand about Count Humphrey s neck
She placed with gentle grace,
And lightly bent to press a kiss
Upon his troubled face.
The melody was done, the bowl
The applauding henchmen drain.
"Sing me," quoth moody Humphrey then,
" Sing me another strain."
From a dim corner in that hall,
Where armored figures stood,
A youth arose, in monkish garb
Arrayed, but cowl and hood
Seemed ill to suit his martial air.
And when his voice was heard,
A hush upon the soldiers fell
None spake a single word.
Count Humphrey s brow grew black as night,
His daughter s face grew white,
Dame Alice gazed in wonderment,
When neath the cresset s light
The singer stood, and then he told
A tale of love and faith :
How, facing the fierce Saracen,
A Knight had courted death.
But though, when wounded on the field,
A blood-stained gage he sent,
To her he loved, to her whose pride
Had caused his banishment,
He lived to seek her father s hall,
And keep his knightly word,
That he would win his lady s love,
And win it with his sword.
The singer paused, and while appalled
The henchmen all were still,
From castle-keep the great bell tolled
Its message of good- will.
" Put ye away," the priests intone,
All things of hate and scorn,
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Peace and good-will to eagh to-night
The night that Christ was born.
Down through that vaulted chamber
The Count s fair daughter moved,
And kissed the singer s lips, that all
Might know the man she loved.
Then, as he knelt before her,
Once spurned, but now adored,
The massive arches echoed back
The message of the Lord.
GOD S FORGOTTEN POOR
WHEN the feast is piled on the table, and the
holly hangs over the door,
Whose heart shall go out in yearning for God s
Is it he of the close communion, the Christian
smug and sleek,
Who struts the aisle in his broadcloth, caressing
his smooth, plump cheek?
Who sits in his pew, soft-cushioned, while the
well-paid parson above
Discourses in polished phrases of Christ and the
Saviour s love;
Who shudders whenever the harlot crosses the
good man s path,
And whose God is a grim avenger a God of
reprisal and wrath?
Not he, so enfolded and sodden, so steeped in
That he d spurn the penitent woman who knelt
at the Saviour s feet.
Who are the chosen of Christ, then, and who
forgotten by him?
(BoU g ^Forgotten Poor
O Pharisee, Christ-detested, over thy pathway
And strewn with the bigot s error, forever the
cloud is rolled
Aye rolled, and dark, and threatening, as in the
days of old:
Is yon shivering pauper, begging his way from
door to door
Is he, O Pharisee, counted of God s forgotten
Is this woman, wanton and noisy, whose shout
ings disturb the street,
One of the sinful outcasts the Saviour used to meet,
And bless, and forgive, and warn to go and sin
Ah, then, who shall dare to name them as God s
Who are the God-forgotten ? Who at this season
Sip no goblet of loving pleasure, know not the
But, cold and custom-ridden, self-worshiping, bend
To a Christ of their own devising, but not
ah, no! not He,
(Boto g ^Forgotten
Who courted no rich man s favor, but the lowly
and poor caressed,
And who pillowed the vagrant and weary on his
holy, loving breast.
If to-day the Christ, the preacher of the Sermon
on the Mount,
Were to seek the gospel he uttered at the Chris
tian s boasted fount,
And clad in his humble garbing, the temple s
And see on its summit the emblem of his sacrifice
Who would stand round about him? the poor
he loved of yore?
Would the Pharisee lead the Pauper beyond the
temple s door
To a seat near the gaudy altar ? He d spurn
him, and bend the knee
To crave from the Christ of his fancy the grace
These are the God-forgotten, these of the church,
Is filled to nigh o erflowing, but who still are
Poor and bereft of the feeling, that even the out
The joy in another s pleasure, the grief in
another s woe;
These, the stony-hearted, Christian by rite and
With faith in their world-taught wisdom, are of
all others the fools.
Pharisee, furs and diamonds thy poverty flaunts
Thou, indeed, art the pauper of God s forgotten
THROUGH SUN AND CLOUD
A LONG, low wharf, with ruined planks,
The swift tide eddying under,
The clouds above, in gloomy ranks,
All charged with rain and thunder.
The skiffs of fishers sailing by,
To the shrill blast careening,
The dense fog twixt the sea and sky,
The bay shore densely screening.
And we, hand clasped in hand, behold
The gathering tempest s warning,
And mark the west, all ribbed with gold,
The rock above still scorning.
"Behold," I said, "far in yon west,
That shrouds the sun in glory,
Defiant of the tempest s crest,
The reflex of our story.
"The threatening cloud, the flying mist,
Beyond it soars unheeding;
The sun and ocean will have kissed,
Despite its angry speeding.
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"And so our love, beyond the rim
Of storms it glows forever;
Nor rolling clouds nor fog-wreaths dim
The sun and sea may sever.
For when that veil the west line hides,
We know the current flowing
Will mingle with the distant tides
In yon fair sunset glowing."
IF in the morning papers should appear
My name within the list of those departed,
Would Smith, whose weeds I smoke, look sad and
Forbear to laugh that day, nigh broken-hearted ?
Would other customers, beholding him
A melancholy monument of woe,
His tie untied, his bright eyes red and dim,
Spots on his shirt, and mud-dabs on his toe,
Inquire, " Oh, Smith, what ails thee, tearful lad?
Why weepest thou, who re wont to be so gay ?
Let s shake the dice; tis foolish to be sad;
Did some fair damsel flout thee yesterday? "
Would Smith reply, the while he shakes his head,
And on his cheek a big tear courses down,
"I m sad because Jestiferous is dead;
He bought from me since first he came to town" ?
Would Smith do this? I do not think he would;
I think he would not curb a single jest;
He d tie his tie, he d show no speck of mud;
No care would bide in his dishonest breast.
If in the morning papers Bob, who twists
My daily toddies into pleasant shapes,
Bob of the skillful toss and dexterous wrist,
So proud withal of every drink he makes,
Should see my death, would Robert drop a tear
Into the cocktail ? Would his master-punch
Lack lime or sugar ? Would life be so drear
To Robert that he could not carve the lunch ?
For soda water would he ope champagne ?
Serve gin for whisky, and Martell for rum ?
Make juleps with a face of keenest pain,
And say, Jestiferous hath made me glum " ?
Faith, I think not. The brigand would pursue
His grinning, mixing, deep, concoctious way;
Passing the glasses to the festive crew,
Without one thought for my poor drinkless clay.
And as the hearse passed by, and o er the stones
Made melancholy rumble, Bob would swear,
The while his nimble fingers shook the bones,
He d shake a full and pulverize two pair.
And thou, Mignon, if, when the evening fell,
No lover s footsteps to thy bower came,
Thy mat unscraped, unrung thy hall-door bell,
And no fond voice to call upon thy name,
Wouldst weep, sweet one, and wear a bit of rue
Upon thy breast for that true lover gone,
And for one week look sad, or even blue,
And mourn that fate had left thee quite alone?
Faith, I think not. You d find another beau;
Eat oysters with another, gaily mark
The bubbles of the rich wine s amber flow,
In those dear hours when dawn dispels the dark.
These things considered, on my word, I think
I d better for the present shun that list,
Smoke and make love, have Robert mix my drink,
For fear that when I die I sha n t be missed.
MY FAVORITE BOOK
OF all books in my library, the one I cherish most
Is a book of ringing poems, and I read them
o er and o er;
They sing to me of woodland, they whisper of the
When I watched the sounding river dash its
waters on the shore.
T is a fly-book, old and battered, and to its covers
The scales of good fish captured in riffle and in
And when I part those covers, the birds begin to
And the south wind on my forehead blows
lovingly and cool,
And the low of homing cattle is borne up the lea.
How the murmur of the river is musical, yet
For the voice of running water has ever been to me
A monition of the progress of that mighty law of
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Saying, Come into the woodland while thy heart
doth still retain
Its buoyancy and freshness, and breathe these
To all men comes that moment when nothing will
Of the memory of the past time but its worries
and its cares.
I look into my fly-book; t is a gallery to me
Of pictures of old places, old streams, old bat
The strong fish leaped and bounded in his struggles
to be free,
And I fought him through the river, past the
bridge and up the glen.
Thus, when weary of the city, and tired of other
I gaze into my fly-book, and lo! is with me now
The voice of homing cattle and the murmur of the
And Mother Nature s greeting is pressed upon
I WONDER, love, if after death
You and I shall sit together
Talking of our earthly days,
Of the pleasant woodland ways,
Where we ve walked, in soft May weather,
Drinking in the violet s breath.
I wonder, love, if after death
You and I shall still remember
Gusty evenings in December,
When we spoke of old-time places,
With the firelight on our faces,
And the wind shrill on the heath.
Can it be that we shall meet,
Knowing God, but not forgetting
This orb, in its starry setting,
With its June suns and its sleet,
After death ?
Will your face, love, then be fairer;
Will your voice be sweeter, rarer;
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Will your step be dearer, lighter;
Will your eyes be bluer, brighter,
After death ?
Oh, if cold should be our meeting
No clasped arms, and no lips greeting,
Woe no human tongue could utter,
Dread no mortal voice could mutter,
Would be death.
THE Cenci s face I d seen. ... A moment after
In a dim room a sweet face looked at me.
An artist s room, an hour of joy and laughter,
Forgetting care; yet mid the gay crowd s glee,
The oval face, eyes filled with mournful longing,
My own did greet, and all about did seem
As if the grief to Cenci s soul belonging
Did mirror it, as in a shadowed dream.
Sometimes I think the souls of those departed,
The souls and sorrows of the lost to earth,
In other forms, all buoyant and free-hearted,
Asylum find, and mark another birth.
If that was so, those eyes so brown and tender,
That mild, sad look, that calm and touching
That round, sweet face, that figure lithe and
Would seem to me the Cenci s living tomb.
The saddest things in life are aye the sweetest;
The funeral bells exceed the wedding chime;
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The best of joys are those that are the fleetest;
The dullest pleasures those which challenge time.
O haunting eyes! O face so full of sorrow
Of some grief borrowed from the mystic past!
May fate ordain for thee each bright to-morrow,
Nor clouds thy maiden pathway overcast!
THE SOUTH WIND
SOUTH WIND, South Wind, hearken to the flowers,
Hearken from the hillside, hearken from the plain:
Whither stray the cloudlets, burdened with the
Lingering, O South Wind, with the laggard rain?
Are the summer islands, gemming azure waters,
Blessed with thee, O South Wind, whispering to
Murmuring to the tropics red and purple daughters,
Drinking in their breathings, rich in Eastern
South Wind, South Wind mariner and maiden,
Sailing on the ocean, waiting by the strand,
Woo thee from thy dwelling, woo thee from thy
Welcome to the South Wind from the aching
South Wind, South Wind, never prayer ascended
From the weary watchers by the glassy main,
With more earnest pleadings than the longing
Of the thirsty herbage, parching on the plain.
Hearken to his sighing, mourners in the meadows;
Group the swollen cloudlets o er the arid sky;
Falls upon the valley, soothing, welcome shadows;
Quivers every leaflet for the rain is nigh.
THE Captain that walks the quarter-deck,
Is the monarch of the sea;
But every day, when I m on my dray,
I m as big a monarch as he.
For the car must slack when I m on the track,
And the gripman s face gets blue,
As he holds her back till his muscles crack,
And he shouts, " Hey, hey! Say, you!
Get out of the way with that dray ! " "I won t !
Get out of the way, I say !
But I stiffen my back, and I stay on the track,
And I don t get out of the way.
When a gaudy carriage bowls along
With a coachman perched on high,
Solemn and fat, a cockade in his hat,
Just like a big blue fly,
I swing my leaders across the road
And put a stop to his jaunt,
And the ladies cry, "John, John, drive on!"
And I laugh when he says, ( I caun t.
Oh, life to me is a big picnic,
From the rise to the set of sun;
The swells that ride in their fancy drags
Don t begin to have my fun.
I m king of the road, though I wear no crown,
As I leisurely move along,
For I own the streets, and I hold them down,
And I love to hear this song:
1 Get out of the way with your dray ! " "I won t !"
" Get out of the way, I say!"
But I stiffen my back, and I stay on the track,
And I don t get out of the way.
SEE Maggie in the morning spring up and seize
While Alice, drowsy Alice, lies prone between
But Maggie, rosy Maggie, the household queen,
whose task it
Is to go to market, trips along the silent streets.
Fair goddess of the dawning, the opening buds, the
All glistening in the night dews, are not fresher
than her face;
The birds, but half-awakened, salute her as she
The tall trees bend in homage to her beauty and
As she moves among the farmers, they know well
that the cherries
Wear no hue that can be likened to the ruby of
Mark the snowy hand that picks out the largest,
Staining with their crimson juices her dainty
They look after her and bless her, and the coin
her hands have clung to
Is cherished as a talisman from one so fair and
Were yon rustic but a Corydon, he surely would
have sung to
This Aurora buying butter in the early morning
Were I thy lover, Maggie, they should paint thy
Not dressed in gleaming satin, the splendor of the
But arrayed in market costume, the same plain dress
With thy pouting lips preparing yon golden roll
I FOUND in an attic closet, by hands long vanished
A goblet dinted and olden, with antique figures
With reverential fingers I lifted the relic up,
For two hundred years had faded since was fash
ioned that Loving-Cup.
With fragrant and rich Burgundy I filled it to the
And as I gazed upon it, in the twilight somber
The bells from the distant steeple rang faint o er
moor and fen
Their joyous Christmas greeting, Peace and
good will to men/
While looking into the goblet, pale shadows
thronged the room
Shadows of men and women moved through the
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And I knew by the flowing love-lock, as one of the
shades drew near,
That the phantom my fancy conjured was a stately
Lofty and free his bearing, gallant and full of
And rich were the chestnut curls that framed his
"My faith, but the gods are gracious!" he cried,
as he marked the wine.
11 Come hither, Dorothy, pledge me; come hither,
sweetheart of mine.
Then by his side a woman in riding-habit and
With a face like a rosebud glowing, and eyes like
the bright stars, stood;
There was love in the glance uplifted to his tender,
And I felt I was reading a chapter from a romance
of old days.
One hand the cup encircles, one arm her waist
He like the oak of the forest, she like its clinging
" One draught we ll drink to King Charles; may
Satan his foes confound,
And may every Roundhead rascal rot on the battle
Good fortune bid me, sweetheart, for the hawk
approacheth the lure,
And soon shall grim Cromwell s soldiers perish on
Her red lips kiss the goblet, and he kisses the red
wine s stains,
And close to his bosom pressed her, as the Loving-
Cup he drains.
(< And now, farewell to thee, darling; my steed waits
at the door.
Ho! for the good King Charles, and ho! for
May the Lord in heaven protect thee, my love,
from sorrow and pain,
Till our hands may clasp, my sweetheart, this
When I raised the antique goblet those phantom
lips had kissed,
Stole through the open portal a strange, unearthly
And then, like a curtain parted, and before my
Lay under the glinting moonbeams a corpse-strewn
And there, where the slain were thickest, like leaves
in the autumn sere,
His love-locks tangled and gory, lay a gallant
I knew the pallid features, though disfigured by
blood and pain,
And I knew the hand should never clasp the
A LITTLE HUT UPON THE BEACH
A LITTLE hut upon the beach,
A view of rock and billow,
There all day long to lie and dream,
The white sands for our pillow.
To watch the ships sail in and out,
The gulls above us veering,
And far out in the distant west
The great sun disappearing.
This were enjoyment. Naught should come
To mar our sweet seclusion.
The echoes of the city s hum,
Its conflict and confusion,
Would faintly reach our weary ears,
And from the harsh commotion
We d turn to list with awe and praise
The great voice of the ocean.
We d find a dear companionship
In every cliff; we d wander
By dizzy paths, on herb and flower
And drifting weed to ponder.
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When at our feet lay spars of ships,
The wounded in the battle,
Where fierce gales blew, we d hear again
The tempests shriek, the rattle
Of flapping rope and groaning mast,
And see the good ship driven
Before the demons of the blast,
Loosed from the scowling heaven.
Again, some branch of stranger tree,
From coral birthplace torn,
Would bring back, friend, to you and me
A glimpse of life s fair morn,
When in those summer isles we roved,
And watched their fearless daughters,
Brown, lovely eyes, like Lorelei,
Sport in their purple waters.
WERE I TO DIE TO-NIGHT
WERE I to die to-night,
Would the memory of the years,
With their blossoms and their blight,
With their sunshine and their tears,
Follow me beyond the grave,
Were I to die to-night?
Ah, should I die to-night,
Would the rose which once she gave
Be placed upon my grave
Dead and lifeless as the clay
Which beneath its petals lay
Would it move the dust beneath
With the fragrance of its breath?
Were I to die to-night,
Would my friends about my bed
Lay kind hands upon my head,
And from hearts, with sorrow rife,
Say in weeping accents thus:
"He was all in all to us;
May his long sleep be in peace!"
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Were I to die to-night,
Would woman s eye be wet;
Would any say: "Adieu,
Friend, warm-hearted, true!
Poor clay! so cold and still,
Void of sense and soul and will,
Ere the worm thy essence sips,
Here s one kiss upon thy lips
Pallid lips with death s seal set,
Be thy cheeks with our tears wet:
We shall mourn and not forget;
Peace be with thee, silent dead!"
Ah, were I sure of this
Sure of woman s tender kiss,
Sure of friendship s sorrowing hand
On my brow in kind embrace,
On my cold, impassive face
I could die in peace to-night.
SING you a song of love? Ah, no!
Those days are gone forever;
The bonds you severed years ago
May be united never.
You press my hand, and your sweet eyes
Revive the ancient passion
Of hours when you, love, were the prize,
And courting was in fashion.
But courting now is dead and stale,
Gone kiss and fond pursuing;
The mamma tells the tender tale,
The papa does the wooing.
I pluck a rose from yonder bush,
Its touch recalls one even,
When you in the soft twilight s hush
A foretaste gave of heaven.
You ve married well; I am not mad,
Your husband is not jealous;
And when you think I m very sad,
I m only very bilious.
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Your husband is my bosom friend,
I lost, he was the winner,
I never now regret the end
When we sit down to dinner.
I never now regret the pain
Of all that sweet flirtation.
The port is good, the dry champagne
Is ample consolation.
Sing you a song of love? Ah, no!
We ve slain the babe of Venus.
But Heaven ! how quick a turkey goes
When placed, old friend, between us.
ON THE BRINK
" LET us go," she said, " no further,"
And I saw her backward shrink;
Beneath us flows the river,
We are standing on the brink.
When we lip the glowing goblet
Do we hesitate to think,
Or dream when drunk with pleasure
That our feet have passed the brink ?
" Look," she said, " into the darkness, -
See you nothing there below ? "
I saw nothing but the willows,
Waving sadly to and fro.
But beneath her long dark lashes
Something lay which made me think;
Perhaps she does remember
We are standing on the brink.
The word remained unspoken,
The glowing thought unframed,
For twas better, oh! far better,
That her love should be unclaimed,
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Than cherished dreams should wither,
Frail hopes perish link by link,
And the soul with sorrow wounded,
Wish it never passed the brink.
If ever in the future
You recall that glorious night,
With its dance and song and music,
Its soft and sensuous light,
Oh, remember, too, the river!
But I would not have you think
Throb answered not to heart-throb,
Though I dared not cross the brink.
Could I tell you that I loved you,
When I feared the cold reply ?
Could I speak of my devotion,
When a dearer one was nigh?
And with pain I checked the torrent,
And forebore the draught to drink,
Though sadly, sorely tempted,
When standing on the brink.
SONG OF THE FIELDS
How often in my city den,
When wearied o er my books,
I close my eyes and float away
To pleasant forest nooks.
I mark along the cafion-side
The hues of varied green,
And gleaming, like a copper staff,
Madrono s trunk between.
I lie beside the noisy brook,
Amid the pungent fern;
I read with rapture Nature s book,
And prayerfully discern
The great, grand page so new, yet old,
So vast, so clear, so broad
Where every joyous season writes
The poetry of God.
No martial rhymes of clanging war,
No rancorous strife of men,
But songs of peace and rest and love
Flow from that mighty pen.
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Some sweet-voiced bird the strain begins
With proud, ambitious trill;
The song of God the trees take up,
And breathe it to the rill.
It sweeps along the rustling grain
In tender melody;
And now the pines bend whispering down
And voice it to the sea.
O song of songs! how weak, how tame,
Compared, sounds mortal rhyme!
Thy fame is for the centuries,
Thou conqueror of time.
THE BUSINESS OF THE FUTURE
PAW, give baby Jack his pillow
Hang it o er his little cot;
Let him punch it all the morning,
Let his blows be quick and hot;
For our little four-year Johnny,
Sucking now his silver mug,
Golden hair and eyes of azure,
Shall grow up a lightning "pug."
Great shall be our little Johnny,
Not with learning of the schools,
Not with tedious Greek and Latin,
Tiresome books and musty rules.
Sullivan shall be his Homer,
Jackson his Herodotus,
Charley Mitchell his Macaulay,
Dempsey his Theocritus.
Never shall our little Johnny
Be permitted to peruse
All the reckless, vicious nonsense
Of that idiot, Mother Goose;
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But when Johnny knows his letters,
And his tender mind is set,
From his little bank he 11 purchase
Mr. Fox s live Gazette.
Paw, remove that silly rattle,
Throw away that woolly dog;
Johnny, love, go punch your pillow,
Lead and dodge, and jab and slog.
That s a darling! Now, the right, love!
Counter now again well done!
Paw, how blest are we in having
Such a darling, clever son!
Lizzie, pet, draw near your brother,
Never mind his little blows;
Put your props up, gentle Lizzie;
Let him punch you in the nose.
For when Johnny grows up, darling,
And his name rings through the land,
You 11 be proud to feel that nose once
Felt the weight of Johnny s hand.
Paw and I will sell the farm,
Just for what the place will bring;
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With the money we 11 hire talent
To train Johnny for the ring.
Not for law, or art, or physic,
Not to preach or scribble rhyme;
For the business of the future
Is the slogger s, all the time.
THE ROSE AND THE NIGHTINGALE
" THROUGH all the night long,"
Said the rose,
" Have I listened to your song,"
Said the rose,
Till the stars above us shining
Have grown dim with your repining,
And the murmur of the river
Seems to echo your forever,
Said the rose;
" But I can love you never,"
Said the rose.
"Ah! fair, but cruel flower,"
Said the bird,
1 No more I 11 seek your bower,
Said the bird;
Let the cool stream by us flowing,
And the trees around us growing,
Hear my last song, as a token
Of a vow to be unbroken,"
Said the bird;
" Of a love to be unspoken,"
Said the bird.
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" When you sing, my petals close,
Said the rose,
" For you trouble my repose,"
Said the rose;
" But when your song is hushed,
And the eastern sky is flushed
With the coming of the day,
And you are far away,
Said the rose,
" Then again my heart is gay,"
Said the rose.
" When my song has died away,"
Said the bird,
" In the garish light of day,"
Said the bird,
1 Then your petals open wide,
For I am not at your side;
But the wild bee comes and dwells
Deep amid your honeyed cells,"
Said the bird,
" In my darling s honeyed cells,"
Said the bird.
" But the twilight, soft and calm,"
Said the bird,
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"With its zephyrs breathing balm,"
Said the bird,
" Will never bring again
Your lover s song of pain,
For this very hour we part;
I will seek some warmer heart,"
Said the bird,
" But beware the wild bee s dart,"
Said the bird.
1 * For a moment stay your heart,
Said the rose,
41 Linger just this single night,"
Said the rose;
"Ah! forgive my foolish pride;
Stay forever by my side;
In my petals you shall lie,
And shall kiss me till I die,"
Said the rose,
" And the bee shall ne er come nigh, ;
Said the rose.
IN Paris t was almost a year ago,
At a bal-masque, in the carnival time.
I wore the motley; the ebb and flow
Of the reckless crowd, like some ancient rhyme
Of folly and mirth, which had power, they say,
To win men s hearts from the present, and be
Of the morrow careless, with naught to stay
The current of riotous, reckless glee,
So filled me, and thrilled me, that, reckless of all,
I danced and sang, and my song was loud.
But one there was in that brilliant hall
One sweet girl-face in that garish crowd
One low, soft voice that drew me apart
From the rush and revel, by her to stand ;
And the longing that filled my throbbing heart
When she smiled on me, and I took her hand,
Was a dream and a story. I know not how,
But I know oh, darling, so kind and fair
You, with the stars on your low, sweet brow
Of the Queen of Night, and your rich, dark hair
With rare pearls glistening and I, the clown,
In motley decked, bells, wand, and cap,
Were together drawn; and I there laid down
My heart, O love, in your silken lap!
A rush and a tumult, a curse and a blow,
In the light of the morning, dim and gray,
I am hurried over the shining snow
To avenge an insult, my comrades say.
No time have we at honor s call
To deck ourselves for this grim parade;
We wear the costumes we wore at the ball,
And each takes from his second a gleaming blade.
What is it all about? God knows!
I only remember a smile and a kiss,
And a soft hand s pressure, the gift of a rose,
A curse, a scuffle, the insult, and this.
In Paris, t was almost a year ago,
When face to face with my rival I stood,
And thrust, and marked on the virgin snow
The crimson tints of his heart s best blood.
LEGEND OF THE HAZEL
THE angel of the Lord to Joseph said, "Fly thither!
Take the mother and the infant, and into Egypt
For cruel Herod has decreed that Jesus perish,
Every child in Israel at his stern command should
Then the Virgin took the infant, the sweet child
And crossed the trackless desert; and then the
* Let us linger in this hazel grove, and there rest
till the morn;
For if we travel farther, child and mother shall
Out from the frowning heavens, leaped the flash
And the sand waves of the desert in mighty bil
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And they knelt to God the Father, and they prayed,
as crouching under
The hazel-boughs, they shivered in the bitter,
Above them and around them, the fiery bolts were
And the hazel s slender branches over Jesus
And they feared not the anger of that mighty tem
And that night God blessed the hazel that had
sheltered Jesus head.
Now, since that fateful moment, no thunderbolts
The traveler who shelter seeks beneath the hazel-
For God the Father blessed it, each leaf and branch
That guarded child and mother, through all
MARY S CAT
THE tall magnolia-tree outside her lattice
Its heavy perfume flung;
I said: " I wonder where that yellow cat is,
That cat with silvery tongue ?
I moved with caution o er the shining gravel;
I looked above to see
My Mary, after weeks of weary travel
Across the raging sea.
Now, Mary s cat, the household pet, the daisy,
Was ever at her side;
Where Mary is, the cat is, sleek and lazy,
The cat with yellow hide.
I softly tapped, no steps came to the portal;
I pushed the door
All silent still; with anxious, timid footfall
I crossed the floor.
Ah! she was there my Mary, fair and blushing!
Her lips I kissed,
And all her anxious questions gently hushing,
Her hand I pressed.
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But as she rested on my loving arm
Her dainty head,
I noticed with a feeling of alarm
A hair of red.
A long, long hair, a coarse-grained hair, a twister!
11 Whose hair is that?
It is a flotsam from a man s red whisker! "
"It is the cat."
" No, Mary, no; you can not thus deceive me,
Ah, woe is mine!
That long hair never grew, false maid, believe me,
On hide feline."
"It did." " It did n t." And in wrath we parted.
At the mat
I paused a second, sobbing, broken-hearted,
To kick the cat.
IS LIFE WORTH LIVING?
Is LIFE worth living ? Faith, I hardly know.
Sometimes I think it is, and sometimes nay.
When the to-morrows throng upon my soul
I turn for refuge to the yesterday,
Because within the golden past I find
Some spar to cling to in this ebbing sea;
Something to give me more of tranquil mind,
Some little change from human misery.
Is life worth living ? O the foaming wine
We drank upon the threshold of the years!
how it thrilled us, and how faint the line
On the horizon s verge of future tears!
Sometimes I deem that could I once again
Feel but the burning thrill of love s first kiss,
1 d give a whole eternity of pain
For that past joy that ancient perished bliss.
O, I remember when my life was young
How joyously the merry seasons rolled,
The lips that thrilled, the melodies we sung,
Ere hands grew palsied and ere hearts grew cold.
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Could I within my yearning arms enfold
The woman that I loved in years gone by,
Methinks that then I never should grow cold,
And life s long dirge be changed to lullaby.
Is life worth living? Ah! when I turn back,
And view the weary road that I have trod,
And miss the many faces from the track,
Who from those dim days have been drawn to
I truly fear that I am weary too ;
That I, too, fain would rest where they have lain,
And steal away to join the good and true,
And bid good-by to worriment and pain;
Still hoping, when the kindly breezes blow
Above my grave in some sea-bordered grove,
The thoughts of those I cherished long ago,
Would mingle with the winds that swept above.
THE RIVER S TEACHINGS
WHAT whispers the pine to the river ?
What murmurs the stream to the tree ?
As its torrents flow onward and ever
To its home in the clamorous sea ?
Does it tell of the past, when its margin
Was lined with the cabins of those
Who sought for the glittering treasure
That sleeps where the broad current flows ?
It springs from its crags to long reaches,
In thunder, and bubble, and spray;
It glides by its smooth, pebbly beaches
In the sheen of the soft summer day;
It boils through rough granite crevasses,
Now is still as a smooth lake, and then
From the day and the sun swiftly passes
To the gloom of the pine-shadowed glen.
Ah! this is the marvelous story
The branches bend downward to hear:
"In the type of man s sadness and glory,
His triumph, rejoicing, and fear;
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Not ever the sunlight, not ever
The smooth pebbles glisten and gleam,
There s labor and wrath in the river,
Solemn deeps and rude crags in the stream.
" I flow on in musical measure,
And the wild bird chimes in with my strain;
Neath my bed lies a glittering treasure,
Man s agent for pleasure or pain.
I guard it with jealous resistance;
Those who trouble my waters for gain,
Shall find their disturbing insistence,
Their delving and toiling in vain.
"But to him whom my rugged bank wanders
Not for gold, but from life s cares surcease,
Steals into his soul as he ponders,
A lesson of loving and peace:
To cherish the sun, and not borrow
The silence and gloom of the glen,
To know a life mingled with sorrow
In the heritage given to men."
FIFTY YEARS AGO
THERE stood before a big bazaar
A mother and her boy;
Its windows were completely filled
With every kind of toy
With toys that danced, and toys that sang,
A perfect feast of joy.
Grave bishops nodded from the shelves,
In somber raiment clad,
From ferny grooves peered little elves,
And windmills spun like mad;
In fine, the shop held everything
To make young children glad.
What will you buy, my little son ?
Here is a good gray steed,
A gallant charger which might well
Assist in knightly deed,
Or on the green turf win the race
With most excelling speed.
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" Here is a farmer, scythe in hand,
Prepared to mow his wheat,
And in this cage a little bird,
And here a church and street.
I want the book about the ships
That sunk the Spanish fleet.
" You know the story that you told,
And grandpa told again,
How over fifty years ago,
The battle- cruiser Maine
Was blown up in the dead of night
By the wicked men of Spain.
" And how we sent out other ships
To punish them, and then
How gallant Dewey swept their fleet
From all the southern main;
And how Cervera s sailors died
Beneath the iron rain.
* For that s what grandpa called the shot
From Sampson and from Schley;
He said it was an awful thing
To see those sailors die.
If we d been old, might we have gone,
My brother Bob and I ?"
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The mother stooped and kissed his lips,
And said, " Would you have gone
To fight those awful men, and left
Poor mamma all alone ? "
" Of course, mamma, we d have to go
And do as grandpa done.
" Is it not right that all brave men
When they are called, should go ?
And take the sword, and take the gun,
And rush to meet the foe ?
Those are the words that grandpa said;
They must be true, you know.
" Did he not say that uncle s name,
Who in the battle died,
Should be placed in the roll of fame,
Great heroes names beside ?
And we who bear that name can now
Remember it with pride."
Thus shall the tales of heroes deeds,
For flag and country done.
Along the generations line,
Be proudly handed down,
Until the earth has passed away,
And God withdrawn the sun.
JUST AS OF OLD
OLD GLORY waves again,
Just as of old.
O er deck and battle-plain,
Just as of old.
Once more the fife and drum
Summon the hosts to come
From ocean-side, vale, and town,
Just as of old.
The ploughshare is cast aside,
Just as of old.
The bridegroom has left the bride,
Just as of old.
The mother has sent her son
Where the grim work is done;
Battles are lost and won,
Just as of old.
Muster the soldiers now,
Just as of old.
Hope high on every brow,
Just as of old.
Many a gallant breast,
On rampart and mountain crest,
Shall find eternal rest,
Just as of old.
Some shall win valor s crown,
Just as of old.
Some their young lives lay down,
Just as of old.
Many a vacant chair
Shall the sad truth declare,
How dear the price of war,
Just as of old.
When the sad list is read,
Just as of old,
Names of the soldier dead,
Just as of old,
Many a heart must break,
For the loved heroes sake,
Never again to wake,
Just as of old.
Not against brother s life,
Just as of old,
Wage we this bloody strife,
As once of old.
Vermont and Tennessee
In pure fraternity
Battle on land and sea,
Just as of old.
And when the trumpet-blast
Sounds the recall,
And when the sheathe d sword
Hangs on the wall,
Ask what the gain shall be:
Once more a people free,
For liberty, victory,
Just as of old.
THE EXILE S MUSINGS
WHEN the night stars glimmer, and the sun is
To his bed of crimson in the waveless sea,
I find myself still sadly thinking,
With heavy bosom, my land, of thee.
Though the vine above me be richly twining,
And the jasmine perfumes the evening air,
I say: My heart! cease this fond repining
To leave these shores for a land less fair.
Does that sun you long for, in noontide glowing,
Gild the drooping ear of the golden grain,
With a full, rich light to the glad eye showing
How blest by God is that happy plain,
Where plenty dwells, and a banner streaming
Floats proudly over a nation free ?
Then, foolish heart, why art thou dreaming
Of a land of slaves beyond the sea ?
Has that land of woe flung a spell around you,
Unbroken ever by joy or pain,
And to her shores forever bound you
In a bond of love, with a magic chain ?
That though smiling fields and unending summer
Surround your dwelling in the home of the free,
You coldly turn, with a sad glance, from her,
And murmur, " Ireland, my heart s with thee."
Have those mystic legends, by mothers chanted
To their sleeping babes in that shrouded land,
Have those somber lakes, by old chieftains haunted,
Woven around you some fairy band?
That when laugh is loudest, and wine is streaming
From the goblet, grasped in the exile s hand,
With hot cheek flushed, and with proud eye
You drink to Ireland, our native land?
HERE S luck, my friend! fill up again;
A few years hence which will it be ?
Shall you go on to toast and drain,
While the Dark Angel claimeth me?
Or will I, standing here as now,
Remembering all we ve done and said,
With moistened eye and saddened brow,
Drink to the dear beloved dead?
It must be one of us, it must,
The hours are fleeting sure and fast;
The dark grave yearneth for our dust,
The best of life for us is past.
One of us must mourn beside
The coffined form of his dead friend;
One of us mark the ebbing tide,
The dying throb that tells the end.
One of us lay with reverent hand
The wreath upon the pulseless breast,
One of us by the other stand
The while the dead is laid to rest.
One of us muse in dreary days
On all we twain have lost and won,
And looking forth to lonesome ways,
Wish that, like him, our task was done.
One of us Pshaw! fill up and drink;
Who cares for coffin, shroud, and pall ?
The man s a fool who 11 mope and think,
And mourn the fate that s meant for all.
We ve had our share of wine and bliss;
Bright eyes and rosy lips we ve had;
We ve never missed a chance to kiss,
Never a moment to make glad.
To-night we 11 dine, and drink and sing,
And massive beakers blithely pour,
And grave thoughts to the wild winds fling,
And drink, and kiss, and drink once more.
THE CHAMBER OF SLEEP
I HAVE a Castle of Silence, flanked by a lofty
And across the drawbridge lieth the lovely chamber
Its walls are draped with legends woven in threads
Legends beloved in dreamland, in the tranquil days
Here lies the Princess sleeping in the palace, solemn
And knight and countess slumber; and even the
That flowed by the ancient tower, has passed on its
way to the sea,
And the deer are asleep in the forest, and the birds
are asleep in the tree.
And I in my Castle of Silence, in my chamber of
sleep lie down.
Like the far-off murmur of forests come the turbu
lent echoes of town,
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And the wrangling tongues about me have now no
power to keep
My soul from the solace exceeding the blessed
Nirvana of sleep.
Lower the portcullis softly, sentries, placed on the
Let shadows of quiet and silence on all my palace
Softly draw my curtains. . . . Let the world
labor and weep,
My soul is safe environed by the walls of my cham
ber of sleep.
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