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Our fathers' God,-to Thee,
To thee we sing;
Rev. DR. SAMUEL F. Smith.
BETWEEN the sea-cliffs and the sea-shore sleeps
A garden walled about with woodland, fair
Alive in holier light and lovelier air
And lighten all the lustrous length of way
And keep me record how no word could say
COLUMBIA'S POET LAUREATE.
INSCRIBED TO S. F. S.
Years to a century had grown
Since the explorer hailed The signs o'er darkened seas unknown,
That proved he had not failed,
The sun to sport in and the cliffs to scale,
The sea to clasp and wrestle with, till breath For rapture more than weariness would fail,
All-golden gifts of dawn, whose record saith
That time nor change may turn their life to death. Live not in loving thought alone, though there The life they live be lovelier than they were When clothed in present light and actual air. Sun, moon, and stars behold the land and sea
No less than ever lovely, bright as hope
Fair as of old the lawns to seaward slope,
There on top of the down, The wild heather round me and over me June's
high blue, When I looked at the bracken so bright and the
heather so brown, I thought to myself I would offer this book to you;
This, and my love together,
To you that are seventy-seven. With a faith as clear as the heights of the Juneblue heaven,
And a fancy as summer-new As the green of the bracken amid the gloom of the
young lawyer was so much affected that it was the means of changing all his plans for life, and consecrating himself to Christ's service, he devoted himself with his whole heart to evangelistic work. Says Dr. Phelps: “I have had requests for autograph copies of this hymn and many testimonies concerning its helpfulness to others. I have heard it sung in various and distant parts of our land, on ocean steamers, and in other countries. A friend recently showed me a hymn book in the Swedish language containing it.”
At the celebration of the author's seventieth birthday, with other letters, the following words of sincere congratulation from Rev. Robert Lowry, D. D., dated in Plainfield, N. J., May 13, 1886, were read: “It is worth living seventy years even if nothing comes of it but one such hymn as
Savior! thy dying love Thou gavest me.
READ. Sheridan's Ride” has been the most frequently quoted of Read's poems. It was written during the civil war. General Sheridan had defeated General Early at the battle of Winchester, 1864, and had driven him beyond Cedar Creek. General Early recovered his position, got his men into line, and turning upon his adversary, came near defeating Sheridan's army. Sheridan, hearing of the battle, rode rapidly up the valley, arriving at a most critical time. He rallied his men, and again succeeded in putting the enemy to rout. The poem was written shortly after, and soon found its way into almost every publication in the country, even including school readers.
Ibid. “America.” This passage was suggested by Power's statue of “ America.”
JACKSON. Emerson, when asked if Helen Hunt was not our best female poet, replied: “Why not omit the word female ?"
Ware. “When Nature Wreathed Her Rosy Bowers," is Mrs. Ware's first attempt at versemaking, and grew out of a desire to emulate her brother, who had already achieved some reputation as a poet. “My Brother” and “Beautiful Rest," are tributes to her brother.
HARRIS. “Stanzas was written not a great while before Mr. Harris' death.
PHELPS. Something for Thee." This hymn, written in 1862, was first published in the Watchman and Reflector, and was copied into various other religious papers. Later, Rev. Robert Lowry requested Dr. Phelps to furnish some hymns for a collection he was preparing. Among other hymns placed in his hands was this one, and it appeared in “Pure Gold,” with the excellent music which Dr. Lowry composed for it, and with which it will always be associated. It also appeared in “Gospel Hymns,” No. 1, and later in numerous collections in this land and lands across the sea. It has been a most helpful hymn to many hearts. A minister in Glasgow says: “A large family joined my church lately. The mother told me she had first of all happened to drop into our chapel, while a stranger in Glasgow, when she was quite overcome, as if her heart were lifted up, with the people singing
'Something for Thee.'' Professor W. F. Sherwin, a few years ago, was holding a Sunday-school Institute in Maine, and during the singing of the third verse of this hymn a
Happy is the man who can produce one song which the world will keep on singing after its author shall have passed away. May the tuneful harp preserve its strings for many a long year yet, and the last song reach us only when it is time for the singer to take his place in the heavenly choir.”
At the close of the reading of Dr. Lowry's letter, the congregation, filling the First Baptist Church, New Haven, Conn., at once arose and sang the hymn.
As here printed the hymn, slightly revised, is in the form the writer desires it to be used in collections or elsewhere.
S. D. P.
HOPKINSON. “Hail, Columbia!” was written in 1798, when it was thought America and France were about to declare war. Coming as it did, at a time when the people were at fever-heat over the affairs of the nation, and their desire to maintain their own government, the lack of lyrical merit was not taken into account. It was patriotic, and gave utterance to their feelings. It was set to the music of "The President's March,” and for one entire season held the audiences of the theatres in its soul-stirring, captivating thrall.
IBID. “Locksley Hall,” published in 1842, has been parodied in the Bon Gaultier Ballads.
IBID. “The Gardener's Daughter" was published in 1842.
IBID. “The Princess was published in 1847. This, however, is merely the rude sketch of “The Princess"
we now read. The poem has been entirely rewritten since it first appeared, and the songs, as well as the account of the Princess's weird seizure, are an afterthought. “It is,” says Stedman, “as he entitles it, a medley, constructed of ancient and modern materials—a show of mediæval pomp and movement, observed through an atmosphere of latter-day thought and emotion. The poet, in his prelude, anticipates every striction and to me the anachronisms and impossibilities of the story seem not only lawful, but attractive. Tennyson's special gift of reducing incongruous details to a common structure and tone is fully illustrated in a poem made
“ To suit with time and place,
A feudal knight in silken masquerade." Other works of our great poet are greater, but none is so fascinating Some of the author's most delicately musical lines are herein contained. The tournament scene is the most vehement and rapid passage in the whole range of Tennyson's poetry. The songs reach the high-water mark of lyrical compositions. The five melodies, “As thro' the Land," Sweet and Low," “ The splendor Falls,” “Home they Brought” and “Ask me no
MONROE. “Columbia,” is a portion of the “Ode” written by Miss Harriet Monroe, to be read at the opening exercises of The World's Columbian Exposition. This selection, together with some others from the same ode, were set to music by G. W. Chadwick, of Boston, and was sung at the dedicatory exercises in Chicago, by a chorus of five thousand voices. Miss Monroe was selected by a committee of the World's Fair directors to write an ode, and an award of $1,000 was offered for it. The ode was written and submitted to the committee, who in turn submitted it to three professional literary men, Messrs E. J. Harding, literary editor of the Chicago Tribune; F. F. Brown, of the Dial and William Morton Payne. Some suggestions were offered regarding changes thought best to be made, but Miss Monroe accepted but a few of them.
Smith. “America." When a student at Andover, Dr. Smith was asked by Dr. Lowell Mason to write some English verses to suit the tunes in a German song-book, and adapted to church and
Sunday-school use. Among that German music was the tune which he did not then know as that of “God Save the Queen."
When he was looking the book through in his room, this tune seized upon his fancy, and within a half-hour he wrote the lines that justly made him famous. He had no idea that he was composing a national anthem to the praise of liberty and freedom and the nation's God, but it was a spark from heaven, which kindled from heart to heart throughout the land.
W. S. B. BIGELOW. "Columbia's Poet Laureate." This poem was inspired by a visit to Dr. Samuel F. Smith on the morning after his birthday, which by a strange coincidence, happens on the same day as that on which Columbus discovered America. During this visit an account of this poem was given, and the cause which inspired it.
N. L. M.
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GILBERT, WILLIAM S. The “Bab” Ballads, ill. by author, sec. ed. Philadelphia: Porter & Coats. 12mo, cl., pp. 222.
GILBERT. Miscellaneous Poems.
BRITTINGHAM, FLORENCE V. Verse and Story. Buffalo: Charles Wells Moulton, 1892. 12mo, cl. pp. vi and 220,
HURD, HELEN Marr. Poetical Works, ill. Boston: B. B. Russell, 1887. 12mo, cl., pp. 418. WALSWORTH,
MINNIE Gow. Miscellaneous Poems.
UPHAM, Rev. JAMES, D. D. Miscellaneous Poems.
BLANCHARD, FERDINAND, M. D. Miscellaneous Poems.
CONKLIN, JANE E. D. Poems. New York: J. J. Little & Co., 1884. 16mo, cl., pp. 149.
O'BEIRNE, HARRY F. Miscellaneous Poems.
WHITTIER, JOHN GREENLEAF. Poetical Works. Boston: Houghton, Mifflin & Co., 1885. 8vo, cl., pp. 336.
WORKS CONSULTED IN THE PREPARATION OF THIS
NUMBER OF THE MAGAZINE OF POETRY."
THE EDITOR'S TABLE.
READ, THOMAS BUCHANAN. Poetical works, complete in three volumns. Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott & Co., 1890.' 16mo., pp. 426-426-420.
Jackson, Helen Hunt. Poems, ill. Boston: Roberts Bros., 1892. 12mo, cl., pp. xvi and 266.
WARE, Mrs. Mary. Miscellaneous Poems.
PHELPS, Rev. S. DRYDEN, D. D. Songs for all Seasons. Boston: Silver, Burdett & Co., 1891. 12mo, cl., pp. xiv and 406.
PENNELL, HARRIETTE G. Miscellaneous Poems. BEERY, ADELINE HOHF. Miscellaneous Poems.
TENNYSON, LORD ALFRED. Poetical Works, complete. New York: T. Y. Crowell & Co., 1885. 8vo, cl., pp. viii and 896.
TENNYSON. Miscellaneous Poems.
Wilson, OLIVIA LOVEL L. Miscellaneous Poems.
FARRAND, MAY SPENCER. Miscellaneous Poems.
Crane, Rev. OLIVER, D. D. Minto, and Other Poems. New York: Wilbur B. Ketcham, 1888. 12mo, cl., pp. 259.
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