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The Closing Year. Page 135. PRENTICE was born in Connecticut in 1802, and died in Louisville, Ky., in 1870.
A Health. Page 138. PINKNEY (b. in London while his father was U. S. Commissioner to England, 1802, d. in Baltimore, 1828) wrote a few other poems which deserve to be generally known, but are not. They may be found in Morris and Willis's “Mirror Library,' at the end of the book
The T'hree Sons. Page 139. MOULTRIE, (b. in England, 1800, d. 1874), was a schoolmate of Praed's and Macaulay's at Eton, became a clergyman, and was Rector of Rugby. He published this poem in 1839.
The Annuity. Page 142. OUTRAM (b. in Scotland, 1805, d. 1856) was a lawyer and journalist, and printed privately a small volume of humorous verses, entitled “Legal Lyrics.”
The Forging of the Anchor. Page 146. FERGUSON (b. in Belfast, 1805; d. in 1886) was a lawyer. He published two volumes of poetry.
The Bells of Shandon. Page 149. MAHONY (“Father Prout,” b. 10 Cork about 1805, d. 1866) first published this poem in Fraser's Magazine, of which he was an editor, in 1834. The bells referred to are the chime in the high steeple of St. Anne, or Upper Shandon, which is in plain view from Cork.
The Death of Napoleon. Page 151. MCLELLAN (b. in Portland, Mo., about 1805) has been a lawyer and a farmer, and has published three volumes of poetry. He resides on Shelter Island, east of Long Island.
The Grave of Bonaparte. Page 152. I have not been able to learn anything concerning the author of this poem.
Widow Malone. Page 153. LEVER, the novelist, was born in Dublin in 1806, and died in 1872.
Lament of the Irish Emigrant. Page 155. HELEN SELINA SHERIDAN (b. in Ireland, 1807, d. 1867) married the Hon. Price Blackwood in 1825. He became fourth Baron DUFFERIN, and died in 1841. In 1862 she married her old friend Earl Gifford. She was Mrs. Norton's sister.
The Happy Land. Page 157. YOUNG (b. about 1805) is a native and resident of Edinburgh, Scotland, where he was for many years a teacher.
Gluggity Glug. Page 158. GEORGE COLMAN the Younger (b. in England, 1762, d. 1836) was a dramatist and theatrical manager.
Here she Goes-and There she Goes. Page 158. NACK (b. in New York, 1809, d. 1879) became deaf by accident when he was a boy. His poems were published in 1859, with a memoir by George P. Morris.
She Died in Beauty. Page 163. SILLERY (b. in Ireland, 1807, d. in Edinburgh, 1836) studied medicine, and published two or three small vote umes of poetry.
The New Tale of a Tub. Page 164. BAYLEY (b. in England, 1807, d. 1852) was the first editor of the London Illustrated News
The Old Sexton. Page 175. BENJAMIN (b. in Demerara, British Guiana, 1809, d. in New York, 1864) was a journalist and lecturer. His writings have never been collected.
The Private of the Buffs. Page 176. DOYLE (b. in England, 1810; d. in 1888) was Professor of Poetry at Oxford in 1867–77. The poem is explained by an extract from a China letter to the London Times : “Some Seiks, and a private of the Buffs, having remained behind with the grog-carts, fell into the hands of the Chinese. On the next day they were brought before the authorities and ordered to perform ko. tow. The Seiks obeyed; but Moyse, the English soldier, declared he would not prostrate himself before any Chinaman alive, and was immediately knocked upon the head, and his body thrown upon a dungbill."
Light. Page 177. PALMER (b. in Stockbridge, Mass., 1805; d. in 1881) was an insurance officer in New York City.
4 Death-Bed. Page 179. ALDRICH (b. in Sullivan Co., N. Y., 1810; d 1856) was at first a merchant, and afterward a magazine editor. This poem owes a great part of its fame to the fact that Poe pointed out the remarkable resemblance between it and one by Hood with an alınost identical title.
A Christmas Hymn. Page 180. DOMETT (b. in England, 1811; d. in 1886) published this poem in Blackwood's in 1837. He was educated at Cambridge, and wandered about the world in a most remarkable manner. For some time he was Colonial Secretary in New Zealand. A few years ago he re-appeared in London, and published two volumes of poetry. He is understood to be the hero of Robert Browning's poem Waring."
The Ivy Green Page 181. DICKENS (b. 1812, d. 1870) published this poem as a song in the “Pickwick Papers."
The Polish Boy. Page 182. Mrs. STEPHENS (née WINTERBOTHAM, b. Derby, Conn., 1813; d. in 1886), besides her many novels, wrote occasional poems, but never collected them into a volume.
Balaklava. Page 186. MEEK (b. in Columbia, S. C., 1814, d. in Georgia, 1865) was a lawyer and journalist. He published a volume of poems in Mobile in 1857.
The Pauper's Drive. Page 189. NOEL, an English country gentle. man residing near Windsor, published in 1841 a volume of poems, which included this one.
Florence Vane. Page 190. COOKE (b. in Martinsburg, Va., 1816, d. 1850) was a lawyer, and published a volume of poems in 1847.
The Dule's ¿' this Bonnet O' Mine. Page 191. Waugu (b. in England, 1818) has published several small volumes of poems in the Lancashire dialect.
Abraham Lincoln Page 193. TAYLOR (b. in England, 1817, d. 1880) wrote or adapted numerous plays, and published a few fugitive poems.
The Memory of the Dead. Page 195. INGRAM Was born in Ireland in 1820.
The Bivouai' of the Dead. Page 197. In accordance with an act of the legislature of Kentucky, the remains of the soldiers from that state who fell at Buena Vista were brought home to Frankfort, and there interred under a handsome monument. This was the occasion of O'HARA's poem. He was born in Kentucky about 1820, and died in Alabama in 1867.
Nearer, my God, to Thee. Page 199. Mrs. ADAMS (b. in England, 1805, d. 1848) wrote several hymns, and a drama.
Lines on a Skeleton. Page 201. The manuscript of this poem was found near a skeleton in the London Royal College of Surgeons, about 1820. The author has never been found, though a reward of fifty guineas was offered for his discovery. Perhaps the lines were suggested to him, consciously or unconsciously, by the 6th stanza of the Second Canto of “Childe Harold."
The Place where Man should Die. Page 202. BARRY (6. in Ireland about 1815) published this poem in the Dublin Nation in 1843.
A Hundred Years to come.- Page 203. BROWN (b. in Whitingham, Vt., 1812) has been a teacher and editor, and now resides at Stevens Point, Wis. This poem was published originally in the Mother's Journal, Philadelphia.
The Song of Steam. Page 204. CUTTER (b. in Massachusetts, 1801, d. in Washington, D. C., 1865) was a lawyer by profession. He won some distinction in the Mexican war, after which he married Miss Drake, an actress of Cincinnati, and settled at Covington, Ky. He published a volume entitled “Buena Vista, and other Poems," in Cincinnati in 1848. His "Song of the Lightning" is very similar to the “Song of Steam," but has not been so successful.
Why thus Longing ? - Page 206. Mrs. SEWALL (formerly Mrs. LIST) was born in Portland, Maine, and after her first marriage resided in Philadelphia. She now lives in Boston.
Nothing to Wear. Page 207. BUTLER (b. in Albany, N. Y., 1825) published this poem in 1857. He considers his “Two Millions" a much better poem, though it never attained equal popularity.
Antony and Cleopatra. Page 217. Gen LYTLE (b. in Cincinnati, 1826, fell in the battle of Chickamauga, September, 1863) is said to have written this poem one night after seeing Edwin Booth in Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra."
The Nautilus and the Ammonite. Page 218. RICHARDSON, who was connected with the British Museum, wrote essays, poems, and geolog. ical works.
This poem – first published, I believe, in Mantell's “Thoughts on a Pebble,” London, 1849-gained much of its popularity through recitation by lecturers on geology.
Carmen Bellicosum. Page 220. Judge MCMASTER (b. 1829, d. 1887) resided in Bath, Steuben Co., N. Y.
Doris. Page 221. MUNBY, an Englishman, published a volume of poems in 1865.
The Exile to his Wife. Page 223. BRENAN (b. 1829, d. 1857) was a native of the north of Ireland. He joined the Young Ireland party in 1848, and was one of the conductors of the Irish Felon. He was imprisoned for nine months in Dublin, afterward edited the Irishman, and in October, 1819, being implicated in an insurrectionary movement in Tipperary, fled to America. He was for three years connected with the New Orleans Delta, and died in that city in May, 1857.
Rock Me to Sleep. Page 224. Mrs. ALLEN sent this poem from Italy (she was then Mrs. Paul Akers) to the Saturday Evening Gazette in 1860. When it had become popular, several claimants to its authorship arose, and a fierce dispute ensued, one claimant hiring a whole page of a New York daily in which to set forth his proofs. Mrs. Allen's volume (Boston, 1865) contains better, though less popular, poems than this.
Only a Baby Small. Page 226. BARR (b. in Edinburgh, 1831) resides in London. He published a volume of poems in 1865 ; enlarged edition, 1870. He has been called “the Children's Laureate."
The Jolly Old Pedagogue. Page 226. ARNOLD (b. in New York city, 1834, d. 1865) published this poem in the Round Table, and without his signature it traveled the rounds of the press. His poems were edited with a memoir by his friend William Winter (Boston, 1867).
Ode on the Centenary of Burns. Page 229. Miss CRAIG's ode, which bore off the prize of £50, offered by the directors of the Crystal Palace Company, from more than six hundred competitors, is one of the few prize poems which have possessed any poetical merit. She was born in Edinburgh in 1831, and in 1866 married JOHN Knox, a London merchant. She has published three small volumes of poetry.
Over the River. Page 232. Miss PRIEST (b. in Hinsdale, N. H., 1837, d. 1870) published this poem in the Springfield Republican in August, 1857. She married Lieut. A. O. WAKEFIELD in 1865.
The Old Sergeant. Page 234. WILLSON (b. in Little Genesee, N. Y., 1837, d. 1867) wrote this poem as a carrier's address for the Louisville Journal, Jan. 1, 1863. John James Piatt published a sketch of him to the Atlantic for March, 1875. His poems were published in 1867.
Too Late. Page 239. LUDLOW (b. in Poughkeepsie, N. Y., 1837, d. in Switzerland, 1870) wrote some of our best American college songs.
What the End Shall be. Page 240. This poem has been handed abont in manuscript for at least a quarter of a century. It is attributed to FRANCES BROWNE, the blind poetess (b. in Stranolar, Ireland, 1816). The Troo Worlds.
Page 243, This poem has long been going the rounds, credited only to the Dublin University Magazine. COLLINS (le in England, 1827, d. 1876) was editor of that periodical. He published three volumes of poetry.
Rain on the Roof. Page 244. KINNEY (b. in Penn Yan, N. Y., 1826) is a lawyer and journalist, and resides in Xenia, 0. The text of this poem as usually printed is very corrupt. It is here set from a copy furnished by the author.
Willie Winkie. Page 246. MILLER is a native of Scotland,
The Old Canoe. Page 247. Miss PAGE (b. in Bradford, Vt., about 1835, d. about 1859) wrote this poem at the age of seventeen.
Only Waiting. Page 248. Published in the Waterville, Me., Mail in 1854.
The Burial of Moses. Page 249. Miss HUMPHREYS (b. in Strabane, Ireland) married in 1850 the Rev. William Alexander, who is now Bishop of Derry.
Milton's Prayer of Patience. Page 252. Mrs. HOWELL was a resident of Philadelphia.
Curfew Must not Ring To-night. Page 253. ROSA HARTWICK (b. in Mishawaka, Ind., 1850) married Edmund C. Thorpe in 1871, and now resides in Missouri. She wrote this poem in 1867, and published it in the Detroit Commercial Advertiser in the autumn of 1870.
Revelry in India. Page 256. These lines are said to have been sung by a company of British officers stationed at a frontier post in India during a pestilence. It is also said that the author of them was the next victim. They have been persistently attributed to Alfred Domett; but in a letter to me, dated February 6, 1879, he says: “I did not write that poem, and was never in India in my life. I am as ignorant of the authorship as you can be ; indeed, I never heard of the poem until I saw it attributed to myself in an article in the Chicago Times, in the year 1872, I think.
The poem has splendid talent, and even more spirit, which makes me the more anxious to disclaim it, as I do not wish to take any credit that properly belongs to another man."
The Rising of the Moon. Page 258. CASEY (b. in Ireland about 1840) has published a small volume of poems.
My Maryland. Page 259. This song, written in the first year of the Rebellion, was first published in the Charleston Mercury. Perhaps it was suggested by Mangan's “Karamanian Exile," to which it bears a strong resemblance.
Civil War. Page 262. This poem, which appeared originally in Lon. don Once a Week, with the signature “ From the once United States," has been attributed to CHARLES DAWSON SHANLY (b. about 1830, d. 1876).
The Picket Guard. Page 263, The authorship of this poem has been disputed, but there is now no reason to doubt that it belongs to Mrs BEERS, who resided in Orange, N. J., and died Oct. 10, 1879.