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Blades o' Bluegrass : choice selections of Kentucky poetry, biographical sketches and portraits of authors / compiled by Mrs. Fannie Porter Dickey. Dickey, Fannie Porter. 400dpi TIFF G4 page images University of Kentucky, Electronic Information Access & Management Center Lexington, Kentucky 2002 b92-29-26569044 Electronic reproduction. 2002. (Beyond the shelf, serving historic Kentuckiana through virtual access (IMLS LG-03-02-0012-02) ; These pages may be freely searched and displayed. Permission must be received for subsequent distribution in print or electronically. Blades o' Bluegrass : choice selections of Kentucky poetry, biographical sketches and portraits of authors / compiled by Mrs. Fannie Porter Dickey. Dickey, Fannie Porter. John P. Morton, Louisville, Ky. : 1892. xiv, 331 p. : ports. ; 24 cm. Coleman Microfilm. Atlanta, Ga. : SOLINET, 1992. 1 microfilm reel ; 35 mm. (SOLINET/ASERL Cooperative Microfilming Project (NEH PS-20317) ; SOL MN02000.02 KUK) Printing Master B92-29. IMLS This electronic text file was created by Optical Character Recognition (OCR). No corrections have been made to the OCR-ed text and no editing has been done to the content of the original document. Encoding has been done through an automated process using the recommendations for Level 1 of the TEI in Libraries Guidelines. Digital page images are linked to the text file. American poetry Kentucky. American poetry. Kentucky Biography. L7,f2.'d4 I, - ,e.1Scl, / K BLADES 2 BLUEGRASS ChOICE SELECTIONS or KENTUCKY POETRY. BIOGRAPhICAL SKETCHES AND PORTRAITS or AUThORS. - ,COMPiL-F) BY MRS. FANNIE PORTER DICKEY LOUISVILLE cOlIN P. MORTON COMPANY 1892 O1"RIGEHT BY MRS. FANNIE PORTER DICKEY. 1892 TO Colonel R. C. Durrett, For his love of Literature, his pride in the preservation of Kentucky History, and the service he has rendered the State in these things, this Volume is dedi- cated with the highest respect and esteem of the Compiler. This page in the original text is blank. PREF ACE. THIS volume is offered as a miniature representation of Kentucky verse for the one hundred years that it has been a State. The whole field of poetry has been traversed from the pioneer days to the present time, and an effort made to have every known poet of merit represented. Besides selections made from published books, there are also many fugitive verses that never went beyond the " Poet's Corner " in a newspaper, while some are here in print for the first time. That such a book has been made is due to the courtesy and promptness with which the living writers have responded, and to the friends of literature throughout the State who have assisted and encouraged the work, and it is hoped that the collection mirrors a variety of sentiment that will touch a heart in every household and leave a pleasing influence. Thanks are due The Century Company, Belford's Maga- zine, The Round-Table, and Detroit Free Press for privilege of poems. F. P. D. This page in the original text is blank. CONTENTS. PAGE AINSLIE, HEw. . . .. . . . .. . . .. .................... 299 The Ingleside. . ....... .. . 2S1 ALLEN, JAMES LANE, Lexington,. . . . .. . . .. . . . .. 299 Beneath the Veil, . . ..... . ... 254 In Looking on the Happy Autumn Fields .. . .. . . .. 276 ALLMOND, MARCUS B., Louisville ....... ......... 299 A Consolation,. ................. 77 A Sabbath in Autumn . . .... . . . 83 ALLGOOD, JOSEPH, Louisville... . . . .. . . . .. . . .. 300 Uncle Pete's Plea. . . ..... . . 69 ASHTON, EUGENE .............. . ..... The Dead Past ........... . . ............... 54 Duty.. . ........... 35 BANGS, S. K., Louisville ...................... The Old Church Bell,. ............. 74 BARRICK, J. R. . . .. . . . .. . . .. . . . .. . . . . 300 The Beautiful. . ......... ......... . . . 268 BETTS, MARY E.. . ..... .. ... .. . . . . 301 A Kentuckian Kneels to None but God..... . .. . . . 94 BOLTON, SARAH T., Indianapolis, Indiana. ... ..... . . 300 Left on the Battle-field . . .... . . . 241 BROTHER, ALLINE, Fort Spring,. ...... ... 300 Castles in the Air. . .. ......... ..I BROWN, MATTIE N . .......... 301 Crysanthemums, . . ...... . . . 273 God's Poem, . . ... . . . . . . 225 BROWN, NELLIE LA RUE, Louisville ............... Japanese Wall Paper .. . .2 BRYAN, STANTON P., Brownsboro.. . .301 The Wedge ... . 71 Aspiration . . .93 BUTLER, WILLIAM 0.. .. ..... ... . . .. 301 The Boatman's Horn, .. .. ..... . . 290 BUTLER, NOBLE... . .301 The Bluebird.. .... ...... . . 293 CARR, ALICE H., Louisville . . ......... . ... .. .. "Sweet Girl Graduate,". . . .. . . . . . . .. . . . 36 -Deceased. viii CONTENTS. CASSEDAY, MISS JENNIE, Louisville....... . . . . .. . .. or A Night-time Song,................ ... 58 CAWEIN, MADISON, Louisville,....... . . ,02 Noera. .. .. . . .. . . . . .. . . . .. . .... .. . . i 67 Andalia,......... . . .'... ............. 59 Chords, . . .. . . . .. . . . .. . . . .. . . . .. . . 51 CHILDRESS, RuFus J., Louisville . . ;02 The Moods of You ....... ..3......... .. .. ;29 Ode to A Robin .. . . . . . . . . . . . . .. '3 In the Air ... . . . . . . . . . . . .. 102 CLARK, FLORENCE A., Austin, Texas,. . .. . . . .. . . . . .03 A Christmas Pansy ........ .. 274 COLLINS, MRS. W. LESLIE, Frankfort. .. .. . . . .. . . ..03 A Thought ......... . ............. . . [92 The Leaf, ............... . 233 COSBY, FORTUNATUS ..3................... . 303 A Song,.......... . ............... . 292 COSBY, J. V.,.. .. . . . . .. . . . .. . . . .. . . . . . 304 Song, . . . .. . . .. . . . .. . . . .. . . . . .. . . 289 CROCKETT, INGRAM, Henderson ....... . . . . . .. 304 At Yuletide .. . ....... 52 Late Afternoon in November. ... . . .. . . . .. . .. 75 We Fade as a Leaf .... ...... . [.. 172 CUNNINGHAM, MRS. J. J., Louisville. .. .. . . . .. . . . . 303 Cupid's Arrow ......... '74 Yon Tiny Stream ......... 157 CUTTER, GEORGE W ........ . ... . 304 The Song of Steam, . .284 DAVIE, GEORGE M., Louisville . .304 A Yearn for the Romantic. .84 Night in Venice . .78 DAVIS, WILLIAM J., Louisville, . .. 304 Gentleness: ASonnet. .. . . .. . . . .. . . . .. . . 296 DOWNES, MAY SMITH, Somerset. .. 305 April. .. .. . . . .. . . . .. . . . .. . . . . .. . [ 26 The Bird'sSong, . .. . . . .. . . . . .. . . . .. . . II4 DUKE, BASIL W., Louisville ..305 Song of the Raid. .243 David and Goliath . . . 248 DURRETT, R. T., Louisville, .305 The Old Year and the New in the Coliseum at Rome, . . . 98 To My Sweetheart. .. 112 DYER, SYDNER, Indianapolis, Indiana . .307 Song of The Sunbeam ....... . . . . . 68 -Deceased. CONTENTS. ix EVANS, ALEXANDER, Louisville, ... . ..... ... . . . .. 307 My Lute So Loved is Now Unstrung . .19 Where the Beautiful River. . 183 FIELDS, W. H., Louisville ..................... Yesterday. .x9 FITZHUGH, NANNIE MAYO, Lexington . . 307 Meeting Rivers, . .256 Answered . .257 FLIPPIN, M. T., Tompkinsville . ...... ..........307 Rome, . .43 The Days of Other Years, . .51 FORD, THOMAS B., Frankfort . . 307 My Violin, ...................... ... 67 The Siren ....... . ................. . 75 Dusk ....... ............ ..... ... 6i FORD, LAURA C., Owenton. ...... ..... . . . .. . . 308 The Household Minstrel..... . . . .. . . .. . . . . 8i FOSDICK, W. W.. ...................... . 308 Light and Night,...... . . . ...... . . .. . . . . 62 FOSTER, S. C......... . . ....... . .. . .. . . . 308 My Old Kentucky Home ..... .. ...... . . . . . . 64 ,'GALLAGHER, W. D., Pewee Valley,.... .. . . .. . . .. . 308 The Mothers of The West................. . 76 May ....................... 65 Woman-Extract .. . ................ . .. 58 Four Score and One........ ........... . 82 GERALDINE," .................... . . .... W hatIsIt . . . .. . . .. . . .. . . .. . . .. . .. 39 HAGNER, LAURA S., Buckner ....... The Butterfly...... . . .............. IS HAMILTON, ANNA J., Louisville . ......... . 309 Death-A Living King....... . .... . . . .... 275 At Set of Sun ........ . ... 215 HARNEY, JOHN M.. . . .. . . .. . . .. . . .. . . .. . . 309 Echo and The Lover ................. 129 HARNEY, WILL WALLACE, Pine Castle, Florida .. ... . . . . 309 The Stab ..... . . ................... 95 In Exile.......... . . .............. 107 The Buried Hope,. ..... ........ 138 The Bergamot Blossom. ... . .. . . .. ... . . . . IIO SouthFlorida Night, . . .. . . .. . .. . . ... 121 The Twilight of the Heart-Extract ......... . . . 115 HARRIS, ALFRED W., Louisville...... ...... . . .. . 309 Building Castles ............. . 277 :Deceased . CONTENTS. CHART, JOEL T., Invocation to the Coliseum at Rome, HAYS, WILL S., Louisville ......... The Last Hail. l............ The Faithful Engineer. ........ HOPKINS, EDWIN S., Jacksonville. Convolvuli . After Frost, .............. The Old Violin, ............ HOSKINS, JOHN, Louisville . A Lullabyl.. ............. When Loving Heart's the Goal, .... Good Morning, ............ JEFFREY, ROSA V., Lexington .. . .. . . A Summer Idyl ............ Owl in Church, ............ Grecian Poetry Versus Modern Science, . . . JESSEL, KATIE ..... ............. " Earth Has no Sorrow that Heaven Can Not H JOHNSTON, J. STODDARD, Louisville. A Dream, .................. Parting. To a Marguerite.............. KELLEV, A. W. (Parmenas Mix) ......... The Old Scissors' Soliloquy ......... The Bore, .................. KETCHUM, ANNIE CHAMBERS .......... A Sea Shell, . ............... Amabere Me ........... ...... KINKEAD, NELLIE TALBOT, Lexington, ..... Coquette. Last Night, ................. " KNELM,". Solitude. LITTELL, WILLIAM, .. .. . .. . . . .. Raptures. LUCAS, OLIVER (Poet of the Asfaltus), Louisville, The Immortal Three, ............ Tobogganing Down the Hill, ........ McABOY, MARY T .............. ... A Sonnet..... . . ... .......... MCAFEE, NELLY MARSHALL, Louisville ..... To-morrow. Hills Look Blue When Far Away ...... Antithesis . Deceased. ...... . . 310 ....... .. .. 23 ......... ...... 3I0 ......... ...... 113 ...... .. .. - 165 ...... . . 310 ....-. .. .63 ...... .. .. 70 -... .. . 57 ......... ...... 3II ..... .. . .- 97 ......... ...... 92 ......... ... 80 ...... . . 311 ,... .--. 7.2 97 .. . . .. . . . eal,.3 10 6 , . . .. ...... 31I ......... ...... ii6 ....... ....... I22 ....... ....... 108 ,...,. .. . 3I ,.... . . 227 ....... 224 ...,... 314 ...... . . 223 ...... . . 229 .. . . .. . .31 . .. . .. 27 ....--- 27 .. . . .. . 287 ..3.4.... 3og ..... . . 209 ...... . . 22I .....-- 314 ..3...1.... . 131 .....-- 314 .....- . 155 ......- I45 ...... . 176 x .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . CONTENTS. MCBEATH, TOM F., Daleville, Mississippi... . .. . .. . . Biopsis-Extract . McDowELL, KrATE GOLDSBOROUGH, Louisville ......... To Whittier....................... MCHENRY, JENNIE T.... . . .. . .. . .. . . .. . .. . . Evening Thoughts...... . . ............ MCILVAIN, CLARA L ....................... Love. Wedding Bells .................... MCKINNEY, MRS. J. J. (Katydid), Montgomery, Alabama, Twilight in Kentuckyu.c y.............. Two Songs ...................... A Bunch of Magnolias ................ Spring and Summer,. . .............. MERCER, S. C., Hopkinsville.... .. . . .. . .. . .. . The Strawberry Bowl ................. The New South .................... Blonde and Brunette ................. MILLER, HOWARD ..................... True Greatness .................... To Poesy ........................ MILLER, ELVIRA SYDNOR, Louisville ............ Edgar Allan Poe . A Dash Through the Lines s.............. A Ballad of Poets .................... MORRIS, ROBERT ...................... The Level and the Square, . .. ......... Memories of Galilee ................... MORRIS, IDA GOLDSMITH, Glasgow ............. My Lady Sleepsp. s................... MORTON, JENNIE C., Frankfort. Frankfort. The Sweetest Day ................... MUDD, ALICE HAWTHORNE, Louisville ........... Marble Heart ...................... MURPHEY, ELIZABETH LEE, Dallas, Texas .......... A Letter of To-day, ................... Dixie Land ....................... MURRAY, HENRY C., Frankfort ............... In Days to Come .................... MURRAY, STUART, Danville ................. George Mooreo.re................... NOBLE, VIRGINIA F., Paducah ................ A May-time Memory ................... At Dawn of Day ..................... -Deceased. xi 315 '34 315 294 315 288 315 2i8 206 3i6 291 295 286 239 316 261 53 50 . 147 ..204 . 2I9 ..279 212 317 ..203 ..255 -3I7 .I49 . 141 .i58 316 .205 .317 .123 .132 34 .I98 .317 139 .I54 :. CONTENTS. O'HARA, THEODORE. The Bivouac of the Dead, ........ O'MALLEY, CHARLES J., Hitesville ...... Worthiness. His Birds, ................ A Kentucky Twilight .......... Enceladus . OUMALLRY, SALLIE M., Hitesville. The Child Singer ............ O'SULLIVAN, DANIEL E., Louisville,. To Adelina Patti. ............ Margery . Death. To a Pin, ................ A Song, ................. PARHAM, EUGENIA, Paducah. ........ Vanished. A Happy Woman, ............ PARKER, Jo. A., Lagrange . As in the Long Ago, .......... The Kiss I Stole ........... . .. PATTERSON, J. L., Frankfort . To Silence, ............... PIATT, JOHN J., Queenstown, Ireland,. Night Thoughts ............. The Sight of Angels, .......... The Buried Organ. ........... PIATT, SARAH M. B., Queenstown, Ireland, . . A Doubt, ................ Stop the Clock ............. The Sermon of a Statue ......... POTTS, EUGENIA DUNLAP, Lexington,. A Reverie ................ POOL, ARCH., Paducah .... . ..... .... Across the Way ............. PRENTICE, GEORGE D.. ........... Mammoth Cave, ............. To the River in Mammoth Cave-Extract, The Closing Year ............ The Dream of Life, ........... A Name in the Sand, '.......... On Revisiting Brown University-Extract, REYNOLDS, T. T., Glasgow, ......... To L. B.'s Eyes, ............. Deceased. .318 40 .319 . .............. I188 ............. 193 . ............... 177 ..................320 . .............. I62 ....... ..........320 .211 . .....I179 .i86 . ............. 194 ....... ..........320 ........ ...........192 .182 ........ ..........320 ..... ........208 .1 ............. I87 .. . . .. . . .. . 30 ........ .........320 ........ .........260 .. ....245 ........ .........259 . .......321 '3 6 24 .321 .238 .. . . .. . . .. . . ............. 176 . ............. 321 9 ....... ..........II 21 26 35 39 .. . . .. . . .. . . ...........128 xii CONTENTS. RHEA, FRANK H., Waverly. ........ The Rock ............... Love's Trinityn.. ........... November, . ROBERTSON, HARRISON, Louisville,. Aprille. Perspectives. An Idle Poet, ............. The Story of The Gate, ........ Two Triolets. ............. Coquette. ROLLSTON, ADELAIDE D., Paducah, In June ................ If I Had Known, ........... October. RUBY, CLINT, Madisonville. ........ The Violet, ............. November. SEMPLE, PATTY B., Louisville . . . . . . . A Madonna, .............. SEMPLE, HENRY C., Louisville, ...... Argumentum. Maid of Nazareth-Extract, ...... Faultless. SHREVEK, THOMAS H. . Midnight Musings. .......... SMITH, MATTIE l., Le Sueur, Minnesota, The Prince is Coming,. SMITH, J. SOULE (Falcon), Lexington, The Modern Tithonus.......... SPEED, THOMAS, Louisville .... . . . .. Topping the Locusts, ......... SPEED, MAJ. THOMAS ........... Autumn Leaves ............ SPOTSWOOD, F. M., Lexington ....... I Love You .............. Dear Old Southern Home ....... STANTON, HENRY T., Frankfort ...... The Moneyless Man. ......... Drawing It Fine, ........... The Devil's Hollow ..... . . ... Means to An End ........... Sweetheart. Double Life .............. Self Sacrifice-Extract, . ........ Deceased. ...... . .. . . 322 ........ . . . ...120 ..1.... . .. . 148 .. . . .. .1. .. 133 ...... . .. . . 322 ......... . .. . . i6i ..8.... . .. . ri8 ..... . . .. . 150 ....1.... .. . . I30 .. . . .. .1. .. 173 .. . . .. . . .. 140 ...... . ... . 322 ....... . .. . . i64 ..9.... . .. . I1g .1..... . .. . . 127 .. . . .. . . .. 323 ....1.... ... . 125 .......... . . .. . 2T7 .. . . .. . . .. . . .. . .. . . . .. 1-97 .. . ... . . . . 324 ....... .... 47 ....... . . . . 44 ........ . . . ... 52 ......... . 323 ...... . ... . 230 ......... . 323 ............. . . . .. -45 .. . . .. . . .. . . ........ ..........196 .. . . .. . . .. 323 .216..... . .. . . 2I6 .. . . .. . . .. 324 ...... .. . . . 222 ....... .... 324 ....... .. . . ... 96 ...... . ... . IIn .......... . 324 33 ......... .. . . .. I1 ......... .. . . .. I8 ....... . . . ... 6o .. . . .. .. . . 49 ........ . . . ... 25 .. . .. . . . . .. - -54 Xiii CONTENTS. STAPP, BELLE WILSON, Buckeye ...... Dreamy September, ........... SWING, JEANNETTE, Dayton . The Death of a Soul, ........... TEAGER, M. M., Flemingsburg. ......... A Valedictory, ................ The Golden Wedding..... . . . . . .. THORNTON, SARAH C............... Time. WALKER, LIZZIE, Hartford, ........... How. The Old Year ................ November. WALSH, THOMAS, Louisville ........... The Night Displays the Stars,. WARVIELD, CATHERINE A.. ........... Spring Thunder......... .... . . . WASHINGTON, WILLIAM A ......... . . . . The Works of Nature ............ WATTERSON, HENRY, Louisville ......... The Cricket ................. 'WELBY, AMELIA,. The Rainbow, ................ Musings-Extract. WILsOO, LIZZIE... ZIE........... Leoline-Extract. WILSON, ROBERT BURNS, Frankfort ....... A Wild Violet in November . How Spring Comes in the Bluegrass,. I Shall Find Rest .... . . ........ The Passing of March. .......... WILSON, FORCEYTHE. .............. To Hersa. .................. WOOD, HENRY CLEVELAND, Harrodsburg,. Completeness. The Weaver.. . .. . ..... ..... .. Beautiful Hair ........... . Gwendolyne. Reproduction. WRIGHT, JEAN, Louisville ............ Ich Liebe Dich. ............... La Glu. ................... 5:30 A. M.... .. ............ Deceased. .... 124 ...... ......278 .... 125 38 ..... .25 .... ...70 82 ..... ..25 ..... ..... -174 .......,25 47 ......1....... ]63 . -. :69 ....... ... ;;26 ....... ......... !26 ...... ....... ;125 '132 ...... .1 26 .......... 46 .....327 ..... ... 200 .... . . . 127 14 37 ...... .......326 I2 327 ...... ......234 ......1....... 84 195 ...... ....... 231 ...... ......327 16 ...... .....328 46 55 36 48 12 ...... .....328 ...... .....237 ...... ......240 ...... ......242 xiv ILLUSTRATIONS. WILLIAM D. GALLAGHER. ROSA VERTNER JEFFREY. REUBEN T. DURRETT. HENRY T. STANTON. GEORGE D. PRENTICE. SARAH T. BOLTON. JOHN JAMES PIATT. SARAH M. B. PIATT. ROBERT BURNS WILSON. MADISON CAWEIN. LIZZIE WALKER. HENRY CLEVELAND WOOD. MATTIE P. SMITH. HENRY COOLIDGE SEMPLE. JENNIE JONES CUNNINGHAM. KATYDID." INGRAM CROCKETT. OLIVER LUCAS. MARCUS B. ALLMOND. STANTON P. BRYAN. M. M. TEAGER. CLINT RUBY. EUGENIA DUNLAP POTTS. MRS. FANNIE PORTER DICKEY. (FRONTISPIECE.) This page in the original text is blank. BLADES 2' BLUrxRASS. DRAWING IT-VINt. IN a shining cloud of meshes, Where a marge of Summer rushes To a noisy water dipt, Dwelt a prim, maternal spider, With her grim, brown spouse beside her, Like two mummies in a crypt. And except, perhaps, the shimmer Of a sunset's silver tremor, There was not the slightest breath- Not the faintest undulation, In the pendant, hooded station, Where they simulated death. Every tentacle enfolded, Much as if the parts were molded Or were carven so from stone; There they sat, without emotion, Staring from a woven ocean, From the funnel of their cone. When the dry, drawn spider's forces Put its legion pulsate courses Thus successfully to rout, Well, indeed, may silence marvel How it is this crimson travel Of the venous tide goes out. I BLADES O' BLUEGRASS. We have no such tragic actors As the adept tissue-factors- Since they never rant or rave- And there's not a thing in nature Wearing such a perfect feature Of the unrelenting grave. True they art this tableau merely, But they mimic death so nearly, Being rigid the-re and still, That the blinded Insect rushes DowSu the silence of their meshes To escape some lesser ill. So, these consorts sat in quiet, Watching ever for the diet To their finished talent due, Waiting patiently and stilly For the winged things and silly That were intermitting through. By-and-by, upon her vision Came a light of clear decision, And the sober matron spoke (She had something like that human, Active impulse of a woman In her tongue-the common joke): Having trained our girl and taught her, As a spider should her daughter, All the proper things in life, It is time she had our blessing- Though the thought is sore distressing- As some decent person's wife. I am sure the maid is able Now to run her line of cable, Unassisted, from the spool; And as weaver and as spinner, That there's more than common in her, I believe, upon my soul! 2 DRAWING IT FINE. "Only yesterday I saw her, For our neighbor, Mistress Drawer, Darning places in her net; Busy there in giving issue To the finest solar tissue I have ever noticed yet. "She is skilled in all the graces Of the most exquisite laces- Quite invisible to me- And I think such work would kill me, With my eyes so very filmy I could never, never see. "There 's a wanton mass of bushes Just above our line of rushes, Where to spread the maiden's net; So, good man, though sad to miss her, Let us bless the child and kiss her, Whilst our lives are steady yet." And the grim old spider listened, Till upon his optics glistened Something not unlike a tear, And with quite a man's agreeing To a woman's way of seeing Answered: "As you think, my dear." Then the mother called her daughter From a-sporting on the water In a little bay below, And the lady-like young spider Came and settled down beside her, To the sorrow of her beau; For she ceased at once her skating, Left the gallant there awaiting, Made a courtesy and flew- Just as every little woman, When she hears her mother summon, Ought undoubtedly to do. 3 BLADES O' BLUEGRASS. It was charming in the tunnel Of their silver-sided funnel Thus the family to see; Sitting close to one another Were the father and the mother And the daughter-happy three! There their plans were all unfolded, And the maiden's future molded In the fancy of the dame; In the matted brier trellis She should have her silver palace And be given up to Fame. But alas! like every other Living thing-that has a mother- How these fancies went astray! All the goodly things we nurture For the overburdened future Pass too fleetingly away. So it was, this callow weaver, When her mamma let her leave her, Went a little bit too fast; Though she made a fair beginning With her cunning kind o' spinning, It was not a kind to last. She was full of life, and agile, But her shining threads were fragile And defective in their length; For she made her woofing wider Than her warping justified her, And her fabric wanted strength. We have seen a thousand ladies On a rapid way to Hades By this Xvery common force, And, exactly like the spinner, They persist in drawing finer, When they ought to draw it coarse.. 4 DRA WING IT FfNE. 'T is peculiar to the human- Where the debutant's a woman- To exceed the parent marge; She rejects the frugal spirit She should properly inherit, And essays to "go it large." And the rule is just as certain, When it's time to lift the curtain On the drama of her days, She has found her light ambition At the margin of perdition Through the saddest sort o' ways. Now, the highest aim that filled her- And the very thing that killed her- Was her foolish love for show; For our pulsing spider lady Couldn't keep her palace shady In the brier-patch below. But she made her nicest hitches On some pendulating switches, That her glory might be seen; And she loitered with her lover All its silver terrace over With the leisure of a queen. And, as might have been expected, She was readily detected By a bandit living near, For the wily robber sparrow, Coming downward like an arrow, Made a quiet meal of her. And the prim, maternal spider, With the grim, brown spouse beside her, Sits a silent mummy yet, And the breaking of each morrow Brings her such a meed of sorrow As she never can forget. 5 BLADES O' BLUEGRASS. She is full of sad upheavals, From the crater of her evils, For the wrong she did her child, When she taught her only graces In the art of making laces, By a vanity beguiled. So the two unhappy tenants Of the cone are doing penance, And their bosoms both are wrung; He has chronic gout to bother, And this wicked, wicked mother Has paralysis of tongue. HENRY T. STANTON. STOP THE CLOCK. LET this red flower here on the cliffs stay red; Let that glad bird sing always in the tree; Let baby keep this pretty yellow head And these two dimples,-do you say to me Let these same clouds make this same sky all gold Let these same strawberries last (You '11 tell me how) Let's take the world up in our arms and hold It where it is, and make forever now Let's sit here always in this wind and sun, And hear the water dripping from the rock Come, then, and tell me how it can be done. What, ho, within there! some one stop the clock! SARAH M. B. PIATT. 6 OWL IN CHURCH. OWL IN CHURCH. In the autumn of i874 a small gray owl was observed sitting in -a niche above the organ of the Episcopal Church, greatly to the amuse- nment of the congregation. FRONTING us all, In a niche of the wall, As if proud of his lofty station, Like a monk in a cowl Sat a little gray owl Looking down on the congregation. Hymns and chants as they rose Failed to stir his repose, A grave mien to the holy place suiting. Merely looking surprise With his solemn, round eyes, He heard them all through without hooting. His feathers he shook, And a questioning look On this wise he cast at the people, "You are high-church, 't is true, But I 'm higher than you, For my screeching I do in the steeple. "If by dropping in here Once a week ye appear Thus cleansed from all outward pollution, How clean I must be, Living always, ye see, In the top of this pure institution!" He glanced through the pews, As if trying to choose A few from the many, anointed, With charity-freed From ritual creed () I thought that he looked disappointed. 7 BLADES O' BLUEGRASS. Quoth the wise little owl In his modest gray cowl, "What grand dressing! " and then, slyly winking, "It would be orthodox To put more in the box And less in the pews, I am thinking." Judging men from aloft, As the righteous do oft, And women-Oh, owl, have compassion! For the sees of our church Would be left in the lurch If its aisles were forsaken by fashion. Of our creed justly proud, We respond very loud, By holy zeal greatly excited, And yet look innocent, As if " us sinners " meant Not ourselves, but some race more benighted. Let paid choirs screech, Let the dear clergy preach, Do n't hoot at them up in the steeple; It 's too high a perch "To tell tales out of church," And might frighten away outside people. Beware how you chat To the hawk and the bat; Church gossip, returned with due culture, Brings so much to boot You won't know your own hoot, And may find yourself changed to a vulture. It is not orthodox To peep into our box And take notes underneath your gray cowl Of who gives and who don't, And we hope that you won't, Or we'll call you a meddlesome owl. ROSA VURTNER JEFE REV. 8 MAMMOTH CA VE. MAMMOTH CAVE. ALL day, as day is reckoned on the earth, I 've wandered in these dim and awful aisles, Shut from the blue and breezy dome of heaven, While thoughts, wild, drear, and shadowy, have swept Across my awe-struck soul, like specters o'er The wizard's magic glass, or thunder-clouds O'er the blue waters deep. And now I'll sit me down upon that broken rock To muse upon the strange and solemn things Of this mysterious realm. All day my steps Have been amid the beautiful, the wild, The gloomy, the terrific. Crystal founts, Almost invisible in their serene And pure transparency; high pillared domes, With stars and flowers all fretted like the halls Of Oriental monarchs; of rivers dark And drear and voiceless as Oblivion's stream, That flows through Death's dim vale of silence; gulfs All fathomless, down which the loosened rock Plunges until its far-off echoes come Fainter and fainter like the dying roll Of thunders in the distance; Stygian pools Whose agitated waves give back a sound Hollow and dismal, like the sullen roar In the volcano's depths;-these, these have left Their spell upon me, and their memories Have passed into my spirit, and are now Blent with my being till they seem a part Of my own immortality. God's hand, At the creation, hollowed out this vast Domain of darkness, where no herb or flower E'er sprang amid the sands, nor dews, nor rains, Nor blessed sunbeams fell with refreshing power, Nor gentle breeze its Eden message told 9 BLADES O' BLUEGRASS. Amid the awful gloom. Six thousand years Swept o'er the earth ere human footprints marked This subterranean desert. Centuries Like shadows came and passed, and not a sound Was in this realm, save when at intervals, In the long lapse of ages, some huge mass Of overhanging rock came thundering down, Its echoes sounding through these corridors A moment, and then dying in a hush Of silence, such as brooded o'er the earth When earth was chaos. The great mastodon, The dreaded monster of the elder world, Passed o'er this mighty cavern, and his tread Bent the old forest oaks like fragile reeds And made earth tremble. Armies in their pride Perchance have met above it in the shock Of war, with shout and groan and clarion blast, And the hoarse echoes of the thunder-gun; The storm, the whirlwind, and the hurricane Have roared above it, and the bursting cloud Sent down its red and crashing thunder-bolt; Earthquakes have trampled o'er it in their wrath, Ranking earth's surface as the storm-wind rocks The old Atlantic;-yet no sound of these E'er came down to the everlasting depths Of these dark solitudes. How oft we gaze With awe or admiration on the new And unfamiliar, but pass coldly by The lovelier and the mightier! Wonderful Is this lone world of darkness and of gloom, But far more wonderful yon outer world Lit by the glorious sun. These arches swell Sublime in lone and dim magnificence, But how sublimer, God's blue canopy, Beleagured with his burning cherubim Keeping their watch eternal! Beautiful Are all the thousand snow-white gems that lie In these mysterious chambers, gleaming out I (: THE RIVER IN THE MAMMOTH CAVE. Amid the melancholy gloom and wild, These rocky hills and cliffs and gulfs, but far More beautiful and wild the things that greet The wanderer in our world of light; the stars Floating on high like islands of the blest; The autumn sunsets glowing like the gate Of far-off Paradise; the gorgeous clouds On which the glories of the earth and sky Meet and commingle; earth's unnumbered flowers All turning up their gentle eyes to heaven; The birds with bright wings glancing in the sun, Filling the air with rainbow miniatures; The green old forests surging in the gale; The everlasting mountains, on whose peaks The setting sun burns like an altar-flame; And ocean, like a pure heart rendering back Heaven's perfect image, or in his wild wrath Heaving and tossing like the stormy breast Of a chained giant in his agony. GEORGE D. PRENTICE. 0, SOMBER stream, Whence comest thou, and whither goest Far Above, upon the surface of old Earth, A hundred rivers o'er thee pass and sweep, In music and in sunshine, to the sea; Thou art not born of them. Whence comest thou, And whither goest None of earth can know. No mortal e'er has gazed upon thy source- No mortal seen where thy dark waters blend With the abyss of Ocean. None may guess The mysteries of thy course. Perchance thou hast A hundred mighty cataracts thundering down Toward Earth's eternal center; but their sound Is not for ear of man. All we can know Is that thy tide rolls out, a specter stream, From yon stupendous, frowning wall of rock, I I BLADES O' BLUEGRASS. And, moving on a little way, sinks down Beneath another mass of rock as dark And frowning, even as life-our little life- Born of one fathomless eternity, Steals on a moment and then disappears In an eternity as fathomless. GEORGZ D. PRIUNTiCH "The River in the Mammoth Cave." 'TWAS night, and all the burning stars were set Like flaming gems in Nature's coronet- There was a wild wail in the wind's low sigh Like the last tone of human agony. Odors from myriad flowers were borne along, And wild and sweet arose the night bird's song. 'T was midnight, when the awestruck spirit feels That nature her most awful power reveals. "ILeoline." LizzIE WILsorr. REPRODUCTION. Two on a sunset gazed in rapturous hush, One was a poet, one a child of art; A canvas glowed beneath a master's brush, A song divine gushed from the poet's heart. HENRV CLEVELAND WOO D. I 2 A DOUBT. A DOUBT. IT is subtle, and weary, and wide; It measures the world at my side; It touches the stars and the sun; It creeps with the dew to my feet; It broods on the blossoms, and none, Because of its brooding, are sweet; It slides as a snake in the grass, Whenever, wherever I pass. It is blown to the South with the bird; At the North, through the snow, it is heard; With the moon from the chasms of night It rises, forlorn and afraid; If I turn to the left or the right I can not forget or evade; When it shakes at my sleep as a dream, If I shudder, it stifles my scream. It smiles from the cradle; it lies On the dust of the grave, and it cries In the winds and the waters; it slips In the flush of the leaf to the ground; It troubles the kiss at my lips; It lends to my laughter a sound; It makes of the picture but paint; It unhallows the brain of the saint. The ermine and crown of the king, The sword of the soldier, the ring Of the bride, and the robe of the priest, The gods in their prisons of stone, The angels that sang in the East- Yea, the Cross of my Lord, it has known; And wings there are none that can fly From its shadow with me, till I die. SARAH M. B. PIATrT. 13 BLADES O' BLUEGRASS. THE RAINBOW. I SOMETImuS have thoughts, in my loneliest hours, That lie on my heart like the dew on the flowers, Of a ramble I took one bright afternoon, When my heart was as light as a blossom in June; The green earth was moist with the late fallen showers, The breeze fluttered down and blew open the flowers, While a single white cloud to its haven of rest, On the white wing of peace, floated off in the west. As I threw back my tresses to catch the cool breeze, That scattered the raindrops and dimpled the seas, Far up the blue sky a fair rainbow unrolled Its soft tinted pinions of purple and gold. 'Twas born in a moment, yet, quick as its birth, It had stretched to the uttermost ends of the earth, And, fair as an angel, it floated as free, With a wing on the earth and a wing on the sea. How calm was the ocean! how gentle its swell! Like a woman's soft bosom it rose and it fell; While its light sparkling waves, stealing laughingly o'er, When they saw the fair rainbow, knelt down on the shore. No sweet hymn ascended, no murmur of prayer, Yet I felt that the spirit of worship was there, And bent my young head, in devotion and love, 'Neath the form of an angel that floated above. How wide was the sweep of its beautiful wings! How boundless its circle! how radiant its rings! If I looked on the sky, it was suspended in air; If I looked on the ocean, the rainbow was there; Thus forming a girAle, as brilliant and whole As the thoughts of the rainbow that circled my scul. Like the wing of the Deity, calmly unfurled, It bent from the cloud and encircled the world. 14 THE B UTTERFL I'' There are moments, I think, when the spirit receives Whole volumes of thought on its unwritten leaves, When the folds of the heart in a moment unclose Like the innermost leaves from the heart of a rose. And thus, when the rainbow had passed from the sky, The thoughts it awoke were too deep to pass by; It left my full soul, like the wing of a dove, All fluttering with pleasure and fluttering with love. I know that each moment of rapture or pain But shortens the links in life's mystical chain; I know that my form, like the bow from the wave, Must pass from the earth and lie cold in the grave; Yet 0! when death's shadows my bosom encloud, When I shrink at the thought of the coffin and shroud, May Hope, like the rainbow, my spirit enfold In her beautiful pinions of purple and gold. AMEI,[A B. WELBv. THE BUTTERFLY. SAILING so airily over the clover, Bending so lovingly over the rose, Who would envy thee, beautiful rover What dost thou know of our life and its woes Thou hast forgotten thy former existence- Wingless and sad 'mid thy mates of the clod- So shall our earthly life fade in the distance, When we arise in the likeness of God! LAURA S. HAGNER. T5 BLADES O' BLUEGRASS. TO HERSA. MAIDEN, there is something more Than raiment to adore: Thou must have more than a dress, More than any mode or mould, More than mortal loveliness, To captivate the cold. Bow the knightly when they bow, To a star behind the brow: Not to marble, not to dust; But to that which warms them: Not to contour nor to bust; But to that which forms them: Noot to languid lid nor lash, Satin fold nor purple sash; But unto the living flash So mysteriously hid Under lash and under lid. But-vanity of vanities- If the red rose in a young cheek lies, Fatal disguise! For the most terrible lances Of the true, true Knight, Are his bold eyebeams; And every time that he opens his eyes The falsehood that he looks on dies. If the heavenly light be latent, It can need no earthly patent. Unbeholden unto art, Fashion or lore, Scrip or store, Earth or ore Be thy heart, Which was music from the start, Music, music to the core. Music, which, though voiceless, WILLIAM f This page in the original text is blank. TO HERSA' Can create Both form and fate, As Petrarch could a sonnet. That, taking flesh upon it, Spirit noiseless, Doth the same inform and fill With a Music sweeter still,- Lives, and breathes, and palpitates, Moves, and moulds, and animates, And sleeps not from its duty Till the maid in whom 't is pent, From a mortal rudiment, From the earth-cell And the love-cell By the birth-spell, And the love-spell, Come to beauty. Beauty is music mute, Music's flower and fruit, Music's lute: Music's lute be thou, Maiden of the starry brow, (Keep thy heart true to know how!) A Lute which he alone, As all in good time shall be shown, Shall prove and thereby make his own, Who is god enough to play upon it. Happy, happy maid is she Who is wedded unto Truth! Thou shalt know him, when he comes, (Welcome youth!) Not by any din of drums, Nor the vantage of his airs; Neither by his crown, Nor his gown, Nor by any thing he wears. He shall only well known be By the holy Harmony That his coming makes in thee! FORCEYTHE WILSON. I17 2 BLADES O' BLUEGRASS. THE DEVIL'S HOLLOW. ON Devil's Hill the Day-king still His amber robe is trailing; Floats up to sight the Queen of night, Her white, sweet face unveiling. In silver cars the courtier stars With leal allegiance follow, As kling-go-ling, the cow-bells ring, Adown the Devil's hollow. How smooth and hard the boulevard This Autumn eve for walking; Beneath the cliffs, in misty skiffs, I hear the fishers talking; Above the bridge 'round Devil's Ridge Still flits the tardy swallow, And kling-go-ling, the cow-bells ring Adown the Devil's Hollow. O perfect scene! The still ravine, The bridge, the elm, the river; For love and rhyme the twilight time Should linger here forever. No meeter field was e'er revealed For Daphne and Apollo, As kling-go-ling, the cow-bells ring Adown the Devil's Hollow. Though nights to be come fair to me, Beyond my fancies' bringing, Where light shall steer some gondolier With maids to gitterns singing, From distance long shall float the song Above their tra-la-la-la, The klang-go-lang the cow-bells rang Adown the Devil's Hollow. HENRY T. STANITON. "A picturesque ravine near Frankfort, Ky. i8 GRECI/AN POETRY VS. MODERN SCIENCE. GRECIAN POETRY VERSUS MODERN SCIENCE. The startling information is given by a modern chemist of the possibility of preparing alcohol from quartz and flints.- Harper's Scientific Record (old number). TH1CRI dwelt a youth in ancient Thrace, Where voice and lyre entrancing Bewitched with song the human race, And set creation dancing. The gods and goddesses above Heard him in silent wonder; Juno forgot to lecture Jove, And Jove forgot to thunder; The sea-snakes heard and wagged their tails, The porpoise burst with pleasure; The fishes weighed it on their scales, And found a perfect measure; The mermaids gathered round in flocks, And strewed his path with corals; The sirens heard, and from the rocks Cast down their watery laurels; The trees picked up their trunks and swayed About in measures mazy; The rocks rolled 'round and danced and played In waltzes wild and crazy. There comes a thrill down listening years Throughout creation ringing, Perchance the "music of the spheres" Still echoes his sweet singing. Now, Orpheus loved a maid who died The day they were united; He wished below to seek his bride, And Pluto's realm delighted By striking soft his "golden shell." I never have forgiven This seeking for his love in hell Before he searched through heaven. I9 BLADES 0' BLUEGRASS. 'Twas like a man to go there first, And scarcely worth remarking- But Tantalus forgot his thirst And Cerberus ceased barking. Things without motion swayed about While Ixion's wheel stopped turning; And fire was stirred, but not put out, And Orpheus left it burning. The vulture even forgot to prey While listening to that lyre: Some creatures of the present day Might show a like desire. But truth must triumph. Lo! a glance Our modern science merits, She says no wonder rocks can dance When they 're possessed by spirits. A savant gives mysterious hints That modern quartz are leaking, And that the fiery hearts of flints With vinous streams are reeking. Let modern humbug still increase: I fling with fierce defiance The gauntlet of Poetic Greece At prosy modern science. I swear the strains of Orpheus' lyre Did cause the stones to frolic, And left them all with hearts of fire And nature's alcoholic! O shade of Bacchus! see with scorn Thy purple glories flicker, When mortals, drunk on rye and corn, Press rocks for stronger liquor. ROSA VERTNUR JZFFREW. 20 THE CLOSING YEAR. THE CLOSING YEAR. 'T is midnight's holy hour-and silence now Is brooding, like a gentle spirit, o'er The still and pulseless world. Hark! on the winds The bell's deep tones are swelling. 'Tis the knell Of the departed Year. No funeral train Is sweeping past; yet on the stream and wood, With melancholy light, the moonbeams rest, Like a pale, spotless shroud; the air is stirred As by a mourner's sigh; and on yon cloud, That floats so still and placidly through heaven, The spirits of the seasons seem to stand- Young Spring, bright Summer, Autumn's solemn form, And Winter with his aged locks-and breathe In mournful cadences, that come abroad Like the far wind-harp's wild and touching wail, A melancholy dirge o'er the dead Year, Gone from the earth forever. 'T is a time For memory and for tears. Within the deep, Still chambers of the heart, a specter dim, Whose tones are like the wizard voice of Time Heard from the tomb of ages, points its cold And solemn finger to the beautiful And holy visions that have passed away And left no shadow of their loveliness On the dead waste of life. That specter lifts The coffin-lid of hope, and joy, and love, And, bending mournfully above the pale Sweet forms that slumber there, scatters dead flowers O'er what has passed to nothingness. The Year Has gone, and with it many a glorious throng Of happy dreams. Its mark is on each brow, Its shadow in each heart. In its swift course It waved its scepter o'er the beautiful, 2 I BLADES O' BLUEGRASS. And they are not. It laid its pallid hand Upon the strong man, and the haughty form Is fallen, and the flashing eye is dim. It trod the hall of revelry, where thronged The bright and joyous, and the tearful wail Of stricken ones is heard, where erst the song And reckless shout resounded. It passed o'er The battle-plain, where sword and spear and shield Flashed in the light of midday-and the strength Of serried hosts is shivered, and the grass, Green from the soil of carnage, waves above The crushed and mouldering skeleton. It came, And fadeth like a wreath of mist at eve; Yet, ere it melted in the viewless air, It heralded its millions to their home In the dim land of dreams. Remorseless Time! Fierce spirit of the glass and scythe !-what power Can stay him in his silent course, or melt His iron heart to pity On, still on He presses, and forever. The proud bird, The condor of the Andes, that can soar Through heaven's unfathomable depths, or brave The fury of the northern hurricane And bathe his plumage in the thunder's home, Furls his broad wings at nightfall, and sinks down To rest upon his mountain-crag.-But Time Knows not the weight of sleep or weariness, And night's deep darkness has no chain to bind His rushing pinion. Revolutions sweep O'er earth, like troubled visions o'er the breast Of dreaming sorrow; cities rise and sink, Like bubbles on the water; fiery isles Spring, blazing, from the ocean, and go back To their mysterious caverns; mountains rear To heaven their bald and blackened cliffs, and bow Their tall heads to the plain; new empires rise, Gathering the strength of hoary centuries, And rush down like the Alpine avalanche, 22 INVOCATION TO THE COLISEUM AT ROME. Startling the nations; and the very stars, Von bright and burning blazonry of God, Glitter awhile in their eternal depths, And, like the Pleiad, loveliest of their train, Shoot from their glorious spheres, and pass away To darkle in the trackless void: yet Time, Time the tomb-builder, holds his fierce career, Dark, stern, all-pitiless, and pauses not Amid the mighty wrecks that strew his path, To sit and muse, like other conquerors, Upon the fearful ruin he has wrought. GEORGE D. PRENTICE. INVOCATION TO THE COLISEUM AT ROME. A THOUSAND years ago, and thou Wert then a thousand old; The mightiest wreck of splendor now Time lingers to behold, And, like thy victims, torn and pale, And falling thou wouldst tell thy tale. Thy subject realms from zone to zone, Their trophies sent each sea, The suppliant from the shrine, the throne, Their tributes borne to thee, While Parian throngs in forms divine And gods were ministers of thine. And Time hath writ upon thy brow Pride and ambition's fall; Wealth, pageant, glory, empire, thou Hast reared and buried all; In stern decay, sublime and lone, Art now a moralist in stone. JOEL T. HART. 23 BLADES O 'BLUEGRASS. THE SERMON OF A STATUE. (IN WSESTMINSTER ABBEY.) SUDDENLY, in the melancholy place With sculptured king and priest and knight assembled, The music called us. Then, with kindly grace, On a gold head was laid a hand that trembled: "You little stranger, come," the verger cried, "And hear the sermon." " No," the child replied. A moment standing on his new-world will, There in the corner of the poets, holding His cap with pretty reverence, as still As any of that company, he said, folding His arms: "But let that canon wait." And then: "I want to stay here with these marble men. "If they could preach, I 'd listen! " Ah, they can, Another thought. It pleased the boy to linger In the pale presence of the peerless man Who pointed to his text with moveless finger. Laughing with blue-eyed wonder, he said: " Look, This one (but do you know him) has a book!" . I know him. Ay, and all the world knows hint- Among the many poets the only one! On that high head the stained gloom was dim; In those fixed eyes the look of gods was lonely. Kings at his feet, to whom his hands gave fame, Lay, dust and ashes, shining through his name. I heard him. With the still voice of the dead From that stone page, right careless of derision, Sad jesters of a faithless age! he read How the great globe would vanish like a vision, With all that it inhabit. . . . And hath he Then writ but one word, and that-Vanity S. M. B. PLATT. 24 DOUBLE LIFE. DOUBLE LIFE. OVECR pools of purest water, Lying silent, there will come, Soon, or late, the green enamel Of a quickened herbage-scum, Taking color from the vesture That the margin grasses wear, Till it hides the lambent sparkle Of the liquid crystal there. So the poet-nature shadows All its glory with a cloud, That the soul-light may not dazzle In the ordinary crowd; So they hide their real beings, So they live and act a part, Making nature but an adjunct To the perfectness of art. Oh! I hate this outward seeming, This unreal, double life, Where the face is full of quiet, While the heart is full of strife; For our latent inner-currents Would to other currents run, Though the waters of the spirit May be hidden from the sun. We may live upon the surface, We may wear the mantle green, And among the outer beings Be as outer beings seen; But the spheres of souls magnetic Are beyond the common thrall, And the true life of the poet Pulseth under, after all. HIENRY T. STANTON. 25 BLADES O' BLUEGRASS. THE DREAM OF LIFE. 'TWAS but a bubble yet 'twas bright, And gaily danced along the stream Of life's wild torrents in its light Of sunbeams sparkling, like a dream Of heaven's own bliss for loveliness- For fleetness like a passing thought; And ever of such dreams as thee The tissue of my line is wrought. For I have dreamed of pleasures when The sun of young existence smiled Upon my wayward path, and then Her promised sweets my heart beguiled; But when I came those sweets to sip They turned to gall upon my lip. And I have dreamed of friendship, too; For friendship's thought was made To be man's solace in the shade And glad him in the light, and so I fondly thought to find a friend Whose mind with mine would sweetly blend, And as two placid streams unite, And roll their waters in one bright And tranquil current to the sea, So might our happy spirits be Borne onward to eternity. But he betrayed me, and with pain I woke to sleep and dream again. And then I dreamed of love, and all The clustered visions of the past Seemed airy nothings to that last Bright dream. It threw a magical Enchantment o'er existence-cast A glory on my path so bright I seemed to feel and breathe its light; But now that blissful dream is o'er, And I have waked to dream no more. 26 LAST NIGHT. Beyond the farthest glimmering star That twinkles in the arch above, There is a world of truth and love Which earth's vile passions never mar. 0, could I snatch the eagle's plumes And soar to that bright world above, Which God's own holy light illumes With glories of eternal day! How gladly every lingering tie That binds me down to earth I 'd sever, And leave for that blest home on high This hollow-hearted world forever. GEORGE D. PRENTICE. LAST NIGHT. WHAT was it then The trick of some wild thought, Unguarded, swift, like sudden lightning's flight, Whose ruthless blade doth stab the slumb'rous night And rouse to fierce awaking, passion-fraught, The silent earth What strange delirium brought Us two, soul-starved-beyond the years of blight, Beyond the weary conflict for the right, And all the hard-earned lesson duty taught- To look once more into each other's eyes, As they who love, yet dare not love too well, To feel again the old, glad, sweet surprise, And maddening pain the heart half feared to tell Did I, or you, dear, lose the long control That left us thus, one moment, soul to soul NExiLE T. KINKEAD. 27 BLADES O' BLUEGRASS. A SUMMER IDYL. PICrURES of sunset, yester eve, The still lake underlying, So charmed us we forgot to grieve For the sweet summer dying. o sunny noons! 0 warm suns set Where crystal waters quiver! Days without shadow, save regret That they are gone forever! O lambent skies, so pure and bright, While realms beyond draw nearer; Our rapt souls wonder, steeped in light, If Heaven itself is fairer! O long sweet drives through leafy ways Of forests dim and olden, Where softly steal the subtle rays, Turning their green shades golden! Through dewy lanes, where summer came To blazon her sweet story In cardinal tufts of scarlet flame, And mark a path of glory; Down long, bright miles of golden-rod, Born of the Day-god's shadow, From sunbeams sown along the sod, A nimbus round the meadow; Where flash pale marguerites, starry-eyed, Beside their sister daisies, With violet colors, streaked and pied, Clust'red in purple mazes; Down where the sweet wild roses thrill Faint fragrance to the rushes, And regal lilies, paler still, In contrast with their blushes; Unmarked, the hours, like golden darts, Through summer vistas flying, Till green leaves turn their bleeding hearts To tell us they are dying. 28 A SUMMER IDYL. The summer smites through sunny clouds Her treasures green and tender, To fit them for their crimson shrouds And autumn's funeral splendor. o matchless eves! your glories sweep So low where twilight closes Her purple gates, yon crystal deep Looks heaped with cloud-land roses. And, while I gaze, night's Rembrandt shade Falls where the red is waving, Till sun-flushed views, dissolving, fade To moonlight's soft engraving. o summer friends of vanished days, So calm, so blest, so fleeting, When all have gone their separate ways, Where next will be our meeting Perchance before another year Shall bring us summer's blessing, In chains of friendship woven here Some dear link may be missing. Fresh childhood, youth, maturer age, Swept off by Death's dark tidal, Might leave, alas! one clouded page In this, our summer idyl. Old Time will bind with icy chain The blue lake's dulcet murmur, And cold storms chant a wild refrain Where sang the sweet-voiced summer. But memory sails through sparkling waves, And drifts on waters glowing, With sunset fires our path she paves Out to the westward rowing. O dreamy scenes of joy and love, My soul in beauty steeping, Your pictures live as treasure trove In Memory's holy keeping. The songs we sang still steal to me From out a mystic gloaming; Ferns wave their plumes, wild-flowers I see Through tender vistas blooming. 29 BLADES O' BLUEGRASS. Friends of one fleeting summer-time, 'Mid falling leaves we sever; But in my heart, as in this rhyme, I hold you fast forever. ROSA VERTNER JEPRICY. TO SILENCE. FALL on my senses Soft as the drop of drifting snow, And soothe my restlessness, sweet Silence. Here in this glade, just still From vanished song-bird's varying air, Thy presence doth fulfill His melody--though sweet to hear, Far sweeter in the memory. The very stream rests in her run, Or, if she resteth not, thy full embrace Keeps her to dance so lightly on As not to stir the daisies in her dress, The lilies on her bosom. Here would I lie o' lazy hours, Where noiseless nooks make thy retreat, Where butterflies tiptoe upon the flowers And naught disturbs thee save the sweet, Sad treble of the trees. Fall on my senses Soft as the drop of drifting snow; Enfold me in thy peace, sweet Silence. J. L. PATTI;RSON 30 COQUETTE. COQUETTE. 'MID hot-house blooms and rarest plants, She stood apart a moment's space, A dainty maiden, clad in white, And waved her fan with careless grace. (The merry dancers passed her by To strains of sweetest minstrelsy.) For once you deign to speak to me. At last," he said, "I find you here. Ah, well! perhaps you can forget, But I-I have so loved you, dear." One moment in his manly clasp He held her little, shapely hand, One moment felt with sudden thrall The mystic spell of Circe's wand. And then he spoke with bitter jest Of woman's faith and woman's love, And strove, with cool indifference, Her utter heartlessness to prove. (The dancers passed with rhythmic tread; A softened light shone overhead.) But when the time for parting came, With broken voice, " I make you free. O love," he said, "just for this once, Why need you turn away from me" The small brown head was lower bent, A softened light shone overhead, An upward glance was swiftly lent, "Because I love you, John," she said. (The dancers passed unheeded by The strains of sweetest minstrelsy.) NimLLIn TALBOT K[NKEAD. 31 BLADES O' BLUEGRASS. JAPANESE WALL -PAPER. WAIFS from carvings arabesque, Framed in arcs and squares grotesque; Esthetes call this droll burlesque, Quaint, novel, dainty, picturesque. Roses red with hearts ecru, Ragged robins, gold in hue, Hyacinths, I never knew Earth to give birth to such as you. Lilies dark that love the light; Pansies in a sad, sad plight; Poppies, with their breath of night, Keep guard o'er sleep in gilding bright. Daisies sporting mammoth crowns; Feathery ferns in russet gowns, Flora can't suppress her frowns At seeing that you dress in browns. Bells of blue in whorls of red, Freaks of art, Dame Nature's dread; Fancy born and fancy bred, You never grew in garden bed. Grasses tall, but not of green, Glints of garnet here are seen; Also grays of softer sheen, Lines meant for vines run just between. Flowers found on chamber wall, Placed in vases far too small; Printed paper, else you 'd fall; Bee, bird, and lea disclaim you all. NxLLv LA RuE BROWN. 32 L ROSA VERTNER JEFFREY. Ii 11 I I I I WrIN" i ii Ii F I S 00:M : ::, ;f000:: d:SV This page in the original text is blank. THE MONE YLESS MAN. THE MONEYLESS MAN. Is there no secret place on the face of the earth, Where charity dwelleth, where virtue has birth Whose bosoms in mercy and kindness will heave When the poor and the wretched shall ask and receive Is there no place at all where a knock from the poor Will bring a kind angel to open the door Ah, search the wide world wherever you can, There is no open door for a Monevless Man! Go, look in yon hall where the chandelier's light Drives off with its splendor the darkness of night, Where the rich-hanging velvet in shadowy fold Sweeps gracefully down with its trimmings of gold, And the mirrors of silver take up, and renew, In long, lighted vistas, the 'wildering view: Go there! at the banquet, and find if you can, A welcoming smile for a Moneyless Man! Go, look in yon church of the cloud-reaching spire, Which gives to the sun his same look of red fire, Where the arches and columns are gorgeous within, And the walls seem as pure as a soul without sin; Walk down the long aisles, see the rich and the great In the pomp and the pride of their worldly estate; Walk down in your patches and find, if you can, Who opens a pew to a Moneyless Man! Go, look in the Banks, where Mammon has told His hundreds and thousands of silver and gold; Where, safe from the hands of the starving and poor, Lie piles upon piles of the glittering ore! Walk up to their counters-ah, there you may stay Till your limbs grow old, till your hairs grow gray, And you '11 find at the Banks not one of the clan With money to lend to a Moneyless Man! 33 BLADES O' BLUAWRASS. Go, look to yon Judge, in his dark-flowing gown, With the scales wherein law weigheth equity down; Where he frowns on the weak and smiles on the strong, And punishes right while he justifies wrong; Where juries their lips to the Bible have laid, To render a verdict-they've already made: Go there, in the court-room, and find, if you can, Any law for the cause of a Moneyless Man! Then go to your hovel-no raven has fed The wife who has suffered too long for her bread; Kneel down by her pallet, and kiss the death-frost From the lips of the angel your poverty lost: Then Lurn in your agony upward to God, And bless, while it smites you, the chastening rod, And you'll find, at the end of your life's little span, There's a welcome above for a Moneyless Man! HENRY T. STANTON1. IN DAYS TO COME. IN days to come, What thoughts may live, what dreams may rise, To move thy heart, to melt thine eyes It may be he thou scornest to-day Will hold in undisputed sway Thy soul, thy life- In days to come. In days to come It may be that thy breast of snow Love's unrequited pang shall know; Alone within thy heart may be A sigh for him who plead with thee And craved thy love- In days to come. HENRV CHURCHILL MURRAN. 3 11 A NAME IN THE SAND. A NAME IN THE SAND. ALONE I walked the ocean strand, A pearly shell was in my hand, I stooped and wrote upon the sand My name, the year and day. As onward from the spot I passed, One lingering look behind I cast, A wave came rolling high and fast, And washed my lines away. And so, methought, 'twill quickly be With every mark on earth of me; A wave of dark oblivion's sea Will sweep across the place Where I have trod the sandy shore Of time, and been to me no more Of me, my day, the name I bore, To leave no track or trace. And yet, with Him who counts the sands, And holds the waters in his hands, I know a lasting record stands Inscribed against my name, Of all this mortal part has wrought, Of all this waking soul has thought, And from these fleeting moments caught, For glory or for shame. GEORGE D. PRENTICE. DUTY. NEVER did artist execute work That looked in his own eyes perfected; Never a day drew to its close But it saw some duty neglected. EuGENE ASMETON. 35 BLADES O' BLUEGRASS. "SWEET GIRL GRADUATE." DRINKING sunshine, dew receiving, Gathering fruits of Life's good-giving; Trophy-laden, laurel-crowned, Into larger life out-bound- "Sweet girl graduate!" Life that wakes, and lifts, perfecting; Life, the light received, reflecting; Broadening, deepening into giving, Reaching out to real living- "Sweet girl graduate!" Turn again your gleaming face, Scan the scene with loving gaze; Know your feet will never more Touch on youthland's care-free shore- "Sweet girl graduate!" AIxcE H. CARR. BEAUTIFUL HAIR. THERE is no glimmer Nor shimmer, Nor golden gleams, Like molten streams Of sunlight, To dazzle the sight In the beautiful hair, Not golden nor fair, That I prize. I leave caresses For tresses, Floating so light, Darker than night, To others, 36 BEAUTIFUL HAIR. Who have no mothers With silvery hair, Turned thus with the care Of long years. But I will render And tender Love for the care That turned her hair So snow-white, From golden bright. Ah! beautiful hair, Not golden, nor fair, That I prize. I love to linger, And finger O'er the dear bands Of silvery strands; My treasures, That bring more pleasures Than would jewels rare. Oh, silvery hair, So precious! HENRY CLEVELAND WOOD. THE twilight hours, like birds, flew by As lightly and as free; Ten thousand stars were in the sky, Ten thousand on the sea; For every wave with dimpled face That leaped upon the air Had caught a star in its embrace And held it trembling there. AMELIA WELBY. "Mfusings." 37 BLADES O' BLUEGRASS. THE DEATH OF A SOUL. THE soul that sinneth "-the words came slow From the lips of a woman bending low O'er a couch where death was drawing nigh, The soul that sinneth, it shall die." With a dull, bitter feeling she looked away From the drawn, pinched face of the man who lay So silent there, with slow-drawn breath; She listened to hear the coming of death. His soul! Had it sinned Did the Bible mean That a soul could die f Then never again Ir. all the years of an infinite sphere Would she meet him, the love of her lifetime here She knew he had sinned, aye, well she knew That his life had been wicked. Her own had been, too. His life course was passing; his body was mortal. His soul Would it not meet her own at some portal Of heaven or hell She did not much care, If only he waited and watched for her there. And now he was dying! Did she have to stay In existence, when his soul was quite passed away Even so! Death had come with a touch light and quick As a candle will flicker and wrap round its wick, He was dead-soul and spirit. For who could deny The words of the Bible-"'it surely shall die." JEANNETTh SWING. 38 WHAT IS IT.3 WHAT IS IT 'T is in the running brooklet as it bubbles on its way; 'T is in the purple violet, that blooms with modest ray; 'T is in the quiet moonbeam, when it sleeps upon the wave; 'T is in the daisy pure and fair, which decks the lonely grave. 'T is in the golden sunset, and in silvery twilight, too; 'T is in the gorgeous sunrise, and in the sparkling dew That adorns the earliest, fairest flowers that open to our view. 'T is in th' awe - inspiring thunder as it sounds thro' earth and sky, Followed by the vivid lightning's blaze flashing from on high; 'T is in the music of the dense old woods, the rustling of the leaves, Around us a tender melancholy a hallowed influence weaves. There is language in all nature! Did we not ungrateful prove, Did we let her faithful teaching our hearts but rightly move, We'd learn from e'en the tiniest flower this sacred truth, "God is love." GERALDINZ. THE PAST! the silent Past! pale Memory kneels Beside her shadowy urn, and with a deep And voiceless sorrow weeps above the grave Of beautiful affections. Her lone harp Lies broki- at her feet, and, as the wind Goes o'er its mouldering chords, a dirge-like sound Rises upon the air, and all again Is an unbreathing silence. GEORGE D. PRIENTICE. "On Revisiting Brown University." 39 BLADES O' BLUEGRASS. THE BIVOUAC OF THE DEAD. THEF muffled drum's sad roll has beat The soldier's last tattoo; No more on life's parade shall meet That brave and fallen few. On Fame's eternal camping-ground Their silent tents are spread, But Glory guards, with solemn round, The bivouac of the dead. No rumor of the foe's advance Now swells upon the wind; No troubled thought at midnight haunts Of loved ones left behind; No vision of the morrow's strife The warrior's dream alarms; No braying horn nor screaming fife At dawn shall call to arms. Their shivered swords are red with rust, Their plumed heads are bowed; Their haughty banner, trailed in dust, Is now their martial shroud. And plenteous funeral tears have washed The red stains from each brow, And the proud forms, by battle gashed, Are free from anguish now. The neighing troop, the flashing blade, The bugle's stirring blast, The charge, the dreadful cannonade, The din and shout are past; Nor war's wild note, nor glory's peal, Shall thrill with fierce delight Those breasts that never more may feel The rapture of the fight. 40 THE BIVOUAC OF THE DEAD. Like the fierce northern hurricane That sweeps his great plateau, Flushed with the triumph yet to gain, Came down the serried foe. Who heard the thunder of the fray Break o'er the field beneath, Knew well the watchword of that day Was "Victory or death." Long has the doubtful conflict raged O'er all that stricken plain, For never fiercer fight had waged The vengeful blood of Spain; And still the storm of battle blew, Still swelled the gory tide; Not long our stout old chieftain knew Such odds his strength could bide. 'Twas in that hour his stern command Called to a martyr's grave The flower of his beloved land, The nation's flag to save. By rivers of their fathers' gore His first-born laurels grew, And well he deemed the sons would pour Their lives for glory too. Full many a norther's breath has swept O'er Angostura's plain- And long the pitying sky has wept Above the moldering slain. The raven's scream, or eagle's flight, Or shepherd's pensive lay, Alone awakes each sullen height That frowned o'er that dread fray. Sons of the Dark and Bloody Ground, Ye must not slumber there, Where stranger steps and tongues resound Along the heedless air. 4I BLADES O' BLUEGRASS. Your own proud land's heroic soil Shall be your fitter grave; She claims from War his richest spoil- The ashes of her brave. Thus 'neath their parent turf they rest, Far from the gory field, Borne to a Spartan mother's breast On many a bloody shield; The sunshine of their native sky Smiles sadly on them here, And kindred eyes and hearts watch by The heroes' sepulcher. Rest on, embalmed and sainted dead, Dear as the blood ye gave, No impious footstep here shall tread The herbage of your grave; Nor shall your glory be forgot While Fame her record keeps, Or Honor points the hallowed spot Where Valor proudly sleeps. Von marble minstrel's voiceless stone In deathless song shall tell, When many a vanquished age hath flown, The story how ye fell; Nor wreck, nor change, nor winter's blight, Nor Time's remorseless doom, Shall dim one ray of glory's light That gilds your deathless tomb. THEODORE O'HARA. 42 ROME. ROME. BESIDE the Tiber's sluggish stream Behold the seven giant hills Gleam dark above the murm'ring rills, Like mountains in some troubled dream! I see the sullen spider creep Through ruins of two thousand years; I feel the bitterness of tears That Kings and Consuls used to weep. I see the timid sunbeams steal Down through a time-worn ruined arch, Where slave and master used to march To martial trumpet's ringing peal. Again I look! and deep-blue skies Bend o'er the smiling, joyous earth; I hear the shout, the song, the mirth Of Plebeians and Triumvirs rise. I see the shade of many a sage, I hear the voice of Cicero, And Virgil's witch-notes soft and low, As in the distant Golden Age. I see the hues of black and green, I see a deeper, darker shade Than painter ever dared or made, Steal o'er the weird and haunted scene. I feel the awful spirit-spell Of ages past creep o'er my soul, I hear the volleying thunders roll, The victor shout, the fun'ral knell. A warlike spirit, fierce as death, Broods o'er these grim, majestic plains; And yet another spirit reigns As gentle as an infant's breath. 43 BLADES O' BLUEGRASS. I gaze again! the pageant wild, Of legions, banners, bugles, marches, Has died amid the broken arches, Where captives wept and victors smiled. But now the flashing flags are furled, And crumbled now the splendid dome; This is th' Eternal City-Rome, The ancient Mistress of the World. MANLIUS T. FLIPPIN. CANTO II. THE massive pile of Nazareth stood Deep-capped in midnight's sable hood. A chilly dampness gathered 'round, And all was silence save when sound Of sudden gust the tree-top shakes, Or hooting owl the quiet breaks. And now and then a dash of rain Bursts wildly down, and in its train The lightning's flame and thunder's roar Flung open wide the Storm-king's door. In truth it was a fearful night To those who love and do the right; More fearful still and terribly It threatened foul iniquity. No moon nor stars lent kindly light To set the lonely traveler right; But gloom and chill and tempest's crash Were varied by the Fire-god's flash. HENRY COOLIDGE SUMPLE. 114 "Maid of Nazareth." , THE PRINCE IS COMING. THE PRINCE IS COMING. I. THE PRINCE is coming, coming! O robin, do you hear The Prince is coming, coming With sword and shining spear. O all ye blooming grasses, You'll know him when he passes, The sun will shine so clear. II. The Prince is coming, coming! o fields, put on your green! He has a wondrous palace, And I shall be his queen. You'll know him. wild bee rover, For when he smiles the clover Will blush with rosy sheen. III. The Prince is coming, coming! Away with toil and care, I'll bind the red, red roses All in my bonny hair. O birdies, sing your loudest, o roses, blaze your proudest, And make me passing fair. IV. The Prince is coming, coming! Across the bright blue sea; O robin in the tree-top, Do you his great ship see His sails will be the whitest, His pennons stream the brightest The day he comes for me. 45 BLADES O' BLUEGRASS. V. The Prince is coming, coming! O daisies, would you see Crowd closely all the roadside, And find how grand we'll be With breeze-tossed plumes a-dancing, And milk-white palfreys prancing To kirk across the lea. VI. Then we '11 go sailing, sailing! O bright will be the day, With all the waves a-glancing, And all the winds at play; 0 breezes blowing after, Crowd all your sails with laughter As we go down the bay. MARTHA PEARSON SMITH. "Appha," an unpublished poem. COMPLETENESS. "WHY use these dull and dingy hues" I said; The weaver paused, and smiled, and shook his head, And answered, " 'T is a background for the brighter thread; When all is finished, you will see How bright the pattern be." I pondered o'er the weaver's words and ways; Might it not be that Fate sent darker days That we might trace thereon in shining deeds of praise So that Life finished, one might see How bright the pattern be. HENRY CLEVELAND WOOD. 1,6 ARG UMENTUM. ARGUMENTUM. WHEN Cupid e'er the human heart To daring deeds doth urge, How well one plays deceptive part, And dabbles deep in shamming art, What chains of cunning forge. No bolts or bars resist the power Of truly loving souls; No altitude of lofty tower, No rugged walls or steel-bound door Their course of love controls. The vigilance of watchful eyes Is but precaution vain; The dauntless swain all care defies, And, bearing off the cherished prize, E'en mocks decorum's bane. When man once loves, his reason flies, All cowardice doth flee; Nor dreams of future woe arise, Nor sorrow caused by severing ties Of sweetest sanctity. "Maid of Nazareth." HOW PRAY, how could I help it- With the gate just between, All covered with sweet-smelling vines for a screen And her red lips-Ah, dear me, So temptingly near me! Pray, how could I help it- With the gate just between LIZZIr WALKER. 47 8BLAI)ES 0' BLUEGRASS. GWENDOLYNE. 'NEATH the dusky cottage eaves Is a window framed in leaves, Through them golden sunshine cleaves, And strange patterns ever weaves, Yellow as the harvest sheaves; And sweet Gwendolyne Spins each day her flax with care, Dimpled shoulders, white and bare, And, the rounded arms so fair, Seen through braids of golden hair. Hath she not a pretty air, The peasant Gwendolyne From the dewy forest glade, Where the deer in freedom strayed, Through the long arcades of shade, Came a princely cavalcade, And they saw the peasant maid, The pretty Gwendolyne. On they came with stately tread, Each with plume above his head, Some of white, and some of red. "By my faith!" the leader said, "Methinks yon is the one to wed," And points to Gwendolyne. The brave knight wooed without delay, The maiden set her wheel away, And with the cavalcade so gay, Just at the closing of the day, They reached the castle, old and gray, The Knights and Gwendolyne. And no more did the hands so fair Know aught of toilsome work or care; But gleaming in her golden hair, And on her breast were jewels rare, Rich-broidered silks had she to wear, The Lady Gwendolyne. HENRY CLEVELAND WOOD. 48 R. T. DURRETT. This page in the original text is blank. S WEE THEATR 49 SWEETHEART. SWEETHEART-I call you sweetheart still, As in your window's laced recess, When both our eyes were wont to fill, One year ago, with tenderness. I call you sweetheart by the law Which gives me higher right to feel, Though I be here in Malaga, And you in far Mobile. I mind me when, along the bay The moonbeams slanted all the night; When on my breast your dark locks lay, And in my hand, your hand so white; This scene the summer night-time saw, And my soul took its warm anneal And bore it here to Malaga From beautiful Mobile. The still and white magnolia grove Brought winged odors to your cheek, Where my lips seared the burning love They could not frame the words to speak; Sweetheart, you were not ice to thaw, Your bosom neither stone nor steel; I count to-night, at Malaga, Its throbbings at Mobile. What matter if you bid me now To go my way for others' sake Was not my love-seal on your brow For death, and not for days to break Sweetheart, our trothing holds no flaw; There was no crime and no conceal, I clasp you here in Malaga, As erst in sweet Mobile. 4 49 BLADES O' BLUEGRASS. I see the bay-road, white with shells, I hear the beach make low refrain, The stars lie flecked like asphodels Upon the green, wide water-plain- These silent things as magnets draw, They bear me hence with rushing keel, A thousand miles from Malaga, To matchless, fair Mobile. Sweetheart, there is no sea so wide, No time in life, nor tide to flow, Can rob my breast of that one bride It held so close a year ago. I see again the bay we saw; I hear again your sigh's reveal, I keep the faith at Malaga I plighted at Mobile. HENRY T. STANTFON. BLONDE AND BRUNETTE. Two clouds, gold and purple, at sunrise contending, Two chords of rare music contrasting and blending, Through the Carnival flying, like sunshine and shadow Pursuing each other o'er mountain and meadow, Swept our Blonde and Brunette, all radiant with joy- Cleopatra of Egypt and Helen of Troy. The Blonde is a dew-spangled morning in June, When birds, breeze, and bee with the sun are in tune; Her lips and the rose scent the crystalline air, And the sunshine is lost in the gold of her hair. The Brunette is a ray of the Mystical light Which falls from the moon on a Midsummer night, And visions celestial of Dream-land arise From the luminous depths of her violet eyes. S. C. MERCER. so THE DAYS OF OTHER YEARS. THE DAYS OF OTHER YEARS. 'T is true I may not seem to weep, Or grieve at gath'ring cares; But jealous guard doth memory keep O'er days of other years. These days may ope their golden store, And yield the wealth that's theirs; But oh! they never can restore The days of other years. Less golden now the evening shadow, Or morning's blush appears; More bright the sheen of field and meadow In days of other years. The moonlight on the glassy mere, Fond memory endears; How bright the birds and blossoms were In days of other years! Sometimes no joy comes to repress The flood of falling tears; And then in memory I bless The days of other years. In vain I wander in my dreams From these discordant years, And gaze back at the light that gleams In days of other years. Dear mem'ry sometimes comes to me, And takes my hand in hers, And down her vista lets me see The days of other years. Far back in glorious setting cast, The brightest hour appears; And I must seek my joys at last In days of other years. MAN-LIUS T. FrjPPIN. 5I BLADES O' BLUEGRASS. FAULTLESS. MANUS PULCHERRIMA QUAM UNQUAM VIDI. LIKE a mould of flawless marble, With the hue of fallen snow, Perfect in each curve and dimple, Is the fairest hand I know. It is soft and smooth as satin, And each vein is like a thread, Faintly colored with the azure Of the Summer sky o'erhead. And each finger is a pattern, Far beyond the sculptor's tool, Graceful as the drooping willow, Bending near some silent pool; Tipped with color of the moss-rose, Lovely as the fleur-de-lys- Ever will my admiration For that fairy hand increase. E'en its touch is light and tender, Gentle as the zephyr's breath; Just the hand to press the forehead Paling 'neath the blight of death. Feeble words can ne'er the beauty Of that angel hand portray; O forgive me if this measure Taketh from its charms away. HENRY COOLIDGE SEMPLE. 52 THE NEW SOUTH.53 THE NEW SOUTH. SWRET were my dreams along thy streams, Old South, in bygone days, Till war's red cloud, 'mid thunders loud, Consumed them in its blaze: Suwanee's old plantation scenes, Where wild bees filled the comb; The banjo and the moonlight dance Of old Kentucky Home. The New South wakes! the New South shakes The dew-drops from her mane, For idle grief brings no relief; The past comes not again. To manly hearts and patient souls Heaven sanctifies each loss; Two angels, Toil and Patience, bear To heaven the Southern Cross. New South! New South! unseal thy mouth, Thy golden age is come, Invention's soaring harmony And labor's busy hum. The Old South dies; with beaming eyes The New South hastens in- So boyhood's toys are cast aside When manhood's deeds beg-in. S. C. AftRCIED. 53 BLADES O' BLUEGRASS. THE DEAD PAST. THi dead past will not bury its dead; The corpses of lost hopes will rise From their half-covered graves, and fill The present with their ghostly cries: "That still shall be which once has been!" Till the present is a death levee, Where the past in warning tones Shows the future what it will be. We can not rise to goodly deeds, But an attendant ghostly train Bids us mistrust our very strength, And in our joy prepare for pain. The faithless ones we trusted rise, And will not dwell amid the past, But make us fear that each new friend May prove a faithless one at last. EUGRNZ AsHTON -ONLY such as keep in storage Goodly bins, from Summer forage, May the barren days defy; For the dreamy thing that lingers With the blossom in its fingers, When the Winter comes, may die." 54 HieNRv T. STANTOI;. "Self Sacrifice." THE WEA VER. THE WEAVER. MORNING. THE sun climbed up the eastern hills, And through the dewy land Shot gleams that fell athwart the rills, That sang on every hand. Upon the wood and in the air There hung a mystic spell, And on the greensward everywhere Soft shadows lightly fell; And in a cottage where the bloom Of roses on the wall Filled all the air, there was a loom Well built of oak, and tall. All through the fragrant Summer day A maiden, blithe and fair, Sat at the loom, and worked away, And hummed a simple air: SONG. 'Oh! idle not, ye leafy trees, Weave nets of yellow sun, And kiss me oft, 0 balmy breeze! My task is but begun." NOON. Still higher in the hazy sky The sun climbed, on and on, Then Autumn winds came rushing by, For Summer flowers were gone. Now sat a mother at the loom, The shuttle flew along With whirr that filled the little room Together with her song: 55 BLADES O' BLUEGRASS. SONG. 0 shuttle! faster, faster fly, For know ye not the sun Is climbing high across the sky, And yet my work's not done" TWILIGHT. The sun shot gleams of amber light Along the barren ground, And shadows of the coming night Fell softly all around. And in the little cottage room, From early dawn till night, The weaver sat before the loom, Her hair was snowy white. The hands were palsied now that threw The shuttle to and fro, And as the fabric longer grew, She sang both sweet and low: SONG. "Half hidden in the rosy west, I see the golden sun, And I shall soon begin my rest, My task is almost done!" The Spring again brought joy and bloom, And kissed each vale and hill, But in the little cottage room The oaken beam was still. The swaying boughs with rays of gold Wove nets of'yellow sun, And cast them where a headstone told The weaver's task was done. HENRY CLEVEIEAND WOOD. 56 THE OLD VIOLIN. THE OLD VIOLIN. "Then shall the virgin rejoice in the dance, both young men and old together." Jer. mi, 13. WHFEN the old man taps with his foot on the floor, As the bow trips over the strings, And the violin sighs to its quivering core. Like love when the bluebird sings, There 's a jubilant ring to the schottische and waltz, And the jigs and the reels he plays, That flushes the cheeks while it quickens the pulse For a whirl in the redolent maze. When the tense bow rocks to the equinox Of a wild melodious rain, And the violin screams like a girl in dreams At the kiss of an amorous swain, Then the old man sighs with a mist in his eyes As he hugs it up to his chin, And he holds it near that his soul may hear The ravishing strains within. When the room resounds with the jocund sounds Of the tunes that are always new, And the waltzers go like sparks that glow When the backlog burns in two, Then his joy runs o'er like a dripping oar 'Mid waves of widening rings, Till its ripples pour on the far-off shore Where Memory's galleon swings. And he dreams he plays of departed days With Love in the heart of June, And the lips he kissed laugh out of the mist Of the haze of the honeymoon, And his fingers twitch as they catch the pitch Of the measures she loved to tread, Till the sweet old air is a voicing rare Of the dream of a waltzer dead. EDWIN S. HOPKINS. 57 BLADES 0' BLUEGRASS. WOMAN. In acknowledgment of a copy of " Lucile " presented by a friend. IN the highways of Life, here and there, now and then, Amid muslin call'd ladies, and buckram call'd men, One meets, though the race is now hardly styled human, A man that's a man, and a woman that's woman; Such scorn not to drink of the waters of truth, That flow, pure and cool, from the fountains of youth; Nor reject, for roast beef and plum-pudding, the meal Fitly seasoned and served by the hand of Lucile. Lucile! oh thou sweetest of self-immolators That e'er walk'd the walks of the world in French gaiters; Thou purest of Sisters, and bravest of Nuns, Thou shouldst have borne daughters-thou shouldst hav! left sons; But failing of these perhaps Life's lesser part- Thou still hast left offspring that sprang from thy heart, Having just enough falsehood truth's force to reveal, And just enough art art's device to conceal. It is true-is it not that the beings we know As the beings of mind, are the beings that flow From nearer the sources of trial and truth, From nearer the fountains of freshness and youth, Than the beings of muslin and buckram we meet In the gilded saloon, or the church, or the street; The alembic of Genius from which they proceed, From the sickness and sin of humanity freed, From the gloss of its crime, and the grime of its error, From its frenzy, its fume, its despair, and its terror, Gives existence to purer and loftier lives Than are borne to most husbands by most of their wivhs. Ah, Lucile-Alfred Vargrave-Eugene de Luvois- If well "put on the stage," what "large houses" you'd draw! 58 WOMAN. But as given to the page of Life's prophet, the Poet, You draw better still, and the " trade sales " all show it. From which I conclude,-as I'm certain I may,- That the world has still some men and women who pay Willing tribute to all that ennobles the race, And due homage to woman whene'er she displays The uplifting emotions, the purposes high, The unchanging resolve or to do or to die For the truth of the tongue, and the faith of the heart, Which we feel were Lucile's-which Lucile could impart. ), Woman's strength is her virtue-her will-her desire- That exalt her, sustain her, forbid her to tire; The priestess of Nature, interpreting God, She is like much that Nature spreads grandly abroad; Yet she 's not the strong river that flows to the sea, Nor the wild waste of waves that engulf it is she, But the vine that clings close to the husbandiag wall, Having faith it will not be permitted to fall- Neither it nor its fruit. She 's the angel that brings Down the jewels of heaven to the crowns of earth's kings; Though unheeded so oft, she's the voice that to man Speaks as not e'en the voice of an archangel can. Woman's strength is her virtue-her will-her desire For a love that is purer-a life that is higher-- A truth that is surer-a faith that is stronger-- A hope that is brighter-a charity longer, And broader, and deeper, and oh! much benigner; With an impulse that ever incites her to twine her White arms and sweet purposes round what is pure, And serene, and unselfish, and sinless and sure. What the rose to the garden, the leaf to the tree, And the grass to the plains, to man's mansion is she; Like the sun to the earth-like the stars to the skies- She's the warmth of his love, and the light of his eyes; But she 's more than all this: she 's companion friend, wife, Without whom man might live-but, would living be Life W. D. GALLAGHER. 59 BLADES O' BLUEGRASS. MEANS TO AN END. WOULD YOU compass this world in your limit of time, No desert to cross and no mountain to climb, With passage by rivers in meadows so sweet That everywhere flowers fall fresh at your feet Would you subjugate soul, and for life's recompense Take only such grail as will gratify sense There 's a way-and it's clear as the light to your eye For Pleasure's a thing that your money can buy. Do you wish to sit high in the councils of men, In places attained by the one of the ten, In seats for the good, and the great, and the grand, Who utter the laws and are lords of the land Do you wish to be ruler and guide of your kind, With never a right from the patent of mind There's a way-and it's short-you may sit very high- Position's a thing that your money can buy. Do you care to be famous for wisdom or wit, By reason of words that another has writ, By reason of logic in eloquent speech, Or figures or fancies far out of your reach Do you wish for renown from the tongue and the pen, When, to measure your brain, you must go to the wren If you do, it is yours-though your life is a lie- For Fame is a thing that your money can buy. Do you seek to be coupled with beauty and grace, Perfection of manner, of form, and of face, With her who approaches an angel so near That earth is evanished 4nd heaven is here Do you seek to be wed and be drowned in the bliss Of the arms and the lips of a creature like this There 's a way-but, alas! be it said with a sigh- A Wife is a thing that your money can buy. 60 DUSK. Thus Pleasure, Position, and Fame, and a Wife You may find on the earth in your limit of life; You may live as a bee in the heart of a rose, With never a care for your soul to the close, With only life's nectar exhausted from bloom, And open before you the gate of the tomb; But life after death with the angels on high Is one of the things that your money can't buy. HENRV T. STANTON. DUSK. OUT from the phantom forests of the West The black-winged bats of the night are flying, The whippoorwill drowsily chants of rest, And the brown owl, crooning within its nest, Moans o'er the couch of the daylight dying. And the swallows circle above the trees In the purple haze, yet slightly golden, While, softly, the fluttering, whispering breeze Low murmurs in tremulous melodies Of by-gone hours and of legends olden. And the clime of the Sun-set far away, Known only in dreams or magic story, Is seen through a mist, as the dying day A moment lingers, with parting ray, Then disappears in a cloud of glory. THOMApS B. FORD. BLADES O' BLUEGRASS. LIGHT AND NIGHT. OUT through the loom of light, When comes the morning white, Beams, like the shuttle's flight, Other beams follow, Up the dawn's rays so slant, Forth from his roof and haunt, Darts the swift swallow. Back like the shuttle's flight Sink the gold beams at night, Threads in the loom of light Grow dark in the woof, All the bright beams that burn Sink into sunset's urn- Swallows at night return Home to their roof. Thus we but tarry here A moment, a day, a year- Appearing, to disappear- Grosser things spurning, Departing to whence we came, Leaving behind no name- Like a wild meteor flame Never returning. Back to the home of God Soul after soul departs, And the enfranchised hearts Burst through the sod; Death does but loose the girth Buckling them on to earth, Promethean rack! Then from the heavy sod Swift to the home of God The Soul, like the Shuttle and Swallow, flies back. 62 CON VOL VULI. The Swallow, Shuttle, Soul and Light, All things that move or have a breath, Return again to thee at night- To thy dark roof, 0 ancient Death WILLIAM VW. FOSDICK. CONVOLVULI. BLOW open, bugles of bloom, O beautiful bugles of bloom! Wake to life at the kiss of the dew, Untwist in the odorous gloom; Wake to die at the death of the dew, O beautiful bugles of bloom! Blossom in purple and white, In crimson and scarlet and white, Tempt the kiss of the amorous sun, Bloom of the midsummer night; Lift your lips to the amorous sun In crimson, scarlet, and white. Blush into roseate red, From pink into roseate red, Tremble and droop at his hot caress, Till faded and withered and dead;-- Dead for the love of his hot caress, Mingle your purple and red. EDWIN S. HOPKINS. 63 BLADES O' BLUEGRASS. MY OLD KENTUCKY HOME. THim sun shines bright in our old Kentucky home; 'Tis summer, the darkies are gay; The corn top 's ripe and the meadow 's in the bloom, While the birds make music all the day; The young folks roll on the little cabin floor, All merry, all happy, all bright; By'm-by hard times comes a-knockin' at the door,- Then, my old Kentucky home, good night! CHORUS. Weep no more, my lady; 0 weep no more to-day! We'll sing one song for the old Kentucky home, For our old Kentucky home far away. They hunt no more for the 'possum and the coon, On the meadow, the hill, and the shore; They sing no more by the glimmer of the moon, On the bench by the old cabin door; The day goes by, like a shadow o'er the heart, With sorrow where all was delight; The time has come when the darkies have to part, Then, my old Kentucky home, good night! The head must bow, and the back will have to bend, Wherever the darkey may go; A few more days and the troubles all will end In the field where the sugar canes grow; A few more days to tote the weary load- No matter, it will never be light; A few niore days till we totter on the road; Then, my old Kentucky home, good night! STEPHRN COLLINS FOSTER. 64 HENRY T. STANTON, This page in the original text is blank. MAYA Y. MAY. WOULD that thou couldst last for aye, Merry, ever merry May! Made of sun-gleams, shade and showers, Bursting buds and breathing flowers! Dripping-lock'd and rosy-vested, Violet-slipper'd, rainbow-crested; Girdled with the eglantine, Festoon'd with the dewy vine: Merry, ever merry May, Would that thou couldst last for aye! Out beneath thy morning sky! Dian's bow still hangs on high! And in the blue depths afar Glimmers, here and there, a solitary star. Diamonds robe the bending grass, Glist'ning early flowers among- Monad's world, and fairy's glass, Bathing fount for wandering sprite- By mysterious fingers hung In the lone and quiet night. Now the freshening breezes pass- Gathering, as they steal along, Rich perfume, and matin song- And quickly to destruction hurl'd Is fairy's diamond glass, and monad's dewdrop world. Lo! yon cloud, which hung but now Black upon the mountain's brow, Threatening the green earth with storm-- See! it heaves its giant form, And, ever changing shape and hue, But still presenting something new, Moves slowly up, and spreading rolls away Toward the rich purple streaks that usher in the day; Bright'ning, as it onward goes, 5 65 BLADES O' BLUEGRASS. Until its very center glows With the warm, cheering light the coming sun bestows: As the passing Christian's soul, Nearer the celestial goal, Bright and brighter grows, till God illumes the whole. Out beneath thy noontide sky, On a shady slope I lie, Giving fancy ample play; And there's not more blest than I, One of Adam's race to-day. Out beneath thy noontide sky; Earth, how beautiful !-how clear Of cloud or mist the atmosphere! What a glory greets the eye! What a calm, or quiet stir, Steals o'er Nature's worshiper- Silent, yet so eloquent, That we feel 't is heaven-sent- Waking thoughts that long have slumber'd Passion-dimm'd and earth-encumber'd- Bearing soul and sense away, To revel in the Perfect Day That 'waits us, when we shall for aye Discard this darksome dust-this prison-house of clay! Out beneath thy evening sky! Not a breeze that wanders by But hath swept the green earth's bosom- Rifling the rich grape-vine blossom, Dallying with the simplest flower In mossy nook and rosy bower- To the perfum'd green-house straying, And with rich exotics playing- Then, unsated, sweeping over Banks of thyme, and fields of clover! Out beneath thy evening sky! Groups of children caper by, Crown'd with flowers, and rush along With joyous laugh, and shout, and song. 66 MY VIOLIN. Flashing eye, and radiant cheek, Spirits all unsunn'd bespeak. They are in Life's May-month hours- And those wild bursts of joy, what are they but Life's flowers Would that thou couldst last for aye, Merry, ever merry May! Made of sun-gleams, shade and showers, Bursting buds, and breathing flowers; Dripping-lock'd, and rosy-vested, Violet-slipper'd, rainbow-crested; Girdled with the eglantine, Festoon'd with the dewy vine; Merry, ever merry May, Would that thou couldst last for aye! W. D. GALLAGHER. MY VIOLIN. ACROSS the trembling, thrilling strings, Entranced I draw the magic bow, And all the quivering twilight rings, With echoes of the long ago. With sweet, sad strains of by-gone years, Once waked by her who died so young, The mingled notes of smiles and tears, In love's exquisite accents sung. The tender, wailing air ascends, Till drifting down through golden bars, An Angel's anthem with it blends, That floats from far beyond the stars. THOMAS B. FORD. 67 BLADES O' BLUEGRASS. SONG OF THE SUNBEAM. I'M the bright sunbeam; I flit as I dream, Which gently comes down from the skies, When sleep with delight Holds infancy bright, To close up its soft silken eyes. O'er lake and o'er sea, As tripping with glee, Reflected my beauties I trace; So rapt is the wave, As lightly I lave, It trembles as still we embrace. I lie in the rose, When freshly unclose Its leaves to the sun and the breeze; I skip o'er the plain And ripe waving grain, Or glide o'er the leaves on a tree. I shun not the cot, Where poverty's lot Holds often the wise and the good; Through hatch and through pane I leap in again, A gift all unsullied from God. I shrink from the halls And thick curtained walls, Where wealth lies in sorrow all day; But in at the door Where dwelleth the poor A daily warm visit I pay. 68 SONG OF THE SUNBEAM6 I never will shrink From the cataract's brink, But paint on its moisture my bow; And down on the stream With radiance gleam, As stars flashing up from below. On Death's pallid cheek I often will seek To glow with the beauty of even; But, finding has fled The soul of the dead, Will mount with it gladly to Heaven! The night for a while May shadow my smile, Then Nature in sorrow will reek; I'll come o'er the lawn At first peep of dawn And wipe each sad trace from its cheek. In each opened grave I 'l pour in my wave To show there is light in the tomb; And smiling will say, Come, this is the way To where I eternally bloom! SYDNrER DYER. 69 BLADES O' BLUEGRASS. AFTER FROST. WHiEN the leaves are off the bushes and the quails begin t) pipe, An' the hickory nuts are fallin' an' the pawpaws good antI ripe, An' the twigs you step so careful on are sure to snap art' crack, An' you whistle to the setter, an' the squirrel jaws you back- Oh, them's the kind o' days fer me to meet the risin' sun, With huntin' boots an' trousers an' a double-barreled gun; When the woods are full of happy sounds of every sort all' type, An' the leaves are off the bushes an' the quails begin t.o pipe. There's a kind o' free-like feelin' broken loose inside o' you, An' ySu want to holler awful, but you know you dassen't to; Fer the frosty woods is allus full o' skeery-hearted things, From the fussy little partridge, with its whizzin', whirrin' wings, To the leapin', long-eared cotton-tail, 'at goes a-skippin' hence, An' the frisky little chipmunk on the top rail o' the fence, Where he giggles till he doubles up as if he had the gripe, When the leaves are off the bushes and the quails begin to pipe. There's a sort o' dreamy sadness too, a feller often feels, With his game-bag full o' pheasants an' the setter at his heels, As he plods across the medders at the settin o' the sun, An' thinks about their whirrin' wings an' bangin' of his gun; An' things '11 come to him' about the souls of birds an' me!n, An' happy huntin' grounds 'at's in the everlastin' when, 'At makes his heart as tender as a piece o' pickled tripe When the leaves are off the bushes an' the quails begin to pipe. EDWIN S. HOPKINM' 70 THE WEIDGE. THE WEDGE. ONCE I wandered down a hill-side, Reckless where the pathway led, Gathering wild flowers sweet and lovely To adorn a fair one's head, Till I reached a little river, Rippling in its pebbly bed. Sat I on its verdant border Where a clump of violets grew; Some were white, and some were yellow, Some were amethystine blue; So I gathered of each color Just a few-the choicest few. Long I sat and watched the river, Listening to its cheerful song; For it sang in gentle murmurs As it slowly flowed along,-- Glanced sweet notes from the smooth pebbles Which the waters flowed among. Gently leaping, slowly creeping, Down a hollow in the hill, O'er the pebbles, through the grasses, Wound a tiny, tinkling rill, Till it leaped into the river, Whose broad bed it strove to fill. Where the rivulet and river Sweetly mingled into one, Scores of little fragile bubbles Danced and glistened in the sun;-- Dancing, jostled one another Like wee children in their fun. 7I BLADES O' BLUEGRASS. Lying just below the junctiob, With its apex toward the shore, Pointing very slightly upward, Large, and smoothly polished o'er, Was a long, broad, wedge-like pebble- Edgewise on the sandy floor. And it reached above the waters, For they were not very deep; Scarce a single wavelet, playful, Ventured o'er the wedge to leap; But they slowly wended 'round it, Lulling the cold wedge to sleep. And the bubbles, gaily floating, All attracted by the wedge, Rushed with bold precipitation 'Gainst its smoothly polished edge; Some swept past its upper border, Some along its lower ledge. Those that gained the upper current Soon were far out in the stream, Riding buoyantly and proudly, Glistening in the golden gleam, Dazzling with their iris colors, Like a youthful poet's dream. Those that with the lower current Swept along the wedge's side, In a little whirling eddy For a moment paused to ride; Then, escaping from the whirlpool, Floated down the river's side. And they slowly, slowly floated, Clinging to the weedy shore, Half concealed amid the shadows Of the broad leaves drooping o'er, Till they perished in the shadows Of the rank weeds on the shore. 72 THE WEDGE. Two I saw of equal merit,- Or at least I viewed them so,- Fondly clinging to each other, To the heartless pebble go; One just gained the upper border, And the other passed below. One I saw in vacillation Clinging to the smooth, sharp edge Once I thought it past redemption Borne along its lower ledge, When a fitful breeze a-puffing Lifted it above the wedge. Then I asked myself the question- "Is it just, 0, is it fair, Tha' a single line of difference, Interposing as it were, Should divide the proud and buoyant From those drooping in despair" Thus it is with other bubbles- Human bubbles they, alas! Thus a single line divideth 'Twixt the poet and the ass,; And th' opinion of the critic Is the stony wedge they pass, While the fitful breeze a-puffing Is the plaudit of the mass. S. P. BRYAN. 73 BLADES O' BLUEGRASS. THE OLD CHURCH BELL. FROM an unpretentious steeple It is calling to the people, In a sweet, strong voice, " Come along, Come ye high and come ye lowly To the Temple of the Holy, And swell our hallelujah with your song." "Come along, come along, come along," Is the clear interpretation of its song, And the child that stops to listen can very plainly tell, When its iron voice is saying, "I'm ashamed of your delaying, It's enough to try the patience of the Old Church Bell." Years to us it thus has spoken, Tho' in accents somewhat broken, And no sound is more familiar and none we love so well, When a rosy, cheerful dawning Ushers in a Sunday morning With the urgent invitation of the Old Church Bell. Ah, how merrily it swings When the marriage call it rings, And the fair young bride is coming, with no secret now to tell, The belfry's tongue may ring it On the waves of sound that bring it From the palpitating bosom of the Old Church Bell. But its glad notes seem to alter, And its iron tonguie to falter, When it's called upon to utter the slowly measured knell, Then its spirits seem to languish And to share in human anguish With all the tender sweetness of the Old Church Bell. 74 THE SIREN. Tho' apart from it we go On a tide that wills it so, We shall hear it when our thoughts on old times dwell; We'll then recall again All the pleasure and the pain Blent with the intonations of the Old Church Bell. S. K. BANGS. THE SIREN. THRME is a cruel Siren always singing unto me, Of a bright and happy future and of things that are to be; And her songs they are enchanting, as beneath a crescent moon, She chants of bounteous harvests and a golden - freighted June. And she has sung those songs to me through all the weary years, And I have watched and waited long in hopes and doubts and tears; A watching, and a waiting for the happy things to be, That this cruel, cruel Siren sings so constantly to me. But still the night grows longer, and the stars begin to wane; As o'er my rough and rugged way still falls that mocking strain; And still I struggle onward, toward a silent, unknown sea, While this deceitful Siren sings of things that are to be. THOMAS B. FORD. 75 BLADES 0' BLUEGRASS. THE MOTHERS OF THE WEST. Tim mothers of our Forest-Land! Stout-hearted dames were they; With nerve to wield the battle-brand, And join the border fray. Our rough land had no braver In its days of blood and strife- Aye, ready for severest toil, Aye, free to peril life. The mothers of our Forest-Land! On old Kentucky's soil, How shared they, with each dauntless band, War's tempest and life's toil! They shrank not from the foeman, They quail'd not in the fight, But cheer'd their husbands through the day, And sooth'd them through the night. The mothers of our Forest-Land! Their bosoms pillow'd Men; And proud were they by such to stand In hammock, fort, or glen; To load the sure old rifle To run the leaden ball- To watch a battling husband's place, And fill it should he fall. The mothers of our Forest-Land! Such were their daily deeds; Their monument-where does it stand Their epitaph-whq reads No braver dames had Sparta- No nobler matrons Rome Yet who or lauds or honors them, Ev'n in their own green home 76 A CONSOLATION. The mothers of our Forest-Land! They sleep in unknown graves; And had they borne and nursed a band Of ingrates, or of slaves, They had not been neglected more. But their graves shall yet be found, And their monuments dot here and there "The Dark and Bloody Ground!" WV. D. GALLAGHER. A CONSOLATION. IF the bird but sing its sweetest While it poises on the wing, If the bud is the completest In the rosy wreath of Spring, If the dew-drop's pearly beauty Gives new joy unto the leaf, This is life, for this is duty; This is life, though it be brief. In a thousand thousand morrows, Read it through your blinding tears, Twenty winters with their sorrows Are a weary length of years; Twenty summers with their flowers, With their birds and bees and braes, Are but one of all the hours In the shortest of the days. MARCUS BLAKEY ALLMOND. 77 BLADES O' BLUEGRASS. NIGHT IN VENICE. (AFTER ALFRUD DE MUSSET.) IN Venice, the sea's daughter, No boat awakes the water; No fisher rows benighted, No torch moves, to and fro. On his column, grim and dark, The Lion of Saint Mark Crouches, with foot uplifted On the horizon. Around him, moored in groups, Ships, barges and sloops Sleep on the smoking water, Like herons, in circles. Bare as from winter blasts, Rise a forest of masts; In the fitful breaths of midnight Interlacing their pennons. As a maiden from her lovers, The Night her moon-face covers With veil-like clouds; bejeweled Diamond-like, with stars; Or, like a Nun, benighted In the lonely skies, affrighted, Draws her black-rolled hood of clouds Down on her surplice. The ancient towers, the arches, The halls, the pillared porches, The stately marble stairways Of the merchant kings; 78 NIGHT IN VENICE. The statues, white as moons, The bridges, the lagunes Whereon the breezes sprinkle The broken star-beams; All are silent: save the guards Trailing their hallebardes As they tramp the battlements Of the grim arsenals. How many eyes now glisten, How many ears now listen, To catch a form or footstep As the lover comes. How many, half arrayed For the midnight masquerade, O'er their beauty, at their mirrors, Draw the black mask down. On her perfumed couch, enshrined, La Vanina now, reclined, Still presses to her bosom Her lover as she sleeps. Gay Narcissa, wild with folly, Hither, thither, heedless wholly, In her gondola unguided, Gives the night to revel. Who, save we, are melancholy In this land of love and folly Who, save we, give not to rapture Such hours as these Let us look no more,-my Fair,- On the moonlight-mellowed air; On the sea, the sleeping city Of loveliness and loves: 79 BLADES 0 ' BLUEGRASS. Let yon antique horologe On the palace of the Doge Count its long ennuis of hours, Through the silent night: Let us leave to it, its duty; Let us only count, my Beauty, On thy haughty lips the kisses Given, and forgiven;- Count thy heart's throbs, and hushes, And the flushing, fading blushes; And the tears of tender languor In thy violet eyes. And, in Venice, the sea's daughter, When morn awakes the water, Let us, like the sea-born city, Dream anew the past! GZORGZ M. DAVIIE. "GOOD MORNING." "GOOD MORNING!" saith the rosy God Of new-born day. "Good morning," As from the eastern skies he sweeps The clouds away, and, blushing, peeps Upon the waking earth, that leaps From sleep, fresh robes adorning. Bedeck'd with drops of pearly dew Is ev'ry leaf and spray, And flowers peep out, of every hue, To greet the God of day. May thy good mornings cloudless be, Thy heart be of good cheer; Thy bright star yet beams bright for thee, My star-eyed sister, dear. JOHN HOSKINS. 80 GEORGE D. PRENTICE. 11-1-1 ------ --,- -- -1 This page in the original text is blank. THE HOUSEHOLD MINSTREL. THE HOUSEHOLD MINSTREL. AN enchanter, I ween, Is the singer unseen Whose note-when the sky becomes starred- Riseth up from the screen Which lieth between Ourselves and the queer little bard. There are symphonies grand In the wondrous bird-land; Chords seeming of magical birth; But in all the broad scope No minstrel can cope With the cricket that chirps in the hearth' Not one of them flies To the heart and there lies So warm in our mirth or our grief- None charms from the eyes The tears as they rise Like that home-song, sweet, tender, and brief! So while everywhere There 's a plenteous share Of music to gladden the earth, There is none can compare To the minstrel so rare- The cricket that chirps in the hearth! LAURA C. FORD. I) 8i BLADES O' BLUEGRASS. "FOUR SCORE AND ONE." WE wait for the gates to open, Wait together, Faith and I, And the twilight of Life comes sweetly, As the years glide gently by. From the past loved voices call us, That call from the future too; And we know, by the tokens left us Of a life serene and true, That soon, on some bright to-morrow, When the wings of this flesh are furl'd, We shall join them again, and forever, In that brighter and better world. We know not, we ask not, we think not- For we do not care to learn- If the gates to that world are of jasper, Or on golden hinges turn; Nor whether, when once within them, On diamonded streets we tread, So that there, in the light and the glory Of God, we shall meet with the dead- With the dead, who have gone before us, And the wings of the spirit unfurl'd To the beauty and brightness and glory Of that other and better world. Still the old familiar faces From old coverts sweetly look, And we hear glad voices singing With the breeze and with the brook; Yet we know that they are but echoes And reflections from above; So, from earth we turn to heaven For the beings of our love. And we wait for the gates to open, Wait together, Faith and I, While the Night comes down with its shadows, And the Dayt is drawing nigh. W. D. GALLAGHeT u. Death. t The Resurrection. 82 A SABBA TH IN A UTUMN8 A SABBATH IN AUTUMN. DULL, stately day of stark repose, All nature steeped in listless awe: The sky with gray clouds hooded o'er Locked in inexorable law; Sere leaves from drooping boughs flit down And deck the earth in sombre dress, While woodland birds their notes prolong Piped in a voice of sore distress. The rose has left its parent stem, The honey-suckle lost its sweet, Gray grasses bow their flayed brown heads Down at the meadow-oak's broad feet. The rich man cheers his gloomy thought With wine and song and change of scene; The poor man longs for Labor's stroke To make this arid desert green. The callow youth whom Summer lured To dreams Utopian in their build, Grow restless, cheerless, and now find The voices of their love-notes chilled. A fitting scene-a cortege moves Along the drenched streets to the tomb; The dead-march fills and thrills and stills The crushed heart of this day of gloom. MARCUS BLAKEY ALLMOND. 83 BLADES O' BLUEGRASS. A YEARN FOR THE ROMANTIC. "Knighthood's dauntless deed, And Beauty's matchless eye." [In view of the lamentable tendency of late toward the modern inanities of Asthetics, the following has been prepared, by one of the Old Romantic School, with the endeavor to restore a healthy taste for the Medieval and the Strong, to induce a return to the chivalric pages of Scott, of Bulwer, and of G. P. R. James, and to lead to a revival of feeling for the stalwart old days of Knighthood and of the Troubadour.] I. THE DAYS OF OLD. WHEN a-weary of this living, with its gaining and its giving, And its toiling and its traffic, and its tame pursuit of gold- I recall at what a high rate lived the Poet, Knight and Pirate, As they fought, and sung, and swaggered, in heroic days of old! II. THE KNIGHT ERRANT. With a chivalry romantic, and with love and honor frantic, With a cross upon his armor, and a spur upon his heel, He would bind him in indentures to impossible adventures, And to rid the world of evil-or to never take a meal! Then, to slay the dark deceiver, or the wicked unbeliever, He would swim the deepest river, and would sleep upon the sward; To subdue a horrid schism, he would risk the rheumatism- All, to prove his high devotion to his Lady, and his Lord. This poem, which has been pronounced the finest joco-serious in the language, was written by George M. Davie, an eminent lawyer of Louisville, Ky., and in its first form, shorter than now, published in the " Bric-A-brac " of the Century for April, 1882. The exquisite Section IV (" The Ladye-Love ") has been added since.-ED. 84 A YEARN FOR THE ROMANTIC. 85 Then it was not looked absurd on, if he wore a lady's guerdon Whom he loved to desperation-but he didn't know by sight- Or would ride a distant journey, to indulge in joust or tourney, To maintain her matchless beauzy over any caitiff Knight. Then, their statutory vapor, upon parliamentary paper, Could n't dwarf his noble nature with debilitating " laws For he stopped not to construe 'em, with their horrid " meum," " tuum," But survival of the fittest proved the justice of his cause! He would glare and shake his lances, for belligerent ad- vances, While his armor clanked and rattled from his head unto his toe; From his helmet of pot - metal, like the steam from out a kettle, He would blow his fierce defiance at his mediaeval foe: Then, confiding in his science, and the Saint of his reliance, With his battle-axe and bludgeon he would cut, and thrust, and guard, Till their shields would clang together, like the bells in foggy weather, And the blows upon their armor clattered like a boiler- yard! Then, to slay a brazen Dragon was n't thought a thing to brag on; As to massacre a Giant was an every-day affair; And 'twas nothing but a wassail to assail an Ogre's castle And deliver noble damsels, who were hanging by the hair. He would swear on sword and altar that he'd never halt or falter Till he'd help the True Religion sack the Saracenic hive; BLADES O' BLUEGRASS. Then, the unbelieving village was the prey of pious pillage, ,hat the Turk could be converted-if he happened to) survive. That his valor, so resplendent, might be wholly indepen- dent, He was bothered not with baggage, and the other minor ills; From Jerusalem to Gaza there was scarce a comb or razoi, And an almost utter absence of all washerwoman's bills. When the long Crusade was over, then he 'd rest awhile in clover; And around the kingly table he would royster and regale; Jolly monks would utter benison o'er the haunch of roy, l venison, And the beards would wag with wisdom as they quaffei the yellow ale. Thus, a-battling and a-bouting, and a-rioting and routing, From Palestine to Paris, on the land and on the sea, Though perhaps a little gory, yet he led the life of Glory-- Ah! how brave, and true, and noble was the Knight cf Chivalry! III. THE TROUBADOUR. With a jaunty cloak and swagger, and a jewel - handled dagger, And a lute across his shoulder by a ribbon-blue, at that! And his breeches never bigger than would show his shapely figure, And a fascinating feather in his funny little hat; Not fat and roly-poly-like that parody Brignoli Singing sentiment affected to a mercenary tune- But a Poet, young and slender, he would charm the tender gender, As he sighed his soul in music at the maiden, or the moon. 86 A YEARN FOR THE ROMANTIC. He would rove the land and ocean, on the slightest whim or notion; He would sing the tender rondeau; he would tell the merry tale; He would thrill the fierce Crusader; he would turn a serenader; He would banquet in the castle; he would billet in the jail. And the Queens and noble maidens doted on his sere- nadings, And they dropped him down a ribbon, or a glove, or lock of hair; Or, in lieu of rope or stringlets, loosed their long and silken ringlets, And the minstrel, bold and loving, climbed up-as you might a stair! Thus, he poached on others' manors, and he fought for others' banners, And he dined at others' tables, and he droned in others' hives; And he livened others' journeys, and he rhymed of others' tourneys, And he emptied others' flagons, and he flirted others' wives. So, he wandered forth a-warring, and a-rhyming and gui- taring, And, in attitudes artistic, tinkled lum-te-tum-ty airs; And the ladies all adored him, and the gallants aped and bored him, And his tunes were legal-tender for his lodging, every- wheres. Thus, a-humming and a-strumming, and a-wooing and a-coo- ing, Dealing ditties by the dozen, making sonnets by the score Where the glamour of the amour hid the stammer of the grammar- Ah! so gay, and free, and happy was the merry Trou- badour! 87 BLADES O' BLUEGRASS. IV. THE LADYE-LOVE. She was hardened not with knowledge of the boardirg- school or college; She was sung at oft in language that she did not under- stand; But was learned in all romancing, and in dancing, and in glancing- Stately, fair, and tender-hearted was the Ladye of tie Land. Though she dressed in shocking fashion, she inspired tie deepest passion, And a tune upon her lutelet was a very dangerous thin,; For her smile, were all imploring, and her sigh set all adoring, And she strung the hearts around her like the beads upon a string. Now, at tourneys, gaily quartered, she would see her beaux be slaughtered, Till the solitary relic crawled to crown her "Beauty's Queen "; Then, from tops of balustradings, she would sigh to sere- nadings, Or, with hawk or hound, and suitors, she would gallop o'er the green. Any summer morn, awaking, full of sentiment and quakir g At the ditties and the clatter of her lovers keepirg guard, She 'd behold, with charming satisfaction-peeping throug h her lattice- c Scores of guitars and of gallants sAattered all about her yard! Any day she'd feel neglected, if not forcibly selected As the booty of some aaron, who would make her will his law; Any night she'd slumber, hoping to be wakened by eloping On the pommel of the saddle of a Knight she never saw. 88 A YEARN FOR THE ROMANTIC. 89 Then, how charmingly exciting! setting twenty Knights to fighting, And to have to wed the victor, who would come to claim her glove!- Or to have to sit for hours in the tallest kind of towers, On the thinnest sort of diet, till her heart would learn to love! They would call her cold and cruel: yet they'd fight the daily duel, And lay vows of love eternal and despairing at her shrine; When at last some one would win her, they would oft neglect their dinner, And would talk for days of dying, or of far-off Palestine. When her Liege would go crusading, or his neighbors' lands invading, Then from highest turret windows would she wave her lily hands; Or perchance, ere seeking Vandals, he would lock her safe from scandals, And she'd pine, from quiet convents, for her lord in Paynim lands. Thus, a-smiling and a-sighing, and a-laughing and a-crying, With her eyes as stars or diamonds, and her hair as silk or gold- Never maid so sentimental, never matron half so gentle, Never love so true and tender, as the Ladye-Love of old! V. THE PIRATE. With his raven beard, and visage that would terrify in this age, And with eyes as fierce as eagles' when they swoop from mountain crag, With his jack-boots of raw leather, and a Spanish cloak and feather, And a fragment torn from Midnight for his horrifying flag- 90 BLADES O' BLUEGRASS. With the winds and waves he'd wrestle, in a somber sort of vessel, And in search of strange adventures, he would ravage every shore; Now to rob the Lapland lubbers of their walrus teeth and blubbers, Now to depredate the natives on the coast of Labradore! On the track of Turkish zaccas, or of Portuguese polaccas, Or of argosies of Venice, heavy laden with their gain, Or of Amsterdam's fat traders, or of homeward-bound Arma- das, He would scour the Northern Ocean, or would sweep the Spanish Main. Now, on summer isles Pacific, he would hold his haunt terrific, With his dreadful bark at anchor in some tropical lagoon; There to rest a while and revel, and to traffic with the Devil, And to bury tons of Treasure in the darkness of the moon. Thence, he 'd strike for fame and plunder, midst the hurri- cane and thunder, While the jagged flash of lightning hissed behind him from the clouds; And, with curses of bravado, dare the tempest and tornado, While the winds, as ghosts of victims, were a-shrieking through the shrouds! When the foe would strike their colors, with their doubloons and their dollars, He would give the night to riot, and to jolly jest and cheer; And would, free from weak emotion, walk the captives it the ocean- Ah! so bold, and free, and bloody was the roving Bucca neer! A YEARN FOR THE ROMANTIC. VI. THIS DEGENERATE AGE. Ah! those days have gone forever, with their splendid fire and fever, And their lofty scorn of living, and undying thirst for fame! When Faith and Beauty filled them, and when Love and Glory thrilled them, And the sacred light of Honor led them like a flitting flame! And the Minstrels, tender-hearted-now are silent and de- parted, With their amatory melodies, so delicate and sweet; Now, we never sigh to hear them, but we fly them and we fear them- Grinding melancholy organs on the corners of the street. Gone, the Pirate and the Sea-King, and the Buccaneer and Viking: Furled, the banner of the Rover, hushed his cannon's heavy roar, And the only reminiscence of his nautical existence Is the banging of the big drum in the play of "Pinafore." Gone's the glamour and the glory of the Knights of song and story, With their love and high endeavor, and their noble deeds and aims; Of heroic days behind us, now there's nothing to remind us But the " Solitary Horseman" in the narrative of James! For, the Knights so celebrated, in these days degenerated Would be madmen or marauders-we should ridicule their cause; And the Pirate of the shipping would be hanged, or get a whipping; And the Troubadours be prisoned, under local vagrant laws! 9I BLADES O' BLUEGRASS. Now, the soul that scorns to grovel, has no solace but the novel Of Sir Scott, or James, or Bulwer, on the Times of Lotig Ago! When were Brian de Bourbeon, and the mighty Coeur (le Lion, And Sir Launcelot, and Arthur, and immortal Ivanhoe. For, the prosy and pedantic have extinguished the romantic, And the pomp and pride of Chivalry are driven from the stage; All is now so faint and tender that the world has lost its gender, And the enervate Esthetic is the model of the age! GEORGE M. DAVIE. WHEN LOVING HEART 'S THE GOAL. How oft he 's praised those eyes of mine, And in them says, "Heav'n's light doth shine, Reflecting Heav'n's own blue." But does he know that in his own The depths of soul e'er in them shone, Evincing love most true That all he sees in mine to praise Reflects the love in those that gaze So tenderly in mine How all my inmost soul goes out, In perfect trust-without a doubt, In those dark orbs that shine! I feel and know he loves me true- Love beams from dark eyes as from blue- They mirror forth the soul. They speak-tho' no words tell the tale; More potent are for love's avail, When loving heart 's the goal. JOHN HOSKINS. 92 ASPIRATION . ASPIRATION. WHO would not be a boy again With all the impulse of his youth, With life wild-throbbing in each vein, And in his soul the soul of truth; With hopes as fresh as matin dew- As roseate as the sunset glare; With aspirations high and true, And future prospects, 0 how fair! Ah! who e'er lived to be a man And realized his boyhood dreams Wealth, honor, fame, are spectres wan, Untinted by hope's magic beams. The mountain which we looked upon, And thought so high in childhood days, Seems, when its highest height is won, A little hill to manhood's gaze. And just beyond another hill Still lures us with its mellow haze; When it is reached another still Gleams faintly on our ravished gaze. Thus on and on, forever on, Our path of duty upward lies; Nor will its utmost height be won Till we shall scale yon starry skies. S. P. BRYAN. 93 BLADES 0' BLUEGRASS. A KENTUCKIAN KNEELS TO NONE BUT GOD. [Colonel Crittenden, nephew of John J. Crittenden, United Statns Senator for Kentucky, commanded the filibuster forces taken prisone rq at sea, near Havana, August i5, i8pI. Doomed to death by the Cuban authorities, and ordered to be shot on the i6th, they were all cotia- manded to kneel. Colonel Crittenden spurned the command wi h these words, "A Kentuckian kneels to none but God."] AH! tyrant, forge thy chains at will- Nay, gall this flesh of mine; Yet thought is free, unfettered still, And will not yield to thine. Take, take the life that Heaven gave, And let my heart's-blood stain thy sod; But know ye not Kentucky's brave Will kneel to none but God You've quenched fair Freedom's sunny light, Her music tones have stilled, And with a deep and darken'd blight The trusting heart have fill'd! Then do you think that I will kneel Where such as ye have trod Nay, point your cold and threat'ning steel; I'll kneel to none but God. As summer breezes lightly rest Upon a quiet river, And gently on its sleeping breast The moonbeams softly quiver- Sweet thoughts of home lit up my brow, When goaded with the rod; Yet these can not unman me now- I'll kneel to none but God. And though a sad' and mournful tone Is coldly sweeping by, And dreams of bliss forever flown Have dimm'd with tears mine eye- 94 A STAB. Yet mine 's a heart unyielding still- Heap on my breast the clod; My soaring spirit scorns thy will; I '11 kneel to none but God. MARY E. WILSON-BETTS. THE STAB. "Of sudden stabs in groves forlorn."-Hood's Eugene Asam. [John James Piatt says of this: "Nothing could be better; it is a tragic little night-piece which Heine could not have surpassed in its simple graphic narration and vivid suggestiveness."] ON the road, the lonely road, Under the cold, white moon, Under the ragged trees, he strode; He whistled, and shifted his heavy load- Whistled a foolish tune. There was a step, timed with his own, A figure that stooped and bowed; A cold white blade that gleamed and shone, Like a splinter of daylight downward thrown- A nd the moon went behind a cloud. But the moon came out so broad and good The barn cock woke and crowed, Then roughed his feathers in drowsy mood, And the brown owl called to his mate in the wood That a dead man lay on the road. WILL WALLACE HARNEY. 95 BLADES O' BLUEGRASS. I LOVE YOU. I LovE you! I love you! In vain have I tried To banish your image, 't is now at my side: I see your bright smile, I hear your sweet voice, I wish, Oh I wish, that I were your choice! You know not the anguish that burdens my heart, And the keen sense of shame that your scorn can impart: I fain would forget it, would hide it away, But haunting me ever, a voice seems to say, "I love you! I love you!" I love you! I love you! But without avail; Love unrequited is such a sad tale; Slighted and jilted, I longingly sigh, For one little smile, as you pass by. You look with indifference upon my despair, You do not, you would not, my least sorrow share; I 'ye vowed to forget you, so frequent, so oft, But then comes the voice, so sweet and so soft, "I love you! I love you!" I love you! I love you! I can not control This great load of love, it burdens my soul: I pine and I languish alone in my grief, You, and you only, can bring me relief. But think not I chide you, indeed I do not- If you would request it, 't would all be forgot; My heart wants for nothing when you are nigh, But when you are absent, ah, then comes the sigh, "I love you! I love yog!" I love you! I love you! Yes, love is my theme; Through the long hours of night, 't is of love that I dream 96 , X/ Cc aX c Z 1e r Z/Z -e7, This page in the original text is blank. A LULLABY. When the spring time returns, when winter has fled, Will you think of me only as of one that is dead When the soft summer breeze sings the flowers to rest, When hearts are so happy, so free from distress, Oh, will you remember, when in the gay throng, That there is one singing, that this is his song "I love you! I love you! " FREDERICK M. SPOTSWOOD. A LULLABY. OH! baby fair, With dark brown hair, And eyes of heaven's own blue; Where, seems to me, I think I see An Angel peeping through. Oh! sacred joy! My darling boy, I feel that thou art giv'n Unto my care, And over there An Angel less in heav'n. Oh! sacred trust! As God is just, I '11 lavish all my care On thee, my love, Till heav'n above Shall call my Angel there. JOHN HO'KIN. 7 97 BLADES O' BLUEGRASS. THE OLD YEAR AND THE NEW IN THE COLI. SEUM AT ROME. Now chaste Diana, like a Dorian maid, Across the star-sown fields of light pursues The God of Day. Companions of the chase, The steady planets and the twinkling stars, With noiseless glide, press onward in their course Upon the burning trail of Helios. In wild pursuit full half Italia's sky Is passed, and now the Huntress-Goddess stands Upon the zenith with her bended bow. There, pausing, peerless in her silver robes, She views the shoreless sea of ether spread Around, above, beneath, and cheers her train. Meanwhile swift Sol, with half the sky 'twixt him And those that follow in his glowing path, Has forced his coursers o'er the midland sea And whirls his chariot toward Aurora's gate. 'T was thus that race began when sun and moon And stars were fashioned out of nothingness; And thus it must continued be till all The hosts of earth and sea and sky return Again to Chaos wild. But oh! fair moon, How kind thy mellow beams do soften down Uncomeliness and beautify these ruins! The Coliseum in its splendors new Had ne'er more solemn loveliness than now, With its majestic wrecks so softly draped In thy pure snowy light. These crevices Through which uncounted twinkling stars do peep, As if the sky looked down with Argus eyes Upon the rents of ruthless time; these walls Which rough destruction has deprived of all Their polished marbles, chiseled erst in forms That seemed to speak, and o'er them drawn instead The furrows deep of desolation's plow; 98 OLD YEAR AND NEW IN THE COLISEUM 9 This vast elliptic sweep of walls around The Gladiator's circus, compassing The famed arena, like to giant hills Around the placid lake, embosomed deep Within the circuit of their lofty peaks; These myriad plants and varied flowers, that grow Among the rents and o'er the mouldering rocks, Decay has scathed with her dissolving breath; This matchless relic of the mighty dead, Though coming down to us, wrapped in the charm And potent spell which hoar antiquity E'er throws around the hallowed works of art, Seems yet more lovely now with all its wrecks, While yonder pitying Moon doth fold it round With her pure winding sheet. Nor less dost thou, Fair Queen of Night, the soft enchantment of Thy mellow beams impart to skeletons Of other structures, which Eternal Rome, In times since numbered with the distant past, Erected round this spot. Lo! from these walls' Proud height the classic eye doth search and rest, At intervals, upon the seven hills- The little mounts immortalized in song- Now dwindled down, by Time's effacing hand, Beneath their lofty height on glory's page. The modern Romans, when they lost the high Thoughts of empire held by ancient Romans, Quitted the seven hill-tops and builded Where the Campus Martius compassed lowlands. And even the hills themselves, so high in Rome Of old, have sunken downward to the plane Of these degenerate sons of noble sires. The Quirinal and Capitol show life, But not the life of ancient Rome. The eye Turned southward rests upon the mighty ruins Of Caracalla's Baths, a giant pile, Attesting in its fall the pomp and power 99 BLADES O' BLUEGRASS. Of him who o'er the world did tyrannize, And bathe his fratricidal hand in blood That warmed the gentle Gaeta's heart. Whilome The gifted Shelley, musing o'er these walls, Amid the flowers that fed upon their ruins And filled the willing air with wild perfumes, Did catch the inspiration shadowed forth In his Prometheus; and from such wrecks, Arising like enchanted images, There came some of the sweetest thoughts that e'er Exalted Byron's muse. Now turns the eye Unto the west, where, like a spotless sheet Of Alpine snow, the moonbeams do enrobe The Caesar's palace, wonder of the world. See shattered arch, and column crushed, and walls To dust and fragments crumbled. Trees have grown To giant strength upon the mighty waste, And twined and fixed their deeply planted roots In halls that once resounded with the harp And held the sovereignty of mighty Rome. Now poisonous weeds and hoary ivy, grown Until its tendrils seem the trunks of trees Upon whose growth long centuries were spent, Usurp saloons and halls and royal rooms Once graced by Roman Emperors and filled With all the noblest works of ancient art. Envenomed reptiles creep o'er frescoed roofs And o'er mosaic floors that erst did feel The haughty presence of Imperial dames. That royal palace now remains a heap Of wrecks o'er which confusion reigns supreme. From out the solemn pile the wailing wind Is heard, as o'er Campagna's plain it floats; All else is hushed and silent like the tomb. But further on the yellow Tiber bears His mountain flood and murmurs in his course The storied origin of Rome, and tells The weird legends which immortal bards 100 OLD YEAR AND NEW IN THE COLISEUM. Did sing upon his classic shores, when Rome Was mistress of the world. Lo! northward now The Forum opens to the eye, and calls To mind the proud assemblies of the State, While all around majestic temples stood, And statues of the Gods, and busts of men, And Tully thundered from the rostra words That honied eloquence ne'er spoke before. Above the Forum see the Capitol, Still lifting high into the air its tower With solemn antique grace! Beneath its walls, Imbedded in the Capitolian mount, The prisons frown which Ancus Marcius built When Rome was but an infant colony. Imprisoned here, in these unholy cells, In which Jugurtha starved and Catiline's Accomplices did share the traitor's death, Our Lord's Apostle Peter once was chained By stern decree of Nero's bloody code. At his command a limpid spring , Gushed forth from out the dungeon's rock, as pure And cool and pearly as Egeria's fount; And still it bubbles there to quench the thirst Of pilgrims to the consecrated spot. Lo! further in the distance rises, like A globous cloud suspended in the air, The noblest dome that man throughout all time E'er lifted to his God-an emblem fit And model worthy of the concave sky Which forms the dome of nature's temple proud. 'T is worthy there to hang and to adorn St. Peter's, fairest church that man e'er built And consecrated to the living God; Yes, prouder far than all the temples old Which superstition reared unto the Gods Whom Pagans have adored. The noon of night Has come, and thoughts more wild than this wild scene 1IO BLADES O' BLUEGRASS. Crowd on the mind. The Old Year and the New As Gladiators seem in mortal strife Within the Coliseum's fated walls. A conflict more almighty was not when The arch fiend, with his hosts of ruined angels, In heaven's broad purlieu met the sons of light, Led on to battle by Omnipotence; Nor when the storied giants Ossa piled On Pelion to dethrone the Thunderer. The glad spectators of this scene are not The eighty thousand sons of Rome who filled These seats while Titus sat as arbiter, And with his festivals an hundred days Did dedicate to feats of strength and shows Of wickedness this wondrous theater. Now goblins, ghosts, and spirits, forms divine, And shapes satanic fill the air and crowd These seats as numerous as the sands that bleach Old ocean's storm-lashed shore. Here Life and Dealh, Youth and Age, Disease and Health, War and Peace, Famine, Pestilence, and Mortality, The Past, the Present, and the Future dark, With other forms as numerous as the stars, Together now have congregated all, From every quarter of the universe, To see the noble Gladiator die; While old Eternity, enthroned above In Fate's dread chair, sits arbiter sublime And views the awful strife. The noon of night Impends. One moment more must pass, and then The Year that wears the diadem will fall, Forever fall, into the changeless past. How pregnant is this moment with rapt thoughts! This moment! It doth to the future bind The past and make df them one boundless, vast, Sublime Eternity. It is that link, Without which in duration's endless chain All past, all future and the present time I2 OLD YEAR AND NEW IN THE COLISEUA. 0 Were disconnected parts confounded worse Than dire confusion's self. In its brief span Swift memory waves her life's restoring wand And calls up from the past immortal things, Whose genesis was far beyond the date Of the Cloaca Maxima and tomb Of Scipio. Events which filled long times And great discoveries in the realm of art And science, which the dragging centuries Had scarce made known, now flash like vivid dreams Across the mind. The changeless stars which saw Arcadian shepherds watch their nightly flocks Upon yon Palatine, ere Romulus Had founded there the Citadel of Rome, Shine o'er us now. And yon same moon, that threw Her mellow beams upon the Pantheon, The shrine of all Rome's Gods and Goddesses, Two thousand years ago, rolls on unchanged Upon the silver chariot of the night. Yon deep blue sky, the pride of tropic climes, Looks on us with the same bright starry eyes That watched the City of the Seven Hills As from the work of Romulus it rose To majesty and grandeur ne'er surpassed. Yon Tiber winds his wonted course along The shores which once were clad with glory's pomp, And bears his waters from the Appenines Into the midland sea just as he did When, centuries ago, XEneas came With all the Gods had spared of fallen Troy And landed on his banks. All else how changed! The Eternal City wears ephemeral hues, The Caesar's palace, once the pride of Rome, Remains a heap of ruins wild. The hills, Upon whose crests the famous City stood, Have crumbled down and scarcely seem to rise Above the rubbish which two thousand years Have piled around their base. The Forum lies Deep buried 'neath the waste of centuries. I03 BLADES O' BLUEGRASS. War, Famine, Pestilence and flood and flame Have swept o'er ancient Rome, and naught remains To tell where glory dwelt, save mighty wrecks Which greet the eye like to immortal deaths. The Gods who erst were worshiped here are gone, And crumbled into dust their gorgeous shrines, And borne away their comely busts of bronze And marble statues to adorn the halls Of those their sculptors deemed barbarians. Unto the memory of the Christian dead, Whom wild beasts tore and fire consumed to make A holiday for Roman elegance, This vast arena has been set apart And consecrated by his Holiness, And prayers ascend now to the Triune God, Where Jove was throned and warrior Gods displayed In men the showman's arts. That moment brief, So full of thought, is gone. The olden year Beneath his adversary lies. The Past Has claimed him as his spoil and bears him off, While Time proclaims Eternity's decree, And gives the empire of the universe Unto the glad New Year, the victor proud. No shout goes up to rend the air, as did Of old when victory was here proclaimed, And countless Latin and Barbaric tongues Made the welkin ring with joy. The olden Year his given span of life has measured; The cold has chilled the current of his soul; The winds have sung his solemn requiem, And Time with one hand pointing forward to The future's dark and mystic canopy, The golden chronoscope which measures out The moments and the hours that multiply Themselves in days and years and centuries, And with the other reaching backward to The frowning past, the tablet and the style With which he makes the record of all things, 104 OLD YEAR AND NEW IN THE COLISEUM. Has noted all the Old Year's deeds or good Or bad upon Eternity's vast scroll That changes never more. All hail New Year! Welcome upon the vacant seat of Time! During thy reign may flourish all the arts And sciences that do make their progress In Beauty's realm or in the wide domain Of usefulness. Thou mayest promote good Learning until mortal men and women Do write and send abroad immortal books, Whose words of wisdom and philosophy May give forth thoughts on whose eternity The fate of governments and peoples rest. In thy allotted reign may be accomplished More for human welfare than centuries Of old could yield to slower footed life. Thy progress o'er the world by mortal woes Must needs be marked and loved ones oft be sent Into the spirit land. But who can blame Thee for such deeds Their three-score years and ten Have been assigned to mortals all; but crimes And wrongs and wasteful modes of living life Have made their years contract, and, worse than that, Entailed upon their offspring yet unborn The elements of dire and fixed disease And death. Were mortals what they should be now, And had their days been all well spent, their death Had come with worn-out life and proved a kind And gentle breeze to waft their souls away, And wing them off to amaranthine climes. Yes, of all the agencies with which thy Deeds are wrought, New Year, that one whose emblem Is the glass and scythe must bring to mortals The saddest sorrows. Yet this should not be. When dire disease shall come upon the good And, ghastly and emaciate, their forms Shall scarce sustain the waning vital spark That lights its fragile tenements, and fierce 105 BLADES O' BLUEGRASS. And racking tortures make all life a curse, Oh! then thou mayest unto them bring sweet death, The hush of groans, the calm of sorrow's sea, The grand emancipation of the soul From all its earthy trammelings of flesh, That it may soar among the stars and drink New life from fountains of perennial bliss. ROME, January 1, 1856. R. T. DURRETi. "EARTH HAS NO SORROW THAT HEAVEN CAN NOT HEAL." Tuia poet hath said, that whate'er be our grief- No matter what sorrow the heart may feel- We must look to Heaven to find relief, For " Earth has no sorrow that Heaven can not heal." So the poet hath said, and surely we know That such blessed relief from our sorrow is given; But how many turn, when all look below, To seek for one ray of the sunshine of Heaven. Whep the heart with some mighty sorrow is torn, And we bend like a reed 'neath affliction's strong might, 0, who can believe, when so sad and forlorn, That day will succeed such a dark dreary night And who, in his anguish, can look up and feel That " Earth has no sorrow that Heaven can not heal' 0, all ye who struggle and toil upon earth, Whose hearts are made heavy by misery and grief, Look upward! The power that gave sorrow birth Will send to a poor soul some heavenly relief, And God will His infinite mercies reveal, For " Earth has no sorrow that Heaven can not heal." KATIE JESSEX. I06 IN EXILE. IN EXILE. AN exile to the pine and palm, I see the far-winged summer brood, Through azure depths of endless calm, Above a nursling solitude. On ample breadths of bloom unfurled, As sweet as that voluptuous South, When Antony gave the Roman World For Egypt's Cleopatra mouth. All things of sight and sound appear To breathe of nothing but content, As if, unheeded through the year, The vagrant season came and went. Yet often, when I hear the rain, In fleecy vapor, whisper low, Like ghosts about the window pane, My heart would leap to see the snow. To see, beyond the frozen meres, In chalk and crayon's black and white, The river hills, through atmospheres, Wind-blown in dazzling points of light. In smooth white level lies the croft, A mound of snow the boxwood shines; Still sweep the trowels white and soft, In sloping curves, and sweeping lines. Soft flurries, as a shadow blurs The page in passing, light and fleet, Of soft warm faces wrapped in furs, Of faces passing on the street. I see them through the falling rain, Through all the years that flow between, Like ghosts about my window pane, Among the musk and evergreen. I07 BLADES O' BLUEGRASS. Old boyish friends, the fair young wife, Who watched with me so long ago; As if across another life, In all the softly falling snow. While yearning in the pine and palm, The winds do chide uncounted hours, Whose unspent summers dull the calm, In soft still utterances of flowers. WILL WALLACE HARNKEY. TO A MARGUERITE. SOME love the rose in blushing pride, And some the lily sweet, But let them both in envy hide, I love the Marguerite. The air is filled with sweet perfume Of flowers at my feet, The prairie glistens with their bloom, And chiefest, Marguerite. I love the fair and modest flower Where'er its smile I meet, It lends a charm to every hour, The cheerful Marguerite. 0, spirit pure embalmed in bloom, 0, soul and form complete, 0, eyes that can dispel all gloom, Ye dwell in Marguerite. J. STODDARD JOHNSTON. io8 SOLITUDE. SOLITUDE. OFT have I strolled alone where it did seem The foot of man before had ne'er intruded, By cliff or cave, or by some lonely stream, Or forest dense where night through day still brooded; And 'round, above, beneath me-everywhere, Nature and nature's works alone were there. By glimm'ring light of star I've walked alone Some old churchyard, wand'ring among the dead; There paused to rest on some sepulchral stone, And muse upon the scene about me spread, While gray bats flitted'twixt me and the sky, And ghostly winds passed like a human sigh. And I have been where man had come and gone, Had built and lived and left all to decay; And weed and grass before the door had grown Where human feet had wont to make their way; But reptiles now made it their habitation, And all desertion was, and desolation! And yet 'mong all of these so solemn places, Where deepest loneliness would seem to brood, Found I less solitude than 'mong the faces That doth the streets of some great city flood; Gliding me past till they as ceaseless seem As autumn leaves borne on a forest stream. There where the grass is hid 'neath paving stone, The sky shut out by roof, or blurred by smoke, And the loud tumult ceaselessly upborne, More solemn grows than silence never broke; Where man mingles with man, and yet, at heart, Doth stand as dumbly as the stars apart! I09 BLADES O' BLUEGRASS. Where from communion or with God or nature We are shut out, till lost is sympathy Or with the Creator or with the creature, And life grows madness, or vacuity! Ah, this is loneliness, is solitude, In which the soul most blightedly doth brood! KNIR MM. THE BERGAMOT BLOSSOM. We had no other gifts to give, But just one withering flower; We had no other lives to live, But just that sweet half hour, So small, so sweet, its freight of musk Makes fragrant all Life's after dusk. For this the summer toiled and spun, With fairy fingers silken shot, Till moonlight's milky threads were run, In the scented, creamy bergamot, That gives one dear remembered hour The fragrance of the orange flower. Through Love and Parting this remains; A memory, like a faint perfume, More dear than all Life's loss and gains, About a withering orange bloom, Whose fading leaves in dusky green Keep sweet the thought of what has been. WILL WALLACE HARNZY. 110 DEAR OLD SOUTHERN HOME. DEAR OLD SOUTHERN HOME. IN de summer time at night, when de stars am shinin' bright, An' when I heah de sighin' ob de breeze, I always takes a turn, an' oh, dis heart does yearn, As I watch de moon a-peepin' frough de trees: It takes me to my home whar long fo' I was grown I passed so many happy hours away; De tall palmettos wave above my brudder's grave, Wid whom I used to frolic all de day. It'pears as if sometimes I heah de same sad chimes Dat rung when little Missy come to die; Sumpin' whispahs in my eah'bout my mudder deah, An' it says dat I shall jine her by an' by. When de Lo'd shall gib comman', den I shall rise an' stan' 'Fo' my brudder an' my little missy deah; An' my mudder's face I'll see, an' ergin she'll sing ter me, An' den I'll laugh at all dis foolish feah. Dar's a spot dat's mighty deah to dis ole darky heah, Way down whar de sweet magnolias bloom; Oh, de 'membrance ob de pas' shall be wid me to de las', An' dribe away dese thoughts ob care an' gloom. But now I'll soon be free, an' I 'low dat I shall see De faces ob de ones dat's dead an' gone: De Heb'nly bells will ring, and once ergin I'll sing Wid de lubbed ones on de resurrection morn. FRED. M. SPOTSWOOD. I II BLADES O' BLUEGRASS. TO MY SWEETHEART. I PRAY for you when rising Aurora spreads her wings, And o'er retiring planets Her golden mantle flings; I pray for you when evening, Enrobed in twilight hues, On zephyrs gently wafted, Dispenses pearly dews. I see you in the blushing Of flora-plumaged vales, Where nectared waters flowing Rehearse enchanted tales; I see you with bright Iris, While arching glory's sky, For all things which have beauty Present you to mine eye. I hear you in sweet music As on the breeze it floats, In vernal songs of warblers That carol dulcet notes; I hear you in the whisper Of gentle gales that bring The sweet perfume of flowers To glad angelic Spring. And when the day is folded In night's endarkling cloud, And all the world as pulseless As Silence in her shroud, The sleep which comes upon me Is oft a vision bright Of you beside me sitting, The Angel of the night. CINCINNATI, July I, 1850. R. T. DURRETT. I12 ao"-,er" 7 This page in the original text is blank. THE LAST HAIL. THE LAST HAIL. " MATE, get ready down on deck, I 'm heading for the shore, I '11 ring the bell, for I must land This boat forevermore. " Say, pilot, do you see that light- I do-where angels stand Well, hold her jack-staff hard on that, For there I 'm going to land. "That looks like Death that's hailing me, So ghastly grim and pale; I'll toll the bell-I must go in- I never passed a hail. "Stop her! Let her come in slow- There! That will do-no more; The lines are fast, and angels await To welcome me ashore. "Say, pilot, I am going with them, Up yonder, through that gate, I '11 not come back; you ring the bell, And back her out-don't wait. "For I have made my trip of life, I 've found my landing-place, I 'll take my soul and anchor that Fast to the Throne of Grace." WILL S. HAYS. 8 II3 BLADES O' BLUEGRASS. THE BIRD'S SONG. (T-WIT, T-WURE.) T-WIT, t-wee, Come sit by me Up here in this old cedar tree. Everywhere Far and near, All is bare, Cold and drear. There is now To be seen, Save this bough, Nothing green; Nothing growing-winds a-blowing, Must be time that we were going. T-wit, t-wo, Not long ago I wooed you dear, I loved you so. We made a nest, A tiny thing, To snugly rest And lightly swing With every breeze That chanced to sway The leafy trees All through the day. Winds a-blowing, flowers growing, Hidden nest-what else No knowing. T-wit, t-way, One summer day Our cherished nestlings flew away; And there was left To idly swing A home bereft Of everything 114 THE BIRD'S SONG. That made it dear To you and me Save what is here- Save memory. Winds a-blowing, plainly showing It is time we, too, were going. T-wit, t-woo, Well then, adieu To all that in those days we knew. To all I say, Excepting you, This cheerless day, Adieu! Adieu! From you, sweet life- Sweet soul-sweetheart- My precious wife, I shall not part. Winds are blowing, old we 're growing, Yes, my dear, we're going-going. MAY SMITH DowN1:s. I SEM to see the smiling eyes, That loved me long ago, Look down the pale and tranquil skies In all the after-glow; ', The still delight, the smiles and tears Come back through all the silent years In which we are apart, As if they wished to say, Now comes the twilight of the Heart, More beautiful than Day! WILL WALLACE HARNEY. "The Twilight of the Heart. "-The Century. 115 BLADES O' BLUEGRASS. A DREAM. I DREAMED a sweet and beauteous dream. Methought I walked 'mid flowers abloom, whose fragrant breath Was wafted in the moon's pure light to where I stroll'd along the graded terrace front. I dreamed that by my side a graceful form, Embodiment of beauty's self, kept pace, Her arm within mine own so gently laid That scarce I felt her presence-save only By the hallowing sense which fills the soul When forms supernal are revealed to man. And ever and anon, as threading shady walks With fleckered moonlight streaming in our path, Her silvery voice was whispered in the night Like sweetest music from the crimson shell. Soft words of love were spoken, and the heart Whose pulses warmed the bosom of my love Beat quickly, and I felt Elysian bliss- An ecstacy more sweet than all of earth Can give. And as I gazed into her face, 'Round which a halo circling seemed to dwell, I scanned its features with a lover's eye, And then the beauties which were centered there: Eyes which the wild gazelle in freedom born Might vainly strive to rival, while their flash Was softened by the darkest silken lash Which ever curtained Peri's lids. Her lips Like Grecian bow at rest were sweetly drawn, As if a golden arrow deftly aimed Had erstwhile sped on Cupid's mission bound. Between the ruby portals of that mouth Two rows of pearls, such as adorn the bride Or lend a lustre to a Queenly crown When decked in regal glory and the State Listens to know Her Majesty's commands. Smiled on my gaze and spoke in accents plain Of rosy breath and purity and health I i6 A DREAM . An oval face such as Medici claimed Immortalized in fair Carrara's stone, Radiant with life and joy and all in one Blending the lily in unsullied white With sunset tints that paint the rose's leaf. Confined about the brow, with simple grace Her nut-brown tresses on her shoulders fell Snowy as Alpine summits bathed in light. Methought that as this vision filled my view Sure Heaven itself had sent its brightest star To cheer my gloom and shed its light Upon a heart all blasted with despair. Still as I gazed in endless wonder fixed, And as we paused in silence to survey The passing beauty of the night's bright cheer And nature's rich profusion spread afar, She reached her hand toward a neighboring shrub And with her graceful fingers plucked a flower. Great was my joy when to my wistful glance I saw the fragile token proffered to myself, And eagerly I reached to seize the prize When slumber ceased, and with it fled The vision sweet, which so had thrilled my soul. And I awoke to find that, save in dreams And in the realms of Angels, only dwell Such fair creations as my dream disclosed. Long years I nursed the memory of that dream, And ever bright as to my quickened sense Had come this fair creation of a night. I roamed the world and felt the battle's shock 'Mid bloody years of war and carnage wild, And in my waking hours and dreams I saw Through all these years the same bright form and face, Whilst'mong the living things I sought to find Its counterpart on earth. But vain the task Till lately on a summer's eve I strolled Where roses bloomed beneath a Southern sky. Magnolias with their snowy cups were there, II 7 BLADES 0' BLUEGRASS. And plants exotic to more Northern climes Secure from frosts their fragrant tribute paid. As moodily I mused in silent thought Suddenly I chanced upon a form Graceful in outline, and every mien Suggesting thoughts of her whose witching face Revealed in slumber long had filled my soul. She plucked a rose, and as I came near by Turned to my wandering gaze a face so fair, So like in feature to my long lost love, That as our glances met each seemed to feel The recognition of long parted friends. And ever since that blessed eve whereon My dream came true, and to my loving heart There came the real presence of my love, I've worshipped only at her throne, and life Has been but one long day of happiness. J. STODDARD JOHNSTON. PERSPECTIVES. I. LIVING, he threads the maze below, And looking beyond, he saith, "Ah, me! to penetrate and know The greatest of mysteries, Death!" II. Dead, he wanders the phantom-land, And viewing behind, the strife Of the world, he cries, "Ah, to understand The greatest of mysteries, Life!" ii8 Harfier's Monthly. HARRISON ROBERTSON. IF I HAD KNO WN. IF I HAD KNOWN. Siau lay with lilies on her pulseless breast, Dim woodland lilies wet with silver dew, Dear heart," he said, "in life she loved them best, For her sweet sake the fragrant buds were blown'; For her in April-haunted nooks they grew- 0 love, if I had known! "If I had known when yesterday we walked, Her hand in mine, along the hedges fair, That even then, the while we careless talked, The shadow of a coming loss was there, And death's cold hand was leading us apart !- If I had known the bud she would not wear Nor touch, lest she should mar its perfect grace, To-day would press its dewy, golden heart Against her poor, dead face! "Last year, when April woods were all a-glow, She said, 'If it be death to fall asleep,' And, bending, kissed the lilies sweet and wet, 'A dreamless sleep from which none wake to weep- When I lie down to that long slumber, dear, And life for you has dark and empty grown, Come to me then, and tho' I shall not hear, Lay your sad lips to mine, and whisper low: 'If I had known! 0 love, if I had known That you would not forget!'" ADELAIDE D. ROLLSTON. II9 BLADES 0' BLUEGRASS. THE ROCK. I KNOW a great, gray-lichened rock, Its rugged face impassive, stern, Rough-bearded with sere-fronded fern, And brow defiant, upreared to mock The fiercest storm's fire-bolted shock. With hoary majesty it stands, Bold, sturdy, fixed, and dauntless forth, With mien and visage which the North In ruder days with mail-clad hands Stamped on his wild barbaric bands. And Time's memorial fingers trace On granite tablets gravures deep, Which lore of storied aeons keep; While Death's blade, broken at its base, Lies garlani-twined with bloomy grace. Here world a-weary and alone I lean my heart upon its breast, With list'ning, longing ear close-pressed Against the Sphinx-like lips of stone, For counsel of the Ages Gone, Lean long to catch the faintest sound Which, wave-like, beats the Shores of Sense, And sigh that each soft ripple hence, From keels white-winged and "outward bound," Is by my own heart's tumult drowned! Lost, lost each echo hither blown, Charged with a soul's electric fire! The frail connecting spirit wire Which speeds the thoughts from Lands Unknown, By hands of flesh is broken down! I120 SOUTH FLORIDA NIGHT. So from the wounds that never cure, These voiceless lips of lasting stone, I con the only counsel known To wisest sage or witless boor: Be strong, mute, patient, and endure! DR. FRANK H. RHEEA. SOUTH FLORIDA NIGHT. THE rain floats off: a crescent moon Holds in its cup a round of dusk, Like palm buds in the month of June, Half breaking through its vernal husk, While breathes a low sweet undertone, Like brooks that grieve through beds of fern, As if by curve and pebble stone The moon had spilled her silver urn. Night-blooming agaves part the sheaf To catch the light distilled in showers, Till, overflowing cup and leaf, Its cluster breaks in midnight flowers; Like merchants breaking beds of nard, And jars of olives, desert born, Pine-apples lift a prickly shard And show the seeds of fragrant corn. Like Hebrew maids the citrons hold Their pitchers to the vapor spring, And fill the hollow rinds of gold With midnight's musky offering; So once, I think, Earth knew her Lord In lands like these, of palm and vine, When midnight gave the sweet accord That turned the water into wine. WILL WALLACE HARNKY. 121I Atlantic Monthly. BLADES O' BLUEGRASS. PARTING. ANOTHER'S arms will fold the form Which mine have lately pres't; Another's lips will kiss the cheek Once pillow'd on this breast. Another's hand will twine the hair Which thrill'd me in its stroke; Another's heart will swell to thine, While mine, alas! is broke. Another's soul will know the joy Of love's requited bliss, While there remains alone to me The mem'ry of a kiss. Another's voice will wake the fires Which slumber in thy blood; Another's hand will pluck the rose While I have nursed the bud. We part. I go. Perhaps no more To me shall be the boon To feel the joys I once have known- Ended, alas! too soon. But, should I never know the joy Awakened in this heart, I crave one promise ere I go- One pledge before we part: When duty shall enforce the claim Denied to love and me, Oh! heave one swelling sigh for him, Who, dying, thinks of thee. J. STODDARD JOHNSTON. 122 A LETTER OF TO-DAY1 A LETTER OF TO-DAY. DEAR EDITH: Our ball is just over; As the French say, 'twas quite recherche- Such music, such lights, and such dancing! My breath was quite taken away. Of course not a soul was invited Save the choice "four hundred" in town; They came too, and ma was delighted, As she stood in her new velvet gown, So grand, so serene, and so smiling, By papa, who pays all our bills. Not a soul in the room dreamt they'd ever Made "Moonshine" in Cumberland Hills. You know we are just home from Europe, And our house is the finest in town; Then we live right next door to the Astors, And Brown's not so bad when spelled Browne. So when all of these things are considered, You can see in a moment, my dear, That as far as getting into society We had nothing whatever to fear- To be sure, papa's somewhat old-fashioned, But then he pays all of our bills, And looks too genteel to have ever Made "Moonshine" in Cumberland Hills. You should see my new dresses from Paris; The one that I wore at our ball Had a train that was perfectly startling, But no waist, to speak of, at all. I laugh in my sleeves sometimes, Edith, At the many things money can do, And ofttimes I peep in my mirror, And I say to myself, Is this you, The girl who once lived in the mountains, Went barefooted, worked at the " stills" Helping pa and the men make " moonshine" 'Way back in the Cumberland Hills I23 BLADES O' BLUEGRASS. And I moralize thus, as I stand there: "Who cares what you were in the past The present is yours and the future So long as your money shall last." But I find that each day there is creeping A scornful contempt in my heart For the people who "toady" around us. Were we and our money to part, Then all of our past would be opened; Could papa no longer pay bills, Then all of our friends would be sure to find out We'd made Moonshine in Cumberland Hills. But to come back to news-oh, such scandals ! When one's wealthy, 't is quite apropos; Things grow so dreadfully stupid, And times are so awfully slow That a genteel and well-got-up scandal Is considered rather swell in a way, And lends such an interest to people Whom we meet in our set every day. Now old-fashioned, sensible papa, Who does little but pay off our bills, Says a scandal is even much lower Than moonshining in Cumberland Hills. And sometimes I think so myself, dear, And I long for the old, happy life, When I roamed o'er the piney wood mountains, Knowing nothing of discord or strife. Ah, Edith, those days-they were blissful! Do you remember my old lover, Joe Mamma says that I never must name him, That it 's quite too dreadfully low- To bury the dead pasi as she has; And I have tried with a might and a will, But my heart must be buried if the past is In a grave in the Cumberland Hills. I24 THE VIOLET. But good-bye to such foolish fancies, That now in my life hold no part; I am worldly, and scheming, and soulless, Yet know, dear, that down in my heart Is a spot warm and true and untainted For you, the sweet friend of my youth, Kept green with the tears of remembrance Girt round with a strong wall of truth, That I brought with me over the mountains, That I cherish and keep with me still, As the only memento that's left me Of my life in the Cumberland Hills. ELIZABETH LEE MURPHERV. THE VIOLET. I FOUND my first violet to-day, A silent messenger of Spring, Alone in the deep wood-way, A poor little frightened thing. The gaunt limbed oaks towered high While it shyly knelt at their feet, And the pilfering breeze, strolling by, Caught its fragrance, rare and sweet. Alone in the deep wildwood, An exile pale and fair, The tiny darling stood Until I wandered there. I found it in its helmet blue, A pale and shivering thing; I culled it, and brought it to you, A dainty off'ring of Spring. CLINT RUBY. Written at the age of twelve years. I125 BLADES O' BLUEGRASS. APRIL. EARLY birds singing, Heather-bells swinging, And crocuses breaking in long slender blades; Lilacs are budding, Creeks are all flooding, And wind-swept and misty the upperland glades. Gray limbs are bending, Outward they're sending The tenderest shoots of the daintiest green; Winds are a-blowing, Grass spears are showing, With delicate snow-drops blooming between. Daffodils brighten, Spring-beauties whiten The meadow's broad bosom e'en down to the pond; Long lily blades shiver Within their brown quiver, And wake-robins bloom in the woodlands beyond. Liverwort nestles On moss-covered trestles, Where trickles the water down-down to the pool; Anemones, cresses, And lady-fern tresses, Are dropping and hiding where shadows fall cool. The clouds are all weeping For Life gone a-sleeping And tucked 'neath the cover of old Autumn leaves; A softer breath blowing Will hasten the growing And stir a new hope in the bosom that grieves. Are you glad-are you cheerful Are you sad-are you tearful Let sorrow fly free-see, the sun's shining now. 1126 OCTOBER. The world is broad smiling Each sad thought beguiling; Let frowns disappear from the shadowed brow. Ah, gusty and rainy is April, But promising pleasanter weather; And lovelier meadows and flowers Will follow the blossoming heather. MAY SMITH DowNims. OCTOBER. THROUGH glimmering mists the warm light drifts Sleepily over the dun, wet fields, Where the sumac burns, and the wild rose lifts Its pale, sweet face 'mid the odorous gifts That the golden harvest yields. There 's a moan from the heart of the waving pine, Wind-tossed by the creek's dim shore, And a hint of death on the purpling vine, Though still in the shadowy dingles shine The violets that April bore! In the cool, gray light of the dayspring fair, Ere the skies take on their blue, A strange, wild beauty the woodlands wear, And the sedges sway in the scented air, A-glitter with silver dew. Till the day, with its slumb'rous, purple glow, A wonderful splendor weaves On the hazy fields where the soft winds blow, And the fading rose with its heart of snow For the vanishing summer grieves. ADELAIDE D. ROLLSTON. I27 BLADES O' BLUEGRASS. TO L. B.'S EYES. Dedicated to a young lady who possesses the rare charm of hav ing one brown and one blue eye. O TELL me if, when waking, Thy spirits stray, And through thine eyes come taking My cares away For ever in my dreaming Come visions bright, Oft in my slumbers teeming Sweet stars of night. Deep in the beaming portals Of thy brown eye, Gems and silicious opals, Rare pebbles, lie. To tell thy blue eye's praises, A hundred hues Sparkle, as on the daisies The morning dews. Mild looking, not vindictive, Each eye contrives, And happily seems instinctive With separate lives. The spirit dies-no, never- But 0 it sighs That ever life should sever From thy sweet eyes. T. T. REYNOLDS. I128 SARAH I. B. PIATT. This page in the original text is blank. ECHO AND THE L OVER. ECHO AND THE LOVER. LOVER. Echo! mysterious nymph, declare Of what you 're made and what you are- ECHO. "Air!" LOVER. 'Mid airy cliffs and places high, Sweet Echo! listening, love, you lie ECHO. "You lie!" LOVER. You but resuscitate dead sounds- Hark! how my voice revives, resounds! ECHO. " Zounds!" LOVRR. I'11 question you before I go- Come answer me more apropos! ECHO. " Poh! poh!" LOVER. Tell me, fair nymph, if e'er you saw So sweet a girl as Phoebe Shaw ECHO. " Pshaw!" LOVER. Say, what will win that frisky coney Into the toils of matrimony ECHO. " Money!" LOVER. Has Phoebe not a heavenly brow; Is it not white as pearl-as snow ECHO. "Ass, no!" LOVER. Her eyes! was ever such a pair! Are the stars brighter than they are ECHO. "They are!" LOVER. Echo, you lie, but can't deceive me; Her eyes eclipse the stars-believe me. ECHO. " Leave me!" LOVER. But come, you saucy, pert romancer, Who is as fair as Phoebe answer. Ec Ho. "Ann, sir!" JOHN M. HARNE.Y 129 9 BLADES 0' BLUEGRASS. THE STORY OF THE GATE. ACROSS the pathway, myrtle-fringed, Under the maple, it was hinged- The little wooden gate. 'Twas there, within the quiet gloam, When I had strolled with Nellie home, I used to pause and wait Before I said to her good-night, Yet loath to leave the winsome sprite Within the garden's pale; And there, the gate between us two, We'd linger, as all lovers do, And lean upon the rail. And face to face, eyes close to eyes, Hands meeting hands in feigned surprise After a stealthy quest- So close I'd bend, ere she'd retreat, That I'd grow drunken from the sweet Carnations on her breast. We'd talk-in fitful style, I ween- With many a meaning glance between The tender words and low; We'd whisper some dear trite conceit, Some idle gossip we 'd repeat; And then I'd move to go. Good-night," I 'd say; " Good-night-good-bye!" Good-night! "-from her, with half a sigh- " Good-night! " " Good-night! " And then- And then I do not go, but stand, Again lean on the railing, and- Begin it all again. I30 SONNET' Ah! that was many a day ago- That pleasant summer-time-although The gate is standing yet; A little cranky it may be, A little weather-worn-like me- Who never can forget The happy-" End" My cynic friend, Pray save your sneers-there was no " end." Watch yonder chubby thing !- That is our youngest-hers and mine; See how he climbs, his legs to twine About the gate and swing. HARRISON ROBERTSON. SONNET. THE thistle-down soared up to meet the sun- The way-side nursling of the summer shower- A matchless purple tint its only dower, That blanched to whiteness ere the day was done. Though carelessly her web the spider spun To hide the splendors of the day-god's power, Yet vainly still the veiled and fettered flower, The thistle-down, soared up to meet the sun. The wind's wild playmate through the summer days Soared to the sun it worshiped from afar; The whiteness caught the glint of golden rays In triumph passed beyond a rainbow bar; The wondering world looked on with words of praise And lips inspired named the flower A STAR. MARY THORNTON MCABOy. I3I BLADES O' BLUEGRASS. DIXIE LAND. AN old Italian came into our yard last night, And humbly begged permission that his wandering banl Might play for us some old, forgotten airs. I bowed assent, and straightway "Dixie Land" Fell on my ears. Forgotten No, my pulses throbbed ard thrilled- And was it weakness that mine eyes were filled with tean Ah, well, perhaps it was; but that old song Is but a grave-stone o'er the buried hopes of other year;. And as the notes swelled out, now high, now low, I saw between the chords, in letters bright and red, The birth, the life, the age of that Lost Cause That ne'er will be forgotten, e'en though dead. The stricken South, with unstrung bow in hand, I saw again, amid her mournful scenes, Her arrow sped too high, and lying lost Among a myriad host of sweet, dead dreams. Could you, my friend, stand by the grave of one you loved And think on any faults that he in life possessed- Would you not rather dwell on nobler traits That put to shame and darkness all the rest So, dreaming o'er that past brought back to me, No errors saw I, but before my sight A vision only came of noble, loyal men Fighting, yea, dying, for a cause to them both just and right. As listening to the music die away, one scene arose Whose pathos ne'er on canvas can be given, A troop of ragged soldiers weeping o'er a flag All riddled, battle-stained, but dear as hopes of heaven. And one, the gentlest memory of our world, Stood in their midst, his fgure sadly grand, Saying good-bye to them and to the day When life no longer could be given for Dixie Land. Lee's surrender. I32 NOVEMBER. And that old song our fathers loved so well, Whose words were oft times breathed with their last breath, Should be to every one of Southern birth as dear As loved "remembered kisses after death." A fitting "In Memoriam," so it seems to me- Grief softens anger, and from it a ray Makes warm our hearts for those who wore the blue, While strengthening love and pride for those who wore the gray. ELIZABETH LEE MURPHEY. NOVEMBER. THE gloaming of an Autumn eventide, Sullen and red, deep in the waning west, Like iron-throated furnace in whose breast Some smith Titanic wrought where yet abide The smouldering fires, the Day reluctant died. A clump of oaks its dismal branches pressed Sheer of the sombre glow, and from the crest Of hither hills I caught the scene and sighed, Because the Autumn of my heart was here! And on th' horizon of its sky, where gleamed The ling'ring light of Hope departed, were The dim, sweet silhouettes of fancies deemed By Youth and Love immortal! Thus Despair Oft comes as Autumn to bright Summers dreamed In ardent Spring, and like the leafless oak Whose naked limbs do piteously invoke Of Winter the chill charity of snow, She adjures Death to shroud her wintry woe. DR. FRANK H. RHEA. I33 BLADES O' BLUEGRASS. BIOPSIS. IT can not be that this sweet life of ours, So grand, so glorious and so beautiful, So full of mighty promises, is but The clash of blind and senseless atoms, and At last dissolves in empty nothingness! It can not be that its bright, crystal stream Runs darkling to the deeps of endless death, When every wave that wooes the winding banks Sings of the summer skies from whence it came! What is this in this tenement of clay That like a caged wild bird beats its wings Against its prison bars, unless it be A captive spirit fretting 'neath the chains Of conscious slavery, struggling to be free This ceaseless longing after better things Than earth hath ever promised, or can give, Whence comes it, if the yearning, homesick soul Hath not had visions of some happier sphere To our dim eyes invisible, or else There lingers still, like some half-waking dream, Sweet memories of a former glory lost O grand, invisible, and potent essence, Life! In vain the student seeks with chemic test To fathom thy deep mystery! All in vain With fierce and fiery questions would he wring- Poor tortured Nature writhing on the rack- Confession from her suffering silent lips Of THAT MYSTERIOUS, SUBTLE POWER that moves, Controls, and regulates her wondrous works. He sees it laughing in the budding flower; He hears it trilling in the sky-lark's song; He feels it throbbing in the fiery flood That leaps like liquid lightning 'long his veins, And, maddened at the mockery of his powers, Calls bold, unblushing Science to his aid. I34 ' BIOPSIS. Who, armed with scalpel and retort, pursues With patient search the protean phantom down Through system, organ, member, molecule, And atom, but to find for all her pains There 's THAT within the lowliest thing that lives That will not yield to his analysis. In nature is no death, unless that death Be called, which is but change to newer forms Of ever upward reaching life. In all This ceaseless change beginning finds she none, Nor prophecy of end. No FURTHER SEEK. Before us and behind the curtain falls, Forever shutting from our vision out The secrets of the silent land beyond. Across these borders Science can not pass; And proud Philosophy with gathered skirts Stops at the threshold, and with hand to brow Peers with wide-wondering eyes and silent lips Into the darkness that she dares not trust. But Faith, Love's white-winged daughter, lifts the veil That shuts the fucure out, and whispers hope. The soul, with an unerring instinct that As far transcends the utmost reach and power Of weak and faltering REASON as the stars Their pale reflection in the troubled pool, Proclaims herself a thing of birth divine, And crowns herself IMMORTAL. We do live; And it concerns us most not what is life, But how shall we best use it, that when called To lay this glittering pageantry aside And, clothed in death's pale robe of night, lie down To that long dreamless sleep that separates Time's evening from Eternity's fair morn, Our deeds of love, in hearts we leave behind, May live forever; and across the gulf That circles round the narrow shores of time I35 BLADES O' BLUEGRASS. Waft their sweet perfume, borne on heavenly airs, An incense offering to the throne of God. He lives it best in God's sight, who but lives To feel, to love, to wonder and adore! Look abroad, The precious fields are unto harvest white, And there is lack of reapers everywhere. Thrust in thy sickle ere the noon be past, Or if thou hast not strength nor skill to reap, Then follow after, gleaning; and perchance When home thou comest, not with empty hands, It may be thine like Moab Ruth to sit At evening by the Master's feet and find Sweet favor in his sight. Who dares to say Who best fulfills His wish, or those that reap Or those that only glean! Work, watch, and wait, And trust His tender love whate'er befall. Thy pathway here may not be smooth and even, And Sorrow oft may set and sup with thee When thou hast bidden smiling Joy along. The vines thou'st tended with fond fostering care May cast their fruit untimely to the ground. Thou mayst toil with weary hand and brain Alone through all the fiery day of life, And looking back at evening on the fields, See thistles growing where in tears thou sow'dst The golden grain at morning, full of hope; A cruel disappointment comes at last To mock thy wasted years and helpless age. Be not cast down! The soul her starry crown Wins not by what the feeble hands have done, But what the heart has suffered. 'T is God's way To perfect His beloved and prepare The precious in His sight to dwell with him. The purest souls that ever blessed the earth Have come forth from the hottest fires of pain. The sweetest songs that ever thrilled the heart Have by lips white with agony been sung! 136 BIOPSIS. Beyond some Jordan every Canaan lies. Who will not in the wilderness abide, Athirst and hungered for his forty days, Shall ne'er along the palm-strewn highway ride In triumph to be crowned a king of men. But paths of peace the humble only find. 'Twas not o'er Shinar's vain ambitious host, Exulting in the pride of human strength, But unto Bethel's wanderer, lone and sad, Rock-pillowed in the desert, God drew back The curtains of the skies, and showed revealed The shining stairway swung 'twixt earth and heaven. Be not a dreamer-life is not for dreams. They live to sorrow who but live to self. 'T is God's unchanging plan and nature's law That they shall reap not who refuse to sow. Give, and without measure shall it thee be giv'n Of joy and hope and happiness and love; Give without stint, for though thy store be scant Thou hast within the lodging of thy heart A greater than Elijah; and fear not! Thou canst not drain that cruse, however small, Wherein God pours the never failing streams Of His rich blessing. There is work for all. God gems thy pathway with opportunities Thick as the summer dew-drops on the grass, Rich with His promises, but manna-like, They must be gathered ere the sun is risen And used upon the instant, else they breed Within the heart a never-dying brood. Of worms armed with stings of vain regret, And to a loathsome hell of torment turn The paradise of memory. So from seeds Of good, neglected, direst evils spring; And opportunities of yesterday I37 BLADES O' BLUEGRASS. Borne upward, on whose wings we might have soare-1 To heights immeasurable of bliss sublime, Hang mill-stones round our necks to-day to drag Our struggling souls beneath the unpitying wave. Seize then the winged moments as they pass, And, ere they speed to Heaven's record up, Stamp each with some good deed, some gentle word, Some holy thought, some generous action done. So shall thy treasures be laid up in Heaven; And where thy treasures are God says thy heart Shall be-and where thy heart is there thou art, For HEART IS ALL-and Heaven thus be thine. TOM F. MCBXATH. THE BURIED HOPE. FOLD down its little baby hands; This was a hope you had of old; Fillet the brow with rosy bands, And kiss its shining locks of gold; Somewhere, within the reach of years, Another hope may come like this; But this poor babe is gone in tears, With thin white lips, cold to thy kiss. In Summer, a little wreath of flowers; In Winter, a little drift of snow; And this is all, through all the hours, Of the promise perished long ago; So every heart has some dear grave, Close hidden under its joy or care, Till over it breaths of memory wave And leave the little headstone bare. WILL WALLACE HARNEY. I 38 A MA Y-TIME MEMORY. A MAY-TIME MEMORY. Wu rode adown the woodland way 'Mid shifting flecks of sun and shade; Our horses' feet soft music made- The world was wondrous fair that day. Sweet languid scents were all around, A balmy softness filled the air, For May, a goddess past compare, Had lately walked the enchanted ground, And beauty sprung where'er she trod: A vivid green on leaf and tree, With whirr of locust, hum of bee, And flow'rets peeping thro' the sod. Green trailing branches downward hung, Gay birds were singing merrily. Dear Love! the world is fair to see When hearts are fond and life is young! The glad enchantment of the place Beguiled my secret from my breast; Your willing thrall I stood confest, Made captive by its tender grace. A benison from all things fair Gave sanction to my heart's desire; A melody of Nature's choir Love's chorus thrilled upon the air. Now loit'ring down the sunset side Of life's fair hill, I oft look 'round, Remembering that enchanted ground Where the heart's whitest tents abide: Wide morn: a shaded grass-grown lane, Down which we ride in pleasant talk, Our steeds held in to slowest walk, My hand upon your bridle rein. VIRGINIA F. NOBLE. I39 BLADES O' BLUEGRASS. COQUETTE. CoQunTTi:," my love they sometimes call, For she is light of lips and heart; What though she smile alike on all, If in her smile she knows no art Like some glad brook she seems to be, That ripples o'er its pebbly bed, And prattles to each flower or tree, Which stoops to kiss it, overhead. Beneath the heavens' white and blue It purls and sings and laughs and leaps, The sunny meadows dancing through O'er noisy shoals and frothy steeps. 'T is thus the world doth see the brook; But I have seen it otherwise, When following it to some far nook Where leafy shields shut out the skies. And there its waters rest, subdued, In shadowy pools, serene and shy, Wherein grave thoughts and fancies brood And tender dreams and longings lie. I love it when it laughs and leaps, But love it better when at rest- 'Tis only in its tranquil deeps I see my image in its breast. The Century. I HARRISON ROBSRTSON. I40 FRANKFORT. FRANKFORT. SHUT in by hills, like forests hung on edges round the skies, With rock-built stairways, spiral cut, about them as they rise. Here on their low, broad, mossy base, close to the river's side, This vine-like city wanders round in wild romantic pride. Here, climbing up the cliffs apace, there, out in valleys green, And lighting with its altar fires crag, dell, and deep ravine. Delightful place! no one, unmoved, thy hills and plains can view, With the Kentucky whispering and flowing softly through; In and out and all around its waters brightly gleam, With shadows of the cliffs and trees and houses in the stream; So picturesque, so wildly free, so unlike any place, We can not pluck from classic lore a symbol of its grace. Its wayward streets, made as by chance they cut into a hill, Or cleared by axe a bosky nook, or broken gorge did fill; Its uncouth buildings, dark with age, of wood or massive stone, Bespeak the wild and simple life distinctively its own. Here forest trees grow undisturbed, and Vallambrosa's shade Was not more deep than foliage here, of elm and maple made; And gleaming through we see the spires of churches, great and small, Where sweetly ringing bells proclaim the Christian creeds of all; Here birds from bowers of the South with loving preference throng, And build their nests, and fill the town with glory of their song; The graceful squirrel and timid hare are not afraid to come And play, like children, hide-and-seek, as in their forest home; Here gabbling geese go eyeing round the strangers in a crowd, And turkeys grace suburban homes, like people shy and proud, 141 I42 BLADES O' BLUEGRASS. And roosters lift their gorgeous wings and crow with wi d delight- No clock as truly tells the morn, or mid-hours of day and night; These winged children nature brings, unconscious how they grace The wooded homes that man has built here in this sylvan place, With clang of trade and engines' screams, and busy, noisy mills; These are the scenes, these are the sounds that echo thrc,' the hills. These give the charm of ancient towns, to see that trave]- ers roam, Where strangers, like their citizens, feel some sweet spell of home For places long inhabited here by the sons of men. The smoke, the mist, the atmosphere of hill and dale and glen Is filled with subtle sense of love-half human, half divine, And draws us, as the pagan's drawn, to God thro' Nature'. shrine. Now as I gaze from topmost hill upon this city here, Which should be, as it is to me, to all Kentuckians dear, Imbrowned by shadows of the cliffs, o'ertopped by foliage grand, With sudden distances of wood, of vale and smiling land, With glittering mist, with sheeny smoke, that charms the painter's eyes, With rainbow splendor in the clouds that deck her evening skies. Endowed with life's rich blessings all, I say I know not where A city could be found more strangely beautiful and fair. Here from Boone's grave, surpassing all, the view that south- ward lies, Where hills on hills, like giant stairs, recede into the skies, And winding down, as from on high, thro' mist and azure gloom, The river, like some spirit, comes in dress of silver bloom; FRANKFORT. I43 And flying on, with wave-winged feet, down thro' the heart of town, Seems to rest beneath the cliff, where the sun, in going down, Hangs like a broken golden wheel and slurs' its shattered light Far o'er the sky, far o'er the town, and the river in its flight. Oh, hill - girt city! water - bound, with blue sky for thy crown- Made lovely by a thousand charms of Nature-all thine own! No wonder that thy people cling to thee with loving pride, Even as thy vines and cedars cling to bank and green hill- side; No wonder that the Indians fought with savage, fearful ire, And lit these hills and valleys fair with devastating fire, And yelled with indignation grand that they must yield their claim To white men and be driven from this paradise to them. I wonder that no poet yet has given the world thy praise, And proudly set thy beauty in immortal, glowing lays. The English bards have one by one enrobed in their renown Some hamlet, river, valley, plain, or quaint, romantic town To childhood and to memory dear; but thou, sweet city here- The most romantic of them all, to all hearts strangely dear- Thou art not set in silver verse, and, like some precious stone, Prized by all the world because fame makes its value known. Here in this lofty resting place, the "City of its Dead," A hill of wond'rous beauty reared up from the river's bed, Where pine and cedar, elm and oak, in forest grandeur stand, And flower- blooms, like eyes of love, light up this silent land; Here gleaming marble tells the tale, too long erst to record, How many from the town below here sleep beneath the sward; BLADES 0' BLUEGRASS. Here are the names the State has cut on monumental stone Of those whose deeds, and words, and works are jewels all her own. Here sleeps O'Hara, poet and wit, whose " Bivouac of the Dead " In many a land and many a tongue with rapture has been read; And though Kentucky claimed his works, his famous harp of song, With all its wealth of minstrelsy, to Frankfort doth belcng. Perhaps the prophet's love of fame, unrecognized at home, Ambition tempted him away in sunnier climes to roam; But where his verses were invoked, and their sweet glory shed, He sleeps, most honored of them all, in the Bivouac of the Dead; And still here, as the past on past of ages shall be hurled, This minstrel's lays, like music, will fore'er delight -he world. Fair city of the hills and vales, once more I turn and gaze Entranced upon thy beauty, robed in sundown's goic en haze; Here poesy could never ask a sweeter home on earth- Her silver harp a richer song than measures of thy worti. And when my feet shall roam no more, my life to death hath run, I ask but this, to rest among my loved at set of sun, Where singing birds, and lovely flowers, and pine and cecar keep Perpetual spring above the mound that hides our dreamless sleep. MRS. JENNIE C. MORTON I44 - M v Imilm ,Kl- R"I I "I - 1 t I C, This page in the original text is blank. HILLS LOOK BLUE WHEN FAR A WA Y. HILLS LOOK BLUE WHEN FAR AWAY. THE sunshine on the hill-tops Was sifting finest gold, The shadows in the valleys Were deepening fold on fold; To the utmost outward rim Of blue and purple mist, Lightly seemed the world to swim In seas of amethyst. Close to the open window, Worn out with childish glee, Softly came my little boy, And leaned against my knee. His brown eyes, full of wonder, Were gazing far away, "Mamma, can you tell me, please, Why the hills look blue to-day" At sound of his quaint question I felt the sudden tears Rise in my eyes in memory Of long-gone, happy years, And tho' in sweet respondence I uttered not one word, The heart within me quivered, Like a restless, prisoned bird. Once I had a loyal friend- More than friend he fain had been- And with eloquent appeals Heart of mine he sought to win. Take care! 0, my precious girl, Heed thee well what I now say: The roughest hills feet ever climbed, Looked blue when far away. I0 I45 BLADES O' BLUEGRASS. "Better in the Valley rest thee- Be unknown, but glad and free- The low, green Valley of Delight, And be the world to me! There no storms will sweep around, Full of coldness and of wrath; Lay thy little hand in mine, I have learned to know the path." How I laughed me at his warning! How I mocked me at his sighs! And I gave but merry scorning For the tears within his eyes! For the Star of Hope had risen Above the Goal of Fame, And on its scroll I yearned to trace A grand, immortal name. And at once my eager footsteps Sought to climb the far-off height, But the clouds about me gathered That were darker than the night; And many a brier and bramble And many a cruel stone Beset the way in which I trod, Unaided and alone. Still fearlessly I mounted Toward the shining goal, Careless alike of heart-ache Or anguish of the soul. What recked I of such trifles As weariness or pain, When through will and self-denial I life's purpose could attain Now, with the light upon me, Descended from the skies, I look across the distance Where the low, green Valley lies; 146 TRUE GREATNESS. And I know, at last, the lesson Which Time alone can teach, That the greatest of life's triumphs Lie always-out of reach. Still on the distant tree-tops The sunshine sifts its gold, And the shadows in the valleys Are deepening fold on fold; And I hear my Julius asking Why the hills look blue to-day, And thro' my tears I answer: "Because-they're far away." NELIE MARSHALL McApnn. TRUE GREATNESS. -BUT he alone whose mind is great And greatly dwells conjoin'd with mighty soul, Whose heart abounds in love, and in control Works out the problems that to him relate, Whether secluded deep or high in state, Who from the center sees the utmost whole, And travels boldly to the distant goal, Nor turns regardful of reproach or hate, But uses powers loaned him from above For purposes whose aim and end is love. All men to him as younger brothers are; 'Tis he directs, designs, and plans and leads, With wisdom's high-born thoughts and godlike deeds, And beams above them like an Eastern star. HOWARD MILLER. I47 BLADES 0' BLUEGRASS. LOVE'S TRINITY. I. THE crushed strawberry's delicate stain, In a tide of creamy white, When the flesh of the luscious fruit is slain, And plunged in the deep of a milky main, The daintiest tongue's delight: This is the hue of her bosom fair Of the roses and lilies mingled there. II. The radiant stars in a laughing stream, Tossed into scintillant spray; Sweet silvery notes that throb in a dream, And spangles of dew that shimmer and gleam In the fair tiara of May: These are the type of her gentle mind, The golden thoughts by the heart refined. III. The aroma faint which the rose exhales, Unseen, unfelt tho' it be, Lading the wings of the amorous gales That wanton in shadows of dusky vales, Or frolic o'er sunny lea: This perfume hidden, this exquisite joy, Symbols her dainty spirit coy. DR. FRANK H. RHIEA. I48 MY LADY SLEEPS. MY LADY SLEEPS. MY lady sleeps. No fold Of silken vestment stirs On the fair bosom cold, Under its laces white As that pale cheek of hers In the dim shaded light; Through the curved lips no breath Warms the chill face or breast. Is this the thing called death Then would I humbly sue Such perfect peace; such rest Might calm my pulses too. Is this the end of all Life's sweet tumultuous thrill She who held hearts in thrall, And swayed men's destinies- Lies she so low and still After those victories Under that waxen lid What secret thought is veiled What if she heard and chid This futile voice of mine! Since while she lived, it failed To reach her heart's pure shrine. What if her lips should break Death's icy seal, and move! Would the old scorn awake, That I still vex her ear With the poor tale of love She never deigned to hear 1149 BLADES O' BLUEGRASS. Peace, foolish one! Her soul Dwells not in this dull clay; Heaven's height was its goal. Haply she knows at last, All that I fain would say Now hope's brief day is past. Oh, thou majestic Death! As in some holy place Kneel I with quickened breath; Nor would I dare to press My lips on that dear face, Such is its sacredness. Sleep-while some subtle spell Turns brow and cheek to stone. Would that I slept as well, In dreamless rest secure! I who, unloved, alone Live and learn to endure. Be/ford's Magazine. IDA GOLDSMITH MORRI ;. AN IDLE POET. I. 'Tis said that when the nightingale His mate has found, He fills no more the woodland vale With songful sound. II. I sing not sixce my love I knew, For, like the bird's, My heart is full of song tootrue, Too deep for words. HARRISON ROBXRTSON. I'aroer's Monthly. ISO CHORDS. CHORDS. WHEN love delays, when love delays and Joy Steals a strange shadow o'er the happy hills, And Hope smiles from To-morrow, nor fulfills One promise of To-day, thy sight would cloy This soul with loved despair By seeing thee so fair. When love delays, when love delays and Song Aches at wild lips regretful, as the sound Of a whole sea strives in the shell-mouth bound, Tho' Hope smiles still to-morrowed, all this wrong Would at one little word, Leap forth for thee a sword. When love delays, when love delays and Sleep Nests in dark eye-balls, like a song of home Heard 'mid familiar flowers o'er the foam, Tho' Hope smiles still to-morrowed, thou wouldst steep This hurt heart over-much In balm with one true touch. When love delays, when love delays and Sorrow Drinks her own tears that fever her soul's thirst, And song, and sleep, and memory seem accurst, For Hope smiles still to-morrowed, I would borrow One smile from thee to cheer The weary, weary year. When love delays, when love delays and Death Hath sealed dim lips and mocked young eyes with night, To love or hate locked calm, indifferent quite- Hope, star-eyed acolyte-what kisses' breath, What joys can slay regret Or teach thee to forget! MADISON CAWEIN. i5I BLADES O' BLUEGRASS. AT YULE -TIDE. I. Now upon the Soul's broad hearthstone lay the criss,)fn brands for lighting, With the charm of touch and whisper wake the bright warm-hearted flame Till it, rising, kisses softly all the arches bending o'er it Till the wingd sparks go singing through the night Love's holy name. II. Lusty mistletoe be bringing, boughs of cedar, wreaths of holly, To each heart a cup of laughter touched by gracious vestal lips, Now the disc of every sorrow joy shall circle with a haic, As the slin hangs golden banners round the shadow of eclipse. III. Long within the soul, God's Temple, darkness, festooned, hung forbidding, Draped the windows barred and leaden, draped the knarled and studded door; While with fitful flare and flicker danced the Yule-light, hollow hearted As wild Superstition, bowing, dancing on the stained floor. IV. Long the angry sparks sang "Hatred! Hate of Brother unto brother!" ' Long the mistletoe was severed with a sacrificial knife Sheath6d oft within the bosom of a hapless, human victim; Telling of a hideous worship and the creed of life for life. I52 AT YULE-TIDE. V. But, at last, an oriel window set toward the hills of Morning, Wrhere with reverent brows uplifted pray the mighty peaks of Hope, Thrilled with prescient thrills of glory as the Day-Star shone upon it, Thrilled as thrills a parent watcher 'neath a blessed horo- scope. VI. Sudden dust, blown quickly downward, fell the rotten folds of darkness; Through the oriel's veins, translucent, ran a ruby current mild; Clusters there of roses blossomed, lilies swung their snowy censers O'er a mother and a manger and the sweet face of a child. VII. All the Temple was transfigured, and a silent benediction Fell on cedar, fell on holly, fell on pearl-strung mistletoe: "God," they murmured, "and not Odin: Christ," they mur- mured, " and not Balder," And awed Superstition, kneeling, heard forgiveness whis- pered low. VIII. Swung the door upon its hinges, and the angels of God's Heaven Straightway came within the Temple singing songs of holy cheer; Sang they all of Jesus blessed, sang they of His peace eternal Spanning all the broken earth-clouds like an emerald rainbow clear. Ix. Stay, sweet angels, ever singing carols to the Lord and Savior, Sing: " He oped the orient portals with a rosy, baby hand! " Sing: "He suffered, more than martyr, marking earth with feet of sorrow While, behind Him, joys and blessings bourgeoned in the desert land!" I153 BLADES O' BLUEGRASS. CONCLUSION. FIDE ET AMORE. Lord, we stand upon the margin of that ocean stretchi-g outward Far beyond the isles of Knowledge, far beyond the mount of Sight; Only Love can hear its billows breaking on the shores Here- after, Only Faith can see Thy Heaven bathed in everlasting light. II. Then in this Thy dearest gift-time, when to us Thyself Thou gavest, Give us Faith and Love to guide us, teaching us of Heaven and Thee; Lest we fall to idle talking with Doubt, walking close be- side us, Lest we say, with him, " Hope never! All beyond is shore- less sea." INGRAM CROCKETT. AT DAWN OF DAY. I HEMARD the faint, sweet twitter of a bird, Then all was hushed and quiet; and altho' I hearkened with an ear intent, I heard Naught else, save, gently waving to and fro, The wind-swept leaves breathing soft lullaby. Then presently on all the land there lay A tender light that was nor night nor day; The bird renewed his song, and murmurs broke On the calm silence, as if all nature woke And chanted orisons to the Most High. VIRGINIA F. NOBLE. 154 TO-MORRO W. TO-MORROW. THE dying beams of setting sun Have touched the purple hills with fire, And thro' the golden mists they've spun I see each village roof and spire; And over where the cedarn trees Wrap up the earth in pungent gloom; Where blue-flecked boughs wave in the breeze, I see a tinge of sunset's bloom, And where the stream's clear waters run And flow on to the distant river I see the faintest flame of sun Upon its wavelets fall and quiver; It lingers here-it lingers there It seems so bright-so loth to go- Ah, well!-'tis thus with all things fair: We part with all we love below, And tho' that parting gives us sorrow, We live and love again-to-morrow. Four years ago-four long, long years, We stood-we two-hand clasped in hand, And watched with eyes filled full of tears The swift tide surging into land: And as the bright waves broke and rolled Upon the yellow ribs of sand, They shimmered with the sunset's gold, And cast their brightness on the strand; And over rock and over shore They dashed their showers of pearl-white spray; Again they turned-and yet, once more Then to the deep sea flowed away. To us they seemed full loth to go- And then it was he said to me: Dear, ere again they ebb and flow, Thus tinged with light to soundless sea"- I55 BLADES O' BLUEGRASS. And here he sighed full drearily- "Tho' numbered with the dead I be, And you live on in nameless sorrow, The tide will ebb and flow-to-morrow." We two had met to say Farewell- Had met there as the sun went down- With hearts that on their every swell Pulsed more of love than lips might own. I whispered low: "To part gives pain, And if to-morrow flows the tide Why may not we return again, And stand, as now, dear, side by side" Hle smiled, yet lingered, loth to go- And said: "Within His awful palm High God holds our frail lives below, We know not whence the storm or calm." He spoke full well; we never know! We whirl like leaves in Autumn's blast, And looking in dear eyes we know Not if that fond look be the last: We parted then!-four years ago! I count the time with ceaseless sorrow, For suns may set and seas may flow, But Hope's dawn we will never know In Life's or Death's to-morrow! NELLMr MARSHALL McAFar. x56 YON TINY STREAM. YON TINY STREAM. MY life is like yon tiny stream, Flowing onward like a dream, Where the meadow grasses grow And the blue-bells brightly blow, Softly singing, silver shining on its way, Passing onward, swift and surely, day by day. My life is like yon tiny stream, Where the sunlit waters gleam, On its wave the roses cast, Sedge and willow gliding past, Softly singing, silver shining on its way, Passing onward, swift and surely, day by day. My life is like yon tiny stream, Rocks and brambles lost between, Shadows brooding darkly there, Gloom and silence everywhere- Broken, moaning, sighing, sobbing on its way, Groping blindly, searching for the light of day. My life is like yon tiny stream, Where the lightning flashes gleam, Drops of rainfall, flakes of snow Strike the waters like a blow, World-forgotten, life-forsaken on its way To the ocean and the light of perfect day. MRS. JENNIE JONES CUNNINGHAM. 157 BLADES O' BLUEGRASS. THE SWEETEST DAY. IT is not when the air is calm, The sky gleams softly white and blue, And waters chant their low sweet psalm By maple banks of bending yew, When flowers bloom with richest tint, And roses blush in wondrous pride, And sunbeams on the grasses print A thousand dapples golden-eyed. It is not when the noon is past, And all the green has turned to gray, And like the sails of many a mast Clouds float on the air of day; Nor when, like spirit of the night, The twilight in her purple gown Moves softly o'er the day most bright And folds its gorgeous clouding down. But oh ! to me the sweetest day In any season of the year, In dimpled spring or winter gray, Or autumn gold or dun or drear, Is that fair day on whose white face No word or deed of mine can lie, A cloud to gloom or stain its grace, This is the sweetest day to me. J1NNIE C. MORTrON. 158 ANDALIA. ANDALIA. I. SONG, that did waken you, Song, that had taken you, Has not forsaken you; Still with the Spring My mad and merriest Part of the veriest Season and cheeriest; You, who can bring Airs that the birds have taught you; Grace that the winds have brought you; Mien that the lilies laughed you; Thoughts that the high stars waft you- Are you a human thing IT. Dreams-are you aught of them You who are fraught with them; You, like their thought, with them Beautiful too. Life-you're a gleam of it; Love-you're a dream of it; Hope-you're a beam of it Bound in the blue Gray of big eyes that are often Laughter and languor; that soften On to me sweetly and slowly Out with your soul that is holy, So purer than dew. III. Face like the sweetest of Perfumes, completest of Flowers, God's fleetest of Months ever bear. Sleep, who walk crisper, sleep, 159 BLADES O' BLUEGRASS. Than the frost, lisper sleep, Have you a whisper, sleep Soft as her hair Night and the stars did spin it; Stars and the night are in it; Let but one ray of it bind me, And did the Fates blind me, Fair I should know her, fair! IV. Love-has it mated you Love, that has waited you, Love, that was fated you Here for awhile. Song, can you sing in me Fuller, or bring in me Peace, that will cling in me So through all trial Such as her smile like the morning's- Fashioning luminous warnings, Rose, of a passion unspoken; Love, 'tis your seal and its token- The light of her smile. MADISON CAWEIN. DEATH. "Two travel-worn and weary feet-at rest From paths of pain-now shrouded in the past; Two cold hands folded on a colder breast From whence the soul hath taken flight at last; Two eyes from whose dark, vacant cells the glow Of sunlight seems forever to have fled; Two mute lips meeting like an unstrung bow From which the final arrow, speech, hath sped- This is the subtlest of all mysteries, Some call it Death, and others name it Peace." DANIElL F. O'SULLIVAN. i6o MADISON CAYWEIN. This page in the original text is blank. APRILLE. APRILLE. SHi walked across the fields, ice-bound, Like some shy, sunny hint of spring, And, stooping suddenly, she found A violet-a dainty thing, Which shunned the chilly light of day Until sweet "Aprille" came that way. They knew each other, girl and flower; There was some subtile bond between And I had walked, that very hour, The fields, and had no violet seen; For me the winter landscape lay All blossomless and bleak and gray. They knew me not, blue flower, blue eyes; She, careless, passed me when we met; The tender glance which I should prize Above all things, the violet Received; and I went on my way Companioned with the cheerless day. From wintry days blue violets shrink; From wintry lives blue eyes will turn; And yet if she, I sometimes think, Could smile on me with sweet concern, One life so like this wintry day Would spring-time be for aye and aye. Harper's Monthly. HARRISON ROBERTSO.N. II i6i BLADES O' BLUEGRASS. THE CHILD SINGER. Hz sang upon the dusty street, A little wandering minstrel boy, A song of home, a song so sweet It checked the selfish look of joy On many a face that passed his way, Along the street one summer day. I heard his heart-cry in his song For home, dear home beyond the sea; His dark eye swept the heedless throng, His pleading tongue sang Italie; His soul saw those he loved, and rang In sighs along the songs he sang. Vet we, that lecture in our halls Against the crime of servitude, And hear, with pride, the voice that calls Us saviours of the multitude, Will smile and call it classic art To hear a song that breaks a heart. The little souls that cry to God In prisoned song along the way, They burn their hearts, where we have trod To be the pastime of a day; In the Arena tyrants said, "P3ring in the beasts; drag out the dead." SALLIS MARGARET OA4IALY. i62 THE OLD YEAR. THE OLD YEAR. WHAr! Dying, did you say So soon! Why it seems but yesterday We greeted the new-born in her christening gown, When youth was her dower, hope was her crown. With bright, joyous smiles life's course was begun; Can it be, can it be, that course is now run Is the shroud now the mantle that suits her form best Must the hands be folded across her still breast Has the heart grown tired of traveling life's road Does the footstep falter because of its load Were pleasures too often followed by pain Or would it give pleasure to live life again The beauty of youth, the calmness of age, Are they willingly left, as a bird leaves a cage Does it seem strange-the strangeness of dying- Does it startle the soul, or still the soul's sighing Do the scythe and the Reaper come as in strife, Or come they to comfort-to bring a new life And the river of death-is it chilly and deep, Or only a lulling stream to rock gently to sleep Do the bier and the grave cause a smile or a tear Answer me, answer me, 0 dying year! I pause, and I listen-am I unheard Speak to me! Speak to me! Speak but a word! i63 BLADES 0' BL UEGRASS. The barque is now ready, the tide's ebbing low- Tell me, oh! tell me the things I would know! Silent! still silent! Ah! light be the tread, Speak softly, speak lowly, the Old Year iS-DEAD. LIZZIE WALKxis. IN JUNE. SOFT melodies that thrill with vague delight, Faint dreamy sounds from far-off woodlands dim, The reeds' low whisper by the brooklet's rim, A wild bird singing from his shadowy height, The sigh of leaves that winds have set in tune- These are thy gifts, 0 June! Full well I know, beside the dark, blue streams, How bend the wind-flowers in the tall, sweet grass, How, 'mid the drooping boughs, cool shadows pass, And thro' the vines the broken sunlight gleams In the long stillness of thy drowsy noon- 0 tender, dreamy June! How softly then the twilight gray and cool Curtains with shining mists the sleeping flowers; How, in the silence of the royal hours, The stars are mirrored in the glassy pool, And where the hills grow purple-dim thy moon Keeps mystic watch, 0 June! ADELAIDz D. RoiLSTON. i64 THE FAITHFUL ENGINEER. THE FAITHFUL ENGINEER. LIFE is like a crooked railroad, And the engineer is brave Who can make a trip successful From the cradle to the grave; There are stations all along it Where, at almost any breath, You'll be " flagged" to stop your engine By the passenger of death. You may run the grades of trouble Many days and years with ease, But Time may have you " side-tracked By the switchman of disease; You may cross the bridge of manhood, Run the tunnel long of strife, Having God for your conductor, On the "lightning train" of life. Always mindful of instructions, Watchful dutv never lack, Keep your hand upon the throttle, And your eye upon the track. Name your engine "True Religion," When you're running, day or night, Use the coal of "Faith" for fuel, And she'll always run you right. You need never fear of " sticking" On the up-grades 'long the road, If you've got "Hope" for a fireman You can always pull the load. You will often find obstruction, By the cunning devil lain On a fill, a curve, or some place Where he '11 try to "ditch your train." i65 BLADES O' BLUEGRASS. But you needn't fear disaster- " Jerk her open "-" Let her go! For the King who ruleth all things All his plans will overthrow. Put your trust in God, the Savior, Keep a-going-do n't look back- Keep your hand upon the throttle And your eye upon the track. When you've made the trip successful, And you 're at your journey's end, You will find the angels waiting To receive you as a friend. You '11 approach the Superintendent, Who is waiting for you now, With a blessed smile of welcome, And a crown to deck your brow. Never falter in your duty, Put your faith and hope in Him, And you '11 always find your engine In the best of running trim. Ring your bell and blow your whistle, Never let your courage slack, Keep your hand upon the throttle, And your eye upon the track. WILrL S. HAYS. i66 NOERA. NOERA. NoitRA, when sad Fall Has grayed the fallow; Leaf-cramped the wood-brook's brawl In pool and shallow; When sober wood-walks all Strange shadows hallow: Noera, when gray gold And golden gray The crackling hollows fold By every way, Then shall these eyes behold, Dear bit of May When webs are cribs for dew, And gossamers Long streaks of silver-blue; When silence stirs One dead leafs rusting hue Among crisp burs. NoEra, in the wood Or mid the grain, Thee, with the hoiden mood Of wind and rain Fresh in thy sunny blood, Sweetheart, again Noera, when the corn Reaped on the fields Deep aster stars adorn With purple shields, Defying the forlorn Decay death wields. i67 BLADES O' BLUEGRASS. NoEra, haply then, Thou being with me, Each ruined greenwood glen Will bud and be Spring's with the Spring again, The Spring in thee. Thou of the breezy tread, Feet of the breeze; Thou of the sun-beam head, Heart like a bee's; Face like a woodland-bred Anemone's. Thou to October's death An April part Bring, while she taketh breath Against Death's dart; Noera, one who hath Made mine a heart. Come with our golden year, Come as its gold; With thy same laughing, clear, Loved voice of old: In thy cool hair one dear, Wild marigold. MADISON CAW91. i68 UNCLE PETE'S PLEA. UNCLE PETE'S PLEA. 'TWAS an old-time Southern darky, All withered and wrinkled and gray, With the quaint and courteous manners Of a type fast passing away; Convicted of robbing the hen-roost Of a neighbor the night before, For the tracks in the snow discovered Led straight to his cabin door. The Judge, as was his custom, His eye on the culprit cast, And said: "Have you aught to say, Sir, Why sentence should not be passed" With a bow to the Judge, and the people Who had thronged the court-room to see, Uncle Pete put his hat down behind him, And then he delivered this plea: "'Does I hab eny thing to say,' Jedge, Yo' ax me, 'In my beha'f Befo' yo' passes de sentence' Why, Jedge, 't would meck dem all laugh To see dis black ole nigger Stan' up heah, an' say he's say Befo' all ub dese white folks, What's come to de co't to-day. But, Jedge, I sees I 's 'dited- I b'lieves dat's de way 't is said In dat 'ar strip ob paper De gent'man befo' yo' has read; Yes, suh, I sees I's 'dited, An' befo' de bar I stan' For de stealin' ob some chickens Wid dis ole widered han'. i69 BLADES 0' BLUEGRASS. "For I is an ole, ole nigger, An' my leabin' time mos' has come; So I 's gwine to add no lyin' To de ebil I 's 'ready done. I 'knowle'ge I took dem chickens; I 'fess it wid 'fusion an' shame, For I neber has done no stealin' Till dat tem'tation came. "I wa' raised right, Jedge, I 'shure yo', For my folks wa' de bes' ob dar day; An' dey fai'fully strobe wid deir darkies To bring dem up in de right way. But, oh! 'tis mighty rough libin', In dese days so hard an' so cole, When you 's got no good marster or missus To keer for yo' when yo' is ole. "Dar's a little gran'daughter libs wid me, Her fadder an' mudder bofe dead; De chile is puny an' sickly, An' long has been 'fined to her bed. Las' night, as I sot by her bedside, She awoke from her sleep wid a cough, An' 'Gran'dad,' sez she, 'I 's been dreamin' Dat de angels had brought chicker-broth.' "Den my ole eyelids 'gan to tremble, An' de big tears dropped down to my feet, For I knowed dat de cubboard wuz empty, An' dar wuz nuffin' for de po' chile to eat; An' dar wuz none to help in my trouble, For de folks I had knowed in my day, War all ob 'em now dead an' buried, Or else dey had done moved away. "'Yes, gran'dad, 'twar brought by de angels; Dey sot it down heah 'tween us two. Oh, I is so weak an' so hongry, How I wish dat my dream had been true!' I170 UNCLE PETE'S PLEA. Den ober she turned on her piller, An' sank into slumber again; While I stood dar weepin' an' gazin' On her form pinched wid honger an' pain. "Den I think 't wa' de debil dat whispered, 'Da'r' chickens dat's roostin' nigh; Yo' kin coch 'em, an' dress 'em, an' stew 'em, 'Fo' she wakes, Uncle Pete, ef yo's spry!' An' I nebber stopped to lis'n To de warnin' voice widin; But I stole out into de darkness- An', Jedge, I committed dat sin. "I took from dar roost dose chickens; I sneaked dem into my home; An' befo' dat little chile 'wakened Dat good chicken broth was done. I took it, all steamin' an' 'licious, An' sot it down close by her side; When she got a good whiff o' its fragrance, Her big brown eyes popped open wide. "'Oh, de dream, it has come true, dear gran'dad! Fo' de angels dey brung it, I know. When dey entered de room din yo' see dem Had dey wings, as de picture-books show' Sez I: 'Little Honey, we muis n't Pry into sich mysturious things; No, I didn't see de angels. I'm sartin Dat I did heah de rustlin' o' wings!' But dat 's jes' de way wid de debil, Yo' trus' him an' he '11 trick yo', dat 's sho'; An' he done let dat light snow-fall happen Jes' to show dem tracks up to my do'. So, as we sot dar so cheerful, De officers came to my home- Dey came an' dey 'rested Ole Peter, An' dey lef' dat dyin' chile all alone." BLADES 0' BLUEGRASS. Every eye in the court-room was moistened; The Judge, with a tear on his face, Said, " You're free, and can go, Uncle Peter; I've decided to dismiss the case." When out of the dock he shuffled, And reached for his battered hat old, Uncle Pete found he scarcely could lift it, 'Twas so heavy with silver and gold. JOSEPH ALLGOhD. "WE FADE AS A LEAF." ON the wings of a moment the summer flits by; We gather its blossoms, they wither and die; The leaves wave around us, then silently fall, And the year is enwrapt in the shroud and the pal]. "We fade as a leaf"-wherever we stray Time scattereth o'er us the seeds of decay; Though the cordial of health in our veins may abot nd, We are broken from life and fall to the ground. "We fade as a leaf"-then let the rich wine, The nectar of truth, our life in the vine, Flow through us and make us so radiantly bright That, fading, we fill all around us with light. "We fade as a leaf"-but sure we shall feel The life-giving touch of a hand that doth heal, Wondrously glorified, tinged with no grief, Nevermore after to fade as a leaf. INGRAM CROCKET1. I-72 TWO TRIOLETS. TWO TRIOLETS. WHAT HE SAID. THIS kiss upon your fan I press- Ah! Sainte Nitouche, you don't refuse it And may it from its soft recess- This kiss upon your fan I press- Be blown to you a shy caress, By this white down, whene'er you use it. This kiss upon your fan I press- Ah! Sainte Nitouche, you do n't refuse it! II. WHAT SHE THOUGHT. To kiss a fan! What a poky poet! The stupid man, To kiss a fan, When he knows that-he-can- Or ought to know it- To kiss a fan ! What a poky poet! HARRISON ROB3R'rSON. I73 The Century. BLADES O' BLUEGRASS. CUPID'S ARROW. THE little god stood at my door, Whom I had turned so oft away; But Friendship's harmless guise he wore And sweetly stole my heart away. Of all the masks that he can wear, Of all the pranks that he can play, None better hide his fatal snares Than friendship-as I know to-day. I could not think-I did not dream Of danger from my sober guest; But gods, nor men, are what they seem- The arrow quivers in my breast. MRS. JENNIE JONES CUNNINGHA W4. TIME. WHAT is time A priceless thing; Nor gems, nor gold, Nor all the pleasures earth can bring, Or seas unfold, Can tell its wondrous worth, or stay The moments as they fleet away. Time 'tis a swiftly gliding stream That bears us on - To the dark, lonely tomb-a dream Scarce told ere gone. Mortal! a warning voice to thee The prelude to eternity. SARAH CAMPBELL THORNTON. I 74 LATE AFTERNOON IN NOVEMBER. LATE AFTERNOON IN NOVEMBER. WOODS, leafless, fringe the tawny fields With mingled black and gray; The wind is as one walking through A tear-marked way. O'erhead, on lazy, loitering wings, Against a far, cold sky, With out-craned necks and mocking caws The crows flock by. The tented regiments of corn Camp in the lowlands brown; The sun drops hazily behind The smoke-wreathed town. Now Quiet hushes with mute touch The whispering grasses tall, Lest haply she should fail to catch Night's first footfall. A bar of red gold gleams athwart The west, and groweth dim And fades, and darkness overflows The twilight's brim. INGRAM CROCKETrT. I175 6BLADES O' BLUEGRASS. ACROSS THE WAY. A CROSS the way her face I see, but dimly; "r is white and fair thro' mists of long-gone years; Alas! to-day it only lives in mem'ry- In vain regrets and useless, bitter tears. 'T was years ago I saw her at the window, While autumn hours passed, all too fast, away; Her eyes spoke love that ever was unspoken, Or voiced in needless words-across the way. And it may be that in the fairer sometime, When earth's sad night has broken into day, Her face I 'll see, in smiling, tender greeting, Again, in sunnier lands-across the way. ARCH POOL. ANTITHESIS. DEATH is like the lily, Life is like the rose; The one awakes the soul to strife, The other grants repose. And death in life it is To love-O bitter lot!- To love thro' all one's days, And know we are forgot. And life in death it is Nevermore to weep, Only to lie aown in the grave, And sleep-and sleep-and sleep. NELLIu MARSHALL McAFEE. I176 i E 1 ' I Aft:,I V LIZZIE WYRLKER. This page in the original text is blank. ENCELAD US. ENCELADUS. I SHALL, arise; I am not weak; I feel A strength within me worthy of the gods- A strength that will not pass in utter moans. Ten million years I have lain thus, supine, Prostrate beneath the gleaming mountain-peaks, And the slow centuries have heard me groan In passing, and not one has pitied me; Yea, the strong gods have seen me writhe beneath This mighty horror fixed upon my chest, And have not eased me of a moment's pain. Oh, I will rise again, I will shake off This terror that outweighs the wrath of Jove! Lo, prone in darkness I have gathered hope From the great waters walking speaking by. These unto me give mercy, thus foreshown: "We are the servants of a mightier lord Than Jupiter, who hath imprisoned thee; We go forth at his bidding, laying bare The sea's great floor and all the sheer abysms That drop beneath the idle fathoms of man, And shape the corner-stones, and lay thereon The mighty base of unborn continents. The old earth, when it hath fulfilled his will, Is laid to rest, and mightier earths arise, And fuller life, and liker unto God, Fills the new races struggling on the globe. Profoundest change succeeds each boding calm, And mighty order from the deep breaks up In all her parts, and only night remains With all her stars that minister to God, Who sits sublimely shaping as he wills, Creating always." These things do they speak. The mountain-peaks, that watch among the stars, 12 177 BLADES O'BLUEGRASS. Bow down their heads and go like monks at dusk To mournful cloisters of the under-world; And then, long silence, while blind Chaos' self Beats round the poles with wings of cloudy storn." These things and more the waters say to me, HFow this old earth shall change, and its life pas., And be renewed from fathomless within; hEow other forms, and likelier to God, Shall walk on earth and wing the peaks of clouc; How holier men and maids, with comelier shapes, In that far time, when he hath wrought his plar, Shall the new globe inherit, and like us Love, hope, and live, with bodies formed of ours- Out of our dust again made animate. These things to me; yet still his curse remains, His burden presses on me. God! thou God Wrho wast before the dawn, give ear to me! Thou wilt some day shake down like sifted dust This monstrous burden Jove hath laid on me, When the stars ripen like ripe fruit in heaven, And the earth crumbles plunging to the void With all its shrieking peoples. Let it fall! Let it be sown as ashes underneath Thle base of all the continents to be Forever; if so rent I shall be freed! Shall I not wait Shall I despair now Hope On the horizon spreads her dawn-white wings All, sometimes now I feel earth moved within Through all its massive frame, and know his hand Again doth labor shaping out his plan. Oh, I shall have all patience, trust, and calm, Foreknowing that the centuries shall bring On their broad wings release from this deep hell, And that I shall have life yet upon earth, Yet draw the morning sunlight in my breath, And meet the living races face to face. I178 The Century. CHARr.its J. O'MLLEV. MARGER Y. MARGERY. The poem which follows here has a little history which may be of interest. An argument was being carried on one evening in one of the upper rooms of the Courier-Journal building between Mr. O'Sullivan and some newspaper friends. It was the old subject-the effect of attaching some well - known name to the work of some unknown author, Mr. O'Sullivan contending that it would carry it through-that it would be copied by the press for that reason. Finally a wager was arranged. A fictitious interview with some noted personage (an actress, I believe) was planned. The poem in ques- tion was to be introduced as belonging to this person, having been written for her by William Winter, and was to be reluctantly given up to be printed as part of the supposed interview. All was carried out as arranged. O'Sullivan wrote the poem, and introduced it in due form, etc. It was published, and was extensively copied, as pre- dicted, and Mr. O'Sullivan won his wager. Nevertheless, I do not believe in it. I think the poem would have been copied on its own merits alone. Most likely it was because of its merit that it was copied, and not because a well-known name was signed to it. How- ever, it is given here an honest presentation. It is a simple and beautiful picture, and, considering how it was written-on the spur of the moment (interview and poem were written within thirty min- utes) -it is a very interesting performance, as showing what the author could do under pressure. The subject is handled deftly and daintily, and the artistic proprieties admirably preserved. MARGIRRY came to the crowded town, Into the busy, hurrying street; She came from where the green fields meet, And the apple blossoms are drifting down To their beds in the clover sweet. Pure as the lily which leans to her throat- Look on her sculptured queenliness And tell me, must I not confess That never minstrel knew a note Could picture half her loveliness How modestly her way she plies Through all the crowd. I fain would swear That Love walked with her everywhere; It seemed that Cupid kissed her eyes And nestled in her clustering hair. I179 x; BLADES O' BLUEGRASS. Quick blushes came to her cheeks so brown When I said a simple word of praise. She heeded not, she went her ways, She lifted not her eyes to crown The rarest of my joyous days. So Margery went from the crowded town, Out of the busy, hurrying street, Away to where the green fields meet, And the apple blooms are drifting down To their beds in the clover sweet. DANIEL E. O'SuLL]vAN. CASTLES IN THE AIR. Is it wise, I have wondered, to build them, Those castles so bright and so fair, With nothing on earth to support them, The castles we build in the air They are lofty, magnificent structures, As grand as our fancies can build, And their rooms are all filled with our treasures, Our hopes that may ne'er be fulfilled; The dreams and the fond aspirations, The good deeds we think we will do, All the last New Year's good resolutions, The heart secrets tender and true. Ah, yes, let us build and enjoy them! Reality comes all too soon; And if Time with his touch must destroy the:m, Let memory dwell in the ruin. ALLINZ BROTEER. i8o WORTHINESS. WORTHINESS. WHATEVER lacks purpose is evil: a pool without pebbles breeds slime; Not any one step hath chance fashioned on the infinite stairway of time; Nor ever came good without labor, in toil, or in science or art; It must be wrought out thro' the muscles-born out of the soul and the heart. Why plow in the stubble with plowshares why winnow the chaff from the grain Ah, since all of His gifts must be toiled for, since truth is not born without pain! He giveth not to the unworthy, the weak, or the foolish in deeds; Who soweth but chaff at the seed-time shall reap but a harvest of weeds. As the pyramid builded of vapor is blown by his whirl- winds to naught, So the song without truth is forgotten: His poem to Man is man's thought. Whatever is strong with a purpose in humbleness wrought and soul-pure, Is known to the Master of Singers: He toucheth it saying, "Endure." CHARLES J. O'MALLRY. i8i BLADES O' BLUEGRASS. A HAPPY WOMAN. "I SHALL be happy!" she said, As she gathered the poppies white and red; I will pull the blue grapes over the wall, And sit in the shade and eat them all, And count the butterflies, one by one, As they fly along in the morning sun; I shall be happy!" she said. "I shall be happy!" she said, As they placed the orange-wreath on her heal; "Life will be lovely, and love will be true; I shall drink the wine without the rue; I will share my joy with the poor and sad, And help to make the world more glad; I shall be happy!" she said. "I shall be happy!" she said. And they strewed white lilies over her-dead. They closed the eyes and smoothed the hair, And one who stood there dropped a tear; They folded the hands on the quiet breast- Poor empty hands-and what was the rest "And she was happy," I said. EUGENIA PARHAM. i82 WHERE THE BEAUTIFUL RIVER. WHERE THE BEAUTIFUL RIVER. WHURU the Beautiful River smooth wanders along, Lives the maid that I love, the theme of my song, Her eyes are as bright as sunbeams in rain, And light is her heart as the spray on the main. When twilight comes forth and mellows the hour, Away speeds the maid to gather the flower, Which in the bright vale in its earliest bloom, Gently throws on the air its fragrant perfume. Her ringlets of gold sweetly wave in the air, As if glad that they hung 'round a bosom so fair, Her cheeks are like roses that bloom in the Spring, Her step is as light as a bird on the wing. Her tones are as sweet and her fancy as free, As the wild forest bird, or the bird of the sea, And oft has she told me her soul's only dream When she dies is to sleep by Ohio's bright stream. Then Beautiful River, as onward you roll, Let no darkling murmurs arise from your soul, But ever as now let your mirroring tide, Flow gently when Laura shall sleep by your side. ALPXANDER EVANS. I83 BLADES 0' BLUEGRASS. HOW SPRING COMES IN THE BLUEGRASS'. MARCH lions ramping, with snow-brindled manes, Leap with the storm along the airy floors Whereon the mad winds roll, and with loud roars Bound, with soft-padded feet, across the plains- Sere from the frost and beaten by the rains- Denting the tufted grasses by the shores Of shuddering, shallow pools which dot the moors; Wherefrom, in driven loops, like hurtling chains, Scared birds swift-wing'd outfly the speeding gale. The battling clouds, above the woodlands gray, Flaunting dim banners, pass in hurrying flight Like some tumultuous dream. A nightly wail Comes from the writhing trees; and, far away, The billowy landscape meets the coming night. And when night comes-behold! the winds are still! Like floating mountains the great clouds divide And in the space, with one star at her side, Floats the bright-mantled moon. The dripping hil Looms in dark silence, and the little nll, Pleased with its own soft music, threads the wide FairLt-glimmering lands where broad cloud-shadows g ide, Changing the features of the fields at will. The fields-they may be bare or matted deep With tawny grasses, brown with weeds, or green With winter wheat; or lands whereon they fling The weathering hemp, or maize-camps, fast asleep-- All, now, are blent in one fantastic scene Made for the moonlight's noiseless reveling. The moonlight's noiseless revel! Does she know-- Yon princess of the ever-changing sky, Floating serene amidst the clouds on high- That, where the woven shadows come and go Among fine-lacing twigs, and on the flow i84 HOW SPRING COMES IN THE BLUEGRASS. Of chilly streams, while the slow night goes by, There is uplifted many a tearful eye - Pale blooms, close-nestled in the dappled snow, Fair woodland spirits, tremulous and frail, Clad in soft garb-in timid loveliness Through dead leaves peeping, and by rugged rocks; Ill can they bear the unfriendly time, the shocks And buffets of the storms, the ruthless hail, The whirling snows and drenchings merciless. The whirling snows! With morning comes the sun, Spangling the air and earth with glinting spears; From emerald knolls the white vail disappears, And merrily the snow-fed rillets run Their sparkling, transient courses. One by one The deeper streams grow loud with song that cheers The listening vales; the preening field-lark hears, And pipes for joy of days not yet begun. Uncertain are the skies; precarious mirth Rings from the drying thickets; on the peach, Whose pink buds bloomed amidst the falling snows, The robin tries his note; far off the crows Call down through films which float from the moist earth Towards the blue, which they will never reach. Towards the flashing blue-the crystalline, Unfathomable sea of dazzling light Where rides the sun. Soon are they vanished quite, And only winds, low-breathing, intervene 'Twixt the miraculous heavens and the scene Of earth's enchantments. Every moment's flight Brings the immortal wonder of life's might; Within the hour the banks are tinged with green. One knows not how it came; a quickening flame Stole past the woodland, down yon slope of gray Among the russet leaves. Anon, there came, Though all was silent there but yesterday, Soft-echoing by the stream, a carol clear- The bluebird's note! 'T is past, the Spring is here. ROBERT BURNS WILSON. i85 BLADES O XBLUEGRASS. TO A PIN. At the fancy dress ball given at the Athletic Club many beaatiful women congregated. One in particular attracted general attention, not only by the historical accuracy of her costume, but by the rare charm of her face and form. Her shoulders and her throat gleamed like polished marble. She was physically perfect, but across her bust was a long and angry pin scratch, as if Pygmalion had, in a fit of temper, drawn his sharpest chisel across Galatea's bosom. The inci- dent was sufficient to drive The Critic's poet to a production of the following lament: I. WHY, luckless wight, Didst thou indite Upon her bosom white and fair, In thy carouse, Such carmine vows, And leave thy words forever there II. Upon the brink, (If pins do think) Thou viewed that virgin page below, As if to say, "I '11 plow my way Across that trackless waste of snow." III. Thou might have crept, And softly slept Upon her breast, her heart above But, saints anoint! Thou turned the point Of thy poor joke against thy love. IV. O foolish pin! Thou can not win Thy love by such caresses; i86 THE KISS I STOLE. To win the prize, The swain who 's wise, His passion suppresses. V. Farewell, fool pin, Thy mortal sin Can not be lightened by a laugh- And yet, and yet, I can 't forget How well thou wrote thy autograph. DANIEL E. O'SULLIVAN. THE KISS I STOLE. A RONDEAU. THE kiss I stole when Mary closed her eyes (The day was hot beneath those Southern skies) And sat there dreaming 'neath a great pine tree, Her dark brown curls the Gulf wind blowing free, I treasure yet, a memory-and a prize; She sought from me her feelings to disguise (But showed too plain a sense of glad surprise), And blushed me welcome to the kiss, did she- The kiss I stole. A memory only I may idolize, For Mary no more glads me with her eyes; Oh! no, her sweet smiles are no more for me; She's married, and her husband-a clever fellow he- Owns all and guards them well-except one prize- THU KISS I STOLE. Jo. A. PARKER. i87 BLADES O 'BLUEGRASS. HIS BIRDS. I. How doth He shelter them, His birds That call among the brakes and fens At twilight when the snowy herds Stray down within the hollow glens Ah, whither do they rest When, from the stormy west, Pierce-blown the flakes are hurled Like ashes across the world, Covering the earth and every helpless thing Do they cower with piteous wing Urder the leaves that rattle in the sleet Or grasp with cold, bare feet The swaying branches of the forest trees That all night moan regretful threnodies Snowy and bent is every leaf and stem: Where doth He shelter them How doth He shelter them, His birds Lo! now it is the night! The woods are spongy white; The twilight crofts are still; Frozen the little stream below the hill, Th.at sang thro' summer all His poet-words; Stark-stiff the marsh-pool lies Gazing with icy eyes Up to the hurrying clouds that ride in troops; Lost in the blinding snow The shelterless cattle low Over the bleak, bare fields in shivering groups; Nature her gates hath shut on Day's vast brim, Anti great Night sits perched on Dusk's blue rim-- Where doth He shelter them II. As one who from a lighted chamber goes Suddenly out seeth nought but darkness quite, i88 HIS BIRDS. Later beholds across the lifting snows All things take shape in a serener light; So, when the heart walks outward from base glare Into a purer air, Shot is the arrowy soul thro' planes of vaster height, And things before unseen themselves to us disclose. How doth He shelter them Behold, Housed 'neath its roof, the brook with life sings warm Under its ice, shut from the whirling storm; The timid rabbit, trembling with the cold, At twilight creeps into his nest of weeds; Under his thatch of reeds And warm marsh-grasses steals the shivering hare; The sleek, brown field-mouse silent doth repair Under. the grass-tufts and the hillocks bare; Yule-nuts the squirrel cracks within his oak, Like a rough yeoman with his jest and joke, By the last embers of the smouldering year, Sitting a-gossip with his nuts and beer, Drunk with the music of the dripping eaves. Nothing of His doth He leave shelterless, None whom His pity seeks not and relieves; Behold, Out of the storm and cold, The warm-fleeced sheep are gathered in a fold Under His beechen boughs; in quietness The patient kine lie sheltered in a croft, While the thick snows aloft Are whirled in gusts to the adjacent hill, Where now the garments of the dusk hang chill And dim in the pale splendor of a day Poured from the peaks of morn on twilight's vestments gray. Nothing of His does He leave shelterless; Even the toads have holes wherein to bide; By nooks and crofts in the white wilderness He spreadeth couches on the bare hillside Where his wild flocks may lie; Shall then His pitying eye BLADES 0' BLUEGRASS. Unseeing pass those humblest watchers by Who trust and wait His coming patiently, When the white feet of Light With slow steps walk the hill-tops silently, And from the mournful north The sexton winds start forth Plowing black graves thro' the swart sands of Night! III. Nothing so low but His care reacheth it, Mild as a day-flush on eve's twilight rim. Groping in darkness, stained of soul, unfit, Oft clasp we hands unknowingly with Him, And He doth lead us in Out of the snow-gusts to His shepherd tents That lowly rise 'yond the high domes of Sin, Unseen at dusk by our thick eyes of sense: In reverence knock; the Master waits within; O Soul! my Soul! go out in thy distress And. seek His tents, and rest in lowliness! Beneath thick clouds that overhang the plain, Between white gusts that seek the broken pane In Yon poor hut where shivering Poverty Stirs his last coals, I look and see again Visions of warmth, such as they fail to see Whose bleeding feet touch not life's high Gethsemane: Under the warm ricks and the byres That lie a-field, white with the frost's keen fires, In hedges, hay-mows, fodder shocks that stand Like ghosts thick-dotted on the broad, white land, Or housed in barns beneath the roof's great boards, Robins and linnets, birds of snow in hordes, Or warm in grass-tufts where the snows fall dim, Fill they those homes which He hath ordered their, Thatched with His care which shields night's bitter cold: Thus doth His love enfold All things of His that life hath upon earth. CHARIMS J. O'MALIuY- I(o MY LUTE SO LO VED IS NOW UNSTRUNG. MY LUTE SO LOVED IS NOW UNSTRUNG. MY lute so loved is now unstrung, Its music tones have fled, The plaintive air that once it sung- That touching air is dead. No fingers round its cords entwine To wake the charming strain, The hand that once had touch divine Can not that touch regain. If then my lute is silent now, And tuneless hangs in hall, Let her who wears the marble brow Our fondest love recall. When maiden shall her first love own, To former vows be true, My heart shall grace a royal throne, My lute be strung anew. Then lute and maid, a fond adieu, Our morning love was bright, But ere the twilight wept its dew, Our hopes were veil'd in night. If on the shore beyond the grave, Our souls shall meet again, Beside the lake, life's silver wave, We '11 weld love's broken chain. ALEXANDER EVANS. i9I BLADES O' BLUEGRASS. A THOUGHT. I HEARD a little maiden call Her pretty pigeons three, "Reality, and snowy Art, And sweetest Poetry." "Reality" flew to her hand; " Art " found a golden rest Amid her curls; while "Poetry" Was clasped unto her breast. I clasp hands with Reality; My head bows down to Art; While Poetry is fondly clasped Forever to my heart. MRs. W. LESLIE COLLINS. VANISHED. WHEN suddenly there passes from your sight, And from the life around you, some sweet face Which you have looked to as the ideal grace Of your best being, and the guiding light Of each and every common day and night, By which to measure your ambition's pace, Your soul's high aims, your hopes for nobler ways, Your love of truth, your purer sense of right And better faith in men; and when missed so, You realize that, as the years unfold, You shall not greet it in the ebb and flow Of all the human faces, nor behold It in your loneliest hour, then you may know Fow great a void so small a world may hold. EUGUNIA PAR EXAM. 192 HENRY CLEVELAND WOOD. Heor78..; ,:'' - This page in the original text is blank. A KENTUCKY TWILIGHT. A KENTUCKY TWILIGHT. I. TAWN as the yellow gold Cheeks of the panther Stormeth the restless flame Of the great twilight Under the oak boughs. Horses neigh and plunge, Cattle low and call, Sheep in the dusk outbleat On the deep meadows, Children laugh and cry, Voices rise and fall, Heard, thro' the gray dusk In the white village, Over which lean the stars Like pale maidens, While the moon rushes on Over the steep roofs. II. Thick, on the quiet hills Eastward out-kneeling, Gather the purple leaves Under the nightfall; Carols the little wren, Twitters the red-bird, Low pipes the russet quail On the dark upland, And the brown robin Hymns to the twilight fields Of late November; Purpler the hills become, Slower the streams run on, Dusker the valleys, And on the shocks of maize, Dotting the lowland, Like a brown garment loosed Falleth the darkness. 13 193 BLADES 0' BLUEGRASS. III. Now like a purple flame Under the oak boughs Hushed are the meadow-fields In the gray nightfall- Silent the pastures. Far in the village Lamps like red stars gleam out From the deep windows, Pendulous icicles Under the shadowy eaves Gossip and gabble, While, a great sheaf of gold Blown thro' the heaven, On flies the rushing moon Over the house-tops. CHARLZS J. O'MALL4Y. Round Table. A SONG. A BIRD sang in the orchard trees, Sang every nodding flower awake, Sang on as if its heart would break: The music rippled down the breeze, And laughed across the clover bloom, And seemed to bring the sweet perfume. Within the shadows, on my wall, Imprisoned in a golden cell, Another bird sang just as well: It answered every joyous call And flooded all the house with song In mellow measures-loud and long. Ah!-longing-still seem echoing The gladdest songs that Joy can sing. DANIaL E. O'SuLI IVAN. 194 I SHALL FIND REST. I SHALL FIND REST. "A LITTLE further on- There will be time-I shall find rest anon:" Thus do we say, while eager youth invites Young hope to try her wings in wanton flights, And nimble Fancy builds the soul a nest On some far crag; but soon youth's flame is gone- Burned lightly out-while we repeat the jest With smiling confidence, "I shall find rest A little further on." "A little further on I shall find rest"-half-fiercely we avow, When noon beats on the dusty field, and Care Threats to unjoint our armor, and the glare Throbs with the pulse of battle, while life's best Flies with the flitting stars: the frenzied brow Pains for the laurel more than for the breast Where Love soft-nestling waits. Not now, not now, With feverish breath we cry, " I shall find rest A little further on." "A little further on I shall find rest "-half-sad, at last, we say, When sorrow's settling cloud blurs out the gleam Of Glory's torch, and to a vanished dream Love's palace hath been turned, then-all depressed, Despairing, sick at heart-we may not stay Our weary feet, so lonely then doth seem This shadow-haunted world. We, so unblest, Weep not to see the grave which waits its guest; And feeling round our feet the cool, sweet clay, We speak the fading world farewell and say: "Not on this side, alas!-I shall find rest A little further on." ROB'RT BURNS WILSON. The Century. I95 BLADES O' BLUEGRASS THE MODERN TITHONUS. THE; rose that blessed the balmy air of June Is but a fragrant reminiscence now, The leaf that mocked the sultry summer noon With grateful shade has fallen from the bough; But oh! the blood is warm, the heart is young, And still of all the songs the sweetest are unsung. For Love is Love, although the roses fall, And lips are luscious, though the leaf be dry, And still my voice unto thy cheek can call Its crimson flush, although the summer die: Then let it die! so thou and I can live, And I have aught to ask, and thou have aught to give. The Past is Past, the Future is not yet; Tc-day we are let that content us, Sweet; The wild winds roar! aye, let them sob and fret, While I lie prostrate at thy dainty feet, And still consume thy love in my great need, And feed on thee, and hungrier grow the more I feed. The rose of Spring blooms for me on thy cheek, The balmy breath of May is in thy sigh; Thy arms are soft as June, and who would seek A sweeter summer than thy melting eye Bestows upon him! Oh! my Love, my Life, Thou art my Spring, my Summer; thou, my bride, my wife! J. SOULU SMITH. i96 A MADONNA. A MADONNA. SHJ: does not dwell in sheltered nook apart, In gloomy cloister or cathedral shade, Where priest and people come with prayer and song To do her homage or implore her aid. Nor from the wayside shrine look helpless down, As rolls along the sad, salt tide of life, Bathing her hallowed feet with bitter tears, Filling her ears with sounds of hopeless strife. Nor does she stand in calm and perfect grace, Where eager pilgrims crowd from every clime, The rare fulfillment of a poet's dream- Immortal Beauty wed with Art divine. She is a woman, one whose heart is filled With love of her own kind, whose simple creed Holds pure uprightness in her daily life, And help, where'er she may, for others' need. Meekly she serves, nor does her right hand e'er Unto the left its mission blest reveal; Humility, like green about a flower, But makes the fairer what it would conceal. Her shrine is in our hearts, which she hath healed; Ever our love and prayers like incense rise, And bear a tribute to this holy soul, Where it at last must dwell, beyond the skies. And so she treads the world's most crowded ways- Hands strong to help, eyes quick to see, its needs; And so we praise and bless her evermore, Our Lady of Kind Words and Gentle Deeds. PATTY BLACKBURN SEMPLE. 197 BLADES O 'BLUEGRASS. GEORGE MOORE. DOWN where the waters of the Golden Gate Kiss San Francisco's story-haunted shore, With wail as dreary as his mournful fate, Doth sleep the pride of rugged Amador. When on his brow the cruel hand of Death Did leave that summer night his impress pale, His ermine was, until his latest breath, AF spotless as the robe of mighty Hale. And his big heart as gentle as the boy's Whose childish lips have never breathed his name- That heart that felt for others' griefs and joys, And loved the right far more than wealth and fame. Great Matthew Hale! Aristides the Just! I bare my head before you both, But yet I dare to tell you, mighty dust! You did no grander thing than he whose oath To be an upright judge did lead him on, Through fields of honor, to an early grave; From lofty place, by splendid genius won, To rest beside the most ignoble slave That e'er was food for worms. He spurned the gold Laid at his feet by devilish tempter hands; He lived, he died with honor yet untold, And now he sleeps 'neath fair Pacific sands, That are not whiter than his soul. 0 stricken ones, That weep for him an hundred times a day, You oft have seen those daily dying suns That live again with morning's earliest ray. A native of Kentucky; a Judge of the Supreme Court of Californit; assas- sinated August, 1884. I98 YESTERDA Y. Take solace from the lesson, night is now- But night must fade and morning soon must break, And then will come a day for such as thou, When sorrowing hearts shall ever cease to ache. San Francisco, thou of Asis! thou Whose feet the paths of endless penance trod, Whose pious lips did waft on high a vow, That all who asked it for the love of God Should have thy blessed care, guard tenderly The well-loved ashes of our vanished friend In their long sleep beside the Western Sea, Which seems to moan o'er his untimely end. And thou, the Saint upon whose natal day I write for love these poor memorial lines, Is not this the saddest, tell me, pray, The saddest and the oddest of all Valentines STUART MURRAY. YESTERDAY. AT dawn a white-sailed vessel touched the pier, Laden with gold and jewels rare for me; All day she lay in port, but in the clear, Calm even with her gems she put to sea. And mingling with a fleet, with bitter tears I see her white tops glimmer far away, Sailing across the sea of wasted years, And know my gems are lost fore'er and aye. W. H. FIELD. I99 BLADES O' BLUEGRASS. THE CRICKET. A CHRISTMAS IDYL. I. WH1IRRE the wild rose dangles O'er the half-hid brook; Where the fisher angles, And the white perch wrangles And tangles In the coil about the hook; As the twilight closes, And the bosky roses Blossom sweeter round the nook; And the moonlight, dreaming moonlight, Points the tardy rising June night- Comes the spider from his web, Hums the bee into the hive, Flows the hawk across the sky, Glows the fire-fly in the grass, Hies the swallow home to roof, Sighs the gray frog in the marsh, Creeps the brook rat from his lurk, And the nook bat from her den- Oh, there tinkles, tinkles, tinkles! Chirp! Chirp! Chirp! One jolly, unseen visitor, In the thicket By the wicket- Cricket! Cricket! Cricket! Chirp! Chirp! Chirp! II. - When the noisy kettle Sings, like a humming bug, And the kittens settle Close in the hearth-hold rug- 200 THE CRICKE T. When the faggots sparkle, And the corners darkle, And the wainscot panels, (Full of mice and annals) Do begin a cricking, Like the clock a-ticking, And the low of cattle, And the tattling rattle On the pane-and prattle Of the little ones in cozy chairs close by the chimney lug- Come a thousand unheard voices, With these mellow, snow-sent noises, Mingling with our Christmas fancies, As we dream of old romances, In the days of sighs and dances, Ere we were thus one and snug; But above them each and all, Thrills that fireside Christmas call, For from chimney, hearth and wall, Sings the cricket, cricket, cricket, Chirp! Chirp! Chirp! As by wicket, Under thicket, Cricket! Cricket! Cricket! Chirp! Chirp! Chirp! HENRY WArTERSON. 20I BLADES 0' BLUEGRASS. IN THE AIR. WHO is it singing, a maid or lover, Waifs of a song so near Form of no human can I discover, Whose is the voice I hear, Sudden as laughter, as clear and strong, Bantering the birds for a burst of song Is it some sprite of the waterfall, Some spirit the warm wind frees, Ranging the bounds of the forestwall, Joying among the trees, Under concealment of reed and vine, Charming the dwellers of oak and pine Is it a Peri, some fair outcast, Mantled in pink and gold, Vailed in yon cloudlet just floated past, Filling with memories old, Chanting, as idly the airship strays, Dreamful refrains of her Eden-days April it is! As the soft air clears, Sweet is the joy of her, Tripping as wont down the columned years, Setting earth's heart astir, Making the woods and the welkin ring, Filled with the praises of God and spring! RuFus J. CHILDRESS. 202 THE LEVEL AND THE SQUARE. THE LEVEL AND THE SQUARE. WA MEET UPON THE LEVEL, AND WE PART UPON THE SQUARE- What words of precious meaning those words Masonic are! Come, let us contemplate them; they are worthy of a thought- With the highest and the lowest and the rarest they are fraught. We meet upon the level, though from every station come, The king from out his palace and the poor man from his home; For the one must leave his diadem without the Mason's door, And the other finds his true respect upon the checkered floor. We part upon the square, for the world must have its due; We mingle with its multitude, a cold, unfriendly crew; But the influence of our gatherings in memory is green, And we long, upon the level, to renew the happy scene. There 's a world where all are equal- we are hurrying to- ward it fast- We shall meet upon the level there when the gates of death are past; We shall stand before the Orient, and our Master will be there To try the blocks we offer by His own unerring square. We shall meet upon the level there, but never thence de- part; There's a Mansion-'tis all ready for each zealous, faithful heart; There's a Mansion and a welcome, and a multitude is there, Who have met upon the level and been tried upon the square. 203 4BLADES 0' BLUEGRASS. Let us meet upon the level then while laboring patient here- Let us meet and let us labor, though the labor seem se- vere; Already in the western sky the signs bid us prepare To gather up our working tools and part upon the square! Hands 'round, ye faithful Ghiblimites, the bright fraternal chain; We part upon the square below to meet in Heaven :again. Oh! what words of precious meaning these words Masonic are- WE MEET UPON THE LEVEL, AND WE PART UPOIN THE SQUARE! ROBERT MC RRIS. TO POESY. SWEET POESY! divinest of the arts Which man has framed to soothe his restless soul, When genius weds with thee and takes control, Thou by most potent spells doth bind all hearts; And when thou fliest far thy shining darts, Be their alighting near to either pole, Where liveth not so cold and dense a soul But thou to it some heart-warm heat imparts, Kindling therein some smothered sense of beauty, Awakening mind and heart to emulate The grand achievements of his fellow-men, A.nd cause him wish to see arise again The trenchant thoughts and deeds which make men great And raise their souls to more ennobling duty. HowARD MIT reaR. 204 MARBLE HEART. MARBLE HEART. [MARCO AND RAPHAEL,.] "I 'vo gazed upon thy matchless grace, The peerless beauty of thy face, Dear Marco fair, With golden hair And luster beaming from your eyes That vie in shadow with the skies." "And I too, Raphael, often sigh, Darling one, when thou art nigh, I know not why, Unless 't is I Am like a statue in thy eyes- A statue that you will despise." "Aye, I would bow at beauty's shrine If I could call Queen Marco mine; But I '11 go home And live alone. Marco, we should dwell apart; They say you have a marble heart." "Then fare thee well, brave King of Hearts; Our lives are filled with phantom starts- 'T is gold I crave, And gold I '11 have; Go chisel on your statue-arts- The world is full of marble hearts." "Aye, Marco, I would die for thee, And from this mental trouble free, Oh! Marco fair, With golden hair, A light to me from heaven gleams; I leave the statue of my dreams." ALIcE HAWTHORNE. 205 BLADES O' BLUEGRASS. WEDDING BELLS. WEDDING bells! wedding bells! Now their merry, silvery chime Seems to tell of naught but gladness; How it wakens into rhyme All that's fairest, all that's brightest, All that's tend'rest, all that's best, All that's dearest, all that's truest In the heart within our breast. Wedding bells! wedding bells! What a soft and rosy haze, What a rainbow-tinted glamour Cast they o'er our coming days! Life seems all one summer garden- Endless bloom without decay; Grief and care but empty shadows That a breath can trace away. Wedding bells! wedding bells! Oh! how broad the path appears, Flower-crowned and bright with sunshine, Down the mystic vale of years! And the thorns amid the roses, And the rocks we fain must meet, Know no terrors, and detain not Our unwearied, untried feet. Wedding bells! wedding bells! Must their echoes die away Must the clamor and the tumult Of life's still advancing day Drown the sweetness and the music Of their distant, gladsome chime, Break the charm and pierce the brightness Of our early morning time 206 WEDDING BELLS. Must the slowly dawning wisdom Of the ever-passing years Bring to eyes unknown to weeping Dreary shadows, bitter tears, As we catch the saddened cadence As it rises, as it swells, That is mingled with the chiming Of the bells-the wedding bells Wedding bells! wedding bells! Is there nothing that survives Of the beauty and the freshness Of the morning of our lives, Nothing that when youth has left us, And our heads are bowed and gray, We can claim of all the brightness That shone o'er our bridal day. Ah! we know our steps shall falter, And our sparkling eyes grow dim, Hope shall fade and Death shall gather Many dear ones unto him; But within our hearts, perennial In its beauty, ever dwells Love, the changeless, the immortal, Of the bells-the wedding bells. Love! the burden and the cadence Of their ever joyous strain, Sometimes faint; but in its fullness Do we catch the sweet refrain When, the tumult and the striving Of life's noonday conflict past, Battle-scarred, we turn our faces To the evening shades at last Wedding bells! ah, then, all golden Shall the mighty touch of Time Wake the ever growing brightness Of their chime-their silvery chime, 207 BLADES O' BLUEGRASS. Golden with the fair effulgence Of that holy, heavenly place, Where in all His dazzling glory We shall see God "face to face." CLARA L. MCILVuIN. AS IN THE LONG AGO. SWEETHZART, I love thee still, as when Amid the flowers and showers of June, We strolled through many a shaded glen, And climbed o'er many a rugged hill, Or praised the silvery beauty of the moon, Which threw its light- A shower of star-rays scattered free Upon the waters wide and white- Upon the dear old Tennessee. Still flowers bloom and showers fall; The hills and glens have shade for all- The silvery summer moon is still as rare As when it crowned you with its halo fair. The star-beams light the Tennessee; All, all are there-save only me. But still I dream of dear old Yore- Of flowers and showers and shade and more-- And still I tear in my impatient way The thick'ning veil of gray old Time away. Once more I stroll beside the Tennessee In Paradise, my Southern maid, with thee! Jo. A. PARKER. 208 MATTIE PEARSON SMITH. This page in the original text is blank. THE IMMORTAL THREE. THE IMMORTAL THREE. 'T is thought by many to this day That spirits, disembodied, may Revisit scenes below at will Throughout the world and-Louisville. The thought is dear to every one That we poor mortals, as we run, Are watched and tended on our way By loved ones who have passed away. In this connection I have dreamed Of things that to my memory seemed As clear as if they 'd surely passed Before my eyes, and never asked To have them fuilly verified By evidence from o'er the tide Which separates this world of ours From that where dwell diviner powers. It seems to be my pleasing fate To have such dreams quite oft of late. The other day, in musing mood, I dreamed an angel near me stood- (Or something of angelic kind, For it had little wings behind); He, tipping me a smile and bow, I asked of him, "What news hast thou" He said he 'd been to Saturn sent On mission of some high portent; But, having thirty minutes leisure, He 'd dropped around this way for pleasure. From what he 'd heard of it-the Earth- He thought it full of joy and mirth, He said, though he had ne'er before Set foot upon its beauteous shore. 14 209 BLADES O' BLUEGRASS. His talk I could with ease distinguish (The language taught up there is English)- Long time ago the language used Was quite mixed up, and much confused With Dutch, and French, and Welsh, and Greek; But Shakespeare taught them all to speak By trumpet, wire, and telephone, The grand old Anglo-Saxon tone. I asked him if he knew Shakespeare- The one who one time lived down here At mention of that name he spake, And, reaching out his hand, said: " Shake I know him well-have heard him talk Of this great actor, of that 'gawk;' And since he's been in realms above He's ne'er forgotten his first love." He said a court had lately sat, A sort of high commission, at Which Shakespeare, Goethe and Lord Byron (That all-bewitching earthly siren)- Had full instructions to report As to which actor this high court Gave greatest fame-who'd had no peers Within the current hundred years. The claims of Couldock were discussed: In him they all held quite high trust. When Byron named young Billy Florence Applause came down in perfect torrents. John Owens, too-old ducky dear!- Was praised quite warmly by Shakespeare; But when it came down to the test No one could show which was the best. They argued long, both pro and con, As to which actor they 'd place on The royal badge of " First in Art." So well had each one " played his part" 210 TO ADELINA PATTI. That Shakespeare, who was in the chair, Arose and said he thought it fair, As they could not on one decide, To " move " the honors to divide. This grand commission then arose, As their proceeding neared its close. When Shakespeare spoke the mighty chief- They all joined him in his belief, That Owens, Couldock, and young Florence Should each one hold their royal warrants That none of them have had their peers In mimic art these hundred years. OLIVER LucAs. TO ADELINA PATTI. I'vE seen the empress of a summer's night, Swinging her amber censer up and down, And all so lavish was her regal light The diamond splendor of the stars did drown; While shower on shower of moonlight rare Made every changing current of the air Rich with the treasure trembling in its hold, As though the miser heavens had spilled their gold. So I have heard the priceless fount of song Gush from thy golden throat so joyously, As if great Pan piped once more to the throng Of shepherds'midst the meads of Arcady; Its music quells the tumult of the mart And drives the tenant care from every heart; I know the "morning stars" sang not more true, When all the virgin world was sweet and new. DANIEi, E. O'SULLIVAN. 2I I BLADES O' BLUEGRASS. A BALLADE OF POETS. SINCE bold Admetus reigned a king, And blond Apollo was his thrall, Song seems a less immortal thing- Some earthly leaven degrades it all. Aye, since the lord of music's fall From the bright gods' resplendent palace, Don't swear by news the poets bawl, Take what they say cum grano salis. Once poesy was in its spring, But now, close-driven to the wall, It loses its celestial ring- Some earthly leaven degrades it all. Our lutes are out of tune; we drawl Some hackneyed song to Nan or Alice- Poets will fib and steal and brawl; Take what they say cum grano salis. No more the gods to earth we bring, Sweet Fancy's heroes seem less tall, And song, alas! to which we cling- Some earthly leaven degrades it all. There is no David now for Saul, There is no wine in Music's chalice, And poets get their goods from Gaul; Take what they say cum grano salis. Base rhyme poor Pegasus must haul, Some earthly leaven degrades it all, And poets-ah, in jest or malice, Take what they say cum grano sais! ELVIRA SYDNOR M: LLER. 212 TO A ROBIN.2 TO A ROBIN. THY song with morning breaks, Sweet robin, and its short refrains Soft on my casement splash like sudden rains Of flowers which shatter into flakes; All unaware my soul from slumber wakes Full of thy cheery strains. Thou dost not skyward soar Nor thy song bubble through the trees Swelling with mortal pain; but on the breeze Borne leaf-arousing, dancing o'er, What time the dawn begins to pour Its glory o'er lands and seas. No keen wound subtly pains Thy heart, no woe that inly grieves Into my spirit, crying, wanly weaves; Which, when thou ceasest, still complains O robin, pouring ever-joyous strains Amid the dewy leaves! Oft in my deeper dreams I hear thee dwindled to a tone Like Love's own lute ere Love has sorrow known, Or flutings wound along the streams Of fairy-land by stilly twilight gleams, From elfin pipers blown. Thin flageolets and veins Of music faint and far away, Which lure me forth from Sleep's oblivious sway Wherein the woeful present wanes, And lead me laughing into rosy lanes Where feet of childhood stray. Bird of melodious powers, Before thee what green valley swells, What fountains blue, that from thy full throat wells 2I3 2BLADES O' BLUEGRASS. But gladness only-fadeless flowers, Unclouded sky and scented Summer bowers Where Joy forever dwells! To woo and win from Death Shows thee a wondrous conjurer; Thy song creeping into the dreamful ear, The Heart's red blossom shattereth; Once more I feel the fresh and fragrant breath Of hopes about to stir. The dainty germs that gem With light the cloud that shields the whole, The young hopes nested in the sinless sot.d, O soon to be, blest brood of them, Like winged flowers in ruby seas a-swim With Heaven for their goal! These years with all they hold Of weary burdens that increase, Annihilated, melt away and cease; Once more around me as of old, The bloom-bewildered orchards are unrolled In breezy joy and peace. With self-same look it wore, Looms the old homestead green and grand-! Now happy voices reach me where I stand, And oh! I see once more, once more, My youthful mother in the open door, The distaff in her hand. O house where I was born- Where I was reared and reached the goal Of manhood, free from ills that now control; Where I, amid the flowers and corn, In boyhood romped with ne'er a dream forlorn Preying upon my soul! 214 AT SET OF SUN2 Your scenes before me laid Are all familiar: glad and bright The wavering landscape broadens in my sight; Here first I yielded undismayed, Then felt my young soul stir within me, swayed By song and sorrow's might! Alas! I do not err! I felt it in a mournful thrill Among my spirit's leaves, like winds that fill The murmurous groves of pine and fir; The spirit's leaves that Song hath set a-stir Can never more be still! What wonder that I said, In touch with things that made me weep, "Love lift thy wing and let me safely creep Thereunder-I am so afraid; " The red dawn blushing, like the sky had bled, Did all earth oversweep! RUFUS J. CHI.DRESS. AT SET OF SUN. THE soft'ning twilight creeps apace The after-mood of stormful day, And close within its fond embrace The yielding shadows fade away, At set of sun. The heart's soft twilight creeps apace The after-mood of stormful day, And hides within its calm embrace The pride that held imperial sway, At set of sun. ANNA J. HAMILTON. 215 BLADES O' BLUECGRASS. TOPPING THE LOCUSTS. The author's father in his advanced years found it necessary to top two locust trees which stood near the old family residence. He wrote to his son that he had "topped the Locusts," though he did it with great reluctance, adding, "Now they may put out n!w tops and give shade to a new generation." The sentiment expressed sug- gested the lines below. Two LOCUSTS, in a grove of beech, Their giant arms up skyward reach, Four yards their ancient trunks are 'round, Their tops with leaves and branches crowned. A hundred years their ages tell, They 've kept their vigor wondrous well, They've stood a hundred winters' rage, As often spread their foliage. Oh, these are trees for axe to spare, For many a tale could they declare, How first they grew for him whose hand Upreared the house, and cleared the land, And made the home for them to shade, Whilst 'neath their boughs his children played. To kinsfolk, neighbors, strangers, friends, Their hospitable shade extends; Here lovers whispered happy dreams, 'Midst silvery sprays of soft moonbeams, And at the close of Sabbath days Through arching boughs went up God's praise, While sweetly borne on evening's breeze The church-bell chimes sang through the trees; Oh, let the axe these old trees spare, Is memory's earnest, pleading prayer. But now these skyward reaching arms Have grown so tall their height alarms, Lest storms may bring them crashing down The old paternal roof upon; 216 NO VEMBER. So keen-edged axe and cruel saw, Strong arm to wield and a rope to draw, Soon send the grand old tops below To kiss the ground they've shaded so. No more a grateful shade they'll cast, No more defy the winter's blast; But though no graceful top remains, Each trunk a mighty life retains, And spreading glories yet will crown The locust trees whose tops are down- Glories of leaf and fragrant bloom For generations yet to come. THOMAS SPEED. NOVEMBER. CHILL-BROWAD elf, November, Casting your shadow and frown, Lending a touch of amber- Shading it into brown. Hiding the smile of the sun, Chasing Summer away- Turning green into dun, Then curtaining it in gray. Robbing the grim old oaks Of their summer frond, Stopping the froggish croaks, Stilling the meadow pond. Hushing the hum of the brook That waded through the vale, Stealing into every nook Whispering your autumn tale. CLINT RUBY. 217 BLADES O' BLUEGRASS. LOVE. OH! what is love a fading flower, The fleeting vision of an hour, The bow that decks the summer sky, The passing breeze that flutters by, A meteor flash across life's heaven, A word, a promise idly given, A strain of music come and gone, Whose memory passeth with its tone, A star that kindly beams awhile, Then leaves us darker for its smile; Say, is this love Ah, no! Love is a quenchless flame, Forever burning, still the same; A fire that angel torches light To cheer our life's long, gloomy night; A sun that will around us cast A flood of brightness to the last; The dearest boon to us is given, The radiance of reflected Heaven, Which when death comes will brightly shire, Losing the Human in Divine; Oh! this is love! CLARA L. MCILVAIN. 2i8 EDGAR ALLAN POE. EDGAR ALLAN POE. PoET, whose heritage was dreams and tears, Blue are thy loved Virginia skies to-day; Amid the leaves the lutes of spring-time play Sweet strains of ecstacies and hopes and fears; But thou, whose lyre was swept by heaven's own breath, Hast rendered all thy minstrelsy to Death. Canst thou not hear beneath the veiling sod, The warm earth breaking o'er the daffodils, In whose green stalks the pulse of April thrills Canst thou not hear young grasses grow Dear God, Hard must it be to leave the glorious light, Aye, all fair things, and bid the world good night. Poet, thy dear South bears a rose for thee Far fairer than unfading asphodels, From fields beyond the region of farewells, Washed by the white waves of eternity. Behold, this rose of love, whose bloom divine Is a censer and thy grave a shrine. Sweet be the silence of these fleeting years To thee who left us, ere Fame's sunshine came, The heritage of thy immortal name, Whose bread was sorrow, and whose wine was tears; Sweet be it, oh thou lord of language rare, Mad minstrel of a most divine despair. The pulse of trade now falters in the mart At breathing of thy name, and love forgets The lips, the kisses, so this sorrow sets All crowned and sceptered in each feeling heart, Yea, deep in mine, for singer I would be E'en as a strain of music praising thee. 2I9 BLADES 0' BLUEGRASS. For thee the dream-gods poured rare draughts of wine, The splendid drink of immortality, Till drunken with such nectar thou didst see, Beyond the sunsets, lands that are divine, And o'er earth's clamor heard weird voices call From parapets cut in the sky's blue wall. The tears of fallen angels sadly smote Upon thy trembling lute-strings, and soft blown Through golden portals fell the raptured note Of seraph's song and mingled with thy own, So thus unto each earth-born strain was given The sigh of Hell, the ecstasy of Heaven. Endowed with visions of mysterious things, Upon a ship of song thyself didst stand, Arid like Columbus hailed a grand new land. Oh! dweller under Fame's outstretching wings, Alas, alas! that in thy prime of day Death's darkness fell, like frosts on blooms of May. Perchance life's sorrow made thy heart grow old; The sight of haggard faces and sad eyes Made dim the brightness of thy paradise, And on thy music jarred the clink of gold; So thou didst faint beneath the heavy cross, While all the world laughed, knowing not its loss. Though thou hast stood a beggar at the gate Of splendor, asking for a bit of crust, Thy hot tears falling thickly in the dust Of rich men's chariot wheels. Oh, cruel Fate, Why e'er delaying Better wine and bread For genius living-laurels mock the dead. Ye statesmen weaving webs for souls of men, Ye victors from the glory-giving fray, Take back your honbrs; 't was but yesterday He asked for bread, and silence answered then. Poor singer! even Beauty would not spare One gem for thee from out her scented hair. 220 TOBOGGANING DOWN THE HILL. Now, glorious is thy resting-place, thou king Of songs and dreams. The splendid lights of Heaven, Sun, moon, and stars, for lamps to thee are given. Red leaves of autumn and green mists of spring Fold softly o'er thee; for thy music, hear The psalm of nature waking ever near. Mute poet, as the burning west grows cold, Lo, I will write upon this fair head-stone (The mocking gift Fame gave thee for thine own): "Here Genius lies, that died for lack of gold;" And, passing by, the laughing world shall see Its baseness and thy immortality. ELVIRA SYDNOR MILLER. TOBOGGANING DOWN THE HILL. UPON the summit of Life's slope, We stand in vigor, full of hope, With beauteous snowdrifts all around: What grander scene could e'er be found Let 's get aboard of Life's swift sleigh And grandly down pursue our way, Enjoying each delicious thrill As we toboggan down the hill. But, ah! this charming thrill can 't last! The gait is pleasing, but too fast; Too soon we 'll reach, so swift we sail, The gloomy shadow of the vale. But take the sleighing as it goes, And make the most of winter's snows- Enjoy the ride, let come what will, As we toboggan down the hill. OLIVER LUCAS. 221 BLADES O' BLUEGRASS. AUTUMN LEAVES. WHEN Autumn's breeze fans through the trees And leaves begin to fall, The leaves and wind bring to the mind The certain fate of all. The breeze of time which constant blows On man with potent blast, Though one by one it overthrows, Still all must fall at last. With men it is as with the leaves, Each springs from mother Earth, They rise and grow, and fade and fall To where they had their birth. On the oak you'll see-the stateliest tree In all the forest 'round- Some leaves of humble, modest height, And scarce above the ground, Whilst others rise almost to skies Upon the topmost bough, Yet when they fall they're scattered al Promiscuously below. Thus 't is with man, do all he can To elevate his head, In earth at last with millions past He mingles with the dead. Gay scenes adorn man's vernal morn In fancy's pleasing views, One object gained, another feigned He ardently pursues. Then come his cares in riper years, The Summer of his day With toil and strife, in future life His labors to repay. 222 A SEA SHELL. His end attained, fruition gained, His Autumn more serene, But wealth nor ease here long can please, For he must quit the scene. As years prevail his pleasures fail, His strength declines apace, And Winter's bleak and chilling gale Shall end his mortal race. Then pause, Oh man! an emblem see In every falling leaf Of that frail body given to thee, Ponder, but not with grief. Thy noble past, thy Heaven born mind, If virtuous it be, Enjoys when free and unconfined A blest eternity. THOMAS SPEE. A SEA SHELL. IT tells in its lonely sighs, In its misere wild, Its love for its far-off ocean home, This exiled ocean-child. I send it unto thee, Type of my own full heart, That sings and sighs for its native land Though doomed to dwell apart. And when in thy listening ear Its plaintive music rings, Let it tell of love for thee and thine That flows from my heart's deep springs. ANNI1n CHAMBERS KETCHUM. 223 BLADES 0' BLUEGRASS. THE BORE. 'NEAurH every sun, in every land, Th' impartial breezes e'er have fanned The cheek of modest merit and That other cheek, 'Gainst which a hurricane might dash And tempests rave and lightnings flash, They wouldn't harm or e'en abash The bore's dread beak. In fact, the storm that sweeps the main And plays sad havoc on the plain, Might beat upon the bore in vain- He'd face the breeze, And, with his never-ceasing tongue, Backed by a wondrous strength of lung, He'd blow a "Norther" back among The Arctic seas. The bore he boreth every soul Who yieldeth him a button-hole, And then in his obnoxious role Begins to blow; The while his victim, in distress, Hearing but little, heeding less, Murmurs "I reckon," "no," and " yes," In tones of woe. Now, Noah's ark contained a pair Of all things breathing God's pure air Except the bore-he wasn't there, Or else the "crew," Through forty days and nights of rain, Would surely have been talked insane, And 'neath the waters eased their pain, With Noah, too. 224 I- - -- :-1,I I"I,'', 1-- .1 'l , t 0 - - --l- - - Ill 1--1 ff lo Stst; ::Ru: 0:y :i HENRY COOLIDGE SEMPLE. This page in the original text is blank. GOD'S POEM. You recollect that Babel's rise Was checked before it reached the skies By too much talk, and I surmise- (I may be wrong)- That Lucifer, chagrined and sore, Then, out of gas, evolved the bore To torture man forevermore With stories long. In t' other land we '11 gladly miss The bore who tortures us in this; In that bright land's antithesis He '11 sit and sigh To even feel the humid breeze From an old-fashioned, healthy sneeze, Or on his blistered tongue to squeeze A dish-rag dry. A. W. KBLLEv. GOD'S POEM. PATCHUS of shimmering sunlight everywhere Filtering through clouds white, airy, opalescent- Skies to the eastward glowing, iridescent; A restful, holy calm, unwonted, rare, Like that which in our fancy broods above The peaks of Paradise; a drowsy glory That radiates from regions fresh with flora, Enshrouding all; a sense of that vast love (Illimitable, infinite as Heaven), That fashioned all, alike pervading all; These are thy revelations, June, thy call! 0! may they not in vain to us be given; Written on sea and sky, on leaf and sod, Thou art an idyl from the hand of God! MATTIR N. BROWN. 15 225 BLADES O' BLUEGRASS. THE NIGHT DISPLAYS THE STARS. THiE storm displays the rainbow, The night displays the stars, And twilight's gathering darkness The sunset's golden bars. The rain begems the meadow With shining rills of light, And fills the flowers' dew-cups With honey clear and bright. The winter fills the world With winds of wailing woe, But clothes the moon-lit valleys With glist'ning robes of snow. 'Tis thus, when gloomy shadows O'erspread us and combine, The hidden virtues in us Like stars begin to shine. And as the starry heavens Of night surpass the day, So noble souls in sorrow Their loftiness display. But if, when sorrow-smitten, No virtues in us shine, Then we are full of darkness, And void of light divine. THOMAS WAL 3H. 226 THE OLD SCISSORS' SOLILOQUY. THE OLD SCISSORS' SOLILOQUY. The following poem, bright in humor and tender in sentiment, was written several years ago by A. W. Kelley (Parmenas Mix), and first published in The Century, then Scribner's Magazine. I AM lying at rest in the sanctum to-night- The place is deserted and still- To my right lie exchanges and manuscripts white, To my left are the ink and the quill- Yes, the quill, for my master's old-fashioned and quaint, And refuses to write with a pen; He insists that old Franklin, the editor saint, Used a quill, and he'll imitate Ben. I love the old fellow-together for years We have managed the Farmers' Gazette, And although I am old, I'm his favorite shears And can crowd the compositors yet. But my duties are rather too heavy, I think, And I oftentimes envy the quill As it lazily leans with its nib in the ink While I'm slashing away with a will. But when I was new-I remember it well, Though a score of long years have gone by- The heaviest share of the editing fell On the quill, and I think with a sigh Of the days when I'd scissors an extract or two From a neighboring editor's leader, Then laugh in my sleeve at the quill as it flew In behalf of the general reader. I am being paid off for my merriment then, For my master is wrinkled and gray, And seldom lays hold on his primitive pen Except when he wishes to say, 227 BLADES 0 ' BLUE GRASS. "We are needing some money to run this machine, And subscribers will please to remit;" Or, "that last load of wood that Jones brought us was green, And so knotty it could n't be split." He is nervous and deaf, and is getting quite blind (Though he hates to acknowledge the latter), And I 'm sorry to say, it 's a puzzle to find Head or tail to the most of his matter. The compositors plague him whenever they ;ee The result of a luckless endeavor, But the darling old rascal just lays it to me, And I make no remonstrance whatever. Yes, I shoulder the blame very little I care For the jolly compositor's jest, For I think of a head with the silvery hair That will soon, very soon, be at rest. He has labored full long for the true and the good, "'Mid the manifold troubles that irk us; His emoluments, raiment and food, And-a pass, now and then, to the circus. Heigho! from the past comes a memory brighit Of a lass with the freshness of clover, Who used me to clip from her tresses one night A memorial lock for her lover. The dear little lock is still glossy and brown, But the lass is much older and fatter; And the youth-he's an editor here in the town- I 'm employed on the staff of the latter. I am lying at rest in the sanctum to-night- The place is deserted and still- The stars are abroad and the moon is in sight Through the trees on the brow of the hill; Clouds hurry along in undignified haste, And the wind rushes by with a wail- Hello! there's a whopping big rat in the paste- How I 'd like to shut down on his tail! A. W. KELLY. 228 AMABERE ME. AMABERE ME. WHEN the white snow left the mountains, When the spring unsealed the fountains, When her eye the violet lifted, Where the autumn leaves had drifted 'Neath the budding maple tree, Amabere Me. Now the summer flowers are dying, Now the summer streams are drying, Yet I cry, though lone I linger Where the autumn's wizard finger Burns along the maple tree, Amabere Me. As the wild bird, faint and dying, Follows summer faithless flying, So my heart, doubt's blank air beating, Broken-winged, is still repeating While it follows, follows thee, Amabere Me. Soon will winter, gaunt and haggard, Shroud a new grave, sodless, beggared; Still, though not a flower be planted, Not a requiem be chanted, Not an eye with tears be laven, On a gray stone will be graven 'Neath the leafless maple tree, Amabere Me. ANNIE CHAMBERS KzTCHUm. 229 BLADES O' BLUEGRASS. MIDNIGHT MUSINGS. THEREM is a beauty on Night's queen-like brow, With her rich jewelry of blazing stars, That to the heart, which yearns for purer sceaes And holier love than greets it here, appeals With a resistless force. Great Nature then Asserts her empire o'er the souls of those, Ne'er favored children, on whose eager ears There falls no wind which hath no melody, And to whose eyes each star unfolds a world Of glory and of bliss. The poet feels The inspiration of an hour like this, When silence like a garment wraps the earth, And when the soundless air seems populous With gentle spirits hovering o'er the haunts Which most they loved while prisoned in their clay. The mysteries of the universe then woo His mind, and lead it up from height to height Of lofty speculation to the Throne Round which all worlds and systems roll. The Past for him unlocks her affluent stores, And human crowds, long gathered home by death To his dark kingdom, people earth again. Such is the talismanic power divine Of Genius over death and time and space. It reads the dim memorials on the tombs Of buried empires-peoples solitudes- And sways its scepter o'er the realms of night. In its blest missions to the homes of men It turns aside from palaces and pomp, And gently stoops to kiss the pearly brow Of the boy peasant 'neath the humblest roof. With eye anointed it hath read the stars, And traced out on the boundless blue of heaven The wanderings of worlds. Its voice goes forth3, 2als'o THE PASSING OF MARCH. And o'er the billows of Time's wasteful sea It rolleth on forever. It hath sung Old Ocean's praise, and with his surges' roar Its song will ever mingle. THOMAS H. SHREVE. THE PASSING OF MARCH. THE braggart March stood in the season's door With his broad shoulders blocking up the way, Shaking the snow-flakes from the cloak he wore And from the fringes of his kirtle gray. Near by him April stood with tearful face, With violets in her hands, and in her hair Pale wild anemones; the fragrant lace Half-parted from her breast, which seemed like fair, Dawn-tinted mountain snow, smooth-drifted there. She on the blusterer's arm laid one white hand, But he would none of her soft blandishment; Yet did she plead with tears none might withstand, For even the fiercest hearts at last relent. And he at last, in ruffian tenderness, With one swift, crushing kiss her lips did greet; Ah, poor starved heart-for that one rude caress She cast her violets underneath his feet. ROBERT BURNS WILSON. 23I BLADES O' BLUEGRASS. SPRING THUNDER. Wic know by the breath of the balmy air, The springing grass and the sunshine fair, By the soft rain falling-as if in love The sleeping blossoms and bulbs above- By the tint of green on the forest brown, By the fallen tassels of aspen down, By the lilac-bud and the tufted larch, That we have done with the wayward March. We know by the call of the nestling bird When she feels her mother impulse stirred, By the venturing forth of the lonely bee Like the dove sent out o'er the olden sea, By the croak of the frog in his willowy pond, By the dove's low moan in the copse beyond By the quickening pulse and the thrilling vein, That April laughs into life again. But not the sunshine, the breeze, the showers, The tender green on the embryo flowers, Thevoices of birds or the quickened sense, Appeal with such startling eloquence To the heart that yearns for the Summer's reign, Weary and earth-sick from Winter's chain, As that sound which seems through space to ring, The first low thunder of wakened Spring. o marvel not that the men of old Deemed its deep music by gods controlled, And, by the power that within them strove, Called it the wrath of the mystic Jove For we are stirred with an awe profound By that mysterious and sullen sound- Nor give we faith to the birds and bloom Till we hear that fiat of Winter's doom. 232 THE LEAF. So in the Spring of our life's career We stand and gaze on the opening year, We feel the sunshine, we drink the breeze, But no source of feeling is stirred by these; Not till the voice of the stormy soul Swells like the sound of the thunder's roll- Not till the flood-gates of sorrow break In passionate tears-doth our Summer wake. CATHERINE A. WARFIELD. THE LEAF. So rudely torn from thy support, Where goeth thou, poor withered leaf I do not know. The tempest's sport Is the dire cause of all my grief. It felled the oak, upon whose bough My slight form clung since early spring; And from that dreadful day till now The fickle wind upon his wing Hath borne me o'er the spreading plain, And through the forest's shady nooks, And o'er the rugged mountain chain, And by the valley's babbling brooks. Without complaint, and without grief, I go where every thing else goes, Where goes the slender laurel leaf, Where goes the soft leaf of the rose. MRs. W. LESLIE COLLINS. e Translated from the French of Fenelon. 233 BLADES O' BLUEGRASS. A WILD VIOLET IN NOVEMBER. ALAS, dear flower! child of the morning sun, Of April showers and spring-time's kindly breath, Against what odds hath thy sweet life begun! All nature bodes thee ill. Thou mayst not shun The hard mischances of this changing world, Nor 'scape the sad presaging of this sky. To-day thy gentle beauty is unfurled, To-morrow in the lap of sleep to lie. Aill cheerfully the wonder of thine eye Looks upward, smiling in the face of death. Is nature then forgetful and unkind- Unknowing of her time to send thee forth Uncared for, unprotected from the wind, Whose threat'ning voice stirs from the pallid north COr hath the sun, made fierce with Autumn's wine, Too fondly wooed, too soon, the drowsing earth, So that she stirs uneasy in her rest, And dreams she must put forth some tender sign Of love's sweet troubling in her yearning breast, And so, unwitting, gives thy beauty birth Hast thou no fear Ah, poor unconscious waif! No dew-drop hast thou but compassion's tear. Would that an angel now might bear thee safe To some sure hiding place! Dost thou not hear The anger of the coming storm, that fills The sky with gloom and shakes the earth with dread, Voiced in the deep mouths of the bellowing hilhl, Wherefrom bright Autumn in despair hath flec And left the gray trees naked to their ills, Each holding mournfully some farewell shred Torn from the rich robe of the passing year No help of mine, alas! can bring thee cheer. 234S A4 WILD VIOLET IN NO VEMBER. Here will I heap the leaves about thy bed, That I may leave thee, when the storm draws near, A friendly shelter for thy drooping head. Soon will thy life be done, and mine more drear, That I shall seek for thee and find thee dead. Now from the far horizon sweeps the blast, Distress and desolation in the sound, Swift through the moaning forest, driving past The frantic leaves along the rustling ground. Now on the drear fields night is closing fast, The shadows and the darkness fill the air; Dun Melancholy leaves her haunts at last, And wails along the hillsides in despair. Far from the fading valley bursts the boom Of distant echoes, and the darkness reels Where sightless chariots, thund'ring through the gloom, Bear down the tree-tops with their crackling wheels. Sheer down the shattered silence of the sky The fierce, white steeds of Winter plunging go; Swift on the level of the storm they fly, And from their gleaming manes, as they rush by, They shake the hoar-frost out, like moon-lit snow. Now is the summer as if it had not been; The autumn but a fancy and a jest; All is but night, and phantoms come again. The rounded moon sinks in the tangled crest Of yon dark hill. Are all but shadows then And what should I do other than the rest- A dreamer of the whisp'ring fields at best Why am I grieved What matter should it be That flowers must fade; that every joy should fly; And all things change Why am I pained to see That good can fail and gentle beauty die One violet less on earth! What's that to me Alas! I know not; no, in truth, not I. 235 BLADES 0' BLUEGRASS. Farewell! I draw my cloak about me now; Far hence upon the midnight fields I go; Cold is the whistling gust upon my brow; Crisp is the frosted grass and white as snow; Gone is the moon, deep darkness and the stars Gird now the sleeping earth; and I alone Must go to battle in the silent wars That rend the soul with thought's unuttered moan. Still shall I seek the dawning and the light, Loth to believe that Nature was designed To be but cruel. Though her ways may thrill My soul with doubts, and though her front may fright My longing with a grave which I must fill; Yet shall despair not mount on hope resigned; Her beauty and her love are life. I find More cheer and comfort in her worst of ills Than in the choicest babbling of mankind. From thee, frail, creature of the mind divine, My soul is loth to part. I linger near, Vexed with a boding that is not, and is- A contemplative sense of wounding fear, Where fain I would find comfort and repose. Hath God made man a gentler heart than His There is a nameless agony that grows Too burdensome to melt with pity's tear; And I, who bend in helpless sorrow here, Pained with regret and longing, that, God knows, I got not of myself-a wild despair That death should ride upon the breath that blows Fresh from the sky's far solitudes-I get No answer. Silence mocks my cry. And yet Thy faith-face bids my doubting soul forget The cloud of gloom that closes over me With thinking why so hard a thing should be. Thus am I lessoned by this trust of thine, Thy beauty's charm and sweet content, which shows Thy life is sheltered from the blight of care As though a guard of gods encircled thee. 236 ICE LIEBE DICH. Farewell, sweet flower! We yet perhaps shall meet At some time, somewhere. God, He knows; not I. But if this life be not a useless cheat- A farce for fiends to laugh at, and a lie Then sure I know that in some land unknown To which we journey, we shall meet again. And if there be not this-if life be grown, Heart, soul and mind, a fleeting dream and vain, Born of the earth and nurtured by the sun, A nothing and a shadow, but to be Whiles that a few short years of time shall run, And vanish then forever-still, I say Farewell! Farewell! It is but clay to clay. Thou goest now, and I shall follow thee. ROBERT B. WILSON. ICH LIEBE DICH. " ICH LIEBE DICH," was all he said, And why I should have blushed so red I can not say-I do not know; The words could not have moved me so- It must have been his look instead. But why should I have hung my head, And really almost felt afraid, When what he meant I did not know " Ich liebe dich." "Three German words" they were, he said. " Teach me the meaning No, instead The words themselves he 'd teach, and so The meaning soon enough I 'd know." And soon my faltering lips he led To say the words himself had said- "Ich liebe dich." JEAN WRIGHT. 237 BLADES O' BLUEGRASS. A REVERIE. THE twilight falls in gloom; All day the fitful sun and sparkling show'r Have played at hide-and-seek amid the bloom- The varied tints of Spring's fresh bow'r. Oh, sure each bud and blossom knows the spell, Their subtle fragrance weaves about my brow; Oh, sure a mystic tale their echoes tell- Love's soft, low-whisper'd vow. The deep'ning sky o'ercast, The shadows slowly length'ning 'neath the trees, The tender leaves swift in the vernal blast, To catch the music of the breeze; The young lush grass a-peep above the earth, The trailing vines that to the lattice cling, Ah, these to fancies warm and true give birth, And o'er my senses fling. On landscape charms I glance; The city's distant hum is lull'd to rest, Athwart the sunset dark'ning clouds advance, And shut from sight the rosy west; A dreamy orison enshrines my heart, Deep shelter'd in the sacred haunts of home, Where elfin sprites among the eeries dart, Irradiate in the gloam. Shine out, sweet love, unveil Thy ecstasy erst wrought in accents wild; Within my soul there breathes an anguish'd wail, Unsoothed by resignation mild. I would not, if I might, give back the joy That sweeps my pulses with enraptured thrill; In transport pure the moments can not cloy- My craving lingers still. 238 SPRING AND SUMMER. Nor time may rend the tie; The fealty that holds the captive will In potent thrall, if sever'd, soon must die, Poor human faith a-blight and chill. 0, birdlings, blossoms, leaflets, flow'rs, Give forth chaste spirits to enchant the air; Let silver'd memories glad the lonely hours, And crown my picture fair. The night comes on apace; The cricket's chirp, the woodland murmur's swell, Bid nature's changeling melodies efface The glamour of yon phantom spell. The flashing morn adown the glist'ning aisles, A dew-embower'd hill and grove and lea, With ruthless light will scatter fairy wiles, Nor leave my love to me. EUGENIA DUN-LAP POTTS. SPRING AND SUMMER. I HUARD a footstep on the hill; The little brook began to trill. I looked-a sweet and childish face, Reflected like a blooming vase, Was smiling from the water clear With buttercups behind her ear. A flock of swallows hove in sight; On came Summer clad in white, With sunshine falling from her hair Upon her shoulders white and bare, And, pressing through the tangled grass, A daisy rose to watch her pass. KATYDID. 239 BLADES O' BLUEGRASS. LA GLU. BRITTANY FOLK SONG. ONcE upon a time there was a poor boy. -Oulie oulai oulie oula- Once upon a time there was a poor boy Who loved one Who loved him not. She said to him, "Bring me to-day," -Oulie oulai oulie oula- She said to him, "Bring me to-day The heart of thy mother For my dog." He goes to his home and his mother kills. -Oulie oulai oulie oula- He goes to his home and his mother kills, Seizes the heart And runs away. In running away down he falls. -Oulie oulai oulie oula- In running away down he falls, And the heart Rolls on the ground. As it rolls it speaks to him. -Oulie oulai oulie oula- As it rolls it speaks to him- Listen thou To what it says. As it rolls it weeping says, -Oulie.oulai oulie oula- As it rolls it weeping says, "Art thou hurt My poor child" JEAN W7RIGHT. 240 - , "-. U cJENNIE JONES CUNNINGHAM, A , ' -' .. """ -7 n W NW 400 ' r7 This page in the original text is blank. LEFT ON THE BATTLE-FIELD. LEFT ON THE BATTLE-FIELD. WHAT, was it a dream Am I all alone In the dreary night and the drizzling rain Hist!-Ah, it was only the river's moan; They have left me behind with the mangled slain. Yes, now I remember it all too well! We met, from the battling ranks apart; Together our weapons flashed and fell, And mine was sheathed in his quivering heart. In the cypress gloom, where the deed was done, It was all too dark to see his face; But I heard his death-groans, one by one, And he holds me still in a cold embrace. He spoke but once, and I could not hear The words he said, for the cannon's roar; But my heart grew cold with a deadly fear- O God! I had heard that voice before! Had heard it before at our mother's knee, When we lisped the words of our evening prayer! My brother! Would I had died for thee- This burden is more than my soul can bear! I pressed my lips to his death-cold cheek, And begged him to show me, by word or sign, That he knew and forgave me; he could not speak, But he nestled his poor cold face to mine. The blood flowed fast from my wounded side, And then for a while I forgot my pain, And over the lakelet we seemed to glide In our little boat, two boys again. And then, in my dream, we stood alone On a forest path where the shadows fell; And I heard again the tremulous tone, And the tender words of his last farewell. 241 BLADES O' BLUEGRASS. But that parting was years, long years ago, He wandered away to a foreign land; And our dear old mother will never know That he died to-night by his brother's hand. The soldiers who hurried the dead away Disturbed not the clasp of that last embrace, But laid them to sleep till the judgment day, Heart folded to heart, and face to face. Bryant's Library of Poetry and Song. SARAH T. BOLTON. 5: 30 A. M. OH, that proverbial early bird- The one that caught the worm- I would that I had never heard Of that proverbial early bird! A pious fraud, a snare absurd, I boldly do affirm, Was that proverbial early bird- The one that caught the worm. UNVOI. And Prince, the worm- He also rose betimes. And yet, methinks his was a cruel fate. Would it not seem the moral of the tale! Were this-'twere best to lie full late JIIAN WRIGHT. 242 SONG OF THE RAID. SONG OF THE RAID. ON the Cumberland's bosom The moonbeams are bright, And the path of the raiders Is plain by the light; Across the broad riffle And up the steep bank, The long winding column Moves rank after rank. CHORUS. Then Ho! for the Bluegrass- And welcome the chance- No matter the danger That bids us advance; The odds must be heavy To turn or deter The lads who make war With the pistol and spur. We haunt the wild border, We ever are near, Giving hope to our friends And to enemies fear. We hold idle armies Here, guarding this soil, We snatch from swift battle Its glory and spoil. Through the woodland's deep shade, By the meadow's green side, Up hill and down valley We steadily ride; But hushed now the laughter And silent the song, As all night the squadrons Tramp swiftly along. 243 BLADES 0' BLUEGRASS. Th' advance guard is marching Away in the van, Bold leader the captain, Tried soldier each man. No challenge is passed When a foe they descry, But the charge comes as fast As the hail from the sky. By morn we see Glasgow, Columbia at noon, Then march on again 'Neath the smiles of the moon. And at midnight on Lebanon Sudden swoop down To flush the blue-jackets Who hold the good town. Leave Bardstown to westward, Our right pushes in The pickets to Danville With clatter and din; Through Harrodsburg charging, Press hotly the chase, Till Frankfort may witness The dust of the race. Let Louisville listen, And Lexington wait, We are lords of the heart Of the beautiful State. The best steeds on Elkhorn We take as our right; We must fight when we will, We must win when we fight. We reach merry Georgetown- There 's risk in delay- But whatever happen We '11 tarry one day; 244 THE SIGHT OF ANGELS. Then down the white pike Cynthiana shall hear The rifle's bold music, The rebel's wild cheer. But now we draw bridle, Our purpose is done; Our leader commands, And we turn with the sun; But strong hearts are swelling, And eyes throb and burn, For many go southward Who '11 never return. CHORUS. Farewell to the Bluegrass, So sweet in my sight- To its pastures so green And its waters so bright; If it pass to the stranger, Be lost to the brave, I'll ask of my birthland Enough for a grave. B. W. DuxE. THE SIGHT OF ANGELS. THE angels come, the angels go, Through open doors of purer air; Their moving presence oftentimes we know, It thrills us everywhere. Sometimes we see them: lo, at night, Our eyes were shut but open'd seem: The darkness breathes a breath of wondrous light- And then it was a dream! JOHN JAMES PIATT. 245 BLADES O' BLUEGRASS. THE WORKS OF NATURE. A FRAGMENT. I LOVE: on Nature's lovely face to look; Upon the landscape, stretching far and wide Like a bright panorama to the view, With its rich garniture of woods and fields, And hills and vales and glens, and crystal streams Gliding o'er golden sands. I love to gaze On the high mountain with its rugged peaks Piercing the skies, until at last it wreathes Around its azure head a misty veil. I love the thundering cataract to view, Rolling in grandeur o'er the rocky steep, While, like a diadem, upon its brow The brilliant rainbow sits. I love to stand On the broad lake's green margin, and to see, Reflected in its sleeping waters clear, O'erhanging cliffs and trees, and the blue vault Of heaven in all its glory mirrored there. S And at the close of day, when sinks the sun Behind the mountain-tops that bound the west, Or slowly down into his ocean bed, I love to watch the ever-changing clouds, Now hung like crimson banners in the sky, Now stretched, like gold-edged curtains, far and wide- The bright and gorgeous drapery of Heaven. And when, at night, the starry hosts appear I fix my eyes upon those brilliant orbs That move in silent grandeur o'er my head, And think of Him whose glory they declare. : All Nature is an open book; and all Who will may read therein-may read and learn 246 THE WORKS OF NATURE. Their Maker; see His goodness and His power In living characters displayed. And yet How many look, like brutes irrational, On this fair transcript of His attributes, Nor love, nor power, nor goodness there behold, Though plainly all appear! Of all created beings, man alone With reason is endowed, that he may read This wide-spread volume. He alone is made "With countenance erect," that he may look "From nature up to nature's God." And yet How oft does man, though fitted thus to hold Communion with his Maker through His works, Fix, like the brute, his dull and vacant gaze On Heaven's great laboratory, and perceive Nothing but what the brute itself may see, And nothing feel but what that too may feel! WILLiAM A. WASHINGTON. 247 "Rural Minstrelsy." BLADES O' BLUEGRASS. DAVID AND GOLIATH. A full and true account, in common metre, of this single combat, .by an Irish Bard. THE brightest boy ould Jesse had Was David-youngest son: He was a bould and active lad, Well liked by ivery one. Altho' he had to moind the sheep, To l'arn he was so sharp, Whin other boys wor' fast asleep, He'd practice on the harp. 'Twould make the birds of heaven hide Their heads to hear him sing; He'd murther half the country side Wid pebbles and a sling. And thin the sootherin' ways he knew To capture young and ould; The female sex-Och, whillielul 'T was there wor' his best hould. Whin David was some eighteen year Of age, or thereabout, Betwane the haythen and Judaar A bloody war broke out. His brothers 'listed for the war; Begorra! they wor' daisies- His father tuk a conthract for To sell the army chaases. "David," the ould man said one day, "You'd loike a little thramp; Jist load some chaases on the dhray, And take 'em down to camp." 248 DAVID AND GOLIATH2 He dhrove to camp and sought straightway The commissary's tint; He got a voucher for his pay, Thin to his brothers wint. He found 'em lookin' mighty blue And in a dhreadful fright; Retrate was what they wished to do, But divil a bit to fight. A big, black bully, tin feet tall, Was bluffin' all the Jews, And throops and staff and Gin'ral Saul Wor' quakin in their shoes. Goliath was the craythur's name, A howlin' Philistine, His sword was loike the lightnin's flame, His spear was loike a pine. He wore upon his back and breast Tin thousand pounds of brass; The shine of him, complately dhressed, Would smash a lookin'-glass. And ivery day the baste would sthrut. Inflamed wid dhrink and pride, And kept all Israel closely shut In lines well fortified. Come out," he'd bawl, "come out of there, Beyant your dirthy works; Come, av ye dare, and fight me fair, Yez bloody Habrew Turks!" But ivery faithful Israelite Said, " Lave the blaggard be: Av coorse, no dacint Jew can fight Wid sich low thrash as he." 249 BLADES O' BLUEGRASS. This sort of thing was well and good, Till David jined the throop; Whin he the matter understood, Bedad! he raised a whoop: "It is a burnin' sin and shame," He said, "upon me word, To hear this haythen hound defame The chosen of the Lord; "And since no other mon has felt A wish to tan his hide, I '11 fight him for the champion's belt, And fifty pounds a side." The corp'ril of the guard he tould The off'sur of the day What David said, and he made bould To mintion it at tay. The edge-du-kong was in that mess, And heerd the whole discoorse: So he-he could n't do no less- Tould Gin'ral Saul av coorse. The Chafe of Staff tould the High Praste To sind perempturous orthers For David to report in haste At Gin'ral Saul's headquarthers. But whin the son of Jesse kim, And Saul beheld the lad, So young, so tindher-loike, and slim, It made him tearin' mad. "Oh, houly Moses! look at that," Said Saul-"the boy's consate; How can it be that sich a brat Can match that heavy weight 250, DAVID AND GOLIATH. "Wid that blood-suckin' giant thafe This baby can not sthrive; The Philistine, it 's my belafe, Would ate him up alive." Thin David said, " Me Lord, it 's thrue This seems a rash intint; Yet while I weigh but nine stun' two, I'm full of divilmint. "A lion and a bear kim down The mountain's rugged sides, I slew the bastes, and wint to town And thraded off their hides. "And since for roarin' brutes loike thim I 've found I 'm mon enough, I 'm quite convinced that I can thrim This blaggard pagan rough." "Avick! " says Saul, " ye 're full of pluck, And wag your little chin Loike one who ra'ly thrusts his luck, And manes to thry and win. "I 'I give ye my best coat of mail- A new spring suit just made- Tuck it a thrifle in the tail And pad the shoulder blade." But David did n't understhand The use of sich a thing, And only wanted in his hand His staff and thrusty sling. Whin Goliath saw little David approachin', after having heerd proclamation that a gra'at champion was comin' out to fight him, musha, he laught fit to split his sides; and by rason of what passed betune them in the way of talk, I dhrap out of poethry for a bit, bekase, while poethry is mighty foine for a sintimental dialogue, it 's no good at all for a ra'al strong, first class, breezy blaggardin' match. 25Z 252 BLADES O' BLUEGRASS. "Oh, Jases!" said Goliath, wid the wather bilin' out of his eyes for laughin', "what sort av thing is that May the diiril admire me!" he says, "if I don't believe it's a monkey escaped from an organ-grinder." "Ye 'll find me a moighty bad thing to monkey wid," says David, "ye big thafe, wid a pot on your head like a cupolo on a sthame fire ingine, and your dirthy black mouth loike the hole av a coal cellar." "Ye little skinned pole-cat!" says Goliath, beginnin to grow mad when he diskivered that David's rhethoric was suparior to his, "do ye think I'm a dog that ye've got a sthick to bate ine wid" " Bedad," says David, "I wouldn't be aft1er doin' a dacent dog sich injustice; but it's dog's mate I'm goin' to make of ye." "Hear that," says Goliath; "arrah, now, tache yure gran'mother to faad ducks!" " Dhry up! " says David, " Bad scran to ye," he says; " ye have n't the sinse of a cat-fish. By the light that shines, yure bad ghram- mar gives me a cramp in me stummick." Och, David had a tongue in his head loike a jews-harp. " Tear an' ouns! " says David. "I '11 give the buzzards a picnic wid yer karkiss, and shure it 'ull make 'em sick to ate ye." " Ye 're a liar!" says Goliath. "Ye're another!" says David, "and an ophthalmic ould Cyclops to-boot." Wid that Goliath lost his timper entirely. He pawe d up the groun', and kim at David wid his eyes shut, a bellowin'. and that bhrings me back to poethry: Goliath poised his mighty spear, 'T was fifty feet in length, And unto David drawin' near, He punched wid all his strength; But David was surprisin' quick, And sphry upon his pins; So dodgin' nately, wid his sthick He whacked Goliath's shins. Wid pain the giant howled and grinned, And dhrapped both shield and lance To rub his leg the lick had skhinned, Thin David saw his chance. DAVID AND GOLIATH. Takin' a brick from out his scrip, He put it in his sling, And whirlin' it 'round head and hip, He let it dhrive full swing. Right to the mark the darnick flies, As sthraight as to a hod; It smote the wretch between the eyes, And stretched him on the sod. Thin David, for to prove him dead, In sight of all beholders, Chopped off his unbelavin' head From his blasphamious shoulders. Whin the Phenaysian sailors sought, Long since, ould Erin's strand, A prince of David's blood they brought, Who settled in the land: From him the Irish race had birth, And that 's why we delight in, Beyant all other tribes on earth, The harp's swate strains and fightin'. That this surmeese is no wise thin Can aisily be shown, For sthick and harp have iver been As Erin's imblims known. So let her inemies beware How they indulge their hate, Let England thrimble lest she share Goliath's dreadful fate. B. W. DuKz. 253 BLADES 0' BLUEGRASS. BENEATH THE VEIL. HOODED nun with veild eyes, Thou in whom the maiden dies Unto Christ a sacrifice! Thou who kneelest at the shrine, Wedded to the love divine, Making all its sorrows thine! On thy brow the crown of sticks, On thy lips the gall they mix, On thy breast the crucifix. Passion's agony and sweat, Passion's hour when all forget; Passion's cry on Olivet. Masses sung and incense cold, Vespers rung and pittance doled; Beads in pain at midnight told; Light of windows dim and quaint, Sight of pale and paneled saint, Throe of martyr torn and faint, Are thy joys, 0 child of prayers, Child of vigils, fasts and cares! Ah, that none thy burden shares! Were I weary, poor, distrest, Thou, to give me shelter, rest, Wouldst of all thyself divest. Were I raving, fever-tost, Homeless, friendless, spirit-lost, Thou wouldst seek me, life the cost. Were I dying 'mid the dead On the field whence all had fled, Thou wouldst lift my wounded head. 254 MEMORIES OF GALILEE. Ah, so tender for His sake, Living but love's part to take, Thou alone my heart dost break. Worse am I than travel-worn, Worse than needy, sick, forlorn, Battle-spent or sorrow-torn. Death were not so dolorous, As to hear them ringing thus For thy soul the Angelus. JAMES LANE ALLEN. MEMORIES OF GALILEE. EACH cooing dove and sighing bough That makes the eve so blest to me, Has something far diviner now- It bears me back to Galilee! CHORUS. O Galilee, sweet Galilee! Where Jesus loved so much to be; o Galilee, blue Galilee! Come, sing thy song again to me! Each flowery glen and mossy dell Where happy birds in song agree, Thro' sunny noon the praises tell Of sights and sounds in Galilee! And when I read the thrilling lore Of Him who walked upon the sea, I long, oh! how I long once more To follow Him in Galilee! ROBERT MORRIS. 255 BLADES O' BLUEGRASS. MEETING RIVERS. These verses were inspired by a scene at the meeting of the Ohio and Kentucky rivers. I. THE sun on yonder line of hills Has placed a coronal of light, And from its woven rays a sheen Gilds their dark livery of green And makes its dullness bright. He spreads his colors from the sky, Just where the rivers meet in one, Until the mingled waters lie- The palette of the setting sun. But never mortal artist mixed Such colors-wonderful and rare! And never picture, new or old, Shone in a frame of purer gold Than that which glitters there. II. The swift Kentucky's somber stream Rolls on in silence to the place Where ends its "dark and bloody course," Into the Ohio's wide embrace, Ungladdened in its changeless gloom By forethought of its brighter doom. But on the glad Ohio's breast A thousand jewels blind the sight; Gems that have gleamed since time has run, Yet rise with every rising sun And perish with the night. Sweet waters, twice named "beautiful!" On them the lingering sunbeams shed Their slanting light till, near the land, Shines clear and white the shell-strewn sand Upon their sloping bed; 256 V l , V I l F; I I I f A , , 'T - 11 Z . m t--- P This page in the original text is blank. -ANSWERED." And while the dark Kentucky strives to hide Its treacherous depths beneath a muddy tide, They open-plain to every careless glance- Each bright recess beneath their broad expanse. nI. Here, at the river's meeting-place, How fair the sights that greet the eye! How pure the mirrored gold that gleams Like Zion's limpid streets, and seems A pathway to the sky! A tiny boat, all sail-clad, floats Straight down the paling path of light, And as the white sails fade from view The gilded pictures vanish too; The sun collects each scattered hue And bids the world " good-night." NANNIE MAYO FITZHUGH. "ANSWERED." I TOOK my sorrow where the swelling fields Lay circled by the low, caressing sky. The soft enchantment that the morning yields Held all the murmurous air, and only I Marred the rejoicing day, and drew apart. When joy came flooding till my pulse leaped high, I told my gladness to the woods' deep heart, And all the forest answered with a sigh. She heeds-sweet Nature-nay, she is not dumb! When from my prisoned soul the bars shall fall, There waits an answer to my every cry, Though yet her speech I may not know, in some Glad times my soul, bond-sundered, shall recall In thousand-fold the sure and blest reply. NANNIE MAYO FITZH UGH. 17 257 BLADES O' BLUEGRASS. A NIGHT-TIME SONG. Miss Casseday gave these words to the compiler as they came to her. She explained that a friend brought her three little pillows one day, and in her wakeful night hours she named these pillows Infinite Love, Infinite Power, and Infinite Goodness, placing the first-named under her head, the second under her back to hold her up, ind find- ing much comfort from them all. The words of this poem came to her that night. TRACH me to praise Thee, Father Dear, For all Thy many mercies here, As I recall these sent to-day Help me for gratitude to pray. The first and best of all is this- That Jesus sends no pain amiss, But with it all He sends His peace, And makes my hopes and joys increase. Lain on my couch for many years, My days made up of hopes and fears, I 've learned at last my lesson sweet, Lying in peace at Jesus' feet. Often my eyes could scarcely see This text spelt out so plain for me: Infinite Wisdom knows the best, Infinite Love will do the rest; Infinite Goodness fills my cup, Infinite Power holds me up, Infinite Love helps me to see That all things work for good to me. When He withholds my sleep and rest I know His purposes are best, And precious night-time songs I sing Beneath the shadow of His wing. JUNNIS CAS.99DAY. :258 THE BURIED ORGAN. THE BURIED ORGAN. FAR in a valley, green and lone, Lying within some legend old, Sometimes is heard an Organ's tone, Tremulous, into the silence rolled; In vanished years, the legend stands, To save it from the unhallowing prey Of foemen's sacrilegious hands, The monks their Organ hid away. None knows the spot wherein they laid That body of the heavenly soul Of Music:-deep in forest shade, Forgot, the grave to which they stole But oftentimes, in morning gold, Or through the twilight's hushing air, Within that valley, green and old, The Organ's soul arises there. Oh, soft and sweet, and weird and wild, It whispers to the holier air, Gentle as lispings of a child, Mild as a mother's breathless prayer, While silence trembles, deep and low; Then rapture bursts into the skies, And chanting angels, winging slow On wings of music, seem to rise! The herdsman sometimes, all alone, Is lost within that haunted air; He hears the Buried Organ's tone- His hands are crossed, his breath is prayer! And, while into his heart it steals, With hushing footsteps, downcast eyes, Some deep cathedral's awe he feels- A church of air, and earth, and skies! 259 BLADES O' BLUEGRASS. . .. Often when the sweet wand of Spring Has filled the woods with flowers unsown, Or Autumn's dreamy breeze's wing Flutters through falling leaves, alone I wander forth, and leave behind The city's dust, the sultry glare: A shadowy dell, far off, I find- I know the Buried Organ there! Within the city's noisy air I leave the creeds their Sabbath bells; I cross my hands, my breath is prayer, Hearing that Organ's mystic swells. The sweet birds sing, the soft winds blow, The flowers have whispers close, apart; All wake within me, loud or low, The Buried Organ-in my heart! JOHN JAME: PIATT. NIGHT-THOUGHTS. THEY come, in long procession rise before My wakeful sight, sweet thoughts, BelovMd, of thee And of thy love, the dearest dream to me That ever grew dear truth forevermore; For, as to a child in his hush'd bed-the door Half-open where his mother's light may be A comfort to his lonely sense when he, Though waking, feels warm slumber reach the core Of his fresh spirit-who drops his lids at last, Visiting Fairyland, while numberless Lithe shadows pass and shapes created fast, Charming him till he sleeps, and are his dream: So, while I 'breathe in tender wakefulness, Sleep-bordering thoughts with blissful visions teem. JOHN JAMEX PIATT. 2600 THE STRA WBERR Y BO WL. THE STRAWBERRY BOWL. A private and confidential Epistle to Sam Gaines, Editor of the Hopkinsville New Era. Written for the Kentucky Press Association. God might have made a better berry than the strawberry, but certainly he never did.-Izaak Walton. MULROSS GARDEN, May, i88o. YE SALUTATION. BRING forth the bowl within whose round No heart-consuming draught is found, But berries glittering with the dew Which south winds o'er the gardens strew, Sweet souvenirs of Paradise, With cheeks of flame and breath of spice, Shedding for one bright hour their glow O'er life's long Alpine waste of snow. Breathes there a man with soul so dead, Who never to himself hath said, "O that I owned a strawberry bed" Whose heart hath ne'er within him burned, As he beheld, in cream inurned, Great sugared berries, coral red If such there be, go, mark him well; Of berries never let him smell, Where gathers the church festival Or rings the merry marriage-bell; Mark him-as thou wouldst mark a steer Or swine-by cropping off his ear. A WALK IN YE GARDEN. Wake, winds of May, yon emerald waves, Crested with flowers, like sea-foam white, Where sparkle in their trefoil caves Long coral reefs of berries bright; Shaped like a gentle maiden's heart, And bleeding, as from Cupid's dart, 261 BLADES O' BLUEGRASS. The garden's earliest offering, Crown-jewels on the brow of Spring; The berry Izaak Walton loved, And Downer's perfect taste approved; Dispensing odors beatific, Kentucky, Cumberland, Prolific, Sharpless, and Monarch of the West, And rare Charles Downing, last and best. Thy leaves, sweet trefoil! symbols three Of Faith and Hope and Love shall be; Fair type of Christian hope to all, The vine sleeps low 'neath snowy pall; The resurrection blooms in May, With flowers and fruits in bright array, And soaring larks in countless throng Singing their joyful Easter song, And choir of mocking-birds on high, Gray-plumed sopranos of the sky. YE REVEL ON OLYMPUS. Heap high the bowl! Ages ago, Before the birth of Faust or Hoe, Before New Eras, Posts, and Suns Gave specials, paragraphs and puns, When only Mercury bore the news Around the skies, in winged shoes, Such genial revels held the gods, Juno and Jove, and other frauds; In heaven's blue crystal urn each night The stars, like berries, twinkled bright, And the Great Dipper skimmed the cream Where poured the Milky Way its stream; Deserted is the Olympic hill; Heaven, stars, girls, strawberries, bless us till. YE INVOCATION. Lord, we adore thy matchless bounty And grace, which, after giving birth To sun and moon and stars and earth, Gave us a land of rarest worth, 262 THE STRA WIERR Y BO WIL. And cast our lot in Christian County! 'Mid meek-eyed Jerseys, gifted mules, Hopkinsville peaches, Public Schools, Tobacco farms and gilt-edged bonds. Wheat-fields and sheep and fishing-ponds, Coveys of quail and double barrels, Opossums, pheasants, doves and squirrels, Damsels whose pamphanescent eyes, If stars were quenched, would light the skies; And for to-night, to make us merry, Provided Izaak Walton's berry, Ten inches round in lawful measure, The garden's glory, pride and treasure- Nor Brenner's brush nor Prentice's pen Could tell their worth-and so, Amen! YE PIC-NIC. Fill high the bowl! In blissful vision We wander over fields Elysian, Through ever-lengthening colonnades Of whispering elms and beechen shades; Grave manhood's cares are cast away, And all are boys again, to-day. By one sure sign we know each other- "The strawberry mark!-Our long lost brother!" While all discourse on sylvan pipe Of golden cream and berries ripe, Or sound, on Memory's silver horn, "I too was in Arcadia born!" Sooth, 't is a goodly sight to see The revellers' mutual ministry: Stanton shall drive the Jersey cow, Sam Gaines shall cause her milk to flow. Logan shall hold her by the tail. And Kelly bear the foaming pail; Woodson shall crush the crystal ice, Johnston hand spoons, all polished nice, The Courier-Journal pass the berries, With brisk champagne and golden sherries: 263 BLADES O' BLUEGRASS. And he shall serve his country best Who stores most berries'neath his vest. By shady glen and waterfall Our early loves will we recall, Maids whom no time can e'er eclipse, With strawberry cheeks and sugared lips, Phantoms which haunted boyhood's dream, Life's fragrant, pure creme de la cteme- Delicious cream, which soured too soon, And left us with an empty spoon! YE PIONEER'S WILD STRAWBERRIES. Father, thy locks are thin and gray, Hast thou no legend for us, pray Sing of the wild strawberry's flame When first Kentucky hunters came. "'Tis nigh on ninety years, I guess, By the road called the 'Wilderness '- Its story's told by Captain Speed, A little book you all should read- We pioneered to Old Kaintuck, Woods swarmed with turkey, bear, and buck, And by the 'Rock Spring' pitched our tents, Them times wild strawberries was immense; We didn't pick, we scooped 'em up By bushels, with a bowl or cup; And when our teams came home at night, The critters' legs-they wuz a sight; Seemed like they'd swum in bloody seas, The red juice splashed above their knees. We rode one May-day'cross the prairie, Me and my wife and little Mary; Come to a holler in the ground, Where lots qf strawberries grew around, And herds of trampling buffalo Made the red juice in rivers flow And fill a pool some five foot deep- Excuse me, pardners; I must weep- 264 THE STRA WBERR Y BO WL. Thanks! My throat is a leetle dry- God knows I can not tell a lie! [Applause.] Our hosses slipped and tumbled in, We swum in juice up to the chin; A half an hour we rose and sank, At last we scrambled to the bank; Me and my wife soon came around-" (Omnes.) "But little Mary" "She was drowned!" [Groans.] "Yes, drowned! My stricken heart, be calm! Hers is the crown, the harp, the palm- Thanks, yes, if you insist, a dram. Blood flowed them days like strawberry juice When Girty let his hell-hounds loose. One day some Injin squaws allfired-" There, old man, rest. You must be tired. Share in our feast, Homeric sire; Thanks to the Muse for such a lyre! YE SILENT TOAST. Fill high to-night the strawberry bowl For friendship's feast and flow of soul, Quickly, ere Psyche's brilliant flight Shall vanish in the coming night. Soon shall the parting word be spoken, Soon friendship's golden bowl be broken; Clasp hands and salutation send To each true-hearted, absent friend; Nor in our circle be forgot The masters who before us wrought, Titans of memorable days: Penn, with his sheathless falchion's blaze, Harney, the dauntless, true and strong, And Prentice of the golden song, Triad whose still ascending track Flings its long rays of splendor back. 265 BLADES O' BLUEGRASS. YE SMALL BOY'S DOWNFALL. What spectres from the strawberry bowl Flit through the galleries of the soul, With shrill voice crying, "Grieve his heart; Come like shadows; so depart!" Strawberry cake, preserves, and jam! I see thy mild eyes moisten, Sam, Perchance at memory of the closet Where once was stored the rare deposit, High ranged upon the topmost shelf, A skillful mother's richest pelf. I see thee steal, at dead of night, With cat-like footsteps, soft and light; I see thee open slow the door, Peep in, and cautiously explore; I see young Sam the boxes pile, Humming Longfellow's psalm the while: The heights to which the great have stept, Were not attained by sudden flight, But they, while their companions slept, Were toiling upward in the night." I hear a sudden scream-a crash- I see a candle's fitful flash- Tableau-A boy with downfallen breeches, Loud sobs, salt tears, and stinging switches. GOOD-NIGHT. Heap high the bowl and pour the cream! How bright the rosy berries gleam- Red fruit and Jersey cream upon it, The colors of my lady's bonnet. In hues like these the western sun Descends to rest when day is done; And round his flaming couch are rolled Bright curtained clouds of red and gold. Not greedily the fruit devour; Prolong the raptures of the hour; Stain not with juice your linen fair, And of the "strawberry nose" beware. 266 THE STRA WBERR Y BO WL. Think of the lovely-the sublime- Niagara-California's clime; The Mammoth Cave Alaska's shore, Where glaciers plunge and billows roar; Balance each berry in your spoon, Sink back in a delicious swoon, And murmur in a Romeo's sigh: I have seen Naples-let me die! " 0, vital sparks of heavenly flame! Whate'er your lineage, land, or name, Pink buds which Mother Nature clips From infant cherubs' finger tips, Or earth-born babies' little toes, Tinted like sea-shell or the rose, Or notes from songs of home and love, Which, floating to the skies above, Are crystallized in heaven's pure air And turn to crimson berries there Ambrosial fruit of heavenly birth, By Ariel's fingers dropped on Earth- Come o'er me and possess my soul, Sweet spirit of the Strawberry Bowl! For all the world's a strawberry bowl, Life the red fruit which fills the brim, The daily papers spoon the whole, And women are the sugar and cream. S. C. MEPCHR. 267 BLADES O' BLUEGRASS. THE BEAUTIFUL. I ASKJRD the artist, dreaming a dream, For the ideal of his soul, As he sought to mirror the spirit's light That over his senses stole; In the heavy sigh of his sad reply, I read how the task was vain, To trace on the vacant canvas there The image of heart and brain. I asked the poet one summer eve, Alone in the spell of his thought, For the form that over his fancy stole, The shadow his spirit sought; With a mournful voice he rose to tell How wildly and madly he strove To link his rhyme to the silver chime Of the ringing stars above. I asked his theme, in a musing mood, Of the proud philosopher, His soul to the shrine of Nature wed, A votive worshiper. He deigned to tell how the Beautiful Had lured him from his birth, Leading his eye afar through the sky And over the wastes of earth. I asked the good man, rising devout, One eve, from his silent prayer, If ever a sense of the Beautiful Was his in devotion to share; 'T is the Spirit of God," was his answer meek, "Abroad in the earth and sky: By day and by night its blazing light As a beacon to the eye." 268 NO VEMBER. I saw it then in the glow of a star, In the hue of the beautiful flower, Its spell abroad in the glaring day, In the hush of the midnight hour; Its image bright as a rainbow set In the murky cloud of sight, At morn and eve sent down from heaven Its fountain of glory and light. J. R. BARRICK. NOVEMBER. LONESOME like an' kinder dreary, Winds a sighin', soundin' weary, Leaves a fallin' everywhere, Sadness some'ow in the air. Birds so quiet-quit their singin'- 'pears like ever' day keeps bringin' Longer hours for to fill, Heap o' time that 's hard to kill. Things seem mighty plain to say, " Life is passin' fast away." Makes a fellow sorter blue, Sets him thinkin', wonderin' too, 'Bout this fleetin' thing called life, 'Bout the death that ends the strife, 'Bout the friends that's come and went, 'Bout the days already spent, 'Bout--the absent, 'bout the dead, How they look, the words they said. Winds a sighin', soundin' weary, Lonesome like an' kinder dreary. LIzzIE WALKER. 269 BLADES O' BLUEGRASS. VALEDICTORY. Read at the closing meeting of the season of the Shakespearean Club, at Flemingsburg, Kentucky, April, i888. TIMR moves apace, and speeds the moment whet With sad'ning words our parting comes at last And years may pass ere we shall meet again As in the past. Some eye of beauty may be dimmed in death; Some tuneful tongue forever hushed and still; Some mirthful heart, now stirred by playful breath, Lie mute and still. Though one by one we fall, like autumn leaves From woodland boughs, tall oak, and creeping Brine, As Death moves on to gather home his sheaves From Love's pure shrine, Yet still to those who hold to memory dear The past, with all its lights and shadows gone, Some beams of joyous sunshine reappear To cheer us on. From mem'ry's page, 0 let the hand of Time No line erase-no dark'ning shadows cast O'er childhood's grave, o'er manhood's glorious prime- The buried past! Throw wide the book-close not the simple page, However marred by some ungrateful pen, As mem'ries sweet retrace -the steps of age To youth again. What though we gaze upon life's sweetest cup, And see, far down the lengthened space of years, Youth's bright and sunny hours come bubbling up Through smiles and tears; 270 VALEDICTOR Y. What though, as yet we live each moment o'er, Long shadows creep adown the beaten track, And spirit-voices fling from yonder shore Sad echoes back, Does not the rainbow span the sunlit storm- The rosy morn move in the wake of night- The stars their nightly office still perform Of love and light Does not the shade to happy sunshine yield, And to our weary steps its mantle spread, And night, alike o'er meadow, heath, and field, Her dew-drops shed The green oasis 'mid the scorching plain With welcome greets the weary traveler's eye, And cooling shades and gurgling streams again His thirst supply. Then why despair Why tune the burthened heart To songs of sadness, bitterness, and woe Since sweetest strains in choral accents start From long ago. By faded lines with eager hands we trace The steps that mark the path of youth to age, And meet with joy some long-forgotten face On mem'ry's page; And so, in dreams, to life again recall The scenes we loved-bright childhood's sunny hours- And gilded hopes-and blooming over all, Life's sweetest flowers. For here and there, as down the path we stray And catch upon the breeze their sweet perfume, Among the thorns that choke the narrow way Some flowers bloom. 271 BLADES O' BLUEGRASS. The merry laugh-the groan of age-the breath Of rosy spring-the chill of wintry blast- The morn of life-the twilight eve of death, Come flitting past. Though pleasures here may thrill us with delight, And future hopes like shadows come and go, Remember this: Each day must have its night For weal or woe. And scanning thus our lives, this lesson then We learn, whate'er we hope to do or dare, Our lives are not alone what we have been, But what we are. 'Mid saddest grief, the very tears we shed Are but the dew-drops of the heart's pure love, That strengthen. hope, and lift the heart and head To thoughts above. If hard the task, as o'er life's course we run, If by Thy hand we feel the chast'ning rod, Then be it so-Thy will, not ours, be done On earth, 0 God. Then let us each with energy anew Resume the toils allotted to our sphere, Resolved our daily course of life pursue With happy cheer; And profit by whatever here we 've gained Of Friendship, Truth, Intelligence, and Love; To Honor true, in Virtue's cause sustained By Heaven above. That when at last, life's toils and cares are done, And all we are is veiled to mortal ken, Our souls with well-earned Christian honors won, May meet again. 272 INGRflIA CROCKETT. I 'A I , This page in the original text is blank. CHR YSANTTHEAJUMS. And answer to the name of each, enrolled Upon the book of life; to live and be Where Truth and Light supernal shall unfold Eternity. So then to Truth and Honor let us live; To Faith and Hope forever firm and true; As each fond heart in Friendship's ties receive A kind Adieu. M. M. TEAGE:R. CHRYSANTHEMUMS. TRANQUIL and eager-eyed, The solitary pride Of lonely garden-walks and leafless bowers, Smiling where buried lie the summer flowers. Ye were not once so fair, Your smiles were not so rare, Before Jack Frost, with bitter, blighting breath, Had kissed your fragile sisters to their death. The leafless maples spread Their white arms overhead, And, hopping in and out, the friendly sparrow Chirps out his praise to you, to them his sorrow. Thus on life's common way Of toil and tempest they Shine brightest in the end, who dauntless stand, Bidding defiance to Fate's ruthless hand. MATTIR N. BROWN. I8 273 BLADES O' BLUEGRASS. A CHRISTMAS PANSY. I CHIDZD thee but now, sweet flower, that thou host dared to bloom, To shed a gleam of radiance o'er summer-beauty's tomb, To come amid the darkness, the rain, and wintry sleet, A sign, the joyous impress of the Christmas Angel's feet. There is an ancient legend, these violets have their birth Where'er the feet of angels have touched the darkened earth; If so, my garden flower-bed is henceforth holy ground, For there these angel foot - prints at Christmas have been found. Thou pretty little trembler, caught 'neath our alien skies, Thou'st wandered from the gardens of the golden Paradise, And it is thy sweet mission to bring to one of earth The hallowed recollections of the gentle Savior's birth. The wintry winds are coldly rude to smite thy velvet cheek, To freeze the pearly tear-drop in thine eye so softly meek; But more rude are they to thee, fair summer's orphan flower, Than was this life to Jesus from his earliest mortal hour. 'Tis said some sisters of thy race sprang from the holy sod, Where Jesus in his agony was bowed before his God, And as in loving sympathy, expectant, near they stood, Their tender leaves were sprinkled with the fearful sweat of blood. Empurpled by these priceless drops, the meek-eyed angel- flower Has worn its robe of mourning since that midnight's awful hour, And always is it cherished now the dearer for the stain, Which brings to mind His agony, His undeserved pain. 274 DEATH-A LIVING KING. Heart's Ease! the name of all thy names the dearest to my heart, What tender recollections thy presence doth impart! Type of the everlasting Love, which 'mid the wintriest gloom Shows to the soul a cheering glimpse of life beyond the tomb. FLORENCE ANDERSON CLARK. DEATH-A LIVING KING. A DAY is done; The sun adown the west Will light another day begun, While this doth sleep and rest. A love is done; The heart with its bequest Will cheer another love begun, While this doth sleep and rest. A life is done; The soul so oft oppressed Will crown another life begun, While this doth sleep and rest. Then whyfore sad Each day, each love, each strife, Though hid from view, still maketh glad Some other form of life. ANNA J. HAMMTON. 275 BLADES O' BLUEGRASS. IN LOOKING ON THE HAPPY AUTUMN FIELDS. AH, happy fields, at rest from fruitfulness! No careless storm of the ungentle Spring Uptore your venturing roots, nor pierced the sting Of spiteful frost your early promises. The skies were blue above you. With caress Of gentlest beams the sun lured you to bring Your blushing blossoms forth, and from the wing Of night were shaken dews their thirst to bles.3. For shadows had ye but the bounteous cloucs That, passing, spanned you with the arch of hope; No canker-worms made of your leaves their shrouds, Nor envious hand sowed tares on every slope. And now the jocund harvesters have blest you, Ye happy fields, that from your labors rest you. Kind Heaven! so order the uncertain days Of my brief mortal season, so defend From frost and drought and tempest, so befriend With sun and dew, and bows of promise raise, So temper to me all the cold world's ways That not in vain my toiling strength I spend, But come in ripeness to the perfect end, And be at rest in life's autumnal haze! Nought were it then upon the heart to take The ice of death and in it lie entombed, As when on you the snows of winter break, Ye mourn not for the spring-time when ye bloomed. Ah! let me know the harvesters have blest me, Ere I from all my labor come to rest me! JAMBts LA"E ALIEN. 276 BUILDING CASTLES. BUILDING CASTLES. I SIT me where the fire-light's glare Before my vision dances, And castles fair build high in air, Adorned with idle fancies. My wife so true and children two Sit by my side unheeding- Content are they, with naught to say, Some pleasant stories reading. And fairer days shed brighter rays Athwart my dreamy vision; Sweet prospects rife crown all my life, Through golden fields Elysian. In wreaths and curls the smoke it whirls In shapely forms around me; From my pipe of clay I puff away, Redoubled joys surround me- Amid the daze of smoke and blaze, My heavy eyelids closing, As Morpheus plays in luring ways, And sets me all a-dozing; To my surprise I ope my eyes, For some one I hear calling- And rousing me, what do I see, But all my castles falling. ALFRECD W. HARRIS. 277 BLADES O' BLUEGRASS. DREAMY SEPTEMBER. THR work of the year seemeth ended, And Nature is taking a rest, As she sleeps through this dreamy September, With hands folded loose on her breast. The great busy loom of the spring-time In indolent silence doth stay; No threads of a leaf to be woven Are wound on its shuttle to-day; No buds to be chiseled or polished, Or carved into eloquent grace- And the tools are so quietly hanging, No sign of their presence we trace. Scarce a breath stirs the infinite stillness Of the languorous, luminous air- E'en the fall of a shadow might startle The silence so golden and rare. 'Tis delicious, oh, dreamy September, To fall in with thy sweet, restful mood And attune all my soul to the quiet With which every day is imbued. To sit with my hands idly folded, Forgetting to dust or to sweep, To drive every care from my bosom, And rock all my sorrows to sleep; To cherish the idlest of fancies, And think through a portal of rose, With naught to disturb the Elysian I find in this perfect repose. BELLE WILSON STAPP. 278 A DASH THROUGH THE LINES2. A DASH THROUGH THE LINES. A ROYAL night for the row before us, The moon goes down in a bank of cloud, One star to westward trembles o'er us, Wrapped like a corpse in its pallid shroud. The lamp burns dim in the fisher's dwelling Filled with the Southern refugees; Hist! to the cannon's thunder swelling Far away on the tired breeze. I can hear the creek's black waters lapping The sandy beach and the wooded shores, And the dying wind like a night-bird flapping Its dusky wings o'er the idle oars. Five miles off is the wide, 'ide river- Five miles off the Poton ! flood; I can scarcely tell why I p ise and shiver, Dragging the boat up out of the mud. 'Tis a risky thing we 're about, old fellow, Deserters afloat on the river wide, Where the gunboats peer, with their eyes so yellow, Like panthers loose on the sullen tide. 'Tis the last, last time I shall venture over, Risking my neck for the gold so bright- Just one long whiff of the Maryland clover, One last dash through the lines to-night. Lift up the lantern and hold it steady; Call out the women, the children, too; The moon is down and the boat is ready, But the blockade running is yet to do. All aboard! Push off now quickly, We must hug the shore till the river shines. Look, where those lights burn pale and sickly, Over there are the Union lines. 279 BLADES 0 ' BLUEGRASS. I can see the river straight before us; Muffle the oars, nor cry, nor speak, Let us hurry on, through the darkness o'er us, Into the river and out of the creek. Woman, hush! there are foes behind us, The wolves are seeking their prey abroad: Quiet the children or death will find us- For you the water, for me the cord. Hist! 't is only the black waves creeping Under the stern of our trusty boat. The Yankee gunners must all be sleeping To leave us here on the tide afloat. God be thanked, we are half way over! Near at hand are the welcome shores. I can smell the blooms of the Maryland clover; Row for the land, now bend to the oars. Haste, make haste, ere the gray dawn whitens Over the east, for I dreamt last night I walked through a land that no beam e'er lightens, With a troop of spectres gaunt and white. I must reach the shore but to look once only On a face upraised to the skies above; 'Mid the green woods there, in her cottage lonely, Waiting to greet me, is she I love. She-there's a light-hush, hush, no screaming; Keep quite still in your places here; 'T is the lamp from a prowling gunboat gleaming Over the waters far and near. Make for the land-strike out-they 've seen us. Zip! 'twas a cannon's deadly hiss, But there 's many a watery gap between us-- They may fire again-so they fire and miss. 280 THE INGLESIDE. They 're bearing down on us sure and steady, Zip, zip, zip-how the water boils! Crouch, so the next shot finds us ready- A few strong pulls and we 'scape their toils. We '11 hurry in where the bank curves under That fringe of trees whose long boughs enlace; Then, while their cannon boom and thunder, We'11 seek the woods for our hiding-place. A few more strokes and we leave the river; The land lies there where the long waves swell; God! how the balls ricochet and shiver Till the air is strong with the powder's smell. One stroke more-oh, my God! 't is over! That last shot told; ah, they aimed aright! Good-bye to the Maryland fields of clover, And-tell her-I can not-come-to-night. ELVIRA SYDNOR MILLER. THE INGLESIDE. IT's rare to see the morning bleeze, Like a bonfire frae the sea; It's fair to see the burnie kiss The lip o' the flowery lee; An' fine it is on green hillside, When hums the hinny bee; But rarer, fairer, finer fair Is the ingleside to me. Glens may be gilt wi' gowans rare, The birds may fill the tree, An' haughs hae a' the scented ware That simmer's growth can gie; But the cantie hearth where cronies meet, An' the darling o' our e'e, That makes to us a warld complete, 0, the ingleside's for me. HEw AINSLIE. 28I BLADES O' BLUEGRASS. THE GOLDEN WEDDING. ONCE more the golden harp is strung, Attuned to joy and welcome cheer; The voice of Love, the tuneful tongue To Friendship sweet-to mem'ry dear, The light and blithesome heart of youth- Sweet dreams and hopes of long ago- The pledge of Friendship, Love, and Truth, With all its measured numbers flow. Now gently touch that harp once more- Call forth the sweet, melodious strain; Faint echoes from the distant shore, Restored to Love and life again. As vespers on the light winds play, Each joyous note, each gentle trill, Like angel voices far away, Comes floating down through mem'ry still. Here, fifty years ago to-night, Those notes did hope and joy awake, And Heaven two hearts in one unite Till Heaven the silken cord should break; And here again, at Love's pure shrine, Those hearts, still faithful, constant, true, About each brow fresh laurels twine, And o'er life's path fresh flowers strew. And as the joyous echoes start From far-off whispers, soft and low, We see again here rolled apart The faded scroll of long ago; And here, upon' the sacred page, As each fond hope renewed appears, The bloom of youth, the frosts of age Attest the lengthened flight of years. 282 THE GOLDEN WEDDING. Old age, far down the slopes of time- Mid age upon the heights above- Stern youth, in manhood's early prime- Sweet prattling innocence and love; Long-cherished friends of other days- Strong hearts, untouched by grief or fear- Gay, joyous mirth, sweet songs of praise, With beauty's bloom are mingled here. How sweet, when mem'ry steals along Where life's cool murmuring waters flow, To hear once more the rapturous song That thrilled us fifty years ago; To call, in beauteous visions, up Again each well-remembered face Of those who pledged to us the cup Of joy through life's eventful race. To live those hallowed moments o'er When first our plighted faith was given, And sealed with solemn vows before The bright eternal courts of Heaven. To look beyond where first began Life's toils, its sorrows, griefs, and fears, And measure but a single span To bridge the tide of fifty years. But sweeter is it far to dwell, With furrowed cheek and care-worn brow, Upon each word, as lisping fell From trembling lips the nuptial vow; To breathe those sacred words again, And know still, ere life's sun is set, The hearts we pledged each other then Are faithful to each other yet. M. M. TEAGER. 283 BLADES O' BLUEGRASS. THE SONG OF STEAM. HARNESS me down with your iron bands, Be sure of your curb and rein, For I scorn the power of your puny hands As the tempest scorns a chain. How I laughed, as I lay concealed from sight For many a countless hour, At the childish boast of human might, And the pride of human power. When I saw an army upon the land, A navy upon the seas, Creeping along, a snail-like band, Or waiting the wayward breeze; When I marked the peasant faintly reel With the toil which he daily bore, As he feebly turned the tardy wheel Or tugged away at the oar; When I measured the panting courser's speed, The flight of the carrier dove, As they bore the law of a king decreed, Or the lines of impatient love, I could not but think how the world would feel As these were outstripp'd afar, When I should be bound to the rushing keel Or chained to the flying car. Ha! ha! ha! they found me at last; They invited me forth at length; And I rushed to my throne with a thunder-blast, And laughed in my iron strength. O then ye sa a wondrous change, On the earth and the ocean wide, Where now my fiery armies range, Nor wait for wind nor tide. 284 THE SONG OF STEAM. Hurrah! Hurrah! the waters o'er, The mountain's steep decline, Time-space-have yielded to my power; The world! the world is mine! The rivers the sun hath earliest blest, Or those where his beams decline, The giant streams of the queenly West, Or the Orient floods divine. The ocean pales where'er I sweep- I hear my strength rejoice; And the monsters of the briny deep Cower, trembling, at my voice. I carry the wealth and the lord of earth, The thoughts of his god-like mind; The mind lags after my going forth, The lightning is left behind. In the darksome depths of the fathomless mine My tireless arm doth play, Where the rocks never saw the sun decline, Or the dawn of the glorious day; I bring earth's glittering jewels up From the hidden caves below, And I make the fountain's granite cup With a crystal gush o'erflow. I blow the bellows, I forge the steel In all the shops of trade; I hammer the ore and turn the wheel Where my arms of strength are made; I manage the furnace, the mill, the mint; I carry, I spin, I weave; And all of my doings I put into print On every Saturday eve. I 've no muscle to weary, no breast to decay, No bones to be " laid on the shelf," And soon I intend you may "go and play," While I manage this world myself. 285 BLADES O' BLUEGRASS. But harness me down with your iron bands, Be sure of your curb and rein, For I scorn the power of your puny hands As the tempest scorns a chain. GEORGE W. CUTTER. A BUNCH OF MAGNOLIAS. HE gathered a bunch of poems From a garden in the sky, And they were flower poems That came from oh, so high! He gave one to a lady, Because her slender hand Seemed made to hold a poem That came from blossom-land. And one went to a prison, And a sweet message took- One far away is dreaming, Its smile pressed in a book. One, filled with angel whispers, He to my boudoir gave, And one weeps in his memory, Its face hid on-a grave. KATYDID. 286 RAPTURES. RAPTURES. PROCUTL ESTE PROFANA. WHILE youth in blooming Spring invites To warm embraces, sweet delights, I '11 yield to nature's voice, I '11 clasp my dear Narcissa, press'd Close to my love-enraptured breast In mutual melting joys. From flowery vales and verdant trees The genial gales and balmy breeze O'er worlds enchanted move, And nature all around conspires To kindle all the soft desires Into a flame of love. And can that fascinating frame A cold, unfeeling heart contain Which passions never move; A heart unform'd the joys to know Which from the thrills and transports flow Of life-entrancing love. No, the dear image of that day, When in her circling arms I lay In ecstasy divine, May something more than hope impart, It tells my fondly fluttering heart She will be ever mine. Each fond endearment of every kiss Is present joy-and promised bliss- From my all-yielding bride, While fancy's fairy power employs The dear remembrance of past joys, As pledge for joy untried. WILLIAM LITTELtL. "Festoons of Fancy." 287 BLADES O' BLUEGRASS. EVENING THOUGHTS. MosTr beautiful is the dark midnight sky: Above ten thousand worlds in grandeur roll, Hymning their Author's praise in anthems sweet And high. The pulses of our being throb In solemn awe; we tremble, and our life Seems but a thought of the Eternal Mind That formed this glorious scene of wonder, light, And majesty. Beneath and all around What silence and what beauty! On each flower There hangs a drop of silver dew serene And bright and trembling, while a zephyr cool Soothes it to slumber with her gentle wing. And now a soft, low music thrill floats out Upon the air, so dim, so faint, we still Our breathing, lest we lose the echoing Of its strange sweetness. O'er the lake's bright waves The airy zephyr lingers long to kiss The stars that tremble there, like bright, glad thoughts, Which struggle from the imprisoned soul to leap Up to the fount of all true beauty, love, And holiness. How softly rests the moon's Calm smile on yonder sweet and grassy slope, Where 'neath the cypress dear Leora sleeps: Her life was like the rose-bud but half blown, Within whose fragrant breast the poison worm Lies hid; or like a harp, whose strings were tuned To notes of joy, but which a careless hand Too rudely broke. She faded gently, like The bright close of a peaceful summer day, And 'mid the flowers we laid the fair young head Which once was fairer than themselves. Ah, life Is a most fearful thing. Our being may 288 AD ... I I This page in the original text is blank. SONG. But seem a gentle star-beam flashing o'er Time's rushing waters, but its light will guide With fearful truth the frail and tossing bark Of many wanderers o'er life's mystic sea. Bright be our guidance then, and tho' our song May be but faint and low, it yet may wake Within some heart a happy dream, and bid Sweet flowers of hope to softly bloom again With dewy freshness in some saddened breast. JENNIu T. MCHENRV. SONG. I. A GENTLE wind, unvoiced, Along its viewless way, By chance smote on a Lily bell Wherein a Dew-drop lay; The drop in perfumed fragments fell, And whispering in my ears, The Spring wind sigh'd and sweetly said, "I 've kissed a Beauty's tears." II. That wind was as my thought, Which wandered here and there, Loving, but restless not to find A love-shrine anywhere, Till smiting on thy love-dewed heart The spell of silence broke, And through the chambers of my soul Exquisite music woke. J. V. CosBY. 289 BLADES O' BLUEGRASS. THE BOATMAN'S HORN. 0, BOATMAN! wind that horn again, For never did the listening air Upon its lambent bosom bear So wild, so soft, so sweet a strain! What though thy notes are sad and few, By every simple boatman blown, Yet is each pulse to nature true, And melody in every tone. How oft in boyhood's joyous day, Unmindful of the lapsing hours, I've loitered on my homeward way By wild Ohio's bank of flowers; While some lone boatman from the deck Poured his soft numbers to that tide, As if to charm from storm and wreck The boat where all his fortunes ride. Delighted, Nature drank the sound, Enchanted, Echo bore it 'round, In whispers soft and softer still, From hill to plain and plain to hill, Till e'en the thoughtless frolic boy, Elate with hope and wild with joy, Who gamboled by the river's side And sported with the fretting tide, Feels something new pervade his breast, Change his light steps, repress his jest, Bends o'er the flood his eager ear, To catch the sounds far off, yet dear- Drinks the sweet draught, but knows not why The tear of rapture fills his eye. And can he now, to manhood grown, Tell why those notes, simple and lone, As on the ravished ear they fell, Bind every sense in magic spell There is a tide of feeling given 290O TWILIGHT IN KENTUCKY. To all on earth-its fountain heaven- Beginning with the dewy flower Just ope'd in Flora's vernal bower, Rising creation's orders through, With louder murmur, brighter hue. That tide is sympathy. Its ebb and flow Give life its hues, its joy and woe. Music, the master spirit that can move Its waves to war or lull them into love, Can cheer the sinking sailor 'mid the wave, And bid the warrior on, nor fear the grave, Inspire the fainting pilgrim on his road And elevate his soul to claim his God. Then boatman wind that horn again; Though much of sorrow mark its strain, Yet are its notes to sorrow dear; What though they wake fond memory's tear, Tears are sad memory's sacred feast, And rapture oft her chosen guest. WM. 0. BUTLER. TWILIGHT IN KENTUCKY. TEE day was weary and upon the West Had leaned. Night held one star aloft, And slow and soft The twilight screened The sun for Nature's rest. How gently came repose-a whisper bold Of song From a near woodland bird Was all we heard, Save where a throng Of lambs cried for the fold. 291 BLADES O' BLUEGRASS. Across the field the weary farmer sped Knee deep In rye; behind him lay Fresh furrows-Day Smiles though asleep And points him to his bed. KATYDID. A SONG. WE stood beside the window- It was the very same Where years ago together We wrote each other's name. I listened for the dear words I used to hear from thee- I listened, but there came not One loving word for me. I looked into the blue depths Of those beloved eyes; I longed to see them glisten With thoughts of former ties. I looked, but oh! they spoke not The tenderness of old; I thought my very heart-strings Would break, they were so cold. My hand, I laid it gently- How gently !-on to thine; I thought its pulse beat quicker; I thought it answered mine. But no, there was no pressure; My dream of bliss was o'er; I knew the spell was broken- That I was loved no more. FORTUNATUS COSBY. 29)2 THE BLUEBIRD. THE BLUEBIRD. THOUGH Winter's power fades away, The tyrant does not yield; But still he holds a waning sway O'er hill and grove and field. But while he still is lingering, Some lovely days appear- Bright heralds from the train of Spring, To tell that she is near. It is as if a day of heaven Had fallen from on high, And God's own smiles for sunlight given Were beaming through the sky. The bluebird now with joyous note His song of welcome sings; Joy swells melodious in his throat; Joy quivers in his wings. No cunning show of art severe, But soft and low his lay- A sunbeam shining to the ear- Spring's softest, brightest ray. Those magic tones call from the past The sunny hours of youth; And shining hopes come thronging fast From worlds of love and truth. The harmony is seen and heard, For notes and rays combine, And joys and hopes and sun and bird All seem to sing and shine. NOBLE BUTLER. 293 BLADES O' BLUEGRASS. TO WHITTIER, ON HIS SIMVUNTV-SIXTH BIRTHDAY. How lightly falls the snow of age Upon the whitening locks of one Who, be he poet, priest, or sage, Can say, at life's declining sun: "Master, from that thou gavest me, A hundred-fold I bring to thee." That heart retains its freshness still, Though time-worn be its house of clay, That like some calm and shaded rill Keeps ever singing on its way, While all around it storm and strife Rage fiercely on the shore of life. Thus, Poet, on thine honored head The snow of age doth gently fall, And thou mayst seek thy restful bed When Death's resistless voice shall call, Wrapped close in tender dreams, as one Assured the day's work was well done;,- How like an evergreen thy heart, Retaining all its verdure still, Though long ago did spring depart And leave thee to the winter's chill; Yet, resting on its foliage green, Is summer's lingering beauty seeny Ah! soft and sweet thy melodies Shall sound through many a troubled heart; Though tuneless then, the silent keys On which thy hand hath played its part, Chords from thy music-soul shall be Thus wafted to eternity. 294 TWO SONGS. Beloved Poet, though my song With rhythmic flow charm not thine ear, From all the world's applauding throng Thou ne'er hadst tribute more sincere. Accept these words, that would express To thee a heart's deep tenderness. MRS. W. P. MCDOWELL. TWO SONGS. "I 'LL make my song so grand and high- So high," he said, " that those who hear Will stand and gaze into the sky, As on a soaring bird they fear That earthward turns, And where some planet shines alone My song shall sit, and those who see Will say the star has higher grown, And all, perchance, because of me It brighter burns." "And I would stay close to the grass- So near that a sweet child could kiss My song," she said, "where those who pass Would brush its bloom, and I could miss One fragrance less. I 'd have my song so sweet, its wing So fragile yet so perfect wrought, That both would seem some spirit thing Of comfort, down from Heaven brought For men to bless." KATYDID. 295 BLADES O 'BLUEGRASS. GENTLENESS: A SONNET. FAR in mid-ocean rose a rugged cliff. Seas lashed its feet in fury; storm and wind Roared round its wrinkled head, hoarse, cold, unkind. Flocks of wild sea-birds flying over, stiff And stark fell headlong down, their life resigned. Dark vapors rolled about its hoary height In murky density. There suns glowered pale; Nor moon nor stars came in the shadowed night To vex its solitude. In the far flight Of time men came, and with an iron hail Of cannon 'gainst this crag did thundering ring. The rock disdainful stood. At last a flower, The asphodel, waif on a zephyr's wing, Touched it in love. It trembled to love's power. WmLiAM J. D wis. Ptolemy Hephestion, in his geography of the world, tells of a rodl in the ocean, famous in his day, which, shaped like a huge inverted cone and resting on a narrow foundation, resisted the violence of winds and waves, and al human efforts to destroy its equilibrium, but was shaken to its center when its surface was touched by the little flower called asphodel. 296 MARCUS BLAKEY FALLMOND. This page in the original text is blank. BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES. This page in the original text is blank. BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES OF AUTHORS REPRESENTED IN THIS VOLUME. PROFESSOR MARCUS BLAKEY ALLMOND, A. M. Born in Stanardsville, Virginia, i85i. Married Miss Virginia Carey Meade, of that State, who is the real heroine of his poem "Estelle." President Noah Porter, of Yale College, wrote him a very compliment- ary letter upon this, his longest poem, in which letter he says: " It is sweet in its spirit, lovely in its picture, and admirably felicitous in its diction. What could I say more and I should not say less, if I say any thing." Professor Allmond held the chair of Ancient Languages in the Male High School of Louisville, Kentucky, for several years, and is now President of the University School in that city. He was magazine medalist at the University of Virginia, of which institution he is a graduate. HEW AINSLIE Was born in Scotland in 1792. When Sir Walter Scott, James Hogg, and others were making Scotland a " hunting field " after her " ancient minstrelsie," he was a clerk in the Register House, Edinburgh. In 1822 Mr. Ainslie emigrated to America and settled in the then "far West," making his home in Louisville. In 855 he published a volume of poems in his mother tongue, entitled, " Scottish Songs, Ballads, and Poems." He died in Louisville. . JAMES LANE ALLEN. The friends who know Mr. Allen best say that his full strength is yet untried, that the best in him is yet untold, and that with health and time he will give it permanent artistic shape. He has already won the first place among American short-story writers. An English critic compares him to Washington Irving, another to Nathaniel Hawthorne. He has written less poetry than prose, and always takes a modest view of his own work. By birth, rearing, and education Mr. Allen is a Ken- tuckian. He was born near Lexington, Kentucky, on a bluegrass farm not far from the spot where the generations of his family had lived since the first emigration from Virginia. Mr. Allen began his career as a writer several years ago in Harper's Monthly and The Century, with a series of articles descriptive of life, character, and social institutions BLADES O' BLUEGRASS. in Kentucky. He has continued to be a favorite with those magazines, and has an article in one or both nearly every month. His beautiful story of " The Flute and The Violin " is illustrated and sold in book form, and one could not conceive of a more exquisite story. SARo H. HUNTON. JOSEPH ALLGOOD Is connected with The Bradley and Gilbert Company, of Louislille, and is very modest as to his ability as a writer, yet his poems are ieen in all the leading newspapers, and he certainly has many friends who admire his unaffected style. JAMES R. BARRICK Was born in Barren County, Kentucky, in 1829. Attended Utania College at Glasgow. Began to write poetry at an early age, and was a frequent contributor to the "Poet's Corner" of the Louisville Journal. There has never been a volume of his poems published, but his family have a splendid collection ready for the press. During the Civil War he went South and edited several different papers. At the time o6 his death, which occurred April 3o, x869, he was editor of the Atlanta Con- stitution. SARAH T. BOLTON Is now seventy-two years old; a resident of Indianapolis, Indiana. She was born in Newport, Kentucky, but became an adopted child of our sister State in early girlhood, and was married at the age of six teen to Nathaniel Bolton, then editor of a paper at Madison. After marriage financial reverses came, and her singing was hushed for a while. She met these troubles bravely, and when the clouds passed away, as a cloud passes from before the sun, and the brightness shines forth into every corner, so did her sweet songs burst forth and fill all the land with their radiance. During her sojourn abroad, when her husband was Consul to Geneva, Switzerland, she caught the sweet influence of the beauties of the country and wove them in her songs. "tEake Leman," "Mont Blanc," and others instance this. W. D. Gallagher, our venerable Kentucky poet, in writing of Mrs. Bolton, said: 'She sings because song is the language of her heart, and she must sing or her heart must ache with its suppressed emotions." The chan- nel of the Ohio River is not so broad-Mrs. Bolton has built a b-idge -of song. , MISS ALLINE BROTHER Is the only daughter of Dr. William Brother, of Fort Spring, Wood- ford County, Kentucky. Born in the heart of the bluegrass country, she combines much fresh young beauty with rare intellectual gifts. Is a writer of both prose and poetry. . 300 BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES. MARY E. BETTS. Mary E. Wilson-Betts was born at Maysville, Kentucky, 1830, and was married to Morgan L. Betts in I854. She died the same year. MATTIE N. BROWN. Born in i844, and reared among the romantic hills of Spencer County, Kentucky. Her poetic talent developed early, and she left a volume of poems which receive much praise. Married Salem Brown, of Louisville, and died in that city, March 4, i887. STANTON PIERCE BRYAN Was born in Spencer County, Kentucky, July 22, i827. Is an active practitioner of medicine in Oldham County, having taken a full course of study in Dublin, Ireland. Married Adelaide Thomas in i853, and raised five daughters, one of whom recently died a missionary in China. In the midst of his duties as a physician Dr. Bryan finds it a recreation to indulge his passion for writing poetry, and finds an entrance to the leading papers and magazines. WILLIAM 0. BUTLER. Born in Jessamine County, Kentucky, I793. Was a lawyer by pro- fession, but enlisted in the war of 1812. At the battle of Raisin he was one of the few who escaped massacre after being wounded. Was Major-General in the war with Mexico, and led the charge at Monterey. In early life wrote some excellent verse. NOBLE BUTLER Was born in Pennsylvania, but became a citizen of Kentucky in early life, and was identified with the schools of Louisville-teaching as a profession and writing text-books-prominent among which his Grammar took high rank, being adopted in all the schools. He wrote much for the press, but little poetry. MISS JENNIE CASSEDAY Is a resident of Louisville, and her name is a household word. She is extensively known for her charities. Has recently built "Rest Cot- tage" at Pewee Valley, a summer home where working girls from the city may spend a vacation of rest. Miss Casseday is President of the Flower Mission for the Universe, and her sweet influence reaches to every land; yet she has been an invalid thirty years. She composes some beautiful verses and calls them " Night-time Songs." She says they come to her as an inspiration in the lone, wakeful night-hours. To know her is a sweet inspiration for good. 30I BLADES 0' BLUEGRASS. MADISON CAWEIN. Born in Louisville, March 23, 1865. Was graduated from the lhigh School in i886. Has published successively "Blooms of the Betry," " Triumph of Music," "Accolon of Gaul," " Lyrics and Idyls," and " I)ays and Dreams." His latest volume is entitled "Moods and Memories." Although a young man he has won the appreciation of such critic s as Edmund Clarence Stedman, W. D. Howells, Frank Dempster Shermaan, and James Lane Allen. James Whitcomb Riley dedicated his last book of poems to Mr. Caweln, and says of him: "He is a soul as well as a singer." The following extract is from the New York World, whose literary editor pays Mr. Cawein a handsome tribute: "Mr. Cawein is a Kentuckian. To a foreigner unacquainted with our geography and social latitudes that statement may mean nothing more than the indication of a section with a curious name. To many Americans it signifies no more than a place where quick-tempered men and pretty women abound, and where the thoroughbreds prance in pastures of bluegrass. The New Englander, even the Northern poet, may think of Kentucky as one of the fertile divisions of the Union, which may in time produce a cultured Daniel Boone. The Southerner alone knows what Kentucky is, and he knows it is;, as Joaquin Miller would say, 'God's own country.' So, of course, from Kentucky we might expect a poet to come. American poetry triust puzzle the less informed of our foreign readers, especially the -:er- mans, and every educated German now reads our poetry. Poi try, more decidedly than prose, is identified by its 'atmosphere.' How confusing must our different atmospheres be to strangers. And to complicate matters, here is a Southern poet with the Greece of K eats in his fancy, the Italy of Rossetti in his expression, and occasionally the imagination of Coleridge." RUFUS J. CHILDRESS, A poet of the people, was born on a small farm near Paducah, Ken- tucky, in the year 1852. His fondness for literature manifested itself at a very early age, and most of his spare time was spent poring over books or setting his vagrant fancies to song. While a mere yout1 he published a small volume of verses, the modest success of which in- spired him with a desire to seek a broader field for his talents. Later on, therefore, we find him at Louisville, where his contributions to, the local papers speedily attracted the attention of all lovers of pure thought and delicate imaginings. Though a dweller in the mart, toiling unceasingly from morning till night, Mr. Childress has never ceased to be an Arcadian; his songs breathe of the woods, the green country- side, blue skies, and murmuring waters, and through the smoke and dust, the turmoil and striving of Babylon, the dream of these fair 302 BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES. 303 things shines always starlike before him. Mr. Childress has been a welcome contributor to the Courier-Journal, Belford's Magazine, the Round Table, the New South, and other well-known magazines and journals. A brief biography, and some of his poems also, appeared in the Library of Western Song, published at Chicago. I am pleased to state that he is now engaged in compiling a second volume of verse, which will probably appear in the near future. Having been honored with his friendship for many years, I can say nothing but what is good of him. He is a devoted husband, an affectionate father, a faithful friend, and upright citizen. Would there were more like him. ELVIRA SYDNOR MILLER. FLORENCE ANDERSON CLARK Was reared in the beautiful bluegrass region of Kentucky, where nature in its fairest aspects fostered the dreamy tendencies of a poetic temperament. In i869 she was married to Captain James B. Clark, of Jackson, Mississippi, who was for six years editor of The Kentucky People, at Harrodsburg, Kentucky. For this paper much of Mrs. Clark's literarv work was done. In i875 they removed to Austin, Texas, where her husband is Librarian of the State University. . FORTUNATUS COSBY, JR. Was born near the city of Louisville, May 2, i802. He studied at Transylvania University, but was graduated from Yale College. After- ward studied law and was admitted to the bar, but his talents were of a too versatile nature to allow him to remain loyal to that engrossing profession, and we find him a clerk in the Treasury Department at Washington, and subsequently, for several years, United States Consul at Geneva, Switzerland. Between i840 and i85o he was a frequent con- tributor of both prose and verse to newspapers at Louisville, and was intimately associated with the brilliant George D. Prentice, and died but six months after him, June, i871. MRS. JENNIE JONES CUNNINGHAM Is a native of Tennessee, but has lived in Louisville, Kentucky, for sixteen years. Her poems have been readily accepted by leading papers. She is well known as a writer, but lives a very quiet and rather oriental life. She is the wife of J. A. Cunningham, who is the author of several books on scientific and theologic research. MRS. W. LESLIE COLLINS Lives at Frankfort. She published a small volume of poems in 1888, entitled, " Sea Waifs and Other Poems." BLADES O' BLUEGRASS. REV. JOUETT VERNON COSBY. A native of Staunton, Virginia, but for many years a citizEn of Bardstown, Kentucky. A theologian of note. Wrote many fuEitive poems, but never published a volume. INGRAM CROCKETT. Born at Henderson, Kentucky, i856. His father, John W. Crock- ett, was famous throughout the State for his powers of oratory. His mother was a Miss Ingram, daughter of one of the early settlers of Henderson. Mr. Crockett has been more successful than most young writers. His poetry is eagerly sought, and he has been wel- comed by the leading periodicals. In all his writing there is a quiet, gentle dignity and loftiness of purpose which illustrate his " man] iness of soul." Mr. Crockett was married in Henderson, and is connected with the Planters State Bank at that place. GEORGE WASHINGTON CUTTER Was born in Massachusetts about i809, and died in Washi:igton City in i865, but he was many years a resident of Kentucky and fully identified with her people. It was while commanding a company of Kentuckians in the war with Mexico that he wrote his beautiful poem, "Buena Vista." He practiced law for several years at Covington His poem, "The Song of Steam," is widely known. GEORGE M. DAVIE. George Montgomery Davie was born in Christian County, Ken- tucky. Graduating at Princeton University, New Jersey, in i868, his life has since been that of a studious and laborious lawyer. He. mar- ried, in 1878, Margaret Howard, daughter of General William Preston. His home is in Louisville. The exactions of professional life have for- bidden him to seriously indulge his taste for literary work; his verses have been " occasional " ones, some of which have been published in different periodicals. MAJOR WILLIAM J. DAVIS Was born in South Carolina, March 23, 1839. After finishi-ag his education, which was both classical and military, and in both branches of which he excelled, he entered the Confederate service at the begin- ning of the war and continued to its close. After the war he studied law and practiced for some time, but finally became engaged in educa- tional and scientific pursuits. In 1877 he became Secretary of the Board of Trustees of the Public Schools of Louisville, and still holds that place. He is an accomplished scholar, scientist, and writer. 304 - :c ii a C2;7 --- P I This page in the original text is blank. BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES. 305 MRS. MAY SMITH DOWNS. Born in Missouri, but reared in Kentucky. A daughter of Joseph W. Smith, of Glasgow. She was married in i889 to Professor J. Al. N. Downs, the present Superintendent of Public Schools at Somerset. GENERAL BASIL W. DUKE Was born in Scott County, Kentucky, on May 28, i837; was educated at Georgetown and at Center College, and commenced the practice of law in 1856 at St. Louis. His taste and talent for military life led to his becoming a captain in the State Guard; and in i86i he gave his services to the Confederacy at Bowling Green, Kentucky. His career as a cavalry leader, in a line of service created by himself and General Morgan, was as brilliant as it was novel in warfare. The closie of the war found him a Brigadier-General, with an independent command. Returning to civil life with the fall of the Confederacy, he resumed the practice of the law at Louisville; served in the Kentucky Legis- lature, and as Commonwealth's Attorney for Louisville, and is now one of the counsel of the Louisville and Nashville Railroad Com- pany. He was married in the year i86i to a sister of General John H. Morgan. During the war General Duke was the author of a " System of Cav- alry Tactics," and, since the war, of a " History of Morgan's Command;" and for several years one of the editors, in his odd hours, of The Southern Bivouac. His brilliant and versatile talents, his singularly striking and high character, and his social powers and position have given him an enviable place and distinction in Kentucky. G. M. D. REUBEN THOMAS DURRETT. Born in Henry County, Kentucky, January 22, i824. After two years at Georgetown (Kentucky) College he went to Brown Univer- sity, Providence, Rhode Island, where he graduated in 1849. The same year he entered the Law Department of the University of Louis- ville and graduated with the degree of LL. B. in i85o. After thirty years of successful practice at the Louisville bar he was able to retire on the competency he had earned. In his earlier years Mr. Durrett yielded to an imagination which demanded the expression of thoughts in verse, and had he not ac- quired distinction in other lines he might have been widely known as a poet. In poetry he was exceedingly versatile, and passed from the humorous to the grave with marked facility. His serious humor, how- ever, predominated, and his best productions may be considered in this vein. His "Night Scene at Drennon's Springs," in i850; his "Thoughts over the Grave of Rev. Thomas Smith," 1852; and his "Old Year and New in the Coliseum at Rome," in i856, each of which 20 BLADES O' BLUEGRASS. was published when written, are fine specimens of classic tho)ught expressed in blank verse, and entitle him to high rank among West- ern poets. It is as a prose writer, however, that Mr. Durrett will be most Cavor- ably and most enduringly known. After retiring from the bar in i88, he devoted much of his leisure to historic studies, for which he always had an inclination. His numerous historic articles, published in the Courier-Journal since i88o, have been widely read and much admired for their original research and the new colors with which they in, ested important events and subjects. In i884 a few of his associates of similar tastes joined Mr. Durrett in establishing an association in Louisville for co-operative effiart in the collecting and preserving and publishing of historic matter relating to Kentucky. This association was named the " Filson Club," in honor of John Filson, the first historian of Kentucky, and Mr. Durrett, who was made its president, prepared and read the first paper before it. This paper was the "Life and Times of John Filson," which was pub- lished as number one of the series of Club publications. It is a quarto of 132 pages, so full of original matter and so beautifully written that it at once gave the Club a prominent stand among kindred associa- tions. In his literary studies Mr. Durrett has always bought the books he needed, and in thus purchasing from year to year he has accumulated a large and valuable library. The volumes and pamphlets and p ipers and manuscripts upon his shelves number more than fifty thousand, and he is adding to them every day. His collection embraces the best works in almost every branch of human knowledge, but is particularly rich in history, and especially in American history. He is so familiar with his books that he can promptly lay his hands on any one of the fifty thousand volumes without the aid of a catalogue; but, better than this, he is as familiar with the contents of his books as he is with their location upon the shelves. In I852 Mr. Durrett was married to Miss Elizabeth H. Batet, the only daughter of Caleb and Elizabeth (nee Humphreys) Bates, of Cin- cinnati, Ohio. Mr. Durrett, now in his sixty-eighth year, is a well preserved man of health and vigor, who bids fair to be among those who, at the age of seventy-six, will cross over from the nineteenth to the twentieth century. He belongs to the school of old Virginia gentlemen, now s0 rare among us, and his hospitable home is ever open to those who wish to see him. His collection of books and antiquities has made hLim a kind of show in Louisville, whither strangers as well as acquaintances resort with an assurance of seeing something worth seeing and lt arn- ing something worth learning. He is never more delighted than when in his great library with one or more persons in search of information 306 BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES. from rare books and manuscripts. In this way most literary persons at home and many from abroad have been placed under obligations to him, and his constant regret is that he has not been able to do more good to others with his books. Wm. H. PERRIN. SYDNER DYER Was a resident of Louisville for many years, where he entered the ministry of the Baptist Church. In i845 he published his first volume of poems, and a second one in i855. He afterward became a citizen of Indiana. ALEXANDER EVANS. Born in Middletown, Kentucky, November 9, i814. Engaged in commercial pursuits until I847, when he was appointed Lieutenant, by President Polk, in the i6th U. S. Infantry. In i848 the regiment disbanded, and he was again in commercial life until i86i, when he went South and was Major in Breckinridge's Division. Since the close of the Civil War Major Evans has engaged in business pursuits in Louisville until his age forced him into retirement. His poems appeared in the Louisville papers as early as i837, and from that time at frequent intervals. Even at his advanced age Major Evans writes beautiful verse, filled with all the bright imagery of youth. He has published several books. , MISS NANNIE MAYO FITZHUGH Lives at Lexington, and is known as one of the most gifted writers of the Bluegrass State. Her poetry is quite familiar to readers of The Century, Harper, New Orleans Times, and New York Sun, and many other leading periodicals publish her exquisite sonnets. Her descrip- tive powers probably reach their highest limit in the beautiful poem entitled "Meeting Rivers." "T 'other Miss Mandy," published by Har- per, has given her a national reputation. MANLIUS THOMPSON FLIPPIN. Born in Monroe County, Kentucky. He still lives at the county- seat, Tompkinsville, and is Judge of the County Court. Has recently published a volume of poems. THOMAS B. FORD. Born in Owen County, Kentucky, but has lived in Frankfort many years. President of the Southern Literary Association and a prime factor in the new literary movement of the South. His life has been devoted principally to public interests. His efforts in a literary way have been very successful. A drama, an opera, and several novels, besides his poetry, show his versatility of talent. 307 BLADES O' BLUEGRASS. LAURA CATHERINE FORD, Now the wife of Dr. Hugh Smith, who was chief sur-eon of the famous "Orphan Brigade," lives in Owenton, Kentucky, in the same county in which she was born. Is a sister of Colonel Thomas Ford. She writes more prose than poetry. WILLIAM W. FOSDICK Was educated at Transylvania University, Lexington, Kentucky, and after graduating there went to Louisville to pursue the study of law. After completing his studies with Judge Prior he began the practice of law in Covington, where he was a partner of James 'South- gate. STEPHEN COLLINS FOSTER Was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in i826. Died in i86,L. He lived many years in Kentucky, and gave to us the "Old Ker tucky Home." It appears in Bryant's Library of Poetry, and every Kejituck- ian can testify to its touching sentiment who has ever listened to it sung in a strange land. , 4 WILLIAM DAVIS GALLAGHER. Born in Philadelphia, August 21, i8o8. After the death of his lather, when he was but eight years old, his mother moved to Cincinnati. His first literary work was for an agricultural paper called The Tiller. He was editorially connected with many different newspapers for about three-score years. With the Gazette, of Cincinnati, from i839 to i850, and the Courier, of Louisville, from i853 to '84. The characteristic of Mr. Gallagher's writings is purity of style and purity of matter. A thorough search through the broad range of his writings in the newspapers and periodicals for the last six and sixty years may be made without finding one vulgar sentence or one im- moral sentiment. The cultured gentleman and the unswerving mor- alist go with his pen wherever it is used. During the Civil War he was connected with the governmental ser- vice in the Customs and the Pension Departments at Louisville. As a poet Mr. Gallagher has been widely and favorably knowni. He has published several books of poetry. " Miama Woods, A Golden Wedding, and other Poems " was issued in i88i. It is a good volume on which to rest his fame. There are in it descriptions of nature, songs of patriotism, and lyrics of the affections, and legends and odes that will live as long as our country exists and the English language is spoken. He now resides in his humble cottage at Pewee Valley, at the venerable age of eighty-four, full of the priceless riches of literary fame, but poor in this world's goods. R. T. DURRETr. 308 BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES. 309 MISS ANNA J. HAMILTON. Born in Louisville, April 20, i86o. Was graduated from the High School in i878. Occupies the Commercial chair in the Normal School in that city. A late number of the Magazine of Poetry contains an inter- esting sketch of Miss Hamilton and her poetry. She is at present editing the Kentucky edition of "The Women of the Century," to be published soon by Charles Wells Moulton, of Buffalo, New York. JOHN M. HARNEY. Practiced medicine at Bardstown, Kentucky, and married a daughter of Judge Rowan there in I814. His wife died in a few years, and he traveled abroad. Receiving a naval appointment to Buenas Ayres he made that his home for several years, but finally returned to Bards- town, and died on the isth of January, I825. He wrote "Crystalina, a Fairy Tale," in six cantos, in i8I6, which received much praise from Eastern magazines. It was completed before he reached his twenty- third year. Many other shorter poems met with wide circulation in the leading periodicals of that day. His poem " Echo and the Lover" occupies a place in Bryant's Library of Poetry and Song. WILL WALLACE HARNEY. Born at Bloomington, Indiana, June 21, i83i, but was brought to Kentucky by his parents in 1833. Educated at home under Professor Noble Butler. The name Harney is Celtic and signifies strong in mind-headstrong. His father, John H. Harney, was for twenty-five years editor of the Louisville Democrat. Mr. Harney was the first principal of the Louisville High School. Held chair of Belles Letters in the Normal Department of Transylvania University. Was married in i868 to Miss Mary St. Mayer Randolph, and moved to Florida in i869. His wife died in i870, after which he spent much of his time exploring the Everglades, which he did as far south as Florida Keys. His letters descriptive of the climate and the phosphate beds of Florida, published in the Northern periodicals, attracted much atten- tion to that State. His poetry is published in Harper's and The Cen- tury, and is widely copied in books of selections, both English and American, and much used by elocutionists for qualities adapted to vocal expression. ALFRED WV. HARRIS. Born in Louisville, January 27, i842. Has held several Government positions. Married to Miss Maggie Heimers in i870. Member of the Filson Club. BLADES O' BLUEGRASS. JOEL T. HART. Born in Clark County, Kentucky in I81o. He has made for himnself an everlasting record in his life-work, "The Triumph of Chastity," which he was twenty years in completing. It was modeled froti the same clay used for Powers' "Greek Slave," and is now the propei ty of the ladies of Lexington, Kentucky. Hart's poems were written while he was in Italy, where he spent the best years of his life, and where he died. His remains were brought home and interred at Frank:ort. COLONEL WILL S. HAYS Was born in Louisville, Kentucky, July 19, i837. He first entered the field of journalism thirty-seven years ago on the Louisville D mo- crat as river editor. He remained with that paper until it went oat of existence during the close of the late war, and then spent two or I hree years of his life on the river as captain and clerk on various boats, the last one being the famous Jacob Strader. He finally drifted back into newspaper life, and was for a long time amanuensis to the late George D. Prentice. When Prentice died Colonel Hays went over to the C our- ier-Journal after they were consolidated, and, with the exception of about one year, he has been with that great paper as its marine editor ever since. There are few men now living who have done more for the me rine interests of the great Southwest than Will S. Hays. His reputation as a song-writer is world-wide. He has written and composed mtore popular ballads than any man living, and bears his worldly fame and, envied name with becoming modesty. EDWIN SYLVESTER HOPKINS Was born in Covington, of Kentucky parentage, but traces his ori- gin to the Hopkins family of New England. The removal of his par- ents to Greencastle, Indiana, at that time the most prominent seat of learning in the State, placed him in an atmosphere of culture and refinement that largely influenced his subsequent career. With a strong affection for the woods and fields where his holidays were spent, his thoughts naturally sought poetic expression, and among his first contributions to literature was a series of twelve poems illus- trating the various moods of nature during the year, and published in the Indianapolis Journal and in the Courier-Journal. After graduation he was elected to a professorship in Franklin Col- lege, Indiana, and was marrie4 to a lady in Danville, Kentucky, a grad- uate of Caldwell Institute, and a contributor to several leading maga- zines. After several years spent in teaching he gave up the profession, and removing to the bluegrass region of his native State became a Bourbon County farmer and stock raiser, which calling he still finds 3IO BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES. 3II congenial, allowing sufficient leisure for an occasional contribution to The Judge, Peterson's, The Free Press, Indianapolis Journal, and Courier-Journal, and many other publications. JOHN HOSKINS. Born in Cornwall, England, February 25, i827. Came to Kentucky in i845. Has lived in Louisville since I85o. His poems are noticeable for their rhythmic flow, and are easily adapted to music. He writes music as well, and his publications find ready sale. COLONEL J. STODDARD JOHNSTON Was born in New Orleans, February IO, I833, but has for long years been a Kentuckian, and comes of a family who were among the pio- neers of the State. He was graduated from Yale College in 1853, and from the Law Department of the University of Louisville in i854. He was in the Confederate army from I862 to the close of the war, and held important positions on the staffs of Generals Bragg, Breckin- ridge, and Buckner. Since the war Colonel Johnson has been a lead- ing politician, and held the office of Secretary of State under Gov- ernors Leslie and McCreary. He was for many years editor of the Frankfort Yeoman. He is an able writer and noted for a wide range of knowledge and scholarly attainments. ROSA VERTNER JEFFREY. Rosa Vertner Jeffrey is one of the most gifted poets of the South. She is a native of Natchez, Mississippi, but in early life removed to Lexington, Kentucky, with her maternal aunt and adopted mother, Mrs. Vertner, by whose name she was known. Her mother (who died when Rosa was only a few months old) was the daughter of an Epis- copal clergyman, Rev. James Abercrombie, at one time rector of old St. Peter's, Philadelphia. Her father, J. T. Griffith, was the well-known author of " Indian Stones," and other writings published both in this country and England. At an early age Rosa Vertner was married to Claude M. Johnson, of Lexington, Kentucky. Her present husband was born in Edinburgh, and belongs to a distinguished Scotch family. Mrs. Jeffrey resides in Lexington, where she dispenses in a quiet way an elegant hospitality. Her crown of snowy hair enhances the classic features of a still lovely face. She possesses a very versatile genius; her poetry is of the most genuine kind, natural, lucid, and spontaneous; her style is refined and without affectation. With the subtlety of her intensely human sympathy for humanity she woos and wins. She is a poet born, not made. When her first volume was published by Messrs. Ticknor Fields, in i859, it was received both in the North 3I2 BLADES O' BLUEGRASS. and South without an adverse criticism. I mention this because the trend of thought has been to accord so much less culture in lite -ary pursuits to the South than it really deserves. Mrs. Jeffrey's poems were highly eulogized by the best critics of the day, Theodore O'Hara, George D. Prentice, Paul Shipman, of the Courier-Journal, and many others. The following poem, inscribed to her by George D. Prentice, is inserted by request in this sketch: TO ROSA. Not in the Grecian isles, Not where the bright flowers of Illyssus shine, E'er moved a breathing form whose beauty's wiles Could match with thine. Not where the golden glow Of Italy's clear sky is pure and clear, Not where the beauteous waves of Leman flow, Hast thou thy peer. Not where the sunlight falls On bright Circassia through the perfumed air, Nor in Stamboul's oriental halls, Dwells one so fair. No fabled form of old, Not hers who rose from out the foaming sea, Though deemed more fair than aught of earthly mould, Transcended thee. In thy dark eyes a spell Of beauty lingers, but their glance of fire, When thy proud spirit is aroused, might quell The lion's ire. Thou movest floatingly As the light cloud that to the zephyr yields But with a step proud as a queen's might be O'er conquered fields. And thou hast that strange gift, The gift of genius, high and proud and strong, At whose behest thoughts beautiful and swift Around thee throng. They come to thee from far, From air, and earth, and ocean's boundless deeps; They rush in glory from each shining star On heaven's blue sleeps. They leap from earth's far bound- Forth from the red volcano's depths they start- From bow and cloud they float, and gather round Thy burning heart. cC ll--Y This page in the original text is blank. BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES. 3I3 Then at thy high command They stand all marshaled in thy peerless lay, As some great warrior marshals his proud band In bright array. Thy hand has power to trace Words as enduring as yon planet's flame, Words that forever 'mid our changing race Will keep thy name. Linked with bright song alone, That name o'er time's wild heaving waves will sweep, As o'er the water sweeps the bugle tone At midnight deep. Thy magic strains will make A portion of earth's living music heard Forever, like the cadences of lake And breeze and bird. The world of nature glows In thy bright page more lovely to the eye, As when o'er hills and plain, the sunset throws Its golden dye. And thou art very dear To many hearts, thou bright and gifted one, Aye, men adore thee, as the Persian seer Adored the sun. The "Legend of the Opal," written at the age of fifteen, is inimitable. "Baby Power," "Nina, or the Last Night at Pompeii," "The Frozen Ship," and "The First Eclipse" are choice productions, but too long for publication in this sketch. M. M. HODGES. ANDREW W. KELLEY. In I872 Kelley left Schenectady, New York, where he had been em- ployed as a reporter on a small afternoon newspaper, and went to Ten- nessee. Here he employed his time with writing poems and sketches, mainly for the New York Mercury, until the autumn of 1873, when he went to Franklin, Kentucky, and took a position as associate editor of The Patriot. He did not remain long on the paper, indeed, no one remained long on The Patriot, and I might say with equal truth that nothing stuck to that paper, absolutely nothing, except a mortgage about the size of an ordinary blanket, and a libel suit brought by a citizen of Bear Wallow, Allen County, whose book of sylvan verse had been " roasted " to such a degree as warranted an action at law. It was Kelley's intention, year after year, to go East, but he sat in his room and dreamed and dreamed; and time, regardless of dreams or poetic fancies, moved steadily along, and finally stopped one day. And then the green sward in the cemetery was disturbed, and the dreamer was lowered into the " dreamless bed." BLADES O' BLUZEGRASS. A gentle child of genius, smiling or deeply brooding, laughing or in sorrow, he was the soother of distress and the encourager of falter- ing footsteps. In verse, he had a most merry faculty of humor, and a most tender faculty of pathos. In a line he would draw a character tittering with the jollity of its own conceit; a word-flash, a change, and the mellow light of fond sympathy falls like a yellow drapery of richest silk, and with a warm beauty dignifies drollery and gives to a whimsical chuckle a tone of appealing pathos. The country has surely produced greater poets than " Parmenas Mix," but I doubt if we shall ever know a truer lover of Nature's divine impulses. He lightened the heart and made it tender, surely a noble mission; he talked to the lowly, he flashed the diamond of his genius into many a dark recess. He preached the gospel of good will; lie sang a beautiful song. OPIR READ. MRS. ANNIE CHAMBERS-KETCHUM Was born near Georgetown, Kentucky, and is noted for her poetic talent. Her " Semper Fidelis," published in Harper's Magazine sev- eral years ago, is said to be one of the most finished productions )f American literature. OLIVER LUCAS. Born in Orange County, Indiana, June i827. At the age of sixtee n he adopted the business of practical printing. At New Albany he at d Hon. A. M. Bradley published the New Albany Democrat. Later he moved to Louisville, where he became connected with the Louisvil: e Democrat. In x856 he was the legislative correspondent of the LoUi3- ville Journal at Frankfort, and also reported for the Frankfort Yeoma l. In May, i863, he was elected clerk of the Board of Aldermen of the city of Louisville, and has been elected twenty-eight times succes- sively. It was almost accidental that he became a writer of verse, his productions being principally of a local character, and published over the mom de plume of "The Poet of the Asfaltus." LAP. JOSBPH. MRS. MARY THORNTON McABOY Has a fadeless reputation as a writer of very sweet songs. Sle was born in Bourbon County, Kentucky, and contributed her poetly to many of the leading papers in the State, and yet she claimed for it no especial literary merit. NELLY MAVSHALL MCAFEE. Louisville, Kentucky, was the birthplace and is the home of Nelly Marshall McAfee. She is the scion of a noble race, who have few peers and no superior. Her ancestral line, without a break in ilns 314 BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES. 35 ramifications, runs back to 1172, when William le Mareschal came over to England with the Army of the Northern Conquerer. " Nelly Marshall " was the boast and pride of her State, and she has lost none of her prestige since her marriage with Captain John J. McAfee, which event occurred some years ago. Mrs. McAfee is not only a writer of verse but of fiction, which has fixed her position in the South and the Southwest as a literary leader in her State. She is a brilliant lecturer, a superb elocutionist, and, remarkable to state, she is called an "orator" rather than a public speaker. She handles her pen only when she feels the inspiration move her to industry. Her name ranks high in the histories of her State, and in the biographies and encyclopedias of the country. She sings with no uncertain sound. And she deserves everything kind that could be said of her. Gifted with grace, beauty and genius, these endowments are supplemented by culture, refinement and accomplish- ments. She is a magnificent pianist, and paints with great grace and delicacy. H. T. H. THOMAS F. McBEATH. Born in Wayne county, Kentucky, i852; completed his education at Urania College, Glasgow, Kentucky, in 1882, and was chosen Valedic- torian of his class of twenty members. His poem, "Biopsis," has been pronounced one of the finest poems that has been contributed to the literature of the South. He is now President of the Normal Col- lege at Daleville, Mississippi. MRS. KATE GOLDSBOROUGH McDOWELL Was born in Louisville, and still lives there. A daughter of J. H. Wright, and wife of William Preston McDowell. She has written a great deal but never published a volume. The poet Whittier wrote her a very graceful and complimentary letter of thanks for the lines she addressed him on his seventy-sixth birthday. JENNIE T. McHENRY, Of Hartford, Kentucky, wrote over the nom deO plume of " Rosine." Her poems were collected and published in a small volume in I867. MRS. CLARA LOVELL McILVAIN. Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, November 26, i836. Was educated at Naz- areth, Kentucky, and became a convert to the Catholic religion. Soon after leaving school she was married to J. Banks McIlvain, of Louis- ville, Kentucky. In her collection of poems, "Echoes of the Past," edited by her daughter, Charlotte McIlvaine Moore, will be found the story of her life, breathed in such sweet measures as to win for her the love of all. She died in Louisville, August 26, i88r. BLADES O' BLUEGRASS. MRS. KATE SLAUGHTER McKINNEY (KATYDID) Was born at London, Laurel County, Kentucky. When she was seve n years old her parents moved to Kirksville, Madison County. She wits graduated in i876 at Daughter's College, and some years ago was mar- ried to Mr. J. I. McKinney, now Superintendent of the Louisville atnd Nashville Railroad at Montgomery, Alabama. She has issued one vol- ume, " Katydid's Poems," made up, for the most part, of the lighteit of gentle zephyrs; but they are laden with the perfume of mountain flowers in the spring-time and with the soothing odors of pines and birches. Their great merit is in their perfect naturalness and sini- plicity. She finds beauty in homely things, and makes them grow into our affections. CHAS. J. O'MALLtY. S. C. MERCER. Mr. S. C. Mercer is a resident of Hopkinsville, Kentucky, where lie occupies himself as a farmer. He has been connected with the preis in various capacities in Kentucky, and from I862 to i869 edited a paper in Nashville, Tennessee. He was born in Washington County, Pen i- sylvania, but his life has been identified with Kentucky. He is wide I' known as an excellent and original writer of prose and verse, and a very accomplished literary man. MISS ELVIRA SYDNOR MILLER, Whose taking fairy tales and beautiful poetry have won for her the widest reputation of any woman writer in Kentucky, was a Virginian by birth and only adopted Louisville as a home. Her great-grand- father was John 0. Donnell, Quartermaster General of the Revolutio i, Her mother's ancestors were Italian; this probably accounts for the poetic vein which permeates her whole soul. She is a great lover of children, horses, and flowers, and her mother says is a " sad Bohemian." She is brilliant and fascinating, and always leaves a pleasant memo:y with those who meet her. Besides her " Songs of the Heart," atid other volumes, she has ready for the press a story, "The Home of the Dead Belle," which deals with Louisville's social history. ALICE HAWTHORNE MUDD. Descended from the Maryland headlights of literature-Nathaniel Hawthorne and Washington Irving. She was born in Louisville, Ke i- tucky, educated at Roseland Academy, Bardstown, Kentucky. In 1876 she- was on the editor's staff collecting historic facts for the " Encycl- pedia of Kentucky." The next year she was on the staff of the Su 1- day Argus and Trade Gazette, and wrote over the nom de plume f "Patsy Dean" and "George Francis Piltcher." The same year she brought out her first book of poems, " Hawthorne Leaves." 3I6 BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES. ROBERT MORRIS. Born near Boston, Massachusetts, i8i6. He first became a citizen of Kentucky in i852, locating at Fulton. Was prominently identified with all the interests of Freemasonry, and contributed largely to its literature. His songs, "The Level and the Square" and "Gallilee," are very popular. The latter is found in all modern Sunday-school song-books. He died at LaGrange, Kentucky, July 3I, i888. IDA GOLDSMITH MORRIS. Born in Louisville, Kentucky, October, i870. Was graduated from the High School in i888, being elected poet of the class. She was married January 12, i89i, to Mr. Herman Morris, a lawyer of Glasgow, Kentucky. ELIZABETH LEE MURPHEY. Happy the soul that comes upon its literary mission and finds a public ready to receive it. More happy still that people who entertain these angels unawares. The influence of the cultured man or woman upon the community in which he lives is priceless beyond value in all that goes to make up a great and free people. These thoughts easily adjust themselves to the personal history of Elizabeth Lee Murphey nee Hays, one of the most gifted and useful of Kentucky women. In her home she is the center of a most charming circle, and an earnest, devoted wife and mother. In addition to these duties she has for the past two years been engaged in literary work, and at present is one of the editors of The Round Table, published at Dallas, Texas. She wields a pure influence in the literary world, and her career is watched with much interest by her friends and admirers. She has written many beautiful poems, which have been widely copied and read, and in them all there breathes the warm, rich spirit of heroism and devotion. Her style is at once gentle and strong, lofty and winning. She stands at the center of the literary life of a big, bustling, Western city, and does much to give tone and direction to its movements. A. W. MBLL. VIRGINIA F. NOBLE Was born in Louisville, but from childhood has resided in Paducah. Her father, Colonel John C. Noble, has for many years been widely known among the literary people of Kentucky, and his researches have covered many fields of thought, and upon his talented daughter has fallen his mantle of greatness. Miss Noble's writings partake largely of the analytic in character. Not, however, after the fashion of most analytical writers are her productions dispassionate. Womanly feel- ing and sentiment are breathed in every line of her poetry and prose. For several years her work has been gladly accepted by Eastern mag- 3I7 BLADES 0' BLUEGRASS. azines, to which she is a regular contributor. She is the founder of the " Castalian " literary club of Paducah, and is a firm believer in the future literary pre-eminence of Southern talent. ADA BRAZXZ2TON. THEODORE O'HARA. It is purposed here to sketch briefly the life of a Southern soldier who builded for himself an enduring fame as a poet upon four lines. These lines, together with other stanzas of the poem in which they occur, may be seen in the national cemeteries of the United States, cast in iron and placed along the silent ways which wander among the dead, to commemorate the sleeping brave of North and South alike; and these four immortal lines, which have sufficed to secure their author's name a place in the sacred annals, are inscribed also over the gateway of the National Cemetery at Washington. Though the man who wrote them fought upon the opposing side, even to the end, these lines seem no whit less fitting here than when we find them placed above the wearers of the gray who rest in the cemetery at New Orleans. Thus does the spirit of poesy triumph bver material issues, appealing to something within us before which mere differences of political opinion, strong and abiding as they seem to be, sink out of sight and are lost forever. To forget the questions upon which they have been divided to their hurt, let men cherish those truths upon which they are one. Theodore O'Hara, soldier, poet, and journalist, was born in Danville, Kentucky, February i i, i82o. He was the son of Kane O'Hara, an Irish gentleman who, after having left his own land on account of political oppression, became distinguished in Kentucky as an educator of great learning and ability. The family finally settled in the vicinity of Frankfort, Kentucky. After being prepared under the teaching of his father, Theodore was sent to St. Joseph's College at Bardstown, Ken- tucky, where he graduated with high honors. After this he practiced law for a time, but in i845 he held a position in the Treasury Depart- ment at Washington, and the next year was appointed captain in the old United States Army. He served through the Mexican War, and was brevetted major on the field for gallantry and meritorious conduct. He then practiced law in Washington for a time, but when Lopez attempted the liberation of Cuba, O'Hara joined the expedition, and led a regiment at Cardenas, in which battle he was severely wounded. Subsequently he was con- cerned in Walker's adventurous expedition to Central America. He afterward conducted several newspapers in the South with great abil- ity and brilliancy, among them the Mobile Register. At the beginning of the War of the Rebellion he joined the service at once, and was put in command of the fort at the entrance of Mobile Bay, which he bravely defended until ordered to retire. After this he 3Y8 BIOGRAPHICA4L SKETCHES. 319 served on Albert Sydney Johnston's staff, and was beside that officer when he fell at Shiloh. Later on he was chief-of-staff to General John C. Breckinridge, and was in the famous charge at Stone River. He served as chief-of-staff until the end of the war. After the war he engaged in some commercial transactions in Columbus, Georgia, but finally retired to a plantation on the Alabama side of the Chattahoochee River, where he died of fever on the 7th of June, i867. In i873 the legislature of Kentucky provided for the bringing back of his body to his native State, and in 1874 he was buried with military honors in the State Cemetery at Frankfort. This is a brief record of O'Hara's life. O'Hara wrote only two poems which have been preserved to history -one entitled "The Bivouac of the Dead," and one "A Dirge for the Brave Old Pioneer." These are identical in the manner of their con- struction, and they are both elegiac and commemorative poems. He seems to have written only when special demand was made upon him, and then only in this one vein. It is upon this first-mentioned poem, " The Bivouac of the Dead," that O'Hara's claim for immortality must rest. It was written to commemorate the death of his comrades who fell in Mexico, and was read by him upon the occasion of their burial in the plot of ground set apart by the State for their reception in the cemetery at Frankfort. O'Hara now sleeps within the same ground, and may be said to have sung his own memorial, standing upon his unmade grave. The opening stanza of this poem, especially the sec- ond quatrain of it, remains unsurpassed in its own field. From Sketch in The Century. ROBERT BURNS WILSON. CHARLES J. O'MALLEY Was born in Union County, Kentucky, in i857. His mother was of Spanish descent. His father was Irish, nearly related to the poet-priest, Father Ryan. In i882 he was married to Miss Sallie M. Hill, of Cal- houn, Missouri. Like many other young writers Mr. O'Malley first became known through The Current. He wrote, besides poetry, a number of light scientific papers: " Summer in Kentucky," " By Marsh and Pool," "Our Native Evergreens." He also wrote "The Botany, Or- nithology, and Geology of Union County." A series of articles on the " Poets and Poetry of Southwest Kentucky," written by him for the Henderson Journal, attracted much attention. He knows Kentucky like a book, having been over every county but one in the State. In his writings he not only stimulates his fellow-workers, but cultivates a taste in them for things above the gross and commonplace, and smoothes and refines the life about him. His poems are to be found in The Century, Youths' Companion, and other leading periodicals. " The Building of the Moon " is one of the most thoroughly original things in the English language. ARCH PooL. BLADES 0' BLUEGRASS,. MRS. SALLIE MARGARET HILL O'MALLEY. Born in Indiana, educated in Missouri. Was married to Charles J O'Malley, and became a resident of Kentucky in i882. Her poetry is. much in sympathy with the every-day things of life. DANIEL E. O'SULLIVAN Was born in Bowling Green, Kentucky, September, i858. Is as- present editor and owner of the Sunday Critic, Louisville, Kentucky. Barely in his thirties, Mr. O'Sullivan has crowded much work into his life. For two years he was managing editor of the Courier-Journal; then on the staff of the New York World, and later managing edito:- of the Louisville Commercial. Was married in i886 to Miss Bertha Bijur, of Louisville. Mr. O'Sullivan's poetry was written before he became such a busy journalist. In either capacity he is a success. EUGENIA PARHAM Is a daughter of the late Dr. W. H. Parham, of McCracken County, Kentucky. At the early age of sixteen she adopted the profession of teacher, and has held successively positions in Blandville College, Pa- ducah public schools, West Kentucky College, and for two years past has held the chair of English Literature and Moral Philosophy in the old Judson Institute at Marion, Alabama. She has more than a local reputation as an essayist, but her literary work has all been done amid the busy cares of a teacher. Her poems are published in the Courier- Journal and other leading papers. JO. A. PARKER Is editor of The Index, published at LaGrange, Kentucky, and is also secretary of the Southern Literary Association. Though he has scarcely attained his majority he has made a reputation for intelli- gence quite above the ordinary. O JOHN JAMES PIATT Has been for ten years United States Consul at Queenstown, Ire. land; but he is a poet that time and the ocean can not separate from the hearts of his countrymen. Although not a Kentuckian by birth he married Sallie Morgan Bryan, of Kentucky, and his daughter Marian was born in Kentucky, and by virtue of his long and intimate association with George D. Prentice and several years' residence in Louisville, Mr. Piatt is certainly entitled to recognition by Kentucl - ians, and his poems are gladly accorded a place in this collection. Among his earlier volumes was "Poems by Two Friends," a joir t production by W. D. Howells and himself. His next volumes were "Western Windows" and "Land Marks." A few years ago he edited 320 A, CLINT RUBY. 17!"-" , I rV 1 4 This page in the original text is blank. BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES. a very remarkable compilation under the title of " The Union of Lit- erature and Art." " Idylls and Lyrics of the Ohio Valley " is another of his popular volumes. In i889 was published in London "A Book of Gold-A Quarter Cen- tury of Sonnets "-twenty-five most exquisite sonnets. The Spectator says, "Mr. Piatt's best things are undoubtedly those which smell of the Western soil." The Morning Post: " Mr. Piatt's poems have a dis- tinct transatlantic ring which lends them an additional attraction." X - SARAH M. B. PIATT. Sarah Morgan Bryan was born in Fayette County, Kentucky, in i836, and is a granddaughter of one of the pioneers. She was gradu- ated from the Henry Female College at Newcastle, Kentucky. In early girlhood a strong poetic temperament was developed, and she soon gained substantial recognition as a poet. She was married in i86i to John James Piatt, and soon after published her volume, " Nests at Washington." In i871 "AWoman's Poems" was published. During the ten years spent abroad Mrs. Piatt has published several smaller vol- umes of verse, and the English and Irish press notices are very compli- mentary. The St. James Gazette says: " We find Mrs. Piatt's Muse is the Muse of the American Girl, and we confess, for our own part, the more completely she is the Muse of the American Girl the better we like her." "A Voyage to the Fortunate Isles," "A Wall Between," "An Irish Garland," and "In Primrose Time" are the titles of different volumes. "The Witch in the Glass," etc. is her volume of 189o. MRS. EUGENIA DUNLAP POTTS Was born near Lancaster. Kentucky. Was graduated at Franklin Female Institute in Lancaster, and finished a course in music and French at Philadelphia. In I874 she published the "Song of Lancas- ter," a metrical history after the versification of Longfellow's Hiawatha. The great poet's letter of commendation is among the author's treas- ures. Mrs. Potts is at present editor of The Illustrated Kentuckian, published at Lexington. GEORGE DENNISON PRENTICE. There is in front of the Courier-Journal building in Louisville, above the entrance, a life-size statue of Mr. Prentice in Carrara marble representing him sitting in his chair in a familiar pose. " This," says John James Piatt, " is a fitting local monument of the honored editor, statesman, and patriot, but I believe there is something in his volume of poems, which, although it may not be a moving, an active force in this busy world, will survive the marble effigy in the memory of men." George D. Prentice was born in Connecticut in i8d2, and came to 21 32I 2BLA4DES O' BLUEGRAtSS. Kentucky in i830 for the purpose of writing a biography of Henr" Clay to be used in the campaign in New England, but fortune favored Kentuckians when a tide in his affairs brought Mr. Prentice perma. nently into our State and made him a citizen of it-made him oul very own. All along from youth to old age Mr. Prentice exhibited his love of poetry, and while his principal longer poems were written early in lift many of his later ones are of equal strength and beauty, and through all of his serious poems the current of feeling is in sympathy with nature's great works. " Mammoth Cave " is admired by many above his " Closing Year," which is ranked with Bryant's " Thanatopsis," aE one of the finest pieces of blank verse in the English language. " The River in Mammoth Cave" is peculiarly impressive, as mournful in tone as the strange, weird river it celebrates, and having once visited this river one reads the poem with profound awe. In the South, where literature is slow of recognition, such a dispo. sition as Mr. Prentice showed, amid the busy cares of a journalists life, to encourage poetic talent and hold out a helping hand, is some thing not to be forgotten in the history of our country and American literature, and in the hearts of all Kentuckians he lives enshrined He died January 22, 1870. , DR. FRANK H. RHEA. Born at Madisonville, Kentucky, in 1855, but now lives at Waverly Union County, where he practices his profession. His poetry is thor oughly original. One striking characteristic of it is the employment of words of Latin rather than of Anglo-Saxon extraction, and this h. but one of many ways in which his writings are entirely different fron: those of any other Kentucky poet. HARRISON ROBERTSON Is managing editor of the Courier-journal. He is a poet, but like many others he allows the cares of a journalist's life to crowd out the Muse, and says he will probably never write another poem. His poemn. were published in Harper's and The Century. , MRS. ADELAIDE D. ROLLSTON Was born near Paducah, Kentucky, and has lived since her earl) womanhood and marriage in that city. At a very early age she begat to contribute both verse and prose to Eastern journals, and she has; since confined herself principally to the delineation of character, feel- ing that it is her true field of labor, and she finds a ready acceptance of her work. Her poetry is characterized by simplicity of structure and faultless rhythm. 322 BIOGRAPHICA L SKETCHES. CLINT RUBY Was born in Henderson, Kentucky, twelve years ago, and is widely known as the Boy Elocutionist. At an early age he gave evidence of poetic talent, and was possessed of a remarkably retentive memory, repeating page after page of verse after once hearing it. He has devoted his time to public readings, and meets with the greatest en- couragement. His literary talent is inherited from his parents. His mother, Mrs. Alice L. 0. Ruby, being a contributor to various maga- zines. He now lives at Madisonville, Hopkins County, Kentucky. THOMAS H. SHREVE Is remembered as a citizen of Louisville, Kentucky-a man whose versatility of talent was remarkable. He had proven himself capable as a merchant, but his ambition was for literary work, and he soon established a reputation as one of the best young writers of the time, preparing papers of rare excellence in various departments of litera- ture. His artistic talent also developed, and he left many excellent paintings to illustrate it. His poetry has been widely copied and admired. W. D. Gallagher says of it: "He was as joyous in his verse as the lark soaring in the early morn and singing at heaven's gate." Mr. Shreve was employed on the editorial staff of the Louisville Jour- nal at the time of his death, which occurred on the morning of Decem- ber 23, i853. MRS. MATTIE PEARSON SMITH, Though now an adopted daughter of the State of Minnesota, Ken- tucky may fairly lay claim to at least an interest in the genius of this gifted authoress, as many of her earlier years were passed at Coving- ton in this State, where her education was chiefly obtained, and where also for a number of years she taught school. Mrs. Smith has written much beautiful verse, and has contributed liberally to the press and periodicals, and all her published work would make several large vol- umes. She lives at present at Le Sueur, Minnesota, at which place her husband, Edson R. Smith, is a prominent banker and mill-owner. CAPTAIN THOMAS SPEED Is a practicing lawyer in Louisville. He was born at Bardstown, Kentucky. His ancestors came from Virginia in the pioneer days. He was educated at Center College, and served in the Civil War as Ad- jutant of the 12th Kentucky Veteran Volunteer Infantry. He has writ- ten a number of prose pieces, but is not much accustomed to court the Muses. He is the author of " The Wilderness Road." The skill with which he appeals to national feeling shows that he has the heart of a poet. 323A 324 BLADES 0' BLUEGRASS. HENRY COOLIDGE SEMPLE. Born in Louisville, May ii, i871. Was graduated from the High School in that city, and is at present teaching in Funk Seminary at LaGrange, Kentucky. At the early age of thirteen years he began to scribble verse, and though he has written but few pieces of merit, these are characterized by that genuine overflow of poetic spirit that answers no man's bidding. MAJOR THOMAS SPEED. Born in Virginia in 1768. His father removed to Kentucky in I78,', and he lived for a while at Danville, but from 1793 till his death at Bardstown. He was major in the war of I8I2, and member of Cor- gress in i817. Died i842. He was the grandfather of Captain Thomas Speed, and wrote the poem "Autumn Leaves" in i8o6. FREDERIC M. SPOTSWOOD Lives at Lexington, Kentucky, where he edits The National Guard, a sheet devoted to the interests of the State Military. He has written a number of songs that have sold well, and his vein is chiefly the Anac- reontic. The "Queen of Night," his longest poem, was born of tb e beauty revealed by a moonlight view of " The Meadows," one of t1 e handsomest homes in the Bluegrass country. MRS. BELLE WILSON STAPP Is a writer of ability. Before her marriage she wrote a great de al and received large compensation for prose work, but ill health has ff)r many years interrupted her literary work. We see a poem from h,!r pen occasionally in the Courier-Journal. All of the Kentucky papers give her a cordial welcome. She resides at Buckeye, Garrard County. OF HENRY T. STANTON Was born on the 30th of June, i834. His father, Hon. Richard :i. Stanton, of Maysville, Kentucky, was for a number of years a member of Congress from that District, and subsequently Judge of the Circuit Court. His son, who was his first born, had the benefit of a thorough education, and early evinced a taste for literary pursuits and a genius for poetry. He was, at different times, editor of the Maysville Bulletin and Frankfort Yeoman, in which papers most of his poetical contribu- tions, since published in two volumes, originally appeared. He served during the war in the Confederate army as Adjutant-General upon the staffs of General Williams, General Morgan, and General Breckinridge. In earlv life he married Miss Martha Lindsey, of Mt. Sterling, Kcn- tucky, and their union has been blessed with nine children, six dau:h- ters and three sons. Since 1870 he has resided in Frankfort, his prs- BIOGRAPHICA L SKETCHES. ent occupation being that of an insurance agent. From time to time he continues to write verses of a high order, and gives readings from his poems to popular audiences. Personally he is of pleasing address, vivacious in conversation, happy in his family relations, and esteemed by a circle of friends co-extensive with the State. J. s. J. MISS JEANNETTE SWING. She is the niece of Rev. David Swing, of Chicago, so well known in literary circles. Was born at Cincinnati, Ohio, but removed during her childhood to Dayton, Kentucky, where she was graduated from the High School in i886. At an early age she gave evidence of literary talent, and at the age of eighteen her first story appeared in a large Cincinnati daily. Since then she has contributed both prose and poetry to many of the papers, and has been unusually successful. MICHAEL MOORES TEAGER Was born in Bath County, Kentucky, May i, i833. His father, Jacob Teager, was of German extraction, but a native of Mason County, Ken- tucky. His mother, Louisa (Moores) Teager, was born in Bath County, Kentucky, and daughter of Michael Moores, who came to Kentucky soon after the Revolutionary War, in which he participated. He was admitted to the bar in i86o, and entered upon the practice of law at Flemingsburg, Kentucky, where he now resides. In i862 he enlisted in the Confederate service with the 2d Battalion, Kentucky Mounted Rifles, and served during the war, after which, on the iith May, i871, he was married to Miss Irene Emma Stealy, of Jeffersonville, Indiana. SARAH CAMPBELL HARRIS-THORNTON. Born in Mason County, Kentucky, i825. Her poem, "Beyond the Grave," was written at the age of fifteen, and appeared in the Lexing- ton Intelligencer. Some time after marriage moved to Texas, where she died in i88o. CATHERINE A. WARFIELD. Catherine Ann Ware was born in the State of Mississippi, but edu- cated in Philadelphia. She was married to Elisha Warfield, of Lexing- ton, Kentucky, in 1833, and after several years' travel abroad, and a protracted residence in Texas, they finally settled in Lexington, where Mrs. Warfield became one of the chief ornaments to the refined and intellectual circle of that section of Kentucky society. In i846 a vol- ume of poems, entitled " Poems by two Sisters of the West," from the pen of Mrs. Warfield, and her sister, Mrs. Eleanor Percy Lee, was pub- lished and quite favorably received, but Mrs. Warfield's best poems were contributed singly to the Louisville Journal. 325 BLADES O' BLUEGRASS. LIZZIE WALKER, Of Hartford, easily takes rank among the most beautiful and versa- tile of the younger writers whose songs are adding so much to the literature of the South. Her mother was Elvira English, of Hardin County, Kentucky, and her father is the eminent Judge E. Dudley Walker. Miss Walker seems to have been born for the literary career. Her talents shone forth brightly from early girlhood. She has culti- vated several varieties of verse. The reflective element enters into her writings more than might be expected in one so young and joyous. This quality appears in the poem entitled " The Old Year." She uses dialect freely in the expression of her sympathies and loves for the external world. It is not often so exquisite a piece of nature-painting is found as that given in Miss Walker's poem, " November." JOHN CLARK RIDPATH. THOMAS WALSH Was born near Connersville, Indiana, December I4, 1859. In his fifteenth year he began his academic course at St. Meinrad's College, Spencer County, Indiana. He studied here for four years and then entered St. Xavier's College, Cincinnati, Ohio, completing his classical course of study a year later. Shortly afterward he located at Louis- ville, Kentucky. He was engaged for a year or two in the publication of The Celtic Review, a weekly journal devoted to the interests of the Irish people. Abandoning this pursuit he entered the legal profession, in which he has since continued, having by his ability and energy built up a large and lucrative practice. He is an exceedingly eloquent and popular speaker, is noted for the fervency, wit, and pathos of his efforts at the bar and before the people. He has written occasional poems for the Courier-Journal and the Times, of Louisville. ASHER G. CARUTH. \WTILLIAM A. WASHINGTON Was a direct descendant of George Washington, and a man of fine character. Many years of his life were spent in Logan County, where he wrote and published his poems. One volume, entitled " Rural Min- strelsy," was published in 186o. He died in Owensboro, having almost rounded out his century. He was never married, but lived with his two sisters, who were also unmarried, and who died a short time be- fore him. LIZZIE WILSON. Born in Louisville, Kentucky, DYecember 30, i835. Died there March 19, i858. In i86o a volume entitled " Poems by Lizzie," was published, dedicated to George D. Prentice. 326 BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES.3 HENRY WATTERSON, Son of Hon. Harvey Watterson, lately deceased. He was born in Washington City, February i6, i840. Became editor of the Louisville Journal in i868, and has been editor-in-chief of the Courier-Journal since it first appeared. He served in Congress in 1876. Mr. Watterson is one of the most powerful leaders of the Democratic party. His poetry was written in early life. AMELIA B. WELBY Was born February 3, i8i9, at St. Michaels, in Maryland. In i834 her parents removed with her to Louisville, Kentucky, where her poetic genius first became known to the public, and where she died on the 3d of May, i852. Her first published work was a poem, in 1837, in the Louisville Journal. In i845 she issued the first collected edition of her poems, which met with such ready and extensive sale that the publishers of the country contended for the privilege of issuing a second edition, which the Appletons did in i846, and they have since found it necessary to issue some twenty additional editions. She was married to George Welby, Esq., an excellent gentleman, of Louisville, Kentucky, in June, i838. FORCEYTHE WILSON Was a native of New York, but for many years a resident of Ken- tucky. A brother of the Hon. Augustus Wilson of Louisville. He contributed many beautiful poems to the Courier-journal while George D. Prentice was editor, and afterward published a volume of poems, entitled " The Old Sargeant, and other Poems." John James Piatt said of him: " One of those rare poets whose poetry is first in their life, and perhaps grows poorer in their last verses." ROBERT BURNS WILSON Was born near Washington, Pennsylvania, but his childhood was passed in West Virginia. He received his education partly at Wheel- ing, and afterward at Pittsburgh. Having lost his mother at the early age of ten years, and being of a sensitive nature, his grief for her has had a sad effect upon his life. In his poem dedicated to her he says, "All that's best in me and in my art is thine." In i886 'Mr. Wilson went to Louisville, Kentucky, where he gained an enviable reputation as an artist by a crayon portrait of Henry Watterson. Two years later he adopted Frankfort as his home, and there continues his art-work. His first poem, "A Wild Violet in November," made his reputation as a poet, and when his first volume, " Life and Love," was issued, there was a great demand for it. 327 BLADES O' BL UEGRASS. No idle rhymer of trifling verse, but a strong-voiced singer who has walked with Nature and drawn his inspiration from her, his observant eye mirrors the beauties of the world, and with pen and brush he portrays them with the grace and truth of an artist. HENRY CLEVELAND WOOD Is a native Kentuckian, descended on his mother's side from the Cleveland and Whitney families of New England. His paternal ances- tors settled permanently in Kentucky before Daniel Boone built his first cab)in here. Mr. Wood's first literary venture was a sketch written at the age of twelve years and contributed to Appleton's Journal, for which he re- ceived compensation. This success, doubtless, gave him more exquis- ite joy than any he has since achieved. In 1874 he began contributing to the English magazines, and from that time has frequently appeared in The Quiver, Good Words, and other periodicals. In this country he has contributed to The Aldine, The Cosmopolitan, The Current, Bel- ford's, Our Continent, Youth's Companion, Literary Life, Demorest, Peterson, Once a Week, Harper's Weekly, and many other of the lead- ing publications. Mr. Wood has very great artistic and musical talent. He draws freely, paints, and executes various designs in wood carving, his own home being handsomely decorated by himself. He is yet unmarried, and devoted to his venerable grandmother and mother who live with him at Harrodsburg. MISS JEAN WRIGHT. The father of Miss Jean Wright is General J. M. Wright, a graduate of West Point, a brilliant young officer in the Civil War, member of the Kentucky Legislature, Adjutant-General of Kentucky, and now Mar- shal of the United States Supreme Court. Her mother is the daughter of Dr. Ewing, and a niece of General William 0. Butler, one of Ken- tucky's early soldier-poets. A native of Louisville, Miss Wright has inherited talent and literary taste. Her first offering is a delicious little volume of poems published in 1892, and charmingly illustrated by her young cousin, Emma Keats Speed. 328 EUGENIA. DUNLAP POTTS. This page in the original text is blank. TO MRS. FANNIE PORTER DICKEY. THE MOODS OF YOU. The moods of you in colors blent Would make a rainbow, vividfair, Such as to clouds whose glory lent Makes gorgeous roses in the air, Which float off, darkening as they go; Yet you-zwith face of sun and mist- Are with them in their ebb and flow, With ruby gleam and amethyst, To mystic depths and trackless fields Of shadow, thickening as each crowds Where old Aquarius stands and wields His rain-flail on the flashing clouds. Though vast the region they traverse, These blessed messengers of rain, I watch them, whether they disperse Or link themselves in endless chain- The throbbing air about them filled With glint of sun and slanting ray. Whereby a red-gold seems instilled Into them, turning cold and gray-- Down from the zenith's glowing haze Sparse wandering or condensed in storm, These flying clouds in every phase But hold you in some lovely form. BLADES O' BLUEGRASS. And, though the thunder smites and pains, Where they wax eerie, low and dim, They breathe you through their watery veins Into the very soul of them; And cast into your eyes the gray, Transfer their sun-glints to your hair; Your cheeks they sprinkle with the spray Of red-gold bronzing your face fair; And thus they make your being whole, And you with all their moods endow, And leave their glory in your soul, Their softer shadows on your brow. Yet more than this in moods of you, And lovelier, meets discerning eyes; F'or one perceives the luscious blue Which fills the hollow morning skies, And fragrance of the grassy lawn, And freshness of the mountain brook, Into your breezy nature drawn, Reveal themselves to all who look; Indeed, one used to fairy dreams Sees in your face the budding sheaf, The lucent glint of sylvan gleams, And purity of bloom and leaf. The Genii and arts that please In simple culture serve you good, For your companions, which are trees, Conspire by symbols understood- Each trembling, swayi-Ig where it stands, To airy twig of topmost limb, And, reaching down with leafy hands, So glad to touch your garment's hem.!- 330 THE MOODS OF YOU. And join with you in gnarly feud To help you catch on canvas screen, Within some beechen solitude, The glint of gold amongst /he green. Ye poets souds that dream and drerem, This Naad, ioviug sang 4nd sky, Newborn of native grove and streamn, In guise of womun hnarenl high- Let us decree fr love and lore, This friend who heaps our laurels up, That she shall drink forevermore The wine of joy from golden cup, And down the ages ring clear-toned The praise each sweet shell now prolongs, And crown her where she sits enthroned Upon the tops of our best songs. RUFUS J. CHILDRENSS. 331I