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`A child's remembrance or a child's delight Drank deep in dreams of, or in present sight Exulted as the sunrise in its might.
The shadowed lawns, the shadowing pines, the ways
That wind and wander through a world of flowers,
The radiant orchard where the glad sun's gaze
But scarce the sovereign symbol of the sea,
That clasps about the loveliest land alive With loveliness more wonderful, may be
Fit sign to show what radiant dreams survive
The many colored joys of dawn and noon
That lit with love a child's life and a boy's, And kept a man's in concord and in tune
With life-long music of memorial joys
Where thought held life and dream in equipoise, Even now make child and boy and man seem one, And days that dawned beneath the last year's sun As days that even ere childhood died were done.
The sun to sport in and the cliffs to scale,
The sea to clasp and wrestle with, till breath For rapture more than weariness would fail,
All-golden gifts of dawn, whose record saith That time nor change may turn their life to death. Live not in loving thought alone, though there The life they live be lovelier than they were When clothed in present light and actual air. Sun, moon, and stars behold the land and sea No less than ever lovely, bright as hope Could hover, or as happiness be;
Fair as of old the lawns to seaward slope, · The fields to seaward slant and close and ope;
READ. "Sheridan's Ride" has been the most frequently quoted of Read's poems. It was written during the civil war. General Sheridan had defeated General Early at the battle of Winchester, 1864, and had driven him beyond Cedar Creek. General Early recovered his position, got his men into line, and turning upon his adversary, came near defeating Sheridan's army. Sheridan, hearing of the battle, rode rapidly up the valley, arriving at a most critical time. He rallied his men, and again succeeded in putting the enemy to rout. The poem was written shortly after, and soon found its way into almost every publication in the country, even including school readers.
PHELPS. "Something for Thee." This hymn, written in 1862, was first published in the Watchman and Reflector, and was copied into various other religious papers. Later, Rev. Robert Lowry requested Dr. Phelps to furnish some hymns for a collection he was preparing. Among other hymns placed in his hands was this one, and it appeared in "Pure Gold," with the excellent music which Dr. Lowry composed for it, and with which it will always be associated. It also appeared in "Gospel Hymns,' ," No. 1, and later in numerous collections in this land and lands across the sea. It has been a most helpful hymn to many hearts. A minister in Glasgow says: "A large family joined my church lately. The mother told me she had first of all happened to drop into our chapel, while a stranger in Glasgow, when she was quite overcome, as if her heart were lifted up, with the people singing
'Something for Thee.'"
Professor W. F. Sherwin, a few years ago, was holding a Sunday-school Institute in Maine, and during the singing of the third verse of this hymn a
young lawyer was so much affected that it was the means of changing all his plans for life, and consecrating himself to Christ's service, he devoted himself with his whole heart to evangelistic work. Says Dr. Phelps: "I have had requests for autograph copies of this hymn and many testimonies concerning its helpfulness to others. I have heard it sung in various and distant parts of our land, on ocean steamers, and in other countries. A friend recently showed me a hymn book in the Swedish language containing it."
At the celebration of the author's seventieth birthday, with other letters, the following words of sincere congratulation from Rev. Robert Lowry, D. D., dated in Plainfield, N. J., May 13, 1886, were read: "It is worth living seventy years even if nothing comes of it but one such hymn as
Savior! thy dying love Thou gavest me.
Happy is the man who can produce one song which the world will keep on singing after its author shall have passed away. May the tuneful harp preserve its strings for many a long year yet, and the last song reach us only when it is time for the singer to take his place in the heavenly choir."
At the close of the reading of Dr. Lowry's letter, the congregation, filling the First Baptist Church, New Haven, Conn., at once arose and sang the hymn.
As here printed the hymn, slightly revised, is in the form the writer desires it to be used in collections or elsewhere. S. D. P.
TENNYSON. This engraving is made from the last photograph taken of Lord Tennyson, in 1890.
IBID "The Charge of the Light Brigade," was written after reading the first report of the Times correspondent, where only 607 sabres are are mentioned as having taken part in the charge, and was first published in the Examiner, December 9th, 1854. The version now selected is that which the soldiers themselves selected from several different readings, and sang by their watch-fires in the Crimea. It bears many points of resemblance to Drayton's ballad of "The Battle of Agincourt." W. D. A.
IBID. "Crossing the Bar" was set to music by Lady Tennyson, and afterwards sang at Lord Tennyson's funeral.
IBID. "Claribel" was published in 1830.
IBID. "The Deserted House" was also published in 1830.