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And tell her story. With unstudied art
PHEBE A. HOLDER.
Help, thou, to form the visions I essay,
HEBE A. HOLDER was born in Berlin,
Mass., November 27th, 1824. A child of nature she early listened to her teachings, holding
'communion with her visible forms,” catching inspiration from the woods, flowers, birds, the ocean and mountains, listening to the myriad voices of the universe. One gift in particular she possesses which makes her society the delight of others, and which is a source of exquisite enjoyment to herself. It is her love for choice books, and the power of imparting their beauty and meaning to others.
Her home is in a quiet nook “amid the windings of a woody vale," often sought by choice friends. The beloved books, from the best authors are in lavish profusion, on tables, in the cases, all about, close at hand.
A graduate of the Westfield Normal School, she represents its choicest product. Her life work has been teaching, with great love for it. Much of her work in the school room has been done in western Massachusetts, in beautiful Berkshire the home of her heart. She taught in the High Schools of Lee and Hinsdale. She has written much for papers, magazines and special occasions. Dr. Vincent's grand Chautauqua idea has no more devoted lover or consistent follower, and most truly may it be said of her,
“Only a sweet and virtuous soul, like seasoned timber, never gives.”
AN HOUR WITH WHITTIER.
Like to a stately palm that lifts its head
On some lone isle, its leaves a coronal Of verdant beauty, so with stately tread
The queenly maid appeared among them all; Beauteous as any rose before the fall
Of the first petal; lips, whose rounded swell And honeyed taste would sweeten bitter gall,
And bid an anchorite forsake his cell. And eyes where Venus' son continual seemed to
dwell. An arm Medicean Venus might have dared To look upon with envy; marble breasts,
Whose sea-shell-tinted pink, just half unbared, Revealed the glory of their tiny crests;
A stately neck, whose sculptured beauty rests Upon a bust so full and beautiful,
Their fair perfections with such charms invests The radiant maid, that each knight, dutiful, Drank in her charms and sated, sighed, by
I run through nature for a simile;
Dear as the bud to bloom-as sweet to bee-
As rain to desert-as the gentle calm To men whose barks are shipwrecked on the sea
As breezes to the fainting, breathing balm,
A rosebud opening to the dewy morn;
A lily on a silent river born,
light; So seemed she flushed with youth-the rose in
glowThe swan in grace-as lily pure and whiteAs peaceful as the river in its flow
And joyous as the nightingale when day is low.
Poet believed, again I come
On thy sweet verse to ponder, And linger o'er thy soulful words,
The while my heart grows fonder. “Among the Hills” I walk with thee,
Reading the dear home story, When Autumn comes with Golden Rod
Heavy with Sunshine" glory, Within the “Tent Upon the Beach”
I sit with joy to listen To lords of thought, while peaceful waves
In molten gold-light glisten.
I see the “School House by the Wall,”
The eager children leaving,
The tender face of grieving-
In fresher beauty glowing, Touched by the Poet's loving hand,
Woven in verses flowing.
FANNY H. R. POOLE.
O, sparkling snowy drift!
You haste in Spring-tide hours, To leave the fragrant flowers.
O little clouds of life
That o'er us ofttimes stray,
Secure above earth's strife,
The trusting end may rest;
UPON a mossy bank I lie,
The summer sun is low; The rippling stream that wanders by Reflects the radiance of the sky,
And spreads a heavenly glow.
Ah! skies of dreamy violet.
What amaranthine bloom? What varied jewel deeply set
In hues of Heaven's own coronet, Lightens the nether gloom?
ANNY HUNTINGTON RUNNELLS, a des
cendant of the early Connecticut Huntingtons, was born about twenty-seven years ago in the town of Orford, New Hampshire. Her father, Rev. M. T. Runnells, was twenty-three years pastor of the Congregational Church at Sanborton, a pleasant country village farther south. Clear hill-top scenery, vast mountain vistas were the first symbols of eternity to the mind of the imaginative child. Isolated, to a large degree, from the comradeship of other children, her purest delights, we are told, were “to wander in the fields, browse at will in her father's library, or pore over her mother's music books at the piano.” In her long out-of-door rambles amongst the birds and flowers, she found it easy to lisp her love of things beautiful in rhyme. By some happy chance, a copy of Palgrave's “Golden Treasury” was discovered by the little maid, who drank from the fount with the peculiar zest of a young and true child of genius. At ten years of age, she would have confided in you
her affection for “Romeo and Juliet,” “Rasselas,” “Eve of St. Agnes," Wordsworth, Bryant and Tennyson. At thirteen, her verses, heretofore a guarded secret, began to appear in the Granite Monthly, Cottage Hearth, Journal of Education, The Advance, Boston Journal, etc. Soon after, we find her in the role of student at the New Hampshire Seminary at Tilton, where her education, superior to most of her age, was greatly improved by two years of careful work. Then followed several years of music study in Boston, of teaching in a New York school, in the Parkesburgh (Pa.) Classical Institute and in Frankfort, Ky.
In 1891, Miss Runnells was married to Allan A. P. Poole, a Boston business man, a nephew of the English painter, Paul Poole, R. A. Her home is in Dorchester, Mass.
Mrs. Poole is far from being a “hobbyist," dearly as she loves her art. She can polish a sonnet or write a clever book-review this morning, and after dinner invite you to accompany her on a horse-back ride; or, seated at her piano, she can lose herself in the intricacies of Beethoven or Chopin. She enjoys singing, teaching, the care of little chilbren, the culture of flowers, embroidery and old book and picture collections. But her absorbing passion is poetry.
F. L. K. PURPORT.
From out the cloud-land of the West
There breaks a sudden light; It touches stream and mountain crest, And Nature's wildest haunts are drest
With roses ever bright!
How blest it were to crown our days
With radiance from above! Along Life's rude and rugged ways, To scatter warm, effulgent rays,
Of peace and holy love.
A SUNSET THOUGHT.
On radiance mine when day is o'er!
Oh sunset reach of thought to dwell On ling'ring joys the landscape wore!
And calm the introspective view
For, if I failed, with purpose true,
And be it mine at close of life;
This rapture giv'n, whate'er befell,
This gleam of the Unlived to lend
Were imperfected life's great end,
O, LITTLE clouds! how swift
Ye sail across the blue,