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Black prophets of a sadder day,
While vesper shadows creep a-near
How demon-like your antics seem!
Damp incense is your clammy breath, Chill with imagination's dream
That turns hot passions fires to smoke, And brings wild thoughts of after-death.
Why linger longer tempting here?
To dusky sheol take your flight,
Where is your own Elysium free.
Your presence has no charms for me.
I HOLD before me, in weak, trembling hands,
Of Time had dripped, until the gleaming strands
My drowsy ear in dreamland's golden drips,
WILSTACH, JOHN AUGUSTINE. The Angel and the King and Other Poems. Buffalo: Charles Wells Moulton, 1893. 16m0, gilt, gilt top, cl., pp. 441.
A complete collection of Mr. Wilstach's Original Verses, including Earlier Poems, Satires, Ballads, Sonnets, and Humorous and Miscellaneous Poems.
POE. "The Raven." This unique and most original of poems first appeared in Colton's American Review for February, 1845, as by "Quarles." It was at once reprinted in the Evening Mirror, and in a few weeks had spread over the whole of the United States, calling into existence parodies and imitations innumerable. Mrs. Whitman informs us that, when "The Raven" appeared, Poe one evening electrified the gay company assembled at a weekly reunion of noted artists and men of letters, held at the residence of an accomplished poetess in Waverly Place, by the recitation, at the request of his hostess, of this wonderful poem. After this, it was of course impossible to keep the authorship secret. Willis reprinted the poem with the author's name attached, remarking that, in his opinion, it was "the most effective single example of fugitive poetry ever published in this country, and is unsurpassed in English poetry for subtle conception, masterly ingenuity of versification, and consistent sustaining of imaginative lift." It carried its author's name and fame from shore to shore; drew admiring testimony from some of the first of English poets, and finally made him the lion of the And for this master-piece of genius-this poem which has probably done more for the renown of American letters than any other single work-it is alleged that Poe, then at the height of his renown, received the sum of ten dollars, that is, about two pounds. J. H. I.
IBID. "Lenore" was first written under the title of "The Pæan,” a juvenile poem. He subsequently improved the poem and republished it under its present title. It was undoubtedly first inscribed to Mrs. Helen Stannard, the mother of a schoolmate, who had been very kind to the orphan boy. EDITOR.
BOHAN. "Sherman." During an encampment of the G. A. R. in Milwaukee, Wis., this poem was presented to Gen. Sherman by Mattie, the eightyear-old daughter of Mrs. Bohan. The souvenir was printed in blue, on white satin ribbon, enclosed in padded covers, with an illuminated hand-painted title, decorated with sprays of forget-me-nots, the entire work having been done by the author of the poem, Mrs. Bohan. EDITOR. SMITH. "O'Donoghue's Return." "Once every seven years, on a fine morning, before the first rays of the sun have begun to disperse the mists from the bosom of the lake, the O'Donoghue comes riding over it on a beautiful snow-white horse, intent upon household affairs, fairies hovering before him and strewing his path with flowers. As he approaches his ancient residence everything returns to its former state of magnificence. Before the sun has risen the O'Donoghue recrosses the water and vanishes." F. M. O. S.
KEY. "The Star Spangled Banner." One afternoon in September, 1814, a party of Baltimore gentlemen, grieved at the defeat of the American troops at North Point, met together in an old house at Upper Marlborough, and there formed a plan for capturing some of the British soldiers, who would pass through the village that night. Meanwhile the main body of the British army had gone on to a point some distance beyond Their plans were so well laid that they actually took over twenty men prisoners and put them in “durance vile." News of this attack was, however, carried to the British fleet beyond by one man who contrived his escape, and the tables were unexpectedly turned. A detachment of Britishers descended on the village, compelled the liberation of the English soldiers, and took as their prisoners the gentlemen who had planned the capture.
Angered by what they considered a violation of the rules of war, the British colonel in command refused to allow the gentlemen, who were all asleep in their beds, even time to dress. They were placed on horseback and carried to a british ship, hooted and jeered at, Dr. Beans, with whom the idea of the capture had originated, being especially insulted. A day or two later all but the poor doctor were set free, but he was detained as a valuable prize worthy of taking back to England.
Meanwhile his friends in Baltimore went to work with a hearty will to obtain his release, and as he had been known on more than one occasion to have treated wounded British soldiers with great kindness, his niece, a girl of eighteen, ventured herself to write a strong appeal to the English officer in command of the fleet. She succeeded in persuading a Mr. Francis Key to take the letter with a flag of truce, and the young man, procuring a small boat and permission to use the white flag, set out. He boarded the admiral's vessel in safety, but found preparation for the bombardment of Fort McHenry in full swing, and, as a consequence, he was detained by Admiral Cockburn's orders.
It was a moment of most critical importance, for with the fall of McHenry, Baltimore's doom was sealed, and we can easily fancy Mr. Key's feelings as from the English flag-ship he watched during the long hours of that day and night the furious onslaught upon the fort. So long as daylight lasted, he could hardly take his eyes from the flag floating from the fort, and with feverish anxiety he hailed the "dawn's early light." The first break of day showed him his country's flag proudly floating to the breeze, and in the first "enthusiasm of rapture," as he told a friend, he wrote the verses dear to every American heart, "The Star Spangled Banner." H. Y. P.
DWIGHT. "Columbia " was written during the author's service as an army chaplain in 1777-78.
PALMER. "Stonewall Jackson's Way." Mr. William Gilmore Simms tells us that this poem, stained with blood, was found on the person of a dead soldier of the Stonewall brigade after one of Jackson's battles in the Shenandoah Valley. Its authorship, long unknown, has been discovered by Mr. Francis N. Browne. G. C. E. BRADBURY. "Marching Along." During the Civil War this song was frequently sung upon the march by the soldiers of the Army of the Potomac. Except "When this Cruel War is Over," and the doggerel about "John Brown's Body," there was scarcely any song so often heard. The name of the leader was changed, from time to time, to accord with the facts. G. C. E.
BARTON. "The Women Who Went to the Field." This poem was given by Miss Barton at the Farewell Reception and Banquet by the Ladies of Potomac Corps, at Willard's Hotel, Washington, D. C., Friday evening, November 18, 1892, in response to the toast, "The Women Who Went to the Field." At the words "Your Cheers for her, comrades! Three cheers for her now," as by one impulse, every man in the room sprang to his feet,
BROWNING, ELIZABETH BARRETT. Poetical Works. New York: T. Y. Crowell & Co., 12mo, pp. 520.
DAMON, FRANCES B. D. Miscellaneous Poems. BIGELOW, LETTIE S. Miscellaneous Poems. BOHN, ELIZABETH BAKER. Miscellaneous Poems.
FARMER, LYDIA HOYT. Miscellaneous Poems. MCCONIHE, ISABELLA WILSON. Miscellaneous Poems.
BARROWS, JOHN OTIS. Miscellaneous Poems. MCCABE, ANDREW. Miscellaneous Poems. SHALER, CLARENCE A. Miscellaneous Poems. HOPE, JAMES BARRON. Miscellaneous Poems. SMITH, FRANCES M. O. Miscellaneous Poems. BASKETT, N. M., M. D. Visions of Fancy. St. Louis, Mo.: The Commercial Printing Co., 1884. 12mo, pp. 109.
HOLDER, PHEBE A. Miscellaneous Poems.
POOLE, FANNY H. R. Miscellaneous Poems. HAGER, LUCIE C. Miscellaneous Poems. WOLVERTON, SARAH. Miscellaneous Poems. JOHNSON, GERTRUDE TRACY. Miscellaneous Poems.
WINTERMUTE, MARTHA. Eleven Women and Thirteen Men, and Other Works. Newark, Ohio: Lyon & Ickes, 1887. 8vo, pp. 360 & 2.
CLARKE, MARY H. GRAY. Miscellaneous Poems.
COLERIDGE, SAMUEL TAYLOR. Poetical Works. New York: John W. Lovell, 1881. 16mo, pp. 667. -)(———————— THE EDITOR'S TABLE.
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