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The fiddler moaned his blindness, he heard her so
much praised, But blessed his luck to not be deaf when once her
voice she raised.
was born at Ballyshannon in the northwest of Ireland in 1828, and descended from an old Anglo-Irish family. In his youth he was influenced strongly by the 'Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood,' and was for many years editor of Fraser. In 1874 he married Miss Helen Paterson, the artist. He has published “Poems,” 1850; "The Music Master, and Day and Night Songs," 1854; “Lawrence Bloomfield in Ireland: a Modern Poem, in Twelve Chapters," 1864;
Songs, Poems, and Ballads," 1877; “ Evil MayDay,” 1883; “Ashley Manor" (Drama), 1883; “Black-berries Picked Off Many Bushes,” 1884.
H. F. R.
And evermore I'm whistling or lilting what you sung, Your smile is always in my heart, your name beside
my tongue; But you've as many sweethearts as you'd count on
both your hands, And for myself there's not a thumb or little finger
'Tis you're the flower o' womankind in country or
in town; The higher I exhalt you, the lower I'm cast down, If some great lord should come this way, and see
your beauty bright, And you to be his lady, I'd own it was but right.
LOVELY MARY DONNELLY.
The old man has plaid out his parts in the scene.
NANNY'S SAILOR LAD.
Now fare-you-well! my bonny ship,
For I am for the shore. The wave may flow, the breeze may blow,
They'll carry me no more.
And all as I came walking
And singing up the sand, I met a pretty maiden,
I took her by the hand.
There, king of the spiders, the Dirty Old Man
breeding. Fine dames from their carriages, noble and fair, Have entered his shop-less to buy than to stare; And have afterwards said, though the dirt was so
frightful, The Dirty Man's manners were truely delightful. Upstairs they don't venture, in dirt and in gloomMayn't peep at the door of the wonderful room Such stories are told of, not half of them true; The keyhole itself has no mortal seen through. That room-forty years since, folk settled and
decked it. The luncheon's prepared, and the guests are ex
pected. The handsome young host he is gallant and gay, For his love and his friends will be with him to
day. With solid and dainty the table is drest, The wine beams its brightest, the flowers bloom
their best; Yet the host need not smile, and no guests will ap
pear, For his sweetheart is dead, as he shortly shall hear.
But still she would not raise her head,
A word she would not speak, And tears were on her eyelids,
Dripping down her cheek.
Now grieve you for your father?
Or husband might it be? Or is it for a sweetheart
That's roving on the sea ?
It is not for my father,
I have no husband dear, But oh! I had a sailor lad
And he is lost, I fear.
Three long years
I am grieving for his sake, And when the stormy wind blows loud,
I lie all night awake.
Full forty years since, turned the key in that door. 'Tis a room deaf and dumb 'mid the city's uproar. The guests, for whose joyance that table was
spread, May now enter as ghosts, for they're every one
I caught her in my arms.
And she lifted up her eyes, I kissed her ten times over
In the midst of her surprise.
Cheer up, cheer up, my Nanny,
And speak again to me;
For I'll go no more to sea.
The seats are in order, the dishes a-row;
SOPHRONIA YOUNG KINNE.
I have a love, a true true love,
And I have a golden store, The wave may flow, the breeze may blow,
They'll carry me no more!
THE BRIGHT LITTLE GIRL.
Her blue eyes they beam and they twinkle,
Her lips have made smiling more fair; On cheek and on brow there's no wrinkle,
But thousands of curls in her hair.
She's little,-you don't wish her taller;
Just half through the teens is her age; And baby or lady to call her,
Were something to puzzle a sage.
Her walk is far better than dancing;
She speaks as another might sing; And all by an innocent chancing,
Like lambkins and birds in the spring.
Unskilled in the airs of the city,
She's perfect in natural grace; She's gentle, and truthful, and witty,
And ne'er spends a thought on her face.
OPHRONIA YOUNG KINNE, was born
January ist, 1818 in a suburban village near Syracuse, N. Y. Her grandfather, John Young, Esq., was the first settler of that place, in 1788, and her father, Rev. Seth Young, one of the early pioneer preachers of the Methodist Episcopal Church. He traveled extensively through central and northern New York when the country was an almost unbroken wilderness. The family were lineal descendents of Rev. Christopher Youngs, vicar of Reyden and Southwold, England. . He was chaplain of Windsor in Queen Elizabeth's reign. His son, Rev. John Youngs, was the first minister of the gospel at Southhold, Long Island, where he settled with his followers from England in 1638.
In early childhood there was developed in Miss Young a religious element that has been the governing principle of her life. Taught by example the sweet amenities of life in Christian parents, and occupying the center of a circle of six loving sisters and two brothers. Her inner being was thus strengthened and matured into a consecrated life. Her education was gained in the district school of her native village, with the exception of a term at Cazenovia Seminary. She then engaged in teaching for some time until her marriage to Elbridge Kinne. To the old ancestral homestead of that family, she came in the early years of womanhood and has given, what was her joy to bestow, the loving service of a devoted Christian mother. In the hearts of her children and friends will always remain the cherished memory of a home life made ideal by both father and mother in the exercise of the highest Christian graces. Not until the children had gone out of it in later years did she find time to pen the thoughts that have always made her inner life transcendent.
She is a lover of nature and always mindful of her voice. At times she gives the reins to fancy and indulges in charming creations that are much admired. She writes for the love of it and although solicited has rarely given her poems for publication. Mr. and Mrs. Kinne celebrated their golden anniversary October 17th, 1887.
C. Y. W.
Her face, with the fine glow that's in it,
As fresh as an apple-tree bloomAnd O! when she comes, in a minute,
Like sunbeams she brightens the room.
As taking in mind as in feature,
How many will sigh for her sake! I wonder, the sweet little creature,
What sort of a wife she would make.
I Strove for wicked peace, but might not win; The bonds would bite afresh, one moment slack. “Then burst them!”
instantly I felt begin Damnation. Falling through a chasm of black, I swiftly sunk thousands of miles therein. Soul grew incorporate with gross weight of sin, Death clung about my feet: let none dare track My journey. But a far Voice called me back. I breathe this world's infatuating air, And tremble as I walk. Most men are boldPerchance through madness. O that I could hold One path, nor wander to the fen, nor dare Between the precipice and the wild beast's lair! For penalties are established from of old.
OVER the clover math,
Down in the dell, Fol'wing the mountain path
Where sunbeams dwell,