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THE BRUISED REED.
FERDINAND BLANCHARD, M. D.
ERDINAND BLANCHARD was born in the
Tho' bent to earth and almost broke
By careless blow, The tree may live and thrive again,
And upward grow.
Frown of West Windsor
, P., was ember" Sthe
The scarr and twist may linger long
To pain the eye, Still all above shoot, straight and fair
Toward the sky.
A soul cast down by wicked foe
Or thoughtless friend, May yet regain its primal force,
And heavenward tend;
Or sorely smit and struck to earth
By deadly sin, May rise, though scarred, and still ascend
From might within.
The bruised reed, tho' well nigh crushed,
God will not break;
To hope awake!
1851. His father, a staunch abolitionist, and one who supplemented his prayers with his deeds, died in defense of the cause in 1864. In his life of honest industry and zeal, tempered with a love of the poetical, we read with interest the early influences upon the life and character before us.
Mr. Blanchard fitted for college in the Montpelier high school and Vermont Conference Seminary, and for those institutions has always felt a warm regard. Graduating from Dartmouth College in 1874 and from the Medical School in 1877, he entered directly upon the practice of medicine and has followed that profession to the present, having removed, however, from his Vermont fields to the city of Washington. An enthusiast in botany, he has devoted such time as could be spared to its pursuit, and through exchanges and writings upon the subject, numbers as friends many distinguished scientists at home and abroad. But essentially a poet, these studies, with a liberal knowledge of the best in literature, a keen appreciation of the sublime and its reverse in human nature, and above all an unswerving allegiance to truth as the spring whence flows all good, his thoughts have often found their best expression in verse. Through the stress of a busy life little attention has been given to their publication. Still from time to time they have appeared in various periodicals, and have disclosed a depth of thought, quaint originality and happy fancy, which lead one to read the lines again and look with eagerness for others from the same pen. His interest in the burning social problems of the day make it probable that his best work is not yet accomplished; that we shall yet read earnest measures portraying the Brotherhood of Man; the grand possibilities of the future. A. F. S.
THE MORNING GLORY.
PEEPING round the world so novel,
Just above the rended cloud, Comest thou, my feeble floweret,
Planted by the hand of God.
Down below thy little rootlets
Seek and find thy proper food, Working with their strange alembics,
Sager than our chemists could.
But thy stem, so soft and supple,
Has no power to stand alone; And thy life, so full and forward,
Brings no prop to be thine own.
TO JOHN BURROUGHS.
Yet thou bearest tendings, reachings,
Power to grasp and power to twine, And to make another's vigor
Be to thee as strength of thine.
O GENIAL John! beneath the shade
Why do you grope and peer and creep so? Aha! you seek the winsome maid,
The dainty, darling nymph, Calypso.
Thus for man, and more for woman,
I have ever found it trueNone are stronger than the weakest,
Leaning, twining, mounting too.
But vain your quest; from east to west,
From Marblehead to Tallahassee, For long agone I sought her, John,
And found and wooed and won the lassie.
She's mine! she's mine! and mine has been
More years than e'er she knew Ulysses; For me she waits her bower within,
For me she keeps her ruby kisses.
In Arbor vita's deepest shade
With other fairy forms I found her; The shamrock was her waiting maid,
And Hypnum splendens nestled round her.
And sprang from his mattress, bolt upright,
And snapped her fingers, and laughed, and said, “I'm laughing at Tellus; but really I'm glad
That Summer has once in kindness dared
To open my window and sing,
So coy, so pure, my word upon't
Not e'en a bumblebee had kissed her, But come in May-time to Vermont,
I'll introduce you to her sister.
FROM THE CLASS POEM.
O DARTMOUTH's Melpomene, gracefully green!
My Pegasus prances, unheeding my rein, Bellerophone's temple will surely be mine,
Unless I'm upholden by one of the Nine.
OFT as we turn we catch the gleam again
And therefore, Melpomene, Pegasus guide,
With saddle and pillion together we'll ride O'er mountain and river, o'er present and past,
While Logic and History watch us, aghast.
In general keep th' equatorial tract,
Between the dominions of fancy and fact, Where rythmical metaphors float on the breeze,
And similes sit in the shade of the trees.
JANE E. D. CONKLIN.
Will there be thought, word, deed, of yours or mine,
So pure, so spotless, it can bear the light
The very heavens are not clean in His sight?
Will there be prayer that had no taint of sin ?
A cup of water that recked no reward ? A deed of alms that glorified not self?
A talent consecrated to the Lord ?
A world renounced on which we looked not back?
Our dearest wish and our own will foregone? The furnace fires cheerfully endured ?
The rod of discipline in meekness borne ?
Shall we find aught that would adorn a crown?
One act that aimed not at some selfish end? Our best endeavors, if probed to the root,
Did they not to self-gratulation tend ?
How then, in that day, shall we dare to raise
Our eyes unto the very lowest place, Save that the dear Redeemer's precious blood
Can make us fit to stand before his face?
ANE ELIZABETH DEXTER was born in
Utica, N. Y. Her great-grandfather, Gregor Grant, of Abernethy, Scotland, came to America in 1774. He joined the Continental army and served during the Revolutionary War. Her mother was the daughter of William W. Williams, architect, of Albany, N. Y. He spent two years in the city of Washington, superintending repairs on the Capitol. During that time he made the acquaintance of Mr. Custis, a nephew of General Washington, an acquaintance which ripened into a warm friendship, and when Mr. Williams was about to return to Albany, Mr. Custis presented him with a table which had belonged to General Washington. The table is now in Mrs. Conklin's possession. Mrs. Conklin's father was born in Paris, N. Y. His father had removed to that place from Mansfield, Conn., in the latter part of the last century. He was a cousin of John G. Saxe, the poet. From her earliest childhood Mrs. Conklin was fond of poetry. She received her education in the Utica Female Academy and in Mrs. Brinkerhoff's School for Young Ladies, in Albany, N. Y. Her first composition was written in verse. When she was fourteen years old her poems were first given to the public, and since that time she has been continuously writing. While none of her poems are strictly hymns, many of them are sung in religious meetings. She was for many years a regular contributor to the Gospel Messenger, a religious weekly published in Utica. She also wrote for a New York weekly and for several local papers, for which she wrote prose articles as well as poetry. In December, 1865, she was married to Cramer H. Conklin, a veteran of the late war, and since that time she has lived in Binghamton, N. Y. Mrs. Conklin always took great interest in the War of the Rebellion and in the defenders of the Republic. When the G. A. R. Post, to which her husband belongs, formed a relief corps of the wives and daughters of the members, her name was one of the first signed to a call for a charter. Shortly after the corps was organized she was elected its president, and for three years held that office. In 1884 she published a book of poems, which has been favorably received. She has in preparation a second volume of poems.
C. E. T.
DOWN FROM THE MOUNTAIN.
Down from the cloud-capped mountain, down,
Down by the quarry's shelving ledge,
Down through the fields where the waving corn
Over the plank that bridges the brook,
Down where the orchard's bending boughs Droop to the reach of the dappled cows; And so by the foot-path winding down, The traveler comes to the bustling town.
IN THAT DAY.
When you and I shall stand before the gates
Which open to the new Jerusalem, Scanning the record of our life, shall we
Find aught whereof to weave a diadem ?
The town with its pavements' burning glow,
Where the painter pictures, in colors bright,
Where riches and squalor alike abide, And but few may walk the patrician side; The busy town where the buzz of mill And the hum of steam are never still.
Where the streets are filled with a merry throng,
The town with its sights, its clatter and heat, Its palace-like mansions, its home-lawns neat. He thought of the hillside's daisied bloom, The clover and sweet-brier's wild perfume.
These he matched with the town's unsavory smells,
generously, from time to time, to the current literature of our country. These are Mollie Moore, Lou Bedford, Belle Hunt and H. F. O'Beirne. The latter was born in Ireland, May 8th, 1857. His father, Edmond O'Beirne, still living, was a prosperous banker. His mother, a member of the Baron and Netterville families--the latter being the oldest title in the Irish Peerage. Their son, Harry, was educated in a French college, where he rapidly acquired a knowledge of that nguage, making wonderful progress in the classics at an early age. At sixteen he left college, bearing with him the largest number of prizes ever before conferred upon a pupil of that institution. From that day he ceased study and launched widely into the pleasures of the chase with his brother, one of the famous fox hunters of the day.
Harry was proficient in field sports and reveled only in forest, field and stream; but there was something better beneath the surface of this implacable pursuer of partridge and speckled trout. From May, 1872, dates his first poem, “The Wild Bee,” contributed to and published in Chambers' Journal (England). Then followed others till the fall of 1873, when his father, meeting with reverses, emigrated with his family to Dallas, Tex.
But Harry preferring forest over home life, became a hunter and hung upon the border till January, 1876, when he organized a prolonged expedition in company with his brother, Captain Jameson, of Stanley notoriety, and Messrs Elliott and Rosevelt, of New York. The party breaking up in three months the brothers remained upon the frontier till 1879. Those years were rife with adventure for Mr. O'Beirne, who joined in every possible adventure against the hostile Indians with that wild yearning for excitement, which is the biggest part of his nature. But the border days were over in 1881 and he bade a sorrowful farewell to the scenes of his former thrilling life. From 1885 until 1889 we find him in company with his brother, E. S. O'Beirne, conducting the National Organ of the Choctaw Nation (Indian Territory)—a journal established by themselves and well conducted. In conjunction with this brother, Mr. O'Beirne has published a handsomely illustrated work, entitled "Indian Territory." His love for the aboriginal races is remarkable. Since the summer of 1890 he has been engaged in writing a historical and biographical work on the Five Civilized Tribes, profusely illustrated, the first volume of which appeared in
I Am sitting alone in the twilight,
And watching the shadows gray, That are creeping over the tree-tops,
And chasing the light away.
While the dear ones fondly remembered,
Gather around in the gloom, And memory's beautiful pictures
Are filling my little room.
I am listening again to the voices
That charmed me in days of yore. The shadow goes back on the dial,"
And I am a child once more.
And I stand in the dear old home again,
With a loving hand in mine,
Their bloom with the fragrant vine.
Once more-but the vision has faded,
Those voices are hushed in the tomb; Dear forms and loved faces have vanished,
Alone, alone in the gloom.