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MINNIE GOW WALSWORTH.
Where whirred the beetle through the night,
Rises the morerain's plaintive woe; And in its lonesome hiding-place
Pulses the cricket's tremulo;
But at the broad'ning day's advance
The brooklet seems to laugh and sing; And fills the valley and the wood
With fuller voice of everything;
"Then suddenly from leafy screen
Out darts the joyous bobolink, And sparkling drops of melody
In bubbling measures rise and sink; And from the screens of fern and leaf,
Afar and near, and all about, In answer from the merry throats
The diamond songs come gushing out; Music seems into jewels turned,
Sparkling and dancing on the glow Of tawny sunlight o'er the hill,
Which floods with gold the vales below.
RS. WALSWORTH comes of one of the
earliest families to settle in western Pennsylvania, whose line of descent has given many persons to literary and professional pursuits. Her grarıdfather, John L. Gow, of Washington, Pa., was a writer of both prose and verse. Her father, Alex M. Gow, was well known in Pennsylvania and Indiana as an educator and editor. He was the author of “Good Morals and Gentle Manners," a book used in public schools.
Before Minnie Gow was ten years of age, her poetic productions were quite numerous, and although those productions were enjoyed and treasured by her friends, no encouragement was given her to publish until her judgment and taste were matured by experience and study. She was graduated from the Washington Female Seminary. On December 4th, 1891, she was married to Edgar Douglass Walsworth, of Fontenelle, Iowa, to which place Miss Gow had removed with her family a few years previous. Mrs. Walsworth has contributed to the New York Independent, Interior, St. Nicholas, Wide-Awake, Presbyterian Banner, Literary Life and several other periodicals. “Luaine," a poem, contains her most mature and careful work.
J. M. G.
Still swells the fuller voice of day
From air and wave, from branch and sod, Till nature's perfect harmony
Rolls forth in rich accord.
IN THE DISMAL SWAMP.
O winds, that whispered benedictions o'er them,
'Tis long since on her cheek ye spent your breath, And years, O flowers, that woke to life that
morning, Since at her hands ye met a willing death.
And the child-eyes, meeting the old eyes, dim,
But vague and tender as the flowers' awak’ning,
There came, that day, new life within her heart; Her pulses beat in unison with Nature's,
Her joy but to the day belonged a part.
Ah, yes; perhaps yet, ʼmid the summer's beauty,
The words come back and mem'ries sweet arise, “Oh gift of God! oh perfect day!” she murmurs,
But tears well up to dim her wistful eyes.
AT THE CHURCH SOCIAL.
Oh, what was that night but unbroken joy
Into the gloom of the summer night,
BABY IN CHURCH.
Aunt Nellie has fashioned a dainty thing,
Of hamburg and ribbon and lace, And mamma had said, as she settled it 'round
Our beautiful baby's face, Where the dimples play and the laughter lies
Like sunbeams hjd in her violet eyes: “ If the day is pleasant and baby is good,
She may go to church and wear her new hood."
From a house as "snug as a robin's nest,”
Then Ben, aged six, began to tell,
In elder-brotherly way,
If she went to church next day.
When the fruit-buds burst into flowers, (There wasn't a blossom on bush or tree
So fair as this blossom of ours),
REV. JAMES UPHAM, D. D.
Filled all her baby soul with awe,
As she sat in her little place,
Seemed pictured upon her face.
Came into my mind with a rhythmic flow, "Of such is the Kingdom of Heaven,” said He,
And I knew that He spake of such as she.
The collection-box came round,
And smiled at the chinking sound.
Who, with all the might she had,
“Aunt Nellie, you's being bad!"
How she finished that terrible strain,
Her to go through the scene again.
ROM John Upham, who was born in England,
in 1597, and who came to New England in 1635, have proceeded all branches of the Upham family in North America.
Rev. Dr. James Upham was born January 23rd, 1815, in Salem, Mass., and his childhood was passed among its historic and literary associations. He is endowed with the “dominent characteristics of the Upham family,” which are energy, enterprise, industry, integrity, religiousness and good sense. He entered the college in Waterville, Maine, now Colby University, at the age of sixteen. After graduation, in 1835, he was appointed Preceptor of Farmington Academy, Farmington, Maine. Here, through too close application to study and teaching, his health was permanently impaired, and he was obliged to abandon all work for a time. In 1837 his health was so far restored that he was able to enter Newton Theological Institution, which, however, he left about the middle of the Senior year, subsequently studying Homiletics with Rev. John Wayland, D. D., of Salem. In 1840 he was appointed Professor of Biblical Literature and Sacred Rhetoric in the Maine Baptist Theological Institution, in Thomaston, and was ordained the same year. Following this professorship came pastorates in Manchester, N. H., and Millbury, Mass., whence he went, September, 1845, to Newhampton, N. H., as Professor in the Newhampton Literary and Theological Institution, where he took charge of New Testament Greek Interpretation, Archæology, Ecclesiastical History and Homiletics. This institution was removed to Fairfax, Vt., in 1853. While there, in 1860, the degree of D. D. was conferred upon him by his Alma Mater. In 1861 he was elected to the presidency of the institution, which he resigned in 1866 to become one of the editors of the Watchman and Reflector, now the Watchman, of Boston, Mass. This connection ended December, 1875. From 1876 to 1882 he was an associate editor of the Religious Herald, Richmond, Va. Since 1878 he has had charge of the Health Department in the Youth's Companion. His public life has been spent mainly in the teacher's and the editor's chair-twenty-four years in the former, and twenty-five years in the latter, which he still retains. He has always been, and continues to be, a frequent contributor to various journals. November 12th, 1841, Mr. Upham married Miss Cynthia Jane Bailey, of Providence, R. I., a woman,
filling up the high ideal in all its specialties of woman's relationship.” Her death occurred September, 1865. Their children were a daughter who
For life must come and life must go!
And love is here;
-Luaine, Part ii.
O woe, whose deep abyss hath heavenly powers!
O joy, whose farthest height is keenest pain! We start affrighted at these souls of ours,
And long to reach the common-place again. Oh strange the possibility is given, That we should know such bliss as makes us
weep! Is't that the soul hath caught a glimpse of Heaven, The body, writhing, fears her hold to keep?
-Luaine, Part iii.
I thank thee for my home and friends,
And for my daily bread;
Around so richly spread.
died, December, 1866, and five sons, one of whom died in infancy. Mrs. Experience S. (Bascom) Upham, to whom he was married, June, 1868, is a most worthy successor of his first wife. Their children were, Avie Bascom, born 1873, who died the following year, and Elizabeth Webb, born December 18th, 1875, whose young girlhood brightens the home of her parents, 14 Chestnut St. Chelsea, Mass.
Rev. Dr. Upham has been the writer of much excellent prose, and many poems which have appeared in important periodicals.
His poems are solid in thought, simple and unpretentious in form, helpful in sentiment, and are addressed mainly to the religious part of our nature. They commend themselves to the hearts of the public, but they have never been collected into a volume.
J. M. R.
I thank thee for the love I share
With others dear to me;
For them, and more for thee.
I thank thee for the mercy-seat
And for thy Holy "l'ord; And for a heart to pray and praise,
And love and trust my Lord.
Bless, now, the labor of my hands,
And grant me good success; Or, if sore failure be my lot,
My failure even bless.