The Legend of Grape Island and Other Poems

The Legend of Grape Island and Other Poems

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1907 edition. Excerpt: ... older yet than she. And to this day, that lonely spot is called "White Woman's Island." This same legend tells How here among the natives years ago, A sad faced white man spent his latter days. But whether Annette and Sebastian here Lived out their lives, my grandsire did not know." Such is the story which the old man told. How much of it is true I do not know; And then, in truth, it may be wholly false; But there is something left by way of proof; For take these vines from that one little isle And plant them where you will; strange it may seem, But naught of vintage will the years produce, ' And after while, they yellow with the blight; For Hilda's charm and Hilda's curse still hold. Do you think a middle-aged man like me, Who has had his share of the world's rough ways, Has never a thought of the used to be; Has never a sigh for the golden days? What others may tell you I do not know But as for myself, I have found this true, The pleasures of youth have an after glow, That purples the past with an Orient hue. And I count my manhood as none the less When I own that the scenes of my childhood years' Still touches my heart with a tenderness That moistens my eyes with a mist of tears. You call it sentiment. It matters not. For call it whatever to you it seems, Yet my heart is touched, when I view the spot, Where I wove from fancy a boy's sweet dreams! COMPENSATIQN. Sometimes, in the dusk of evening While sitting here all alone, And the shadows fall, and the crickets call In a soothing undertone, I forget the day and its doings The morrow with all its care, For my thoughts will stray in a vagrant way, And my soul is otherwhere, Away where hills lie dreamy In the mellow autumn haze; And I more

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  • Paperback | 32 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 77g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236815084
  • 9781236815088