Woods and Waters; Poems
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. 1900 edition. Excerpt: ...waters gleaming From Massac's overflow. From bottoms far before us Oft comes a jar of notes, A vast amphibian chorus That swells from rasping throats; And while I hear the splashing Of watery pools and springs, Among the tree-tops flashing I see emblazoned wings. Each tree that poses dreamlike, Now, breeze-awakened stands; They lean and sway and seem like Engaged in shaking hands; While skies with light clouds pendent High o'er the forest-wall, With blue the most resplendent, Are arching over all. I gazed with raptured feeling Long on the sylvan scene, So beauteous and appealing Appeared the country-green. Up rose fair hopes enchanting My senses for the time; I found my young heart panting To breathe a thought in rhyme. With instinct as a leader, Although of tender age, I had searched my little reader For each poetic page; And no offense committing, I thought the page of rhyme Or poesy more befitting, Possessed of pleasing chime. So under this condition, For better or for worse, I wrote my composition In simple, childlike verse; And when I stood before her And read my poem there, A roseate blush flushed o'er her That made her twice as fair. "Come here!" she said excited, ' Come here! I give you this!" Pressed on my lips delighted, A woman's fervent kiss! Her love the more to show it, She added, bless her heart, "You are my little poet, I claim you from the start!" "The Muse's newest jewel, Sing out and make a name! The world is cold and cruel, But warms to love and fame! If words like mine embolden Or urge to noble deed, Go win opinions golden Of all who haply read!" Time sweeps me onward ever, Far from the joyous scene, Yet I through life's endeavor, Where blessings intervene, Have met with nothing...
- Paperback | 32 pages
- 189 x 246 x 2mm | 77g
- 13 Sep 2013
- Illustrations, black and white