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Yet the doubt of its beauty and worth grows

strong, Now that my work is done ; And I find the thought I have held so long

Not worthy to stand in stone.

And the question comes, as its towers gleam high

O'er the lower walls of the town,
Have I raised earth's dirt to thy feet, О sky,
Or dragged thy crystal down?

ANNA ROBESON BROWN. -Lippincott's Magazine, March, 1894.

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When I look into eyes
That are glad of all ties,
And I think me of when
Thou must die! It is then
That I pity.

Nina De COTTES. The Southern Magazine, February, 1894.

Fitts. The biographical sketch of James Franklin Fitts was written a short time previous to the death of Dr. Clark.

MARZIALS. One of the “Victorian poets,' Marzials, is noted for his imitations of French forms of verse. Some of his poems are the result of his studies in Provencal literature. He is the author of The Gallery of Pigeons, and Other Poems,” a work laughed at by some of his critics and praised by others. Poetic license can hardly justify a metaphor like this:

“I'd like to be the lavender

That makes her linen sweet." Ballou. The son of Hosea Ballou, a distinguished Universalist clergyman, was born in Boston in 1820. He was fitted for Harvard College and passed his examination, but did not enter. His tastes led him to an editorial career. He became connected with the Olive Branch, a flourishing weekly paper, in 1838. He is the author of “The Treasury of Thought,” Biography of Hosea Ballou,” “The History of Cuba,” etc. He has also exhibited, in his short lyrical pieces, a marked taste for poetry.


The lilac stood close to Elizabeth's window,

All purple with bloom, while the little maid spun; Her stint was a long one and she was aweary,

And moaned that she never could get it done.


But a wind set stirring the lilac blossoms,

And a wonderful sweetness came floating in, And Elizabeth felt, though she could not have said it,

That a friend had come to her to help her spin.

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And after that she kept on at her spinning,

Gay as a bird; for the world had begun To seem such a pleasant, good place for working,

That she was amazed when her stint was done.

Willis, NATHANIEL PARKER. Poems, Sacred, Passionate and Humerous. New York: Clark & Maynard, 1869. 16mo, pp. xvi and 380.

BALLARD, MARY CANFIELD. Idle Fancies. Philadelphia: W. H. Thompson, 1884. 18mo, pp. x and 183.

LANG, ANDREW. Ballades and Verses Vain. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1884. 12mo, pp. vii and 165.

Ibid. Helen of Troy, Her Life and Translation. Done into Rhyme from the Greek Books. London: i George Bell & Sons, 1892. 12mo, pp. 204.

And the pale-browed little New England maiden,

Outside of her lessons, had learned that day, That the sweetness around us will sweeten labor, If we will but let it have its way.

MARY E. WILKINS. -St. Nicholas, March, 1894.

Williams, Dwight. The Beautiful City in Song, and Other Poems. New York: Phillips & Hunt, 1887. 12mo, pp. vii and 144.

IBID. The Mother of the Wonderful. Published by the Author. Cazenovia, N. Y.

Small 8vo, pp. 26.

Tripp, HOWARD CARLETON. Around the Fireside, and Other Poems. Kingsley, Iowa: Times Publishing Company, 1893. 8vo, pp. xiii and 145.

Fitts, James FRANKLIN. Miscellaneous poems. HENRY, CLARA TAYLOR.

Miscellaneous poems. BANTA, Melissa ELIZABETH RIDDLE. Miscellaneous poems.

WATSON, STEPHEN MARION. Miscellaneous poems.

PRESTON, MARGARET JUNKIN. For Love's Sake, Poems of Faith and Comfort. New York: Anson D. F. Randolph & Company, 1886. 12mo, pp. x and 143.

Ibid. Colonial Ballades, Sonnets, and Other Verses. Boston: Houghton, Mifflin & Co., 1887. 16mo.

Wright, David HENRY. Is Peace on Earth? and Other Poems. Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott Company, 1892. 12mo, pp. vi and 64.

Winter, William. Wanderers. Boston: Ticknor and Company, 1889. 18mo, pp. viii and 200.


FORBES, EDITH EMERSON, (Editor). The Children's Year

Book. Selections for every day in the year. Boston: Roberts
Brothers, 1893. 16no, cloth, pp. 351.

GUINEY, LOL'ISE IMOGEN. A Roadside Harp. A Book of

verse. Boston: Houghton, Mifflin and Company, 1893. 16mo, cloth, pp. 62.


THACHER. Such as they Are. Poems. Boston: Roberts
Brothers, 1893. Small 8vo, cloth, pp. 74.


Mifflin and Company, 1893. 12mo, cloth, pp. 250.


HALL, GERTRUDE. Allegretto, Illustrated by Oliver Herford.

Boston: Roberts Brothers, 1894. 8vo, sq. cloth, pp. 112.

STONE, MARY K. A. As Thy Day and Other Verses. New

York: James Pott & Co., 1893. 12mo, cloth, pp. 32.

SANGSTER, MARGARET E. On the Road Home. Poems Illus

trated. New York: Harper Brothers, 1893. 12mo, cloth, PP. 145.

MASAYOSHI, OTA. (Translator.) Japanese Proverbs. San

Francisco, Cal.: Published by the author, 1893. 12mo, cloth,
PP. 57

STOCKTON, FRANK R. The Watchmaker's Wife and Other

Stories. Vew York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1893. 12mo, cloth, pp. 225.

WETHERELL, J. F. (Editor). Later Canadian Poems. Tor

onto: The Copp, Clarke Co., limited, 1893. 12mo, cloth, pp. 187.


tors). Early Prose and Verse. New York: Harper Brothers, 1893. 18mo, cloth, pp. 215.

MARTIN, L. A. Hallowe'en and Other Poems. Chillicothe,

Mo.: Good Way Print, 1893. 12mo, paper, pp. 130.

CUYLER, THEODORE L. From The Nile to Norway and Home

ward.' New York: Hurst and Company, 1893. 12mo, cloth, pp. 357.



PATTERSON, JOHN. Lyric Touches.

Clark & Co., 1893. 12mo, cloth, pp. 87.

HALE, EDWARD E. For Fifty Years. Verses written on occa

sion, in the course of the Nineteenth Century. Boston: Roberts Brothers, 1893. 12mo, cloth, pp. 133.

BLAIR, OPHELIA. Poems of Humanity. Little Rock, Ark.:

The Press Publishing Co., 1892. rómo, cloth, pp. 136.

EVANS, M. A. B. In Various Moods. New York: G. P. Put

nam's Sons, 1893. 16mo, cloth, pp. 90.

TEETZEL, FRANCES GRANT. Poems, Vagrant Fancies. Mil

waukee: Published by the author, 1893. 16mo, cloth, pp. 65.

FREER, CHARLES H. The Missionary. The Bandit Chief and
Other Poems. Illustrated with full-page engravings. Chicago:
American Publisher's Association, 1892. 12no, cloth, pp. 189.

ROBERTS, CHARLES G. D. Songs of the Common Day and

Ave: An ode for the Shelley Centenary. London and New
York: Macmillan & Co., 1893. 12mo, cloth, pp. 126.

CHANDLER, HORACE PARKER. The Lover's Year-Book of

Poetry. A collection of love poems for every day in the year. Married-Life and Child-Life. Boston: Roberts Brothers, 1893. 16mo, cloth, 2 vols., pp. 258 and 238.

LEYTON, FRANK. Skeleton Leaves. Second edition. London

and New York: Longman, Green & Co., 1893. 12mo, cloth, Pp. 146.

BANKS, CHARLES EUGENE. Quiet Music. With an introduc

tion by Opie Read. Chicago: F.J. Schulte & Co., 1893. 12mo, cloth, pp. 100.

Hoop, THOMAS, Humorous Poems. With a preface by Alfred

Ainger, and one-hundred and thirty illustrations by Charles E. Brock. London: Macmillan and Co., 1893. 12mo, cloth, pp. 236.

| CrandELL, Charles H. Wayside Music, Lyric Songs and

Sonnets. New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1893. 12mo, cloth, pp. 119.

JEBB, R. C. The Growth and Influence of Classical Greek

Poetry: Lectures delivered in 1892 on the Percy Turnbull
Memorial Foundation in the Johns Hopkins University. Bos-
ton: Houghton, Mimin and Company, 1893. 12mo, cloth,
Pp. 251.

MILINE, FRANCES MARGARET. For To-day, Poems, Boston:

Arena Publishing Company, 1893. 12mo, cloth, pp. 137.

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Vol. VI.

No. 4.

ELIZABETH AKERS ALLEN. Mother." That now celebrated poem was written

by Mrs. Allen, in 1859, and sent from Rome to the

Philadelphia Post, and that journal published it was born in Strong, Franklin co., Maine,

in 1860. In 1872 her husband engaged in business October 9th, 1832. She inherited mental and

in New York City. After making their home in physical vigor from her father, and delicacy and

Ridgewood, N. J., for several years, she has

recently removed to New York, and is engaged in refinement from her mother, who died when Eliza

literary work. She is a member of Sorosis. beth was yet an infant. After her mother's death

H. A. V. her father made his home in Farmington, Maine, where the poet's girlhood was passed. A weekly newspaper published in Farmington gave her

ROCK ME TO SLEEP. poems to the public over the pen-name "Florence Percy.” Her verses were received with marked BACKWARD, turn backward, O Time, in your flight, favor and were widely copied. Her earliest verses, Make me a child again just for to-night! written when she was only twelve years old, were Mother, come back from the echoless shore, sent without her knowledge to a Vermont paper, Take me again to your heart as of yore; which promptly published them. In 1847 she Kiss from my forehead the furrows of care, began to publish over her own name. In 1855 she Smooth the few silver threads out of my hair; became assistant editor of the Portland, Maine, Over my slumbers your loving watch keep;— Transcript. In 1856 she published her first volume į Rock me to sleep, mother, -rock me to sleep! of poetry,“Forest Buds from the Woods of Maine." The volume was a success financially, and she was Backward, flow backward, O tide of the years! able to go to Europe, where she spent some time in I am so weary of toil and of tears, Italy, France and Germany. In 1860 she was Toil without recompense, tears all in vain, married to her first husband, Paul Akers, the Take them, and give me my childhood again! sculptor, a native of Maine. He died in Philadel- I have grown weary of dust and decay, phia, Pa., in the spring of 1861, at the age of thirty- Weary of Ainging my soul-wealth away; five years, just as a brilliant career was opening to Weary of sowing for others to reap; him. Their only child, Gertrude, died shortly Rock me to sleep, mother, -rock me to sleep! afterwards, and Mrs. Akers, after rallying from a long mental and physical prostration, returned Tired of the hollow, the base, and untrue, to Portland and took her old situation in the Mother, O mother, my heart calls for you! Transcript office. In 1863 she received an | Many a summer the grass has grown green, appointment in the War Office in Washington, D. Blossomed and faded, our faces between, C., at the suggestion of the late Senator Fessenden. Yet, with strong yearning and passionate pain, She was in Ford's Theater on the night of Presi- Long I to-night for your presence again. dent Lincoln's assassination. In 1866 she brought Come from the silence so long and so deep;— out her second volume of verse, “Poems by Eliza- Rock me to sleep, mother,-rock me to sleep! beth Akers,” which was successful. In the fall of 1866 she was married to E. M. Allen, and went Over my heart, in the days that are flown, with him to Richmond, Va. While living in No love like mother-love ever has shone; that city there arose the famous discussion of the No other worship abides and endures, authorship of her poem, "Rock Me to Sleep, Faithful, unselfish, and patient like yours:

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