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IBID. The Monitions of the Unseen, and Poems of Love and Childhood. Author's edition. ton: Roberts Brothers, 1871. 16mo, pp. 162. IBID. Complete Poems. Boston: Roberts Brothers, 1878. 16mo, pp. 313 and 332 and 145. IBID. Poems of the Old Days and the New Boston: Roberts Brothers, 1885. 16m0, pp. 229. STARR, ELIZA ALLEN. Songs of a Life-Time. Chicago: Published by the Author, 1887. pp. 21 and 400.
ABBEY, HENRY. The Poems of Henry Abbey. New, enlarged edition. Kingston, New York: Henry Abbey, 1885. 12mo, pp. 5 and 256.
JEFFREY, ROSA VERTNER. Poems, by Rosa Vertner Johnson. Boston: Ticknor and Fields. Lexington: Hitchcock and Searles, 1857. 12mo, pp. 7 and 334.
IBID. Daisy Dare and Baby Power: Poems, with eight illustrations, designed by D. Vertner Johnson, Esq. Philadelphia: Claxton, Remsen and Haffelfinger, 1871. 12mo, pp. 57.
IBID. The Crimson Hand and Other Poems. Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott and Co., 1881. 12 mo, pp. 200.
MORGAN, MARY. Poems and Translations, by Mary Morgan, (Gowan Lea), Montreal: J. Theo. Robinson, 1887. 16mo, pp. 77 and 195.
BUSHNELL, WILLIAM H. Miscellaneous poems.
SCOLLARD, CLINTON. Pictures in Song. York and London: G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1884. 16m0, pp. 9 and 137.
IBID. With Reed and Lyre. Boston: D. Lothrop Co., 1886. 16mo, pp. 173.
IBID. Old and New World Lyrics. Frederick A. Stokes and Brother, 1888. 8 and 174.
ROBERTS, CHARLES G. D. Poems. Philadelphia: J. B. 1880. 16m0, pp. 114.
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WHITE, HENRY KIRKE. The Poetical Works and Remains of Henry Kirke White, with Life by Robert Southey. Boston: Houghton, Mifflin and Co., 12mo.
BLAKE, WILLIAM. The Poems, with specimens of the Prose Writings of William Blake, with a Prefatory Notice, Biographical and Critical by Joseph Skepsey. London: Walter Scott, 1885. 18mo.
SHELLEY, PERCY BYSSHE. The Complete Poetical Works of Percy Bysshe Shelley. The text carefully revised by William Michel Rossetti. York: Thomas Y. Crowell, and Co., 12mo.
GOODALE, DORA READ. Apple Blossoms. Poems of Two Children. New York and London: G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1886 (1878). 18mo.
COWLEY, ABRAHAM. The British Poets, including Translations. Abraham Cowley. Chiswick: C. Whittingham, 1822. 16mo.
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JOHN T. TROWBRIDGE.
IKE Whittier and like Charles Dudley Warner,
was fourteen years old his father told him that he could turn a furrow as well as any man. He was born in a log cabin, which his father had built eight miles west of the present city of Rochester, N. Y., and his boyhood was spent in farm labor, varied during the winter by attendance at the district school. The site of the city was occupied by one house and a saw-mill, and crossing the Genesee River on the ice, his father had come from the eastern part of the state to wrest a living from the wilderness beyond. The cabin was "rolled" together: not a nail was used in it, and wooden pegs took their place. The floor was of split chestnut logs, and the boards of the sleigh box, laid across poles under the roof, formed a loft. Such was the birthplace of the future poet, humbler even than the cabin by the Doon in which Robert Burns was born. Though primitive, it was not squalid or mean, however; it was pervaded by that simple dignity and refinement which the freedom and hopefulness of American life allow. His father was a man of humor and imagination, and his mother (both parents were natives of New England) was a woman of education and a sensitive temperament. Still it is not to be denied that the conditions were not those which would be chosen as a preparation for that literary career which opened rainbow vistas to the boy while yet very tender and green. His lessons in school did not interest him, though he found them easy, but he was possessed with a desire to learn French and Latin, and with great difficulty he acquired a knowledge of those languages sufficient to enable him to read works written in them. The pronunciation was another thing. "The grammar gave me no limits as to that, and I did not know anybody who had the slightest acquaintance with the language. But I simplified the matter by pronouncing all words precisely as they were spelled." We can well believe him when he tells us that the result was sometimes incredible. "I couldn't believe," he adds, "that any people really spoke in that way." All the books he could find he read, and no pleasure with him equaled that of reading.
When he was about fourteen he began to make verses while he was at work in the fields with no companions but the steady-going horses at the plow, and in the evening he wrote them down. Some of his friends accused him of copying them out of books, but he silenced his detractors by composing an acrostic on the name of one of them; it did not seem probable that he could have found that in Byron or Pope. At last he got into print. He had written some verses on The Tomb of Napoleon," and either his father or the schoolmaster sent them to the Rochester Republican, in which they appeared. But the glory of the event was tarnished by two untoward circumstances: his school-fellows refused to believe that he had not “cribbed" them, and his hypersensitive mind detected an attempt to extenuate the achievement in the fact that they were ascribed to "A lad of sixteen." Why should his age be mentioned? His wounded feelings revolted against the imputation that they were not good enough for a full-fledged poet, and that indulgence was asked for on account of the youth of the writer. But from this moment, despite the chagrin caused by the reflections upon him, he loved to think that a literary career might be possible for him. He still milked the cows, foddered the cattle and sheep, rode the horses to water and shoveled paths through the snow, but between whiles he was poring over his beloved books and scribbling rhymes. The rainbow vista lost none of its allurements as he drew nearer to it and found that its arches and vistas were open to him. The farm-work became more and more distasteful to him, however, and when his father died he at once availed himself of an opportunity that was offered him to attend a classical school at Lockport, where he began the study of Greek and improved his French and Latin. In Lockport, too, he received the first money that he ever earned by his pen. The Niagara Courier offered a copy of Griswold's Poets of America" for the bestwritten "New Year's Address of the Courier to its Patrons," and Trowbridge "took" the prize. That is to say his verses were declared to be the best, and were issued and distributed. "I shall never forget how well it looked to me with a rising sun for a heading, over the large numerals, 1845!" he says of his poem in a chapter of autobiography,
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