Nesbitt Memorial Library Journal, Volume 9, Number 3, September, 1999 Page: 177
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The Writings of Fannie Amelia Dickson Darden
Like dying saint, who sheds
A smiling benediction, e'er
The world, receding, fades.
How sweet to watch, in dreamy mood,
The prairies glide away
Like soft, dissolving views, that fade
In the horizon grey:
To gaze upon the sky, where crowds
Of swiftly-racing phantom clouds,
Like ghosts that fly in floating shrouds,
Sweep o'er the ether blue:
Oh, Nature! in serenest mood
This picture fair you drew-
I said, and to the prairie bright
A sigh I wafted low;
"Oh, prairie! of my ardent love,
"Thou surely canst not know,
"Nor of the songs I've sung to thee."
When through the window, wafted free,
By zephyrs soft, there came to me,
And rested on my breast,
A grassy plume, which might have been
A sylph's light, wavy crest.
A token from the prairie sent!
How shall my tongue express
The quick succeeding thoughts which came
With joy's full, rich excess?
Yes, Nature! still my songs I'll pour
To tell thy beauties o'er and o'er;
And sacred be the mystic lore
Which thou hast lent,
As is that token which to me
The prairie sent.
28. The Dying Year (published in Colorado
Citizen, February 22, 1872)
29. Nature 's Festival (published in New Or-
leans Times, date unknown; reprinted in Colo-
rado Citizen, February 29, 1872; reprinted as
"Nature s Festival! " in Sam Houston Dixon,
ed., The Poets and Poetry of Texas (Austin:
Sam H. Dixon & Co., 1885))
30. The Soldier 's Grave (dated March 1872,
published in Colorado Citizen, March 14, 1872)
Far in the deep and melancholy woods,
Where the lone owl keeps sentry all the day,
And the plaintive dove in silence broods,
And deep'ning sorrow holds a subtle sway-
There is a soldier's grave, both rude and bare,
Lying among the rank and humid weeds;
No hand had ever decked with modest care,
No epitaph to tell his valiant deeds.
Thou need'st no memorial to tell
That in life's struggling drama thou had'st stood
Amidst the thinned front, and there had fell,
Baptizing thy loved land with patriot blood.
31. To Miss L. R. (dated March 1872, pub-
lished in Colorado Citizen, March 28, 1872)
32. Carrier s Address (published by Colorado
Citizen as a broadside, date unknown, pre-
sumed to be January 1874, attributed to
Darden by tradition. In each of several years
the local newspaper 's delivery boy, in antici-
pation of a gratuity, would recite a lengthy
poem to the newspaper 's patrons on New
Years Day. The poem usually referred to
events that had happened in the previous
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