Nesbitt Memorial Library Journal, Volume 9, Number 3, September, 1999 Page: 180
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Nesbitt Memorial Library Journal
As blooming gaily,
Could ye foresee the coming storm?
So real now thou seem'st, sweet flowers,
And yet upon the silent air
Thy sweet perfume no more exhaling,
Proclaims thy spirit is not there;
And memory only,
Shall tell of thee, O flowers fair!
Ye were the last of all sweet friends
To cheer me in my wintry hour,
For lowly in their tomb are laid
Each bud of love and treasured flower--
Each glorious bloom
Hath paled beneath death's blighting power.
But memory-that gracious boon-
Restores them all to me again;
I gather ye, my treasured flowers,
Back to my throbbing heart of pain
In sacred keeping
Imperishably to remain.
42. Lines (dated December 25, 1882, pub-
lished in Colorado Citizen, January 4, 1883,
with sub-heading: "Inscribed to Mrs. M E.
Converse, " accompanied by an article read-
ing: "Read Mrs. Darden's graceful tribute to
a cherished friend, elsewhere printed. ")
43. Santa Rosa (dated December 1882, pub-
lished in Colorado Citizen, January 11, 1883)
44. Carrier s Address (published in Colorado
Citizen, January 4, 1883, attributed to Darden
45. Over the "Sunset" Route (dated January
8, 1883, published in Colorado Citizen, Janu-
ary 18, 1883)
46. The Engineer (published in Colorado Citi-
zen, n. d., reprinted in Colorado Citizen, Feb-
ruary 8, 1883, accompanied by an article stat-
ing: "As the 'railroad boys' so much pleased
with the poem written by Mrs. F. A. D. Darden,
entitled 'Over the Sunset Route, ' recently pub-
lished in the Citizen, we have concluded, at
the request of one of their number to repro-
duce 'The Engineer ' a poem by the same dis-
tinguished authoress, which was printed sev-
eral years ago in this paper 'The Engineer'
enjoys the distinction of having been pub-
lished in a book entitled 'Living Female Writ-
ers of the South,' having been selected for
that work by the late Mrs. M. J. Young, of
Houston, a life-long and devoted friend of
Mrs. Darden. Mrs. Young facetiously re-
marked as a reason for its choice to the ex-
clusion of one on 'Summer,' that a great many
people could write about the seasons, but only
a few could make poetry about an engine. ")
Whistle, clear off the track, now my engine we'll
For the soft blushing morn flees the sun's fiery
As he rises refreshed from his bath in the ocean,
Though a Titan in strength, and all wild thy ca-
Thou shalt find, my own steed, that thy master is
As we fly from the town and its busy commo-
On the bridge! and I feel like a bird in the air
With the blue sky above, and the clear river fair
Far below, winding slow, with its rippling motion
Here’s what’s next.
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