Nesbitt Memorial Library Journal, Volume 9, Number 3, September, 1999 Page: 184
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Nesbitt Memorial Library Journal
To weary hearts the balmy ocean's breath,
Soft sighs from out her coral caves beneath
Where mermaids ever their love warblings sing.
Thou comest to me when o'er the rose's lips
I bend, to catch her perfumed breath entrancing
Or where above the low wild flower, there dips
The bee with banded wing, in sunlight glancing.
And when the mocking bird on topmost bough
Swings up and down, as ever keeping time
To the wild gush of song almost sublime,
A spell is felt which does thyself foreshow.
Thou comest to me when sad, low strains are
Across the twilight room, of music sighing,
As sobbing, rises from some heart forlorn
The tale which tells of cherished hopes now dy-
And then anon, some gay and sparkling note
Flies swift, the sun's last golden ray to join,
When in a marriage tie they both combine
And light and music through the lattice float.
And when from pictured walls, the sweet, sad
Of the madonna gazes down upon me,
From many a canvas bright, which bears the
Of perfect forms, whose presence long hath won
Ah! now I know, and feel how close the link
Which binds thee near to thy twin sister Art,
Two forms distinct, but answering heart to heart
By fate ordained, as one to rise or sink.
For dost thou not, sweet poesy, suggest
The pictured forms upon the canvas glowing?
The world's fierce strife, its scenes of peace and
Each classic grace in lines of beauty flowing?
And then again, those forms complete look down,
And speak thy own sweet language poesy,
And thus resolved in perfect unity
Thou and thy sister Art, are two in one.
55. Putting Away the Jewels (dated October
15, 1883, published in Colorado Citizen, Oc-
tober 18, 1883; reprinted in Ella Hutchins
Steuart, ed., Gems from a Texas Quarry (New
Orleans: J S. Rivers, 1885))
56. To Mattie B (dated October 30, 1883, pub-
lished in Colorado Citizen, November 8, 1883)
57. Cedar Grove (published as part of prose
piece entitled "Autobiography of Childhood:
The Journey to Texas " in Texas Prairie Flower,
vol. 2, no. 5, November 1883; reprinted in
Evelyn M Carrington, ed., Women in Early
Texas (Austin: Jenkins, 1975. Reprint. Aus-
tin: Texas State Historical Association, 1994).
The larger prose piece contains two other
verse insertions which have never been pub-
lished separately, and therefore have not been
cataloged as separate items.)
58. The Dying Autumn (dated December
1883, published in Colorado Citizen, Decem-
ber 6, 1883)
59. Carriers Address (published in Colorado
Citizen, January 4, 1884, attributed to Darden
by tradition, credited only to "a lady friend
of the carrier ")
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