Nesbitt Memorial Library Journal, Volume 9, Number 3, September, 1999 Page: 194
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Nesbitt Memorial Library Journal
How silent is my muse! To-day I turned
The pages of this book and caught again
Thy breath, sweet poesy, like violets' breath
In subtle power and fragrance after rain.
Sweet inspiration of the past, dost wait
To bless me once again? Full well you know
That not with wanton hand I cast aside
The music of my life and beauty's glow.
Sweet thoughts, I cherish every tender tone,
Each pure ethereal grace, each gentle flower
Which bloomed and paled upon my throbbing
And thrilled my senses with their magic power.
Still, still I feel thy presence, when the toll
Of life at sunrise bids me take again
The work the Master giveth me and go
Obedient to his will in joy or pain.
'Tis now my lot to teach the youthful mind
To view fair nature with the artist eye;
To trace her image on some landscape fair
Of mountain, stream or brightly glowing sky;
To catch some thought poetic from thy hand
And on the canvas leave it smiling, where
'Twill speak to many hearts and they will say
Sweet poesy hath laid her impress there.
Oh, heart of childhood, o'er whose forms I bend
And gentle as the flowers they love to trace,
How sweet to teach thee from fair nature's book
The truths which time or care can ne'er efface.
Perchance some hand more skillful than the rest
Seeks to portray the human face divine.
Guide thou that hand, sweet poesy, and bid
Each feature be a soft reflex of thine.
Oh, noblest work of God, centered in man,
Who on the sixth day bade him rise and bear
The image of his maker, place thy touch
In choicest work bright inspiration there
And bide with me. How lightly do the years
When touched by thee glide on. Thou canst trans-
All things deformed to beauty and to grace
And ride in music on the raging storm.
80. Carrier 's Address (published in Colorado
Citizen, January 3, 1889, attributed to Darden
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