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A Reformer A Reformer

A Reformer
When I was young, my heart elate With ardent notions warm, I thirsted to inaugurate A spirit of reform; The universe was all awry, Philosophy despite, And mundane things disjointed I Was bound to set aright. My mind conceived a million plans, For Hope was brave and strong, But dared not with unaided hands Combat a... Poems - Post by : majordude - Date : November 2011 - Author : Hattie Howard - Read : 2114

On Bancroft Height On Bancroft Height

On Bancroft Height
On Bancroft height Aurora's face Shines brighter than a star, As stepping forth in dewy grace, The gates of day unbar; And lo! the firmament, the hills, And the vales that intervene-- Creation's self with gladness thrills To greet the matin queen. On Bancroft height the atmosphere Is but an endless waft Of life's elixir, pure and clear... Poems - Post by : Kim_Standerline - Date : November 2011 - Author : Hattie Howard - Read : 1658

Improvement Improvement

Improvement
Along the avenue I pass Huge piles of wood and stone, And glance at each amorphous mass, Whose cumbrous weight has crushed the grass, With half resentful groan. Say I: "O labor, to despoil Some lovely forest scene, Or at the granite stratum toil, And desecrate whole roods of soil, Is vandal-like and mean! "Than ever to disfigure thus... Poems - Post by : smallzer - Date : November 2011 - Author : Hattie Howard - Read : 3167

The Little Clock The Little Clock

The Little Clock
Kind friend, you do not know how much I prize this time-ly treasure, So dainty, diligent, and such A constant source of pleasure. The man of brains who could invent So true a chrono-meter Has set a charming precedent, And made a good repeater. It speaks with clear, commanding clicks, Suggestive of the donor; And 'tends to business--never sick... Poems - Post by : AdrianMansilla - Date : November 2011 - Author : Hattie Howard - Read : 1812

A New Suit A New Suit

A New Suit
The artist and the loom unseen, In textures soft as crepe de chine Spring weaves her royal robe of green, With grasses fringed and daisies dotted, With furzy tufts like mosses fine And showy clumps of eglantine, With dainty shrub and creeping vine Upon the verdant fabric knotted. Oh, winter takes our love away For ashen hues of sober gray! So when the blooming, blushing May... Poems - Post by : ndnomad - Date : November 2011 - Author : Hattie Howard - Read : 3123

'be Courteous' "be Courteous"

'be Courteous'
Ah, yes; why not? Is one more adventitious born Than others--shekels richer, honors fuller, and all that-- That he can pass his fellows by with lofty scorn, Nor even show this slight regard--the lifting of the hat? Why prate of social status, class, or rank when earth Is common tenting-ground, the heritage of all mankind? Except in purity is there no royal birth, No true nobility but nobleness of heart and mind.... Poems - Post by : KnarlyNipper - Date : November 2011 - Author : Hattie Howard - Read : 2924

At General Grant's Tomb At General Grant's Tomb

At General Grant's Tomb
Afar my loyal spirit stirred At mention of his name; Afar in ringing notes I heard The clarion voice of fame; So to his tomb, hope long deferred, With reverent step I came. The pilgrim muse revivified A half-forgotten day: A slow procession, tearful-eyed, In funeral array, And from MacGregor's lonely side A hero borne away.... Poems - Post by : trechic - Date : November 2011 - Author : Hattie Howard - Read : 3402

Bushnell Park Bushnell Park

Bushnell Park
Sweet resting place! that long hath been A boon Elysian 'mid the din Of city life, 'mid city smoke; Where weary ones who toil and spin Have turned aside as to an inn Whose swinging sign a welcome spoke; Where misanthropes find medicine In peals of laughter that begin With ancient, resurrected joke, Or ready wit of harlequin; Where children, free from discipline,... Poems - Post by : heyyoujess - Date : November 2011 - Author : Hattie Howard - Read : 2583

'honest John' "honest John"

'honest John'
He was a man whose lot was cast, As some might think, in lines severe; In humble toil whose life was passed From week to week, from year to year; And yet, by wife and children blessed, He labored on with cheerful zest. As one revered and set apart, A quaint, unusual name he bore That well became the frugal heart; While plain habiliments he wore... Poems - Post by : Maurice2 - Date : November 2011 - Author : Hattie Howard - Read : 806

Supplicating Supplicating

Supplicating
One morn I looked across the way, And saw you fling your window wide To welcome in the breath of May In breezes from the mountain-side, And greet the sunlight's earliest ray With happy look and satisfied. The pansies on your window-sill In terra cotta flowerpot, Like royal gold and purple frill Upon the stony casement wrought, Adorned your tasteful domicile... Poems - Post by : Uncle_Jim - Date : November 2011 - Author : Hattie Howard - Read : 2005

Watch Hill Watch Hill

Watch Hill
Fair summer home peninsula, Enriched by every breeze From fragrant islands, wafted far Across the sunny seas! A profile rare! a height of land Outlined 'gainst heaven's blue With bolder touch than skillful hand Of artist ever drew. In "mountain billows" that parade The grandeur of the deep, Is His supremacy displayed Whose hands the waters... Poems - Post by : rjohnsen - Date : November 2011 - Author : Hattie Howard - Read : 3472

Sorrow And Joy Sorrow And Joy

Sorrow And Joy
In sad procession borne away To sound of funeral knell, Affection's tribute thus we pay, And in earth's shelt'ring bosom lay The friend to whom but yesterday We gave the sad farewell. But scarce the melancholy sound Has died upon the ear, Before the mournful dirge is drowned By wedding-anthems' glad rebound, That stir the solemn air around With merry... Poems - Post by : stepbystep - Date : November 2011 - Author : Hattie Howard - Read : 3234

Never Had A Chance Never Had A Chance

Never Had A Chance
Fresh from piano, school, and books, A happy girl with rosy looks Young Plowman wooed and won; despite Her pretty, pouting prejudice, Her deep distaste for rural bliss Or countryfied delight. Romance through all her nature ran-- Indeed, to wed a husband-man Suffused her ardent maiden thought; But lofty fancy dwelt upon A new "Queen Anne," a terraced lawn, A... Poems - Post by : gamma - Date : November 2011 - Author : Hattie Howard - Read : 2075

Monadnock Monadnock

Monadnock
One summer time, with love imbued, To climb the mount, explore the wood, Or rove from pole to pole, Upon Monadnock's brow I stood-- A lone, adventurous soul. Beyond the Bay State border-line A sweeping vista, grand and fine, Embraced the Berkshire hills; Embosomed hamlets, clumps of pine, And country domiciles. Afar, Mount Tom, in verdantique, And Holyoke, twin companion... Poems - Post by : gamma - Date : November 2011 - Author : Hattie Howard - Read : 2688

Snowflakes Snowflakes

Snowflakes
Of specious weight like tissue freight The snowflakes are--in sparkle pure As the rich parure A lovely queen were proud to wear; As volatile, as fine and rare As thistle-down dispersed in air, Or bits of filmy lace; Like nature's tear-drops strewn around That beautify and warm the ground, But melt upon my face. A ton or... Poems - Post by : MIkeMo - Date : November 2011 - Author : Hattie Howard - Read : 1191

'thy Will Be Done' "thy Will Be Done"

'thy Will Be Done'
Sometimes the silver cord of life Is loosed at one brief stroke; As when the elements at strife, With Nature's wild contentions rife, Uproot the sturdy oak. Or fell disease, in patience borne, Attenuates the frame Till the meek sufferer, wan and worn, Of energy and beauty shorn, Death's sweet release would claim. By instant touch or long decay... Poems - Post by : pcarlow - Date : November 2011 - Author : Hattie Howard - Read : 1495

The Needed One The Needed One

The Needed One
'Twas not rare versatility, Nor gift of poesy or art, Nor piquant, sparkling jeux d'esprit Which at the call of fancy come, That touched the universal heart, And won the world's encomium. It was not beauty's potent charm; For admiration followed her Unmindful of the rounded arm, The fair complexion's brilliancy,... Poems - Post by : john321 - Date : November 2011 - Author : Hattie Howard - Read : 2196

A Friend Indeed A Friend Indeed

A Friend Indeed
If every friend who meditates In soft, unspoken thought With winning courtesy and tact The doing of a kindly act To cheer some lonely lot, Were like the friend of whom I dream, Then hardship but a myth would seem. If sympathy were always thus Oblivious of space, And, like the tendrils of the vine,... Poems - Post by : filmmaker - Date : November 2011 - Author : Hattie Howard - Read : 1383

The Master Of The Grange The Master Of The Grange

The Master Of The Grange
The type of enterprise is he, Of sense and thrift and toil; Who reckons less on pedigree Than rich, productive soil; And no "blue blood"--if such there be-- His veins can ever spoil. And yet on blood his heart is set; He has his sacred cow, Some Alderney or Jersey pet, The mistress of the mow; His favorite pig is (by... Poems - Post by : Aslan - Date : November 2011 - Author : Hattie Howard - Read : 2194

Storm-bound Storm-bound

Storm-bound
My careful plans all storm-subdued, In disappointing solitude The weary hours began; And scarce I deemed when time had sped, Marked only by the passing tread Of some pedestrian. But with the morrow's tranquil dawn, A fairy scene I looked upon That filled me with delight; Far-reaching from my own abode, The world in matchless splendor glowed,... Poems - Post by : jcalkins - Date : November 2011 - Author : Hattie Howard - Read : 1059