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The Poets and Poetry of Cecil County, Maryland

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Title: The Poets and Poetry of Cecil County, Maryland
Author: Various
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THEPOETSAND POETRYOF CECILCOUNTY, MARYLAND
COLLECTEDANDEDITED BYGEORGEJOHNSTON, AUTHOROFTHEHISTORY OFCECILCOUNTY.
A verse may finde him whom a sermon flies, And turn delight into a sacrifice.
—Herbert.
ELKTON, MD: PUBLISHEDBYTHEEDITOR.
1887
Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1 887, by GEORGE JOHNSTON, In the Office of the Librarian of Congress, at Wash ington, D.C.
PREFACE.
This volume owes its existence to the desire of some of the teachers and pupils of the public schools in the northeastern part of Cecil county, to do honor to the memory of the late School Commissioner David Scott. Shortly after Mr. Scott’s death, some of the parties referred to, proposed to collect enough money by voluntary contributions to erect a monument over his grave, in order to perpetuate his memory, and also to show the high regard in which he was held by them. This project being brought to the knowledge of the editor, he ventured to express the opinion that the best monument Mr. Scott could have, would be the collection and publication of his poems in book form. This suggestion met the approbation of the originators of the project, who asked the writer to undertake the work of collecting the poems and editing the book. Subsequent investigation showed that Mr. Scott had not left enough poems to justify their publication in a volume by themselves; and the original plan of the work was changed, so as to include, so far as it has been practicable to do so, the writings of all the nativepoets of the county, and those who
practicabletodoso,thewritingsofallthenativepoetsofthecounty,andthosewho though not natives, have resided and written in it. Owing to causes not necessary to state it was impracticable, in some cases, to make as creditable a selection as could have been made had it been possible to have had access to all the poetry of the different writers. In a few instances the book contains all the poetry of the different writers that it has been practicable to obtain. Herein, it is hoped, will be found sufficient apology, if any apology is needed, for the character of some of the matter in the book. If any apology is needed for the prominence given to the poems of David Scott (of John.) it may be found in the foregoing statement concerning the origin of the book; and in the fact, that, for more than a quarter of a century, the editor was probably his most intimate friend. So intimate indeed were the relations between Mr. Scott and the writer, that the latter had the pleasure of reading many of his friend’s poems before they were published. The same may be said in a more extended sense, of the poems of David Scott (of James) to whose example and teaching, as well as to that of the other Mr. Scott—for he was a pupil of each of them—the writer owes much of whatever literary ability he may possess. The editor is also on terms of intimacy with many of the other contemporary writers whose poetry appears in the book, and has striven to do justice to their literary ability, by the selection of such of their poems as are best calculated, in his opinion, to do credit to them, without offending the taste of the most fastidious readers of the book. From the foregoing statement it will be apparent that the object of the editor was not to produce a book of poetical jems, but only to sel ect the poems best adapted to the exemplification of the diversified talents of their authors. The work has been a labor of love; and though conscious that it has been imperfectly performed, the compiler ventures to express the hope that it will be received by a generous and discriminating public, in the same spirit in which it was done.
EDITORIAL NOTES.
It is a remarkable fact that all the native poets of Cecil county except one or two were born in the northern part of it, and within about eight miles of the boundary line between Maryland and Pennsylvania. What effect, if any, the pure atmosphere and picturesque scenery of the country along the banks and romantic hills of the Susquehanna and Octoraro may have had to do with producing or devel oping poetical genius, cannot be told; but nevertheless it is a fact, that William P ., and Edwin E. Ewing, Emma Alice Browne, Alice Coale Simpers, John M. Cooley and Rachel E. Patterson were born and wrote much of their poetry, as did also Mrs. Caroline Hall, in that beautifully diversified and lovely section of the county. It is also worthy of note that Tobias and Zebulon Rudulph were brothers, as are also William P. and Edwin E. Ewing; and that Mrs. Caroline Hall was of the same family; and that Folger McKinseyWilliam J. Jones are cousi  and ns, as are also Mrs. James
McCormick and Mrs. Frank J. Darlington, and Emma Alice Browne and George Johnston. Owing to the fact that the size of the book was necessarily limited by the price of it; and to the fact that the poems of three of the writers were not obtained until after a large part of the book had been printed, it was impossible to give some of the writers, whose proper places were in the latter part of the book, as much space as was desirable. For the reason just stated, the editor was compelled to omit a large number of excellent poems, written by David Scott (of James,) and others.
CONTENTS.
DAVID SCOTT (of John.)
Biography Lines Suggested by the Singing of a Bird An Eastern Tale The Market-Man’s License Lines on the death of Mrs. Elizabeth Scott My Schoolboy Days The Donation Visit Lines on the death of Miss Mary Hayes Lines on the death of Miss Eleanora Henderson Lines on the death of Mrs. Burnite Stanzas read at the Seventy-second Anniversary of the birthday of Joseph Steele To Mary Impromptu to Mrs. Anna C. Baker Lament for the year 1877 Verses presented to my Daughter Lines on the death of a young lady of Wilmington Youthful Reminiscences Stanzas to a little girl on her birthday To Miss Mary Bain Stanzas addressed to Mr. and Mrs. T. Jefferson Scott Birthday Verses written for a little girl on her ninth birthday Roll Call In Memoriam Rensellaer Biddle Stanzas written on the fly leaf of a child’s Bible Christmas Greeting, 1877 Anniversary Poem read at the anniversary of the Seventieth birthday of Mrs. Ann Peterson Lines on the death of Jane Flounders
What is Matter? Anniversary Hymn The Intellectual Telegraph Lines on an Indian Arrow-Head Acrostic to Miss Annie Eliza McNamee Minutes of the Jackson Hall Debating Society, Dec. 5, 1877 Retrospection Acrostic to Miss Florence Wilson McNamee The Book of Books The Lesson of the Seasons John A. Calhoun, My Joe John
EMMA ALICE BROWNE.
Biography My Brother My Father. In Memoriam, 1857 At the Nightfall The Midnight Chime May-Thalia Memories The Old Homestead Gurtha In Memoriam. John B. Abrahams Missive to —— Chick-A-Dee’s Song To My Sister Measuring the Baby The Light of Dreams Ben Hafed’s Meed Winter Bound Misled At Milking time The Singer’s Song Aunt Betty’s Thanksgiving In Hoc Signo Vinces How Katie Saved the Train Off the Skidloe Life’s Crosses
NATHAN COVINGTON BROOKS.
Biography The Mother to her dead boy
To a Dove Fall of Superstition The Infant St. John the Baptist Shelley’s Obsequies The Fountain Revisited Death of Samson An Infant’s prayer
JOHN MARCHBORN COOLEY.
Biography A Story with a Moral Forty Years After The Past Loved and Lost Death of Henry Clay, Jr. A Valentine Lines suggested on visiting the grave of a dear Friend
GEORGE WASHINGTON CRUIKSHANK.
Biography Stonewall Jackson In Memoriam New Year Ode My Birthday
MRS. ANNIE MCCARER DARLINGTON.
Biography A Birthday Greeting Murmurings The Old Oak Tree Sweet Florida Evening
REV. WILLIAM DUKE.
Biography Hymn Hymn Rejoicing in Hope Hymn Remorse Morning
EDWIN EVANS EWING.
Biography The Cherubim Death and Beauty Take the Harp Death of the Beautiful Asphodel
WILLIAM PINKNEY EWING.
Biography The Angel Voice Then and Now The Neglected Harp Alone Gone Astray Lay of the Last Indian
CHARLES H. EVANS.
Biography Influences Musings Lines
MRS. SARAH HALL.
Biography
Sketch of a Landscape With a Rose in January Life
MRS. SALLIE W. HARDCASTLE.
Biography On Receipt of a Bouquet October Old Letters June Roses Music Lines on the death of a Friend
MRS. MARY E. IRELAND.
Biography At the Party Mother and Son The Missionary’s Story Transition Dorothy Moore Homeward Bound
GEORGE JOHNSTON.
Biography Here and Hereafter The Turtle’s Sermon Skye If You don’t believe it, try it Bye and Bye
WILLIAM JAMES JONES.
Biography Autumn
Mary’s Grave To Anselmo Flowers Life
JOHN HENRY KIMBLE.
Biography His Last Tune Advice to an Ambitious Youth Too Late After the Shower Tribute to the Memory of David Scott (of John) Spring
JAMES MCCAULEY.
Biography Henry Clay Virtuous Age Acrostic Work To-day On the death of a Child Spring Hope Autumn
MRS. IDA MCCORMICK.
Biography My Fancy Land With the Tide The Old Fashion My Baby and the Rose
FOLGER MCKINSKY.
Biography Waiting their Crowns Sea Echoes Where Fancy Dwells At Key’s Grave The Eternal Life
MRS. ROSALIENE R. MURPHY.
Biography Woman’s Rights Only A Baby To Helen
RACHEL E. PATTERSON.
Biography Judge Not The Wish The Christian’s Anchor
CALLANDER PATTERSON.
Biography God Is Great
TOBIAS RUDULPH.
Biography Selection from Tancred
ZEBULON RUDULPH.
Biography
The Surprise Thoughts on the death of my grandchild Fanny The Decree A view from Mount Carmel
MRS. ALICE COALE SIMPERS.
Biography The Miller’s Romance The Last Time Only a Simple Maid The Mystic Clock Rube and Will The Legend of St. Bavon
DAVID SCOTT (of James.)
Biography The Forced Alliance My Cottage Home The Mighty One The Surviving Thought The Working-Man’s Song Ode to Death
HENRY VANDERFORD.
Biography On the Mountains Progress Winter Lines Written in St. Ann’s Cemetery Merry May
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