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(Even as many more;)
He dreamed of power and dreamed of fame,
Dreamed of riches and dreamed of name.
And thought it was real— this fool in his dream!—

Just as men have before.

So he struggled and fought as the years went by

Just as the years before;
The ladder was steeper than he could climb.
But he struggled and fought, with the march of time,
Till the very sap of his Itfe ran dry.

Just as men's has before.

Then he faltered, and then he died

Just as men have before;
Died in poverty, died in shame.
Life work wasted, even his name
Lost and gone, for the world rolls on

Just as it did before.



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May Thirtieth.

Sadly lay we our loved away,

Nor cease the tears;
Each day is a memorial day,

As speed the years.

Many a gracious deed.

Passed lightly by,
Now wins its rightful meed

In memory.

The imselfish aid, the loving word.

Who gives us now?
Dear hands imseen, sweet voice imheard.

Where restest thou?

Thou dost not speak!

Cans't thou not see?
Ah! Life is weak!

Death holdeth thee.

Death hides thee — ^where —

From me apart?
Love finds thee e'er

Within my heart.

*'H. W."


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.ncient city's gate

a heavy rock;
some from those who passed
im his fate,
d his frowning face,
nan of years,
ir and beard snow white;

he'd done before,

k the offered cup;

lore than he woxild speak;

\ way.

1 followed him
) is that man
neither speak nor drink?"
Lswered me:

vise King decreed

should be forbid
md, what was more,
y habit bound,

are gone from him
i! Yet there you see

our law."

le refuse the cup?

fast and thirst, until

ist yield?"

d me: i



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*'Ah, no; there was a time whe;
He'd swallow down the fat and
But now, that privflege gone, h(
To take the drops of bitter trut
God rest his soul, he'll starve ei
And so the old man shuffled ofi
Me musing there upon the fate
Who cannot bear the bitter trut


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stle Walls.

mif 1896.



ible and hoary,

f a legend story.

'er bore Castilian steel,
in the fight for Spanish weal,
and a marvel to his peers,
)t free from faults and fears;
and wealth exceeding store,
es, what would a noble more?
LS of the castle where I stand,
tion'd in all the Spanish land.
?v^hen the people tried him sore^
ty to return there never more.
■ worship not his due,
ies wishing him for lover true,
nd the toreadofs boast,
weary he sought the Spanish

e far from all the noise and


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Of heroes sore besetting, ar
So he shut him in his castle fi
With naught but ships in 1

there day by day,
To remind him of his people
When the Moors came on t

One night he dream'd: in fai

And proudly gaz'd toward 1:

His heart was filled with sc

and the wide;
"Far greater am I in my cast

Of Fortune all-capricious, fo
Has stolen away from work

Who thinks to force my cast
Farewell to the cabalkroSy let
Then suddenly out of the ocei
His form was like to the whi

sea and skies.
He swooped on the lofty ca

Rodrigo, the cdbaUero^ to the
Awoke then Don Rodrigo f

And bounding forth to the

the night.
From castle walls in their glo

less low;
But to-night it was as if den

in woe.


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were tramping overhead,
5 said requiem for the dead,
storming the castilluelo there,
at Rodrigo's stricken stare,
round him. — One blow, one

gisance to Rodrigo, — all was

md his castle were no more.


ife long since has dat'd

• waits to come.
;gles on, unspar'd
Lt used to roam


japs in its ragged yawn.

heaven grows.

castle wall 'twas bortl.

jp, — yet no one knows


bid a sea.

:he dark blue ocean's roll,
arms atid cheers the soul,
it all could be.


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O countless fancies! how ye gr
Your lithe, luxuriant forms ^
About these crownless turrets

The marks of fury 'gainst that

And thou, O sea, whose surgir
Have yeam'd for eons o'er t
Tell us who lends us most o

Thou, or the pile that here ms

Silence and night have beautiej
Tho' ruins ever ruins are, — 1
The benediction of the sighii

With moonbeams trysting as tl

So wrong and woe they hide ii
Tho' deep in pity ocean moi
The gentle hand of evening

Sad thoughts. The pile is not


Chance and change seem wedd

And yet men build their castles.
And he who builds a castle for
May yet not hear the breake
seethe and roar:
And he will not hear the sobb
his door.

He thinks that he has builded
And says, "All's well with tl
well with me."


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in the greatest fame
le ancient thought.

lim so sublime,
«a surges not?



le vista bright.

irch'd and vaulted past,
and sepulchral light,
iments so vast



hands have sought
I heroic lore
ed every page
ood old days of yore.

le vista fair:

to Phoebus' daring steeds,

;hts to dare;

rd of all his deeds

I intent
'here is life —
ost restless strife;


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Not as the strife of them
But them on emulation bent;
And all look forward into

O Prospect, ever could vista f
That waits for a glorious di

More beautiful be in arrayal i
Than thou on this summer

When the stately elms and th(
Grace the spot where hope

O charm of the spot which h<
And the cradle of fancies ra

Where the "braided branches'
By the breath of songs in tl

Bend low with a rapturous wl
To the hearts that worship

O the tender grace which the
In these hearts of ours has

And the light that shone dowi
Where wisdom and knowled

And the love of a brother, ani
When the parting has long


The college days —
A season fraught with work ai
With joys or griefs, with mom
When all the world seemed gi
Just to yield us heaven.
Perhaps the praise


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Shall long once more to I
As we turn our hearts and
When the sun of life sink

If we should return to you
When the years have roll'

Would you still be nodding
Shall we hear the zephyrs

^^The 'tender grace' shall c(
For this is a new-bom da

The winds are breathing the
They have come from rivi

They have come to bid us i
And to join the elms' fare

Good-bye, dear elms, — good-
Old elms, farewell, farewe



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Your eyes have stolen
The blue of the suir

The image they mirror
I know they are loyj

Your cheeks are blush(
Like roses and lilies

I know that their rose
I know, for I kissed

I love the bright blush
Your eyes with their

They tell me a secret
They tell me your h



A Pr:

O Voice out of the Darknes
Of this vast living Universe
Person, or Power, or Spirit,
Who yet I feel must be, an
If Thou, indeed, hast voice s
Give me a word of strength




Crush not the body a sou
Under a weight of com

Sink it not in the depths
Crawling creatures' can

Prison it not in a rock b<
Walled by filth and cur

Years will crumble the w<
Locks and seals will be

Give it to flames when it!

Fire cannot pain when
^shes and dust, when the

Tempt not the vandal i

Carve, if you will, a ston<
What if no mouldering

Only the worms will miss
Hungrily seeking their 1



Question ani

I wonder, is it well to k
And to peld to the long
To feel the burning and
That creeps through hea
To dream in the night,
And to see in the day
But one. fair face,
And one bright eye
In the millions that thro

From somewhere in the
Of silence that lives and
A voice like the sound c
Proclaims the message: *
Then live, my soul!
Bend low to the shrine,
Make bare thy breast
For the fiery dart;
For 'tis well to love
And the bliss and the Ic



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New England

When he's seen ther new world

And ther marvels of ther old
When he's been through Persia

Or felt Russia's bitter cold,
When he's seen all Egypt's woi

An' the sights o' Greece an'
Ter a Yankee comes a longin'

Fur his ol' New England hoi

Nowhar but in ol' New Englan

Air ther skies so purty a blu*
While ther grass grows sorter g

An' the birds sing sweeter, tc
Nowhar else do hills an' mount

Hoi' their heads up quite so
Nowhar else sich cliffs o' granii

An' sich noble forests stand.

Then ther valleys an' ther rivei

Seems ez if they're Natur's o
Sunset's like ther gates o' Hea\

Where ther angels' wings air
All ther things we see around i

Sorter go ter bring ter mind
What we lost when God's own

Poor ol' Adam lef behind.

Somehow, too, folks seem more
'S if they knew why hearts \



I often wonder, at the clos
When the bright sun sinks
Why old Earth turns upon

I often wonder, as the ebh
Slowly recedes and leaves
On lie's Far Shore, shall

And as each setting sun o]
And gloomy night close ve
Will Orient morning at th<

What means the struggle.
The calm night wraps its :
And as things have been, ;

Oh! trusting heart, in worl
Shall dawn the stars that ^
There shalt thou bind eacl




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Yet a kindly deed with a
Do hallow the commonest
Can charity ever its purp<
Since the chalice of love i


Yet I thought that I still
That mystical, magical cu
The cup that our Master
In the "upper room" wit
Drank of the mingled my
With you and with me ai



A Bit o

I found a withered rose

Hidden away from th

The bloom of its petals

Its wrappings of tissue

And is it the flower s

I wondei

On a summer night in

It graced the wealth <

Young and foolish! Pei

But I loved her, — loved

When she gave me th

I wonder

Now, with her gold and

'Mid the jaded throng

Seeking new tinsel and s

Wearied and worn with

Does she ever rememt

I wonder


I Wait

I wait for thee — dost
Where anemones and
And wUt thou come i
Where the wave of bi

I wait for thee — dela)
To come where sweet
And lift their heads ii
With a longing heart

If all this sweetness tl
O thou wouldst never
But all thy grace wou
To him who loves anc


A Decemb

Give me the thoughts c

As into the new I go
Give me the songs of t

That send me, how,
Into the life of the con

Filled with the joys (
Yet we long for the otl

When the deeds then

Give me these many th

Clad in editions rare,
Printed on paper of tex

And bound with spec
Give me these as the fi

And the night grows
For I would read the 1

And live in the days



The Passing of

The golden-rod sighed in the e^
The thistles shivered and sho

And an unknown sadness seemc
The song of the babbling brc

For the voice of Autumn whisp
Across the hazy land,

And the fields lay still in a trer
For the touch of the unseen ]

''She is here, she is here," said
"Not yet, not yet," said the 1
. And the robin was still with the

And the linnet whispered, "H

I Then Autumn came in the twili]

] O'er the top of the silent hill,

Which reddened fast beneath hij
: But all the fields were still.

f No noise spoke welcome to her

The flowers were still as the (
And there was pain in her gentl
As patiently she said:

"No greeting for me, children d
Though all in love I come?

No welcome for me, little ones.
Ah me! You still are dumb.

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In a distant, verdant
By a lazy, limpid

'Mid the birds and t
Grew two roses, si

One was kept by a i

The other she gave t

As they plighted th

One gleamed white o

As a knight rode awa

To join his king in

The other drooped its
At the fear and grief
She kissed its petals a
''I fear, I fear, — I lo\

She saw fair summer
Die in the flush of a

She heard the wild ge-
Adown the glaring soi

Yet never home her k

Slowly died her hope's

* * * *

In a distant verdant v
By a lazy, limpid st

Blooms a rose above j
One white rose, in i

In the quiet hush of 1
It bends its head and
''Alas! Alas! I lovec



A Sui

O, isle of the wind-sw
O, isle of the ocean

O, isle of the wind an
And the summer bo;

Hither they come from
From the city's fetid

Where the asphalt melt
And the microbes plj

Hither they come to re
To rest from cankeri

To pay their three goo(
For summer hotel fai

They lie in the sand at
With fearless hearts t

Then swear as they nui
And patronize drug s

Fond fathers groan as 1
For a good square m

But the fat old landlorc
And make their hay



A tiny picture hangs or
Where the silver moon-
A bit of rock and a wa
A fleck of white upon t
[ And the song of th

! And its din is swee

The long green rollers s

I And pound the sands w

' Glide backward, hissing

Then gather, and swift \

Thus the song of th

With a grand and fi

1 The winking wavelets fal

Darkness smothers the h

But the restless breakers

Pound and pound with i

. So the song of the s

I The night-surf's som

/ The song of the sea as i

In the days when I, too,

, And the wind-lashed, wa

And my cheek was wet ^

The song of the sea

And the tears to my



All of Brow
And all the digs and c
They have their exits i
And one lad in his tim
His acts being five agei
Verdant and paying foi
Then the lazy Sophomc
Or purchased daily the:
Unwillingly to class. — T.
Full of wise thoughts a
Jealous in honor, broke
Seeking the bubble repi
Even in the midst of fli
Into the grave and reve
With mortar board on 1
His early caps well save
For his swelled head; a
Raised so oft in evening
At thought of leaving B
That ends this strange i
Is graduation and mere
Sans wit, sans cash, sar


" Mother

p. s.-

Little Miss Mi
Sat on a tuflEet
And all went a
But a young n
And sat down
-She's no longer


And there he met a wil
Whose hair was wh
Who sat upon a m<

And mumbled in deep i
Unto a rusty cross.

The hermit raised his hi
"Why comest thou j
The student answere

"I search for truth throi
Thou knowest, pray

The hermit closed his ho
"It is not here," que
"In these dark ages

But dimly as when cloud:
The night's obscurity

The bell struck three in t
And from the east up
A slender moon upon

Beneath whose smile the c
Grew red like bashful

But the student saw not f
Sank deeper in the pz
Within a valley deep

He saw mid glittering cloi
Two armies grapple h

He heard the victors yell i
He heard the vanquisl
He saw the Roman ei

Triumphantly with outstre
Upon the Alpine gale.



About the altar hung a <
Of sacred incense sv
And maidens danced

Unto the song and at ea(
A chorus did repeat.

Still sweeter smoked the ;
Still clearer rose the
More lovely smiled tl

And to and fro on airy t(

* More lightly tripped j


[ "O, priest of Venus," crie

"I tread this hallowec
\ To learn where beaut

I Oh! tell me by the golden

f That twine her should

And in his chant the pries
"Alas, it dwells not h(
The flower soon withei

And cheeks turn pale and
And eyes grow dim an

The bell struck five in the
. And from some distant

k A whistle tooted long i

1 And rumblings of reviving

I Resounded 'neath the '.

j An electric car came crunc

1 And with a greenish fi

f The trolley sputtered a

I And the wet rails burned ^

J Beneath each iron tire.



And while the others da
She lower hung her
And when one aske<

"I can't play now, for i
My mama dear is d

The spirit took the stud<
And said, "In vain
For truth in dim, hi

In simple childhood dwel
Than in a thousand

They left the weeping or
And with a crowd tl
Into a sanctuary vasi

Where through the sweep
The organ's throbbin

The pulsing tones arose z
Like billows far from
That yearn to reach

And toil and struggle and
Fall prostrate on the

The music slowly ebbed i
Upon the multitude
A silence deep began

But in each breast there
A secret interlude.

The spirit clasped the stu
And whispered in lov
"The power of empii

But music in the human
Has an eternal thron<


God bless the woman wl
I believe she has fully tv
If speech is like silver ar
She's a silver deposit of



We sundered at the parting of

But why, I know not; only

We ne'er shall meet in all the

In deep regret I note the he

My more than friend, hov

A cloud to steal thee fron

Left I perhaps some worthy d

Or spoke some word unheed

I only know that precious hou

And ken those saddest word



In shreds fell his flesh as afar
His white gleaming bones 12

And the wind whistling loud t
I laughed as I gazed on it

Second Sp

A mother her babe from her 1
And cursed the small form

No love for the child had she
But bore it in hate and disi

Full fat on the strength of the
Full sweet to my heart was

Third Sp

A lover had broken his vows
And mocked at his mistress'

In anguish she beat her fair t
And begged him once more,

A moment had passed and the
I chuckled with might and ^

The Thr

With bonds that mortals can \
We have choked three spirit

With fires that water can quer
We have yoked three souls t


Then away, come away from 1
And the gleams from the be

We will join in a dance and 01
In the sway of a gay rigado




Two arms around my m
A smooth cheek closely
I know what such caresj
And in my chair I back
"What is it, daughter m
"What is it that you wa
Some more new dresses,
"No, dear papa, it isn't
"I hope it isn't laces th
"You dear old dad just
"More diamonds or perl
No? Then what do you
"I don't want anything;
It's Tom, this time, and


But whisper "Hardly up 1
Rewrite before exams!''

He'll have a fit and think
That old green bag of ]

What plentitude of wind i

What tons of compresse
What "Willie-horse-power'

The Freshman stored in
What reams of lovely co-e

What co-ed anagrams,
What co-ed hopes got smc

That old gireen bag of ]

I see the tall, straight figi:

As into class 4ie strode.
Felt hat and coat-tails spe

His bike raised on the i
A fleeting smile, a few rei

As crisp as telegrams.
Then, thump! and things

That old green bag of ]

Then we forgot the essays

In interested thought.
And heard great literary t

Well-turned and ably ta
His deep voice read us th

Fine poems and epigran
And all these things had j

That old green bag of 1

Pandora's box could never
Comparison with this.

Which dealt out wisdom,
Pain, laughter, tears, an


The Pessii

Once, when the violets blossomi
When days were bright and e

Quickened the tingling blood-ra
He asked of his Creator: "\

With head that bears a frosted
With wearied form, all bent ^

With aching eyes, bedimmed bj
He asks the other question:


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This is our debt to Brown — the <

The liberal mind, the broad an

This campus world lies open to t

These campus elms stretch out tl

To point a lofty part.

Then sing us a song of this cam]

A song of the college boy,
A student strain with a glad refrj

And the ring of a careless joy.
Sing us a song of these campus (

And the life in the shade belov
From the cap and gown of the S

Let the melody overflow.

A twittering, gossiping, fluttering

Astir in the morning gleams.
With impudent eye takes a peep

At a Lazy Man wrapped in dr
The sun steals higher, the elms a

By the breath of the dawning 1
And a ray very still creeps across

With a wink to the whispering
The saucy young sparrow, in spa

Bursts forth into chirrups and i
As the sunbeam coy softly kisses

And flashes away o'er the hills.
The twittering bird, the whisperir

The kiss of the rosy beam
Are a summons to rise and open

To break the sweet spell of a (

And now from the window a hea
All tousled and sleepy and dull



The problems of purity, honor
Come surging up into his so

There's a vision of God and tl
And a glimpse of the ultima

Then out in the bright, buzzin

When the campus is vibrant
And the keynote is "jolly,'' thj

That primes us for grinding
The Lazy Man squirms throug

For an hour — has a moment
Then listens with care to what

Taking notes with remarkabl
Philosophy, science, and literati

He hangs on his stray metiti
And livens the day in the old-:

By pulling a number of legs

At length with an appetite suit

He dines oh "Refectory" fai
Observing with pride that the

May be outclassed with ease
Then back in his room with a

Stretched out in luxuriant ea
With a room full of smokers, ;

No moments so merry as th
Hilarious humor uncorked witt

Repartee in the wittiest snat
A knock on the door, a unani

"Come in!" and a voice pif
A mandolin plunks away, "Sti

The chorus shout, "Here co
When into the place with a gi

Comes tramping our old frie


The Lazy Man whistles a

And is mocked by an e
His notes are glad, but h:

And the melody quickl)
On a sudden he spies a i

Next instant he's readir
'^Dear dad!" is his shout

"Dear mother!" and al
The sun beams anew and

And a breeze stirs the 1
And the Lazy Man's bloc

Boimds on at the biddi:

Now perhaps it's a thoug]

That reminds him of oi
Or perhaps a mere chance

He has caught in a cer
For a few moments later

Remains a considerable
And upon his return one

A peculiarly rapturous s

The sunshine that lingers

Soon fades in a twilight
Then something inspires i:

And musical breezes blc
The lights in the city glea

The lights in the halls :
Till quiet broods o'er pea

And stars shine round z

The Lazy Man up in his
To studying soon puts \

Then settles him down in
For an intimate talk wi



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Sleep my child, while
Sleep little one, ;
While night descends
And the misty twilig]
On the floating form
Sleep little one,

So cuddle and nestle
Sleep little one,
For angel forms are
And the stars are wa
The trundle-bed whe
Sleep little one,

Then speed away to
Sleep little one.
To that hazy, far-ofif
And dream as the ni
To the fleecy clouds
Sleep little one.

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The Song of

Five little babes lay s
On the shores of S

Dreaming of dear, go
And thinking of CI

Blessings on their inn
Dreaming and slum

While visions of spicy
Danced in the bain

When rosy Dawn firs
She looked at them

And sent her Sunbeai
To the land of eve:

'Twas Christmas mor
Their stockings wer

In glee they crept fro
To the round of CI

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I used to watch ]
On Sunday, in

And every time s
My heart with

And when she^sa
The bonds whi

Were loosened, ai
Soared high int

I loved her so it
Whene'er I hea

And when she sw
My heart burst

Alas! between us
As wide as ear

For she was twen
And I was onb

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The breath of June is g(
It softly murmurs thro
A haunting melody, th

The heart of youth with

While, through the leavei
The westering sun dro
Which spread a dream

And turn our thoughts t<

This granite seat beside
Invites the dreamer to
Here let us sit, ere yet

Into the chiQer dark, anc

On games outplay'd and
Mayhap some elder sp
Will touch our thought

Of those who learned at

As yet we laugh not, cor
See new-bom beauties
We soon must leave.

From the strange student

Untroubled, young, their
And sadly, vainly, sear
Those vanished faces t

Set us on fire to climb I


Bygones are bygones, 1
Our little world bec2
And, save as pilgrim

We owe it far too noti

For teaching us the na
Above false-masked <
For granting us a he

Of wealth which know

Here chance acquaintai
And rolled along, an
Of waters sweet, wh(

Were wafted on to lov<

The inward eye delight
Kindly professors, w]
The higher life, and

Could ever make less (

Thinking again on tim<
A classroom, with its
A laughing group, wi

A rainy night when tal

Or, on a clear spring (
Down a still river flc
With friendly stars a

That show us hidden s

Who could not wish fa
His sudden flight, no
On those bright field

Touched with the wani

Yet who would wish tc
Now overpast; once ]
The wayside fruit, th

Descend strange glens i


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