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Pike County Ballads and Other Poems   By: (1835-1905)

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PIKE COUNTY BALLADS and other poems by John Hay.

CONTENTS.

INTRODUCTION by Henry Morley.

POEMS BY JOHN HAY.

THE PIKE COUNTY BALLADS.

JIM BLUDSO LITTLE BREECHES BANTY TIM THE MYSTERY OF GILGAL GOLYER THE PLEDGE AT SPUNKY POINT

WANDERLIEDER.

SUNRISE IN THE PLACE DE LA CONCORDE THE SPHINX OF THE TUILERIES THE SURRENDER OF SPAIN THE PRAYER OF THE ROMANS THE CURSE OF HUNGARY THE MONKS OF BASLE THE ENCHANTED SHIRT A WOMAN'S LOVE ON PITZ LANGUARD BOUDOIR PROPHECIES A TRIUMPH OF ORDER ERNST OF EDELSHEIM MY CASTLE IN SPAIN SISTER SAINT LUKE

NEW AND OLD.

MILES KEOGH'S HORSE THE ADVANCE GUARD LOVE'S PRAYER CHRISTINE EXPECTATION TO FLORA A HAUNTED ROOM DREAMS THE LIGHT OF LOVE QUAND MEME WORDS THE STIRRUP CUP A DREAM OF BRIC A BRAC LIBERTY THE WHITE FLAG THE LAW OF DEATH MOUNT TABOR RELIGION AND DOCTRINE SINAI AND CALVARY THE VISION OF ST. PETER ISRAEL THE CROWS AT WASHINGTON REMORSE ESSE QUAM VIDERI WHEN THE BOYS COME HOME LESE AMOUR NORTHWARD IN THE FIRELIGHT IN A GRAVEYARD THE PRAIRIE CENTENNIAL A WINTER NIGHT STUDENT SONG HOW IT HAPPENED GOD'S VENGEANCE TOO LATE LOVE'S DOUBT LAGRIMAS ON THE BLUFF UNA "THROUGH THE LONG DAYS AND YEARS" A PHYLACTERY BLONDINE DISTICHES REGARDANT GUY OF THE TEMPLE

TRANSLATIONS.

THE WAY TO HEAVEN COUNTESS JUTTA A BLESSING TO THE YOUNG THE GOLDEN CALF THE AZRA GOOD AND BAD LUCK L'AMOUR DU MENSONGE AMOR MYSTICUS

INTRODUCTION.

Pike County Ballads and other poems in this volume by Colonel John Hay represent in the best manner the spirit of our strong and independent sister land across the Atlantic. Pike County Ballads do full justice to the raw material in the United States, and show a loyal temper in the rough. The other pieces show how the love of freedom speaks through finer spirits of the land, and, dealing with realities, can turn a life of action into music.

Colonel Hay has lived always in vigorous relation with the full life of the people whose best mind his poems represent. He is descended from a Scottish soldier, a John Hay, who, at the beginning of the last century, left his country to take service under the Elector Palatine, and whose son went afterwards with his family to settle among the Kentucky pioneers. Dr. Charles Hay was the father of John Hay the poet, who was born on the 8th of October 1838, in the heart of the United States, at Salem in Indiana. When twenty years old he graduated at the neighbouring Brown University, where his fellow students valued his skill as a writer. Then he studied for the Bar, and he was called to the Bar three years later, at Springfield, Illinois.

At Springfield, Abraham Lincoln practised as a barrister. Shrewd, lively, earnest, honest, he grudged help to a rogue. In a criminal case, when evidence threw unexpected light upon a client's character, Abraham Lincoln said suddenly to his junior, "Swett, the man is guilty; you defend him, I can't." In another case, when a piece of rascality in his client came out, Abraham Lincoln left his junior in possession of the case and went to his hotel. To the judge, who sent for him, he replied that he had found his hands were very dirty, and had gone away to get them clean. Almost immediately after John Hay's call to the Bar at Springfield he was chosen by Abraham Lincoln, newly made President, to go with him to Washington. At Washington, Hay acted as Assistant Secretary, and was also, in the Civil War, aide de camp to President Lincoln. Throughout that momentous struggle he was actively employed on the side of the North at the headquarters and on the field of battle. He served for a time under Generals Hunter and Gillmore, became a Colonel in the army of the North, and served also as Assistant Adjutant General. John Hay had in that struggle three brothers and two brothers in law serving also in the field.

In 1890 there was published, in ten volumes, at New York, by the New York Century Company, "Abraham Lincoln, a History: by John G... Continue reading book >>




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