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[Illustration: In Celestial realms where knowledge hath no end. HARRY HOWARD, STUDENT. "Blessed are the pure in heart."]

POEMS

BY

HATTIE HOWARD.

AUTHOR OF "POVERTY VS. PAUPERISM," "OUR GIRLS," "VIVE LA REPUBLIQUE," "KEEPING A SECRET," "LITTLE JO," AND OTHER STORIES.

VOL. IV.

Happy whoever writes a book On which the world shall kindly look, And who, when many a year has flown The volume worn, the author gone Revere, admire, and still read on.

HARTFORD PRESS: THE CASE, LOCKWOOD & BRAINARD COMPANY. 1904.

EXTRACTS FROM PRESS NOTICES OF A FORMER VOLUME.

"We find these poems of sentiment by Hattie Howard entirely natural, spontaneous, direct, rhythmical, and free from ambitious pretense. Many of the fanciful verses have a laugh at the end; and the collection has altogether a sunny, hopeful spirit and will be welcome in this time of generally morbid expression."

"This author's verse shows a hearty, wholesome, human spirit, sometimes overflowing into downright fun, and a straightforward directness always. It is a pleasant book, sure to be welcomed by all."

"These garnered gems reveal a genuine poetic faculty, and are worthy their attractive setting. We give the book a hearty welcome."

"Many of the poems abound in playful humor or tender touches of sympathy which appeal to a refined feeling, and love for the good, the true, and the beautiful."

"This poet's ear is so attuned to metric harmony that she must have been born within sound of some osier fringed brook leaping and hurrying over its pebbly bed. There is a variety of subject and treatment, sufficient for all tastes, and these are poems which should be cherished."

"Lovers of good poetry will herald with pleasure this new and attractive volume by the well known authoress of Hartford. A wooing sentiment and genial spirit seem to guide her in every train of thought. Her book has received, and deserves, warm commendations of the press."

Copyright, 1904, BY HATTIE HOWARD.

Contents.

FRONTISPIECE. PAGE.

EXTRACTS FROM PRESS NOTICES, 2

"THE SALT OF THE EARTH," 7

NOT GONE, 9

LET US GIVE THANKS, 10

SONNET, 11

A RAINY DAY, 12

THE SUBWAY, 16

THE APPLE TREE, 18

TWO ROSES, 21

THE TAXIDERMIST, 23

EPITHALAMIUM, 25

A FOWL AFFAIR, 28

HOLIDAY HOME, 31

RUTHA, 34

THE STUDENT GONE, 36

THE TOURIST, 38

THE ANTIQUARIAN, 40

POOR HOUSEKEEPING, 45

GOING TO TOBOG, 47

"PASSER LE TEMPS," 49

THE TORPEDO, 50

MARGARET, 51

CHRISTMAS BELLS, 53

BY THE SEA, 54

A SONG, 55

IS IT APRIL? 56

CHRISTMAS TIDE, 57

JANUARY, 1885, 59

SWEET PEAS, 61

THE SUMMER HOUSE, 62

TO DIE IN AUTUMN, 65

APPLE BLOSSOMS, 67

WITHOUT A MINISTER, 68

INDIAN SUMMER, 70

AUTUMN TIME, 72

THE BEAUTY OF NATURE, 74

"ALL THE RAGE," 76

MY MOTHER'S HAND, 79

A LEAP YEAR EPISODE, 80

IF, 83

PERFECT CHARACTER, 84

THE MIRACLE OF SPRING, 85

BERMUDA, 86

THE CHARTER OAK, 88

BLOSSOM TIME, 90

"ONE OF THE LEAST OF THESE," 92

LIGHTNING BUGS, 94

OF HER WHO DIED, 96

THANKSGIVING, 98

RECEIVING SIGHT, 100

REVENGE, 102

ON THE COMMON, 104

WOMAN'S HELP, 106

TOBOGGANING, 108

THE WOODS, 110

LIKE SUMMER, 112

SHERIDAN'S LAST RIDE, 114

A BIT OF GLADNESS, 116

THE CHARITY BALL, 118

THE BELL(E) OF BALTIMORE, 120

CHRISTMAS AT CHURCH, 122

MYSTERIOUS, 124

"BE NOT ANXIOUS," 126

MOUNT VERNON, 128

A PRISONER, 130

CUBA, 131

THE SANGAMON RIVER, 133

SYRINGAS, 135

STORM BOUND, 137

THE MASTER OF THE GRANGE, 139

A FRIEND INDEED, 142

THE NEEDED ONE, 143

"THY WILL BE DONE," 145

SNOWFLAKES, 147

MONADNOCK, 149

NEVER HAD A CHANCE, 151

SORROW AND JOY, 153

WATCH HILL, 155

SUPPLICATING, 157

"HONEST JOHN," 159

BUSHNELL PARK, 161

AT GENERAL GRANT'S TOMB, 164

"BE COURTEOUS," 166

A NEW SUIT, 168

THE LITTLE CLOCK, 170

IMPROVEMENT, 173

ON BANCROFT HEIGHT, 175

A REFORMER, 178

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