Gillian; And Other Poems by George M. RyderGillian; And Other Poems by George M. Ryder

Gillian; And Other Poems

byGeorge M. Ryder

Paperback | October 12, 2012

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1858 edition. Excerpt: ... GILLIAN; AND OTHER POEMS. GILLIAN. Wisely the preacher spake The homily of Life, how all is vain--If Manhood hath a hope, or Youth a dream, Such ever is its ending--Vanity. I do remember me the tale of one, And frequent tears efface the written words, As 'twere her history might not be told: And yet the story of that faithful love, That life so blameless, and withal so pure, Hath stole so oft upon my hours of thought, That I would fain essay its chronicle. She was a maiden of no lofty birth, Her lineage ran not back to warrior knights Who with the Conqueror came--nor could she trace Ancestral deeds in generations past; But in the quiet valley where they dwelt, Whose broad elms overspread their ivied home, No name so reverenced, or hearts beloved, As was her pastor-patriarch sire's, and hers. She had not known the fostering kindliness A mother sheds her sweet young offspring round; Yet life dwells often on such memories The longest treasured, for the earliest loved. Amid the dreary voices of the past, Ah! none return to us with half the tone Of those that give us back a mother gone: Such, and so cherished, are the thoughts of mine, That I would give my youth to live again, But for one summer's day, beneath her smile. Sweet Gillian! her infant loss knew not The sorrow, that her after chilhood learnt. Oftentimes, I think I see her as in earlier days, Beneath the shade of that old Gothic porch, Crouched at her father's feet, her small white hands Clasping his knee, and in rapt wonderment Listing the tales that he would read to her, How men forsaking old companionships, Went forth into the woods, and made a home 'Mid nature's eloquent low-voiced solitude; And dying, gave their lahors to the world, The teachings of a wise philosophy. Or he...
Title:Gillian; And Other PoemsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:18 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.04 inPublished:October 12, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0217483267

ISBN - 13:9780217483261