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His Life And Background In Cincinnati 1846 - 1850 by Raymond Walters

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g8                Youth's Golden Gleam
Yet even o'er the lute neglected
The winds of Heaven will sometimes fly;
And even thus the heart dejected. Will sometimes answer with a sigh.
Oh, think not less I love thee,
That our paths are parted now; For the stars that burn above thee,
Are not truer than my vow. As the fragrance to the blossom,
As the moon unto the night. Our love is to my bosom—
Its sweetness and its light.
Here is the opening verse of a poem ''Light in Darkness/' by Miss Phoebe Cary* which the Gazette of October I, 1847., reprinted from the Herald of 'Truth:
Did we think of the light and sunshine,
Of the blessings left us still, When we sit and ponder darkly
And blindly o'er life's ill; How should we dispel the shadows
Of still and deep despair, And lessen the weight of anguish
Which every heart must bear!
Showing the influence of current theme and style are the verses Stephen wrote in this youthful period, "Stay, Summer Breath" (quoted in Chapter 111) and "Ah! May the
* Phoebe Cary's most noted composition is probably the hymn "One Sweetly Solemn Thought."

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