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The chimney fire is blazing high,
Shake off, shake off the clinging snow;
doors and take me in, Spirit of the wood, Wash me clean of dust and din,
Clothe me in your mood.
The wind of death that silently
By keen ambition's whip and spur ;
But now the old time pulses stir How faintly in the wind of death, That bloweth lightly as a breath ! And once, but once at Love's dear feet,
I yielded strength, and life, and heart ; His look turned bitter into sweet, His smile made all the world complete ;
The wind blows loves like leaves apart
Take me from the noisy light
To the sunless peace,
Signing Toil's release.
To my senses give ;
Show me how to live.
Lift your leafy roof for me,
Part your yielding walls : Let me wander lingeringly
Through your scented balls.
It gives the dead another winding sheet,
broke. It broods moon-like upon the Autumn
wheat, And visits all the trees in their retreat To hood and mantle that poor shivering
Build high your white and dazzling pal
aces, Strengthen your bridges, fortify your
Storm with a loud and a portentous lip. And April with a fragmentary breeze, And half a score of gentle golden hours, Will leave no trace of your stern
These Notes are restricted, for the most part, to the simplest biographical data concerning the poets quoted in this volume, with mention of their leading works. In “Victorian Poets" – the book, by the present editor, to which “A Victorian Anthology” is adapted — a critical review is essayed of those among the following authors who became known earlier than the fiftieth year of Her Majesty's reign.
Where records of birth, death, etc., differ from those previously accepted, there is good authority for the statements made,
ADAMS, Sarah Fuller (Flower), b. Harlow, 1805; d. 1818. Daughter of Benjamin Flower, journalist and politician. In 1834 she married William Bridges Adams. Was connected with the religious society at Finsbury, under the care of William Johnson Fox, “Vivia Perpetua,” her dramatic poem, was published in 1841.
ADDLESHAW, Percy, barrister, b. Bowden, Cheshire, 186-. Was graduated at Christchurch, Oxford. Was called to the bar, 1893. Has written articles, poems, and reviews for various publications, and under the pseudonym of " · Percy Hemingway” published “Out of Egypt," à volume of short stories, 1894, and * The Happy Wanderer and other Poems,”' 1895.
AÏDÉ, Hamilton, novelist and song-writer, b. Paris, 1829. Educated at the University of Bonn. Has written a number of novels, and is well known as the author of many favorite songs, set to music by Blumenthal and others. His * Eleonore, and other Poems" appeared in 18.56 ; “The Romance of the Scarlet Leaf, and other Poems,” 1865 ; “Songs without Music,'' 1882.
AIRD, Thomas, journalist, b. Bowden, 1802 ; d., Castle Bank, Dumfries, 1876. Educated at Edinburgh University. Editor of the
Dumfries Herald” and later of the Edinburgh Weekly Journal.” In 1852 brought out the works of D. M. Moir, with a memoir, and in 1856 a collective edition of his own poems. Contributor to “ Blackwood's."
ALEXANDER, Cecil Frances (Humphries), b. Strabane, Ireland, 182-. Daughter of Major Humphries. Married Rev. William Alexander, afterwards Bishop of Derry, in 1850. Her publications, consisting of stories and poems for children, were issued anonymously. Edited the
Sunday Book of Poetry,” of the “Golden Treasury " Series.
ALFORD, Henry, divine, b. London, 1810; d. Canterbury, 1871. Educated at Trinity College, where he took a fellowship in 1834. From 1853 to 1857 preached in the Quebec Street Chapel. In 1857 succeeded to the deanery of Canterbury. First editor of the “Contemporary Review," and author of a standard critical edition of the Greek Testament. The fourth edition of his poems appeared in 1865.
ALLINGHAM, William, editor and bal. ladist, b. Ballyshannon, 1824; d. Whitby, 1889. Contributed to the Athenæum” and other periodicals, and edited “Fraser." In 1850 his first volume, "Poems,'' appeared, and in 1855 an enlarged edition of Day and Night Songs," illustrated by Rossetti, Millais, and A. Hughes. Author of "Songs, Poems and Ballads,'' 1877; "Evil May-Day," 1883; “ Ashby Manor," a drama, 1883 ; and “ Blackberries," 1881.
ANDERSON, Alexander, railway laborer, b. Kirkconnel, Dumfriesshire, Scotland, 1815. Adopted the pseudonym of “Surfaceman,” and has published “Songs of Labor,'' .1873; Two Angels and other Poems : with Introductory Sketch by George Gilfillan,”' 1875 ; " Songs of the Rail," 1877, 1881 ; Ballads and Sonnets,” 1879.
ARMSTRONG, G. F.-See G. F. SavageArmstrong.
ARNOLD, Sir Edwin, editor and Sanscrit scholar, b. Sussex, 1832. Educated at King's College, London, and University College, Oxford. Was made Principal of the Government Sanscrit College at Poona and Fellow of the University of Bombay. In 1861 he returned to England and went on the staff of the London " Daily Telegraph,” during his connection with which he brought about the expedition of George Smith to Assyria in 1873, and that of Henry M. Stanley to Africa in 1874. When the Queen was proclaimed Empress of India, he was named a Companion of the Star of