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Bee to the blossom, moth to the flame; Each to his passion; what’s in a name?
– Helen Hunt Jackson
I shall be found with ‘Indians’ engraved on my brain when I am dead. A fire has been kindled within me, which will never go out.
By all these lovely tokens September days are here, With summer’s best of weather And autumn’s best of cheer.
Words are less needful to sorrow than to joy.
The goldenrod is yellow, The corn is turning brown, The trees in apple orchards With fruit are bending down.
If I can do one hundredth part for the Indian that Mrs. Stowe did for the Negro, I will be thankful.
On the king’s gate the moss grew gray; The king came not. They call’d him dead; And made his eldest son, one day, Slave in his father’s stead.
There cannot be found in the animal kingdom a bat, or any other creature, so blind in its own range of circumstance and connection, as the greater majority of human beings are in the bosoms of their families.
But great loves, to the last, have pulses red; All great loves that have ever died dropped dead.
O sweet, delusive Noon, Which the morning climbs to find, O moment sped too soon, And morning left behind.
When the baby died,
On every side
Rose strangers’ voices, hard and harsh and loud.
The baby was not wrapped in any shroud.
The mother made no sound. Her head was bowed
That men’s eyes might not see
There is nothing so skillful in its own defense as imperious pride.
I know the lands are lit, with all the autumn blaze of Goldenrod.
When Time is spent, Eternity begins.
Motherhood is priced Of God, at price no man may dare To lessen or misunderstand.
As soon as I began, it seemed impossible to write fast enough – I wrote faster than I would write a letter – two thousand to three thousand words in a morning, and I cannot help it.
O month when they who love must love and wed.
But all lost things are in the angels’ keeping, Love; No past is dead for us, but only sleeping, Love; The years of Heaven with all earth’s little pain Make Good Together there we can begin again, In babyhood.
Love has a tide!
If I could write a story that would do for the Indian one-hundredth part what ‘Uncle Tom’s Cabin’ did for the Negro, I would be thankful the rest of my life.
When love is at its best, one loves so much that he cannot forget.