Seventy-five glad years of blessing,
And the hope of blessing more;
Memories the heart caressing,
Dreams that beckoning wait, before;
Life—full life, made rich by giving:
Life that can create, and lend
To the poor—delight in living,
To the lonely—many a friend
Wisdom that can teach through laughter—
Seeming but to entertain,
Or through pathos which, thereafter,
Leaves no dull, regretful pain;
Years of blessing, years of kindness,
And the courage that can smile
Though the eyes be dim to blindness
With a sorrow, hid the while,—
These are thine, thou selfless schemer,"For the Birthday of William Dean Howells" by Florence Earle Coates. Published in The Unconquered Air (1912).
Chanter of brave carmina:
These thy gifts to us, dear dreamer,—
Traveler from Altruria.
Mrs. Coates also wrote "The Singer"—alternatively titled "A Traveller from Altruria"—based on Howells' Utopian novel, A Traveler from Altruria (1894).
|William Dean Howells|