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Mary Thacher Higginson, Thomas Wentworth Higginson: the story of his life, XVI: the crowning years (search)
dare say, than this one has been. His admiration of the Shaw Monument by Saint-Gaudens, on Boston Common, led him often to revisit it; and on one of these occasions he wrote the following lines in his notebook:— Ever before mine eyes the beautiful pageant is passing, Colonel and dusky braves, who are marching onward forever, But for some inches of space, one trivial turn of Fate's arrow, I had been riding there, foredoomed to Shaw's glory immortal. Written beside the monument Jan. 25, 1902. Several of Colonel Higginson's poems were set to music, Sixty and Six, Vestis Angelica, and The Trumpeter, a poem he wrote after hearing the first two lines sung in a dream. Waiting for the Bugle had two different settings. One of his most musical poems written for special occasions was the unpublished one read at a small dinner given in Boston to celebrate Josephine Preston Peabody's engagement to Lionel Marks, Professor of Engineering at Harvard College. He called it The go-ab