Sunset and evening Star [Tennyson's Crossing the Bar ], and am ready for whatever comes.
On the eve of his eightieth birthday, in 1903, a reception was given to him by the Boston Authors' Club, when Judge Robert Grant read his inspiring verses written for the occasion, and afterwards printed in the Atlantic Monthly, beginning:— Preacher of a liberal creed, Pioneer in Freedom's cause; Ever prompt to take the lead In behalf of saner laws, Still your speech persuasive flows As the brooks of Helicon. You have earned a fair repose, Thomas Wentworth Higginson! This poem Colonel Higginson called one of the greatest laurels I ever won.
He thus alluded in his diary to the celebration:—
Evening — an unexpected and elaborate reception by the Authors' Club.
There was a series of flattering speeches, of a more headturning description than anything I ever had addressed to me, but they left me happy and humble. After one of the receptions given him by the Grand Army Post which bo<