aspects, those of the student, the artist, the reformer.
First came youth, with its ardent study; then maturity, with its output of poems, plays, essays.
So far she had followed the natural course of creative minds, which must absorb and assimilate in order that they may give out. It is in the third phase that we find the aspect of her later life, a clear vision of the needs of humanity, and a profound hospitality which made it imperative for her to give with both hands not only what she had inherited, but what she had earned.
Having enjoyed unusual advantages herself, the moment she saw the way to give other women these advantages, she was eager to “help the womanstandard new unfurled.”
In the first number of the “Woman's Journal,” of which she was one of the founders and first editors, she writes (January 8, 1870):--
“We who stand beside the cradle of this enterprise are not young in years.
Our children are speedily preparing to take our place in the ranks of society.
Some of us have been looking thoughtfully toward the final summons, not because of ill health or infirmity, but because, after the establishment of our families, no great object intervened between ourselves and that last consummation.
But these young undertakings detain us in life.
While they need so much care and counsel, we cannot consent to death.
And this first year, at least, of our Journal, we are determined to live through.”
Again she writes of this new departure:--
“In an unexpected hour a new light came to me, ”