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Chapter 13: looking toward sunset 1903-1905; aet. 84-86

In music hall

Looking down upon the white heads of my contemporaries

Beneath what mound of snow
Are hid my springtime roses?
How shall Remembrance know
Where buried Hope reposes?

In what forgetful heart
As in a canton darkling,
Slumbers the blissful art
That set my heaven sparkling?


What sense shall never know,
Soul shall remember;
Roses beneath the snow,
June in November.

J. W. H.

The year 1903 began with the celebration at Faneuil Hall of the fortieth anniversary of Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation. She was one of the speakers. “I felt much the spirit of the occasion, and spoke, I thought, better than usual, going back to the heroic times before and during the war, and to the first celebration forty years ago, at which I was present.”

Work of all kinds poured in, the usual steady stream. “January 6. Wrote a new circular for Countess.”

Who the Countess was, or what the circular was about, is not known. By this time it had become the custom (or so it seemed to exasperated daughters and granddaughters) for any one who wanted anything in

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