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“ [334] used the words ‘tasks’ and ‘erect’ as if they rhymed. This troubled me a good deal. My prayer was, ‘God help the fool.’ ”

May 20. My trouble of mind about the deficient verse woke me at 6.30 A. M. I tossed about and wondered how I could lie still until 7.30, my usual time for rising. The time passed somehow. I could not think of any correction to make in my verse. Hoped that I should find that I had not written it as I feared. When I came to look at it, there it was. Instantly a line with a proper rhyme presented itself to my mind. To add to my trouble I had lost the address to which I had sent the poem. My granddaughter, Julia Richards, undertook to interview the Syndicate by longdistance telephone, and, failing this, to telegraph the new line for me. So I left all in her hands. When I returned, she met me with a smile and said, ‘It is all right, Grandmother.’ She had gone out, found a New York directory, guessed at the Syndicate, got the correspondent, and put her in possession of the new line. I was greatly relieved. I have been living lately with work running after me all the time. Must now have a breathing spell. Have still my ‘Simplicity’ screed to complete.”

The Authors' Club celebrated her eighty-sixth birthday by a charming festival, modelled on the Welsh Eistedfodd, “at which every bard of that nation brought four lines of verse — a sort of four-leaved clover — to his chief.” 1 Sixty quatrains made what

1 T. W. Higginson, The Outlook, January 26, 1907.

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