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[335] she calls “an astonishing testimonial of regard.” Colonel Higginson, who presided most charmingly, read many of these tributes aloud, and the Birthday Queen responded in a rhyme scribbled hastily the day before. Here are a few of the tributes, together with her “reply” :--


each bard of Wales, who roams the kingdom o'er
each year salutes his chief with stanzas four;
behold us here, each bearing verse in hand
to greet the four-leaved clover of our band.

Five O'Clock with the Immortals

the sisters three who spin our fate
greet Julia Ward, who comes quite late;
how Greek wit flies! they scream with glee,
drop thread and shears, and make the tea.

if man could change the universe
by force of epigrams in verse,
He'd smash some idols, I allow,
but who would alter Mrs. Howe?

Dot oldt Fader time must be cutting some dricks,
Vhen he calls our goot Bresident's age eighty-six.
an octogeranium! who would suppose?
my dear Mrs. Julia Ward Howe der time goes!

you, who are of the spring,
to whom youth's joys must cling.
May all that love can give
beguile you long to live--
our Queen of hearts.

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