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[142] Julia Ward Howe she had recently reviewed some of his own work rather severely. She made her acknowledgment in a poem entitled “A vision of Montgomery place,” 1 in which she pictures herself as a sheeted penitent knocking at Dr. Holmes's door.
I was the saucy Commonwealth:
Oh! help me to repent.
Behind my embrasure well-braced,
With every chance to hit,
I made your banner, waving wide,
A mark for wayward wit.
'T was now my turn to walk the street,
In dangerous singleness,
And run, as bravely as I might,
The gauntlet of the press.
And when I passed your balcony
Expecting only blows,
From height or vantage-ground, you stooped
To whelm me with a rose.
A rose, intense with crimson life
And hidden perfume sweet--
Call out your friends, and see me do
My penance in the street.

She writes her sister Annie:--

“My book came out, darling, on Friday last. You have it, I hope, ere this time. The simple title, ‘Passion Flowers,’ was invented by Scherb 2 and approved by Longfellow. Its success became certain at once. Hundreds of copies have already been sold, and every one likes it. Fields foretells a second edition-it is ”

1 Printed in Words for the Hour, 1857.

2 A German scholar, at this time an habitue of the house.

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