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I can best give you an idea of what Mystic Hall aimed to be by quoting from the catalogues of the school. The poetry I shall read was composed by the principal. The Boston Intelligencer, in 1856, speaks of her ‘as a poet, with attainments of the highest order.’ She also wrote the hymn used at the opening of the school hours.

The plan of education comprises four departments; the Physical, the Moral, the Mental, and the Graceful.

A cultivated mind and elevated morality will accomplish little with a sickly constitution, consequently, physical education is placed first. [This has since come to be recognized by all educators.]

To the moral department, comprising not only integrity of character and Christian morals, but what is equal and of more importance, is added an amiable and loving spirit.

In future years from lowly hearth
     Soft gentle eyes will beam,
And light of woman's truest worth
     From household circles gleam.

In patience, hope, meekness and love,
     Woman's appointed lot,
With ever glancing eye above
     From mansion or from cot.

The mental comes third. In this department those teachers and professors are employed who have a tact for teaching, as well as great erudition in their respective departments.

The graceful department comprises music, painting, drawing, dancing, manners, carriage, and conversation generally. The young ladies are encouraged to converse with each other, in a lady-like and dignified manner, and in every way qualify themselves for whatever station they may be called upon in the future to fill,

While health a certain charm imparts,
And cultured minds and gentle hearts,

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