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[p. 56] been able to consult with her at the time of the first publication.

Relative to the explanation the following is quoted from a correspondent:—

‘The idea was fine and some of the verses remarkably excellent, but it seemed not complete and some of the lines defective, and supposing it to be his friend's, he (Whittier) re-wrote and amplified it and signed it as anonymous. Only after printing it had he learned it was not his friend's.’

‘He was very glad to hear of the true author and as he was to issue a new edition of “Child life” he would give the credit of the poem to Miss Smith if she would accept the additions and alterations.’

The second edition was printed, but by some typographical error the author's name was given as ‘Clara’ instead of Carrie Smith. Here is her poem, and beside it is the poem as accredited to Whittier, appearing in 1871.


Jack, in his pulpit,
     Preaches today,
Under the green trees,
     Just over the way,
Close by the mossy
     Stone wall; on the air
Ringeth the Lily-bells
     Calling us there.
Come—hear what his reverence
     Will have to say
To his audience, this sweet,
     Calm, Sabbath-day.
Out in the free, pure air,
     As, we've been told,
The Puritans preached—
     Our fathers of old-00
Thus Jack discourses
     'Neath the blue skies;
As theirs—perhaps his words
     May prove as wise.
Lovely the canopy
     O'er his head seen,
Penciled by Nature's hand
     Black, brown and green;
Jack in the pulpit
     Preaches today,
Under the green trees
     Just over the way.
Squirrel and song-sparrow
     High on their perch,
Hear the sweet lily-bells
     Ringing to church.
Come, hear what his reverence
     Rises to say
In his low painted pulpit
     This calm Sabbath-day.

Fair is the canopy
     Over him seen,
Penciled by Nature's hand,
     Black, brown and green.

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