Mississippi Tears A Collection Of Poetry And Essays

MS Am 1405

Very, Jones, 1813-1880. Jones Very poems and essays: Guide.

Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA

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Location: b
Call No.: MS Am 1405
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Very, Jones, 1813-1880.
Title: Jones Very poems and essays,
Date(s): 1840-1880.
Quantity: 1 collection (1 box (.5 linear ft.)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Autograph poems by the American transcendentalist poet Very Jones.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

*55M-180. Transferred from the Andover-Harvard Divinity School, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts; received: 1956 March 28.

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Preferred Citation for Publication:

Jones Very Poems and Essays (MS Am 1405). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

Jones Very was an American Transcendentalist poet and essayist.

Scope and Contents

458 sheets of manuscript verse, preface, and biographical note, assembled for the volume: Jones Very. Poems and essays. Boston: Houghton, Mifflin, 1886. Includes a preface by Cyrus Augustus Bartol land a biographic notice by James Freeman Clark.

Container List

  • (1a). Bartol, C. A. (Cyrus Augustus), 1813-1900. Preface : AMS.s, undated.
    Also includes Biographical notice of Jones Very by James Freeman Clark, AMS.s, undated; and typescript of the index to this collection of Jones Very poems.
  • (1-25). Very, Jones, 1813-1880. Poems, AMS.s and MS (unidentified hands); [no place, 1840-1880]. 1 folders
    Date: 1840-1880
    Includes the following poems:
    • 1. The Violet; The Heart; Summons (?) Mobile Alabama; The Dead; The Lost; The Presence; The Trees of Life; The Soldiers Of The Cross; The Serpent; The Will; War; Winter; The Reaper; The Breath; The Robe; Sibe.
    • 2. The Prisoner.
    • 3. The Temptation; Help; Morning; Nature.
    • 4. Eternal Life; Unto You Is Born A Saviour; The Flood; The Redeemed; Hallowed Be Thy Name; To Him Who Overcometh.
    • 5. The Prison; The Prophet; The First Shall Be Last; The Flood; The Disciple; The Mountain; Eden; The Thorns; The Corrupt Tree; The Pure in Heart; The Complaint; Wither Shall I Go From Thy Spirit; Day Unto Day Uttereth Speech; Labor And Rest; Nature; Ye Gave Me No Meat; The Winter Rain; Forbearance; The Fragments; The Fruit; The Cross; To Him That Hath Shall be Given Life; The River; The New Jerusalem; My Meat And Drink; Forgive Me My Trespasses; The Star; The Watchman; The Railroad; He Was Acquainted With Grief; Behold He Is At Hand That Doth Betray Me; The Wolf And The Lamb Shall Feed Together.
    • 6. The Children.
    • 7. Man's Sympathy With Nature.
    • 8. The Barberry Bush.
    • 9. On The Three Hundreth Anniversary Of Shakespeare's Birthday.
    • 10. The Sight of the Ocean.
    • 11. To an Ancient Locust Tree, In My Garden.
    • 12. Hymn - 'The weight of years is on the pile ...'
    • 13. To the Memory of the Rev. James Chisholm.
    • 14. The City; The Rose; The Jew; Faith.
    • 15. The Foe; Yet Once More; The Humble; Comfort.
    • 16. The Guest; The Eagles; Then Shall All The Tribes of the Earth Mourn; Repent for the Kingdom of Heaven Is At Hand.
    • 17. Impatience.
    • 18. The Bread From Heaven; The Spirit Land; Worship; The Word.
    • 19. Hymn To The Living.
    • 20. [Hymn to the Living] con't.
    • 21. The New Man.
    • 22. The Garden; The Latter Rain; The Word; The Bread From Heaven; The Coming; The Lost; Day; Worship; The Song; The Slave; Night; The Morning Watch; The Living God.
    • 23. The Lost; The Dead; The Presence.
    • 24. The Garden; The Song; The Latter Rain; The Slave.
    • 25. Humility; The Prayer; Praise; Terror.
  • (26-50). Very, Jones, 1813-1880. Poems: AMS.s and MS (unidentified hands); [no place, 1840-1880]. 1 folders
    Date: 1840-1880
    Includes the following poems:
    • 26. Nature A Living Teacher.
    • 27. The Robe; Life; The Will; The War.
    • 28. The Complaint; Wither Shall I Go From Thy Spirit; The Corrupt Tree; The Pure In Heart.
    • 29. My Sheep; The Beginning and the End; The Corner Stone; The Good Ground.
    • 30. Hymns (titles only).
    • 31. The Sumach Leaves.
    • 32. The Fair Morning.
    • 33. The Clouded Morning.
    • 34. The Rain.
    • 35. The Indian's Retort.
    • 36. Sunset After a Clouded Day, in April.
    • 37. Reflections on the History of Nations.
    • 38. The Soldier and the Statesman.
    • 39. The Temple of Humanity.
    • 40. Fear not: for they that are with us are more than they that are with them.
    • 41. The Revelation of the Spirit through the Material World.
    • 42. Knowledge and Truth.
    • 43. The Just Shall Live By Faith.
    • 44. Primitive Worship.
    • 45. 'Tis a Great Thing To Live.
    • 46. Salem.
    • 47. Friendship.
    • 48. The Bridge of Time.
    • 49. The Cemetery of Harmony Grove.
    • 50. [The Cemetery of Harmony Grove] con't.
  • (51-75). Very, Jones, 1813-1880. Poems, AMS.s and MS (unidentified hands); [no place, 1840-1880]. 1 folders
    Date: 1840-1880
    Includes the following poems:
    • 51. The Wounded Pigeon.
    • 52. My Home.
    • 53. The Things Before; Old Things Are Passed Away; The Cup; The Harvest.
    • 54. My Garden.
    • 55. The Veil of the Temple; The Holy of Holies; The Brethren; The Prodigal; The Fig Tree; The Branch; Not As The World Giveth; The Good Gift.
    • 56. Christian Influence.
    • 57. History.
    • 58. Soul-Sickness.
    • 59. The Pilgrim.
    • 60. God's Host.
    • 61. The Clock.
    • 62. Moses As Leader Of Israel; Moses In Infancy; Moses At The Bush.
    • 63. The Soul'd Rest.
    • 64. The Reapers Are The Angels.
    • 65. The Fireflies.
    • 66. The Struggle.
    • 67. The Baker's Island Lights.
    • 68. Song Of The Early Spring.
    • 69. Song - 'I sought the flowers, but o'er them lay ...'
    • 70. Our Light.
    • 71. Hymn - 'The noble hall our fathers planned ...'
    • 72. The Teaching Of History Confirmed.
    • 73. Prayer For Rain.
    • 74. The Meteorologists.
    • 75. A Sunset In Haverhill.
  • (76-100). Very, Jones, 1813-1880. Poems, AMS.s and MS (unidentified hands); [no place, 1840-1880]. 1 folders
    Date: 1840-1880
    Includes the following poems:
    • 76. Hymn - 'Amidst the memories of the past ...'
    • 77. Hymn - So also will God, through Jesus, bring with him them who sleep.
    • 78. The Scholar Dreaming.
    • 79. The Boy's Dream.
    • 80. The Mound Builders.
    • 81. The Child's Dream of Reaching the Horizon.
    • 82. The Hacker School House.
    • 83. How Come the Dead?
    • 84. Our Soldiers' Graves.
    • 85. Our Country's Dead.
    • 86. Hymn - 'This building, graced with Plummer's name, ...'
    • 87. The Help of the Spirit.
    • 88. Hymn - 'Amid the swift onrushing years, ...'
    • 89. Hymn - 'Amidst the pastures green, ...'
    • 90. The Spiritual Birth.
    • 91. The Return of the Savior.
    • 92. The Dew.
    • 93. Jacob Wrestling with the Angel.
    • 94. The New Life of Humanity.
    • 95. The Past.
    • 96. Behold, I Make All Things New.
    • 97. Hymn - Be still, and know that I am God.
    • 98. Hymn - The Efficacy of a Mother's Prayer.
    • 99. Hymn - 'Hail, Love of Country! noble flame, ...'
    • 100. Hymn to the Living.
  • (101-125). Very, Jones, 1813-1880. Poems, AMS.s and MS (unidentified hands); [no place, 1840-1880]. 1 folders
    Date: 1840-1880
    Includes the following poems:
    • 101. Hymn - 'O God! who dost the nations lead, ...'
    • 102. The Kingdom of the Truth.
    • 103. Lead Me To The Rock That Is Higher Than I.
    • 104. The Cross.
    • 105. Hymn - Never the less, when the Son of Man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?
    • 106. Things Unseen.
    • 107. The Teachings Of The Spirit.
    • 108. I Am The Way.
    • 109. Hymn - Waiting For Christ.
    • 110. Hymn - The Spiritual Body.
    • 111. Hymn - The Light of Life.
    • 112. Hymn on the Logos.
    • 113. Hymn in Drought.
    • 114. Rain Clouds.
    • 115. The Child's Answer.
    • 116. Hossuth (?).
    • 117. Hymn - The Cause of Peace.
    • 118. Sonnets on Reconstruction.
    • 119. The Ends For Which A Nation Exists.
    • 120. Political Ambition.
    • 121. National Unity.
    • 122. The Glacial Marks On Our Hills.
    • 123. The Ancient Burial Places in Peabody.
    • 124. Thoughts and Desires.
    • 125. The New Body.
  • (126-150). Very, Jones, 1813-1880. Poems, AMS.s and MS (unidentified hands); [no place, 1840-1880]. 1 folders
    Date: 1840-1880
    Includes the following poems:
    • 126. Hymn - And God shall wipe away every tear from their eyes.
    • 127. The Soul's Questioning Of The Universe, And Its Beginning.
    • 128. The Sabbatia.
    • 129. The Lament Of The Flowers.
    • 130. On A Hyacinth From Georgia.
    • 131. Sensibility To The Beauty and Fragrance of Flowers.
    • 132. The Falling Leaf.
    • 133. The Forsaken Harvest Field.
    • 134. Sunset in Derby's Woods.
    • 135. The King's Arm Chair.
    • 136. A Walk In The Pastures.
    • 137. Nature Intelligible.
    • 138. The Voice In The Poplars.
    • 139. The Statue of Hosa (?).
    • 140. Ship Rock.
    • 141. On Seeing The Victoria Regia In Bloom.
    • 142. The South River At Sunset.
    • 143. The Cold Spring at the foot of Liberty Hill, in North Salem.
    • 144. Hymn - The Way of the Right eous Easy.
    • 145. The Light Still Shining In The Darkness.
    • 146. Hymn - The Spirit Itself Maketh Intercession For Us.
    • 147. And a little child shall lead them.
    • 148. Hymn - The Promise of the Spirit.
    • 149. Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is.
    • 150. The Holy Land.
  • (151-175). Very, Jones, 1813-1880. Poems, AMS.s and MS (unidentified hands); [no place, 1840-1880]. 1 folders
    Date: 1840-1880
    Includes the following poems:
    • 151. The First Telegraphic Message.
    • 152. Christ's Capture In The Garden.
    • 153. The Life of the Hour.
    • 154. Give and it shall be given unto you: spiritual debtors.
    • 155. Hymn - 'Our voices with our hearts we lift ...'
    • 156. The Yellow Violets.
    • 157. The Tree of Liberty.
    • 158. The Tide.
    • 159. On reading the Memorial of John White Browne.
    • 160. To The Salem Gazette, On The Completion Of Its First Century.
    • 161. Lines on The Old Danvers Burying Ground.
    • 162. The Young Drummer Boy of Libby Prison.
    • 163. The East India Marine Museum.
    • 164. The Man of Science.
    • 165. The Youth and The Stream.
    • 166. Midas.
    • 167. The Abolition of Serfdom in Russia.
    • 168. Our Dear Mother.
    • 169. Dying Words of John Foster.
    • 170. To The Misses Williams.
    • 171. The Indian's Petition.
    • 172. On Seeing The Portrait of Helen Ruthven Waterston.
    • 173. My Dear Brother Washington.
    • 174. Ode To Freedom.
    • 175. The Coming.
  • (176-200). Very, Jones, 1813-1880. Poems, AMS.s and MS (unidentified hands); [no place, 1840-1880]. 1 folders
    Date: 1840-1880
    Includes the following poems:
    • 176. The Hours.
    • 177. The Just.
    • 178. Christ's Compassion.
    • 179. Looking Before and After.
    • 180. The Church; Motive.
    • 181. Appeal; Influence of Puritanism.
    • 182. Song - 'They sing of Zion, city built of old, ...'; Worship.
    • 183. Spring; Arabella Johnson.
    • 184. On The First Church, Built by the Puritans in 1634.
    • 185. Childhood's Songs.
    • 186. The Influence Of The Night on Faith And Imagination.
    • 187. The Rights of Man.
    • 188. The Poet's Plea.
    • 189. Faith In Time Of War.
    • 190. Philanthropy Before Nationality.
    • 191. Finishing The Work.
    • 192. The Funerals.
    • 193. The History of A Word.
    • 194. Friendship.
    • 195. For The Sailor's Fair.
    • 196. Hymn - 'As by the quickening breath of Spring ...'
    • 197. The Soul's Freedom.
    • 198. Hymn - 'We hail our Jubilee to-day ...'
    • 199. Health of Body Dependent On The Soul.
    • 200. Nature's Invitation To The Passer-by.
  • (201-225). Very, Jones, 1813-1880. Poems, AMS.s and MS (unidentified hands); [no place, 1840-1880]. 1 folders
    Date: 1840-1880
    Includes the following poems:
    • 201. The Unrevealed; Sayings.
    • 202. Eternal Scenes; The Spirit Land.
    • 203. The Dwellings of the Just.
    • 204. My Father's House.
    • 205. Jacob's Well.
    • 206. The Glutton.
    • 207. Thy Name; The Mourner; The Giants; To The Fishermen; The Sower; Charity; The Created; To All.
    • 208. The Day of Denial.
    • 209. The Book of Life; The Unrevealed; 'The ice is still upon the side-walks slipery ...'
    • 210. This Mortal Shall Put On Immortality.
    • 211. Hymn - The Forms of Nature, and the Unity of their Origin.
    • 212. Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.
    • 213. The Homeless Wind.
    • 214. The Shepherd in Distress.
    • 215. Each Day a Prophecy.
    • 216. Autumn Flowers, Hymn - 'From out its large estate, ...'
    • 217. To A Cloud.
    • 218. Spiritual Inter course.
    • 219. The Bee Hive; Faith and Light.
    • 220. The Sliding Rock.
    • 221. The Poor Clergyman.
    • 222. Early Companions.
    • 223. Indian Relics.
    • 224. The New Aqueduct.
    • 225. The Child Sees The Horizon.
  • (226-250). Very, Jones, 1813-1880. Poems, AMS.s and MS (unidentified hands); [no place, 1840-1880]. 1 folders
    Date: 1840-1880
    Includes the following poems:
    • 226. The Voice of Nature in Youth and In Age.
    • 227. Welcome.
    • 228. Hymn - The Good Fight.
    • 229. Still A Day To Live.
    • 230. The New Jerusalem.
    • 231. The House Not Made With Hands, Eternal In The Heavens.
    • 232. Our Mother.
    • 233. The Vacant Chair.
    • 234. The Day Calling Us To A New Life.
    • 235. The Frozen Ship.
    • 236. Spring.
    • 237. The Man Of Science.
    • 238. A Word.
    • 239. Freedom and Union.
    • 240. Sunset after a Clouded Day, in April.
    • 241. The Heavenly Rest.
    • 242. The Things Before.
    • 243. Hymn - 'Amidst the memories of the past, ...'
    • 244. I Am The Way.
    • 245. Hymn - Things Unseen.
    • 246. The Soul's Questioning of the Universe And Its Beginning.
    • 247. Hymn On The Return Of The Savior.
    • 248. Hymn - The New Body.
    • 249. Scepticism With Regard To The Gospels.
    • 250. On Finding The Truth.
  • (251-275). Very, Jones, 1813-1880. Poems, AMS.s and MS (unidentified hands); [no place, 1840-1880]. 1 folders
    Date: 1840-1880
    Includes the following poems:
    • 251. Hymn - 'O, cleave not to the things of earth, ...'
    • 252. Spiritual Darkness.
    • 253. Revelation.
    • 254. The Day Not for Gain.
    • 255. The Broken Bowl.
    • 256. Hymn - Nature's Sympathy With Freedom.
    • 257. Knowledge and Truth.
    • 258. How Long.
    • 259. The Bridge of Time.
    • 260. The Snow.
    • 261. Song (print ed) - 'No more around the social board ...'
    • 262. The Intuitions of the Soul.
    • 263. The Fulness of the Gentiles.
    • 264. The Clay; The Desert; The Altar; The First Shall Be Last.
    • 265. Autumn Flowers.
    • 266. The Cows Waiting At The Pasture Gate.
    • 267. Song - I Love The Light.
    • 268. On Some Eternals From A Friend's Garden.
    • 269. The Elm Seed.
    • 270. Signs in the Natural World.
    • 271. The Birds.
    • 272. Our Native Sparrows.
    • 273. The Potato Blight.
    • 274. The Robin's Song.
    • 275. On The Late Mild Winter.
  • (276-300). Very, Jones, 1813-1880. Poems, AMS.s and MS (unidentified hands); [no place, 1840-1880]. 1 folders
    Date: 1840-1880
    Includes the following poems:
    • 276. Nature Teaches Only Love.
    • 277. Columbines and Anemones.
    • 278. The Soul in Dreams.
    • 279. Norman's Rocks.
    • 280. The Blessing of Rain.
    • 281. The New World.
    • 282. The Unfaithful Servants.
    • 283. The Absent.
    • 284. The Word.
    • 285. The Field and Wood.
    • 286. The Cemetery of Harmony Grove.
    • 287. Sacrifice.
    • 288. The Son of Man, The Father, Rachel, The Ark.
    • 289. Hymn - 'The noble hall our fathers planned, ...'
    • 290. The Apostles.
    • 291. The Life of the Flowers.
    • 292. The May Flower.
    • 293. The Oak and The Poplar.
    • 294. The April Snow.
    • 295. The Woodwax.
    • 296. October.
    • 297. Sunset After a Clouded Day in April.
    • 298. To A Cloud.
    • 299. The Whiteweed.
    • 300. The Sparrows And The Crop of Weeds.
  • (301-325). Very, Jones, 1813-1880. Poems, AMS.s and MS (unidentified hands); [no place, 1840-1880]. 1 folders
    Date: 1840-1880
    Includes the following poems:
    • 301. The Honstonia.
    • 302. Bitter-Sweet Rocks.
    • 303. Hymn - 'Amid the swift-onrushing years, ...'
    • 304. The Congress Of Peace At Brussels.
    • 305. On Some Blue and Golden Columbines from Pike's Peak, Colorado.
    • 306. The Wild Rose Of Plymouth.
    • 307. The Moss and Its Teachings.
    • 308. The Light of Freedom Necessary To National Progress.
    • 309. Freedom National, Slavery Sectional.
    • 310. The Age Changeful and Worldly.
    • 311. Freedom And Union.
    • 312. The Crisis.
    • 313. The Freedmen Of The Mississippi Valley.
    • 314. State Rights.
    • 315. Goliah.
    • 316. The Day Begins To Dawn.
    • 317. Be Of Good Courage.
    • 318. Thy Better Self.
    • 319. Nature's Sympathy With Freedom.
    • 320. There shall be one Flock, one Shepherd.
    • 321. Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.
    • 322. The Influence of Channing.
    • 323. E Pluribus Unum.
    • 324. Hindoo Converts.
    • 325. The Reconciling Power.
  • (326-350). Very, Jones, 1813-1880. Poems, AMS.s and MS (unidentified hands); [no place, 1840-1880]. 1 folders
    Date: 1840-1880
    Includes the following poems:
    • 326. The Death Of Man
    • 327. Home And Heaven.
    • 328. The Mind The Greatest Mystery.
    • 329. The Widow.
    • 330. The Frost.
    • 331. The Hour Before The Dawn.
    • 332. The Cause.
    • 333. Outward Conquests Not Enough.
    • 334. The Mission Of The Friend, To The Enpress Nicholas.
    • 335. On the late Disgraceful Scene in Congress.
    • 336. On the Nebraska Bill.
    • 337. Abdolonymus - The Sidonian.
    • 338. The Fugitive Slaves.
    • 339. On The Sudden Snow.
    • 340. The Dying Leaf.
    • 341. The Voice of Nature In Youth And Age.
    • 342. Hath The Rain A Father ? or who hath Begotten the Drops of Dew?
    • 343. Hath The Rain A Father ? Or Who Hath Begotten The Drops of Dew?
    • 344. The Set Times, And The Boundaries of Nations, Appointed By God.
    • 345. Song - Words of Love To A Parent.
    • 346. The Distant.
    • 347. Autumn Days.
    • 348. The Birth-Day of the Soul.
    • 349. The Corner Stone.
    • 350. Help.
  • (351-375). Very, Jones, 1813-1880. Poems, AMS.s and MS (unidentified hands); [no place, 1840-1880]. 1 folders
    Date: 1840-1880
    Includes the following poems:
    • 351. The Coasters.
    • 352. On Finding The Truth.
    • 353. Revelation.
    • 354. Hymn - The Dew.
    • 355. Congregational Singing.
    • 356. Change In The Seasons.
    • 357. Be Not Many Teachers.
    • 358. The Incarnation.
    • 359. The Altar.
    • 360. Justification By Faith.
    • 361. The Seasons.
    • 362. The Soul's Preparation For Adversity.
    • 363. I Prayed, Thy Kingdom Come.
    • 364. The Triumphs of Science, And of Faith.
    • 365. The City of God.
    • 366. The Cottage.
    • 367. Spring In The Soul.
    • 368. Christ's Invitation In The Apocalypse.
    • 369. Hymn - 'Conscious of noble purpose came ...'
    • 370. My Mother's Voice.
    • 371. The Traveller At The Depot.
    • 372. An Evening Walk.
    • 373. Hymn - 'How come the dead? we anxious ask, ...'
    • 374. Sonnet, to the Rev. James Flint D.D.
    • 375. John Woolman.
  • (376-400). Very, Jones, 1813-1880. Poems, AMS.s and MS (unidentified hands); [no place, 1840-1880]. 1 folders
    Date: 1840-1880
    Includes the following poems:
    • 376. The Old Organ of The East Society Salem.
    • 377. Christ Abiding Forever.
    • 378. The Dead Elm.
    • 379. Untimely Arguments.
    • 380. The Soul's Opportunities.
    • 381. Philosophy And Religion.
    • 382. The Daily News.
    • 383. The White Dove And The Snow.
    • 384. Hymn - Prayer for the Gift of the Holy Spirit.
    • 385. Hymn - The Word Before All Things.
    • 386. The Sign.
    • 387. The Reaper; Change; The Poor; They Who Hunger.
    • 388. The White Horse; The Temple; The Tent; John.
    • 389. The House.
    • 390. The Hours; The Earth; Christmas; The Christ.
    • 391. Forgiveness; Heaven; The Rock; Compassion.
    • 392. The Triennial.
    • 393. The Horsemen on the Sands.
    • 393. A Child's Answer; Youth The Man and the Stream.
    • 394. The Snow Bird.
    • 395. A Suns et in Havenhill.
    • 396. What Is A Word?
    • 397. The Reconciling Power.
    • 398. The Solitary Worshipper.
    • 399. The Sepulchre Of The Books.
    • 400. The Search For The Truth Not Vain.
  • (401-425). Very, Jones, 1813-1880. Poems, AMS.s and MS (unidentified hands); [no place, 1840-1880]. 1 folders
    Date: 1840-1880
    Includes the following poems:
    • 401. Hymn - Home.
    • 402. The Succory.
    • 403. The Plagues of Egypt.
    • 404. How Faith Comes.
    • 405. The Leafless Tree.
    • 406. Spiritual Darkness.
    • 407. The Puritan Church and State.
    • 408. On The Completion Of The Pacific Telegraph.
    • 409. Salvation Is Of The Lord.
    • 410. Nature Repeats Her Lessons.
    • 411. Man's Heart Prophesieth Of Peace.
    • 412. The Comet.
    • 413. On Receiving A Flower.
    • 414. Hymn - The Soul's Freedom.
    • 415. The King's Arm Chair.
    • 416. Bitter-sweet Rocks.
    • 417. The Tide.
    • 418. The Day Lily.
    • 419. On An Ear Of Wheat.
    • 420. The Cherry Birds.
    • 421. A Longing For The Spring.
    • 422. The Evergreen.
    • 423. The Bible Does Not Sanction Polygamy.
    • 424. Inward Direction.
    • 425. The Great Facts Of Christ's History.
  • (426-458). Very, Jones, 1813-1880. Poems, AMS.s and MS (unidentified hands); [no place, 1840-1880]. 1 folders
    Date: 1840-1880
    Includes the following poems:
    • 426. The Birthright Church.
    • 427. The Newspaper.
    • 428. One generation passeth away, and another generation cometh.
    • 429. Christ's Invitation In The Apocalypse.
    • 430. The First Atlantic Telegraph.
    • 431. Scepticism With Regard To The Gospels.
    • 432. Every day is a day of Freedom.
    • 433. The Birthday Of The Soul.
    • 434. Untimely Arguments.
    • 435. The Lost Sheep.
    • 436. The Puritans.
    • 437. The Old Planters; The Landing.
    • 438. At Sea; At Sea.
    • 439. Paradise.
    • 440. Naumkeck River; The Same.
    • 441. Forms; The Bible.
    • 442. The Home; The Home.
    • 443. Sickness.
    • 444. Salem; Land.
    • 445. The Sabbath.
    • 446. The State.
    • 447. Progress; The Common School.
    • 448. Farewell; The Calling.
    • 449. Winthrop's Fleet; Longing.
    • 450. The State; A Christian Commonwealth.
    • 451. The Petrels; The Departure.
    • 452. Discontent; Conclusion.
    • 453. Winter; Location.
    • 454. The Origin of Man.
    • 455. Hymn - 'How sweet the memory of a friend, ...'
    • 456. Hymn - Prayer for the Gift of the Holy Spirit.
    • 457. Hymn - 'Though few with noble purpose came ...'
    • 458. Hymn - 'Though few with noble purpose came ...'

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Is it difficult to get away from it all once you've had a child?

 

I am swaying in the galley — working

to appease this infant who is not



fussing but will be fussing if I don't move —

            when a black steward enters the cramped space

 


            at the back of the plane. He stands by the food carts

prepping his service. Then he is holding his throat

 


the way we hold our throats when we think we are going to die.

I'm sorry. I'm so sorry. He is crying. My God. What they did to us. 

 


I am swaying lest my brown baby girl make a nuisance

            of herself, and the steward is crying honest man tears.

 


Seeing you holding your daughter like that — for the first time,

I understand what they did to us. All those women sold away

 


from their babies, he whispers. I am at a loss now.

Perhaps I could fabricate an image to represent this

 


agony, but the steward has walked into the galley

of history. There is nothing figurative about us.

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