A look--and like a tender strain/ The heaven of boyhood beams again--/ Its little courtship 'mid the flowers/ Of summer's sweet unclouded hours:/ Her little darling, sunny ways,/ When "school was out," in all our plays--/ Yes, even her anger, for I thought/ (So earnestly my young love was wrought)/ Perhaps 'twas only "make believe,"/ And soon again her smile would shine,/ When I must feel her small sweet lips/ Press rosy rapture into mine% A benison upon the Art/ That thus can so un-age the heart,/ Making it for awhile forget/ The thorns in manhood's pathway set%/ O boyhood's hour% O sweetheart's kiss./ Again I revel in your bliss:/ Ah% What of manhood has the joy/ That paradises when a boy*/ Then, truthful, tender Artist, take/ From me an earnest blessing--thou/ By one sweet touch of nature here/ Bring'st sunshine to a clouded brow% [P. 8.]
The Utica Art Exhibition Catalogue of American and Foreign Paintings & Sculpture, now open at Mechanics' Hall, in connection with the Twentieth Annual Fair of the Utica Mechanics' Association. 1864. Utica, N.Y.: Roberts, Printer, 60 Genesee Street. 1864.