By Edward Slocum (Ed.)
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O lovely boy, the seasons blend in you Their varied charms, their glory and their grace! The youth and love of Spring is in your face And in those tender eyes of matchless blue, The happy sunshine of the summer, too, Has caught you in its passionate embrace; For sunshine has not fitter dwelling place Than on your lips, so sweet and smiling, Hugh! And on your head has Autumn laid her hand As though completing beauty's wealth untold, For there I see in every silky strand The glory and the light of burnished gold.
I thought of him all day, And I dreamed of him all night. When I went a-walking In the evening air, I saw three boys a-coming: Two went I know not where. But one went not away For that I held him tight;-I'll work for him all day, And dream of him all night. Alan. Fresh from his bath, the boy, with hollowed hands Luxuriating in the genial heat Before the glowing hearth a moment stands, Flushed with its rosy light from head to feet: And thus I see him, naked, clean and warm, Framed by the uncurtained casement close behind, Placed in a picture lowering with storm, Mid myriad snow-flakes whirling in the wind.
Schoolmaster and Poet. (1883-191'1) Edmund John's early interests were strongly scientific, particularly in the direction of Chemistry. He finally decided however to devote his life to teaching as a profession. His biographer says "Edmund John was happiest when surrounded by a group of boys, all engrossed and fascinated by his wonderful personality. " He never forgot a promise to a child. The cigarette cards, the stamps or the coveted specimen always came by the first available post. Very charming too were his notes to his small friends.