the production of a young man who has fought his way to the Temple-gate sword in hand.
May the summer morning be fair as the spring
dawn is bright!"
we have a genuine songster. He has the true facility of creative life..... Few poems in our
recent outgrowth of poetic literature are finer than
some of these lover-verses...... We have quoted
enough to show here that here is another poet,—and
one whose story and position as a teacher and preacher
clothe him with unusual interest."
has already won for himself a
considerable name in lyrical poetry. He possesses
a large share of the poet's stirring inspiration: he
has within him the soul of a poet. What he has
already done—and it is worthy of high praise—we take but as an installment of what he is yet to
"Mr. GERALD MASSEY'S
poems have already gone
through several editions, and some of them deserve
their popularity. The most fastidious tastes will be
most charmed with such verses as those..... There
is a real glow about all that Mr. Massey writes."
London Quarterly Review.
"HIS love-poetry is very pure and
frequently rivals the most genuine strains of
"THAT a man struggling through
should write with a facility, a melody, an elegance
of sentiment, and a breath of thought, quite equal
to any of our minor poets, and in these respects not
far short of writers scarcely to be reckoned as minor,
is indeed surprising."
"IF the extracts we have given do
not suffice to
show the promise with which this volume abounds,
we must plead guilty to a misapprehension of what
constitutes poetry of a high order, full of originality
and freshness of feeling."
"THIS book contains not a few
lines and passages
which may be fairly called immortal verse. We
give it our best letters of recommendation."
New York Tribune.
may anticipate a bright career
among the modern masters of song..... None but
the sternest or most narrow-minded critics will
doubt that Gerald Massey is born for a poet. He
possesses a teaming imagination, which luxuriates
in all the glories of the outward universe. Never
before were the joys of marriage life sung in such