Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, JOHN TOWNSEND TROWBRIDGE, by ABBIE FARWELL BROWN

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JOHN TOWNSEND TROWBRIDGE, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: Wizard of youth! How many years
Last Line: Because her youth loved you!
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets

WIZARD of youth! How many years,
Since first we felt the story-spell,
Your name has thrilled the childish ears
That knew your magic well.

Dear noble head of snowy hair,
Face with the sunglow; keen, kind eyes;
Presence erect and debonair,
Heart generous and wise.

No more our Poet walks the land!
Your mellow voice no more is heard.
Oh, for the warm clasp of your hand,
The friendly, precious word!

But in the hearts whose love you share,
In countless friends you never met,
In the world's childhood everywhere
Your life is singing yet.

Your merry quips; your thought's pure gold;
Your knightly quest and champion cry;
The songs you sang, the tales you told --
Their echoes do not die.

They make a part of what we are,
Of all the best we think and do.
The land you loved is better far
Because her youth loved you!

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