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In spite of the many days and nights passed in the “ Land of Counterpane," and shining, perhar

s, all the brighter by comparison, there were brill; episodes of play that remained clearer in my

husband's memory than almost any other part.

of his life. He was especially happy in the companion

.. ship of two of his Edinburgh cousins, - Willie and Henrietta Traquair. As 9 uñittle girl Henrietta already showed the characteristics that were her charm in womanhood / Never quarrelsome, and always cheerfully willing to take a secondary place, she nevertheless made her individuality felt, and threw a roma

ntic glamour over every part she assumed.

Even the wicked ogre, or giant, she endowed w

ith unexpected attributes of generosity, and her impersonation of a chivalrous knight was ideal.

AWhen I last saw Henrietta, a few years

He both knew that she had but a little while ago, w to live, but the undaunted light in her eyes seemed

to say:

Must we to bed, indeed ? Well then

Let us arise and go like men. From the memory of these early days my husband plucked a blossom here and there for The Child's Garden. A beginning was made by the writing of a few verses while we stopped in Braemar. A few months later, in Hyères, the games of his childhood served in a new way to again interest and amuse him. After a terrible

a hemorrhage, he fell a victim to sciatica, and at the same time was temporarily blind from an attack of ophthalmia. Not only was all light exclud

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from the room where he lay, but on account of thre hemorrhage his right arm was closely bound to lis side. Most men would have succumbed to the force of circumstances, but he, undismayed, determined to circumvent the fate he would not accept. A cross his bed a board was laid on which large shvets of paper were pinned; on these, or on a slate fastened to the board, he laboriously wrote out in the dark-ness, with his left hand, many more of the songs of his childhood. In 1885 these were collected in , volume first called

7 Penny Whistles, but afterwarys changed to A Child's Garden of Verses, and lublished under that name with the addition of six

Envoys.

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F. V. DE G. S.

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Envoys

I TO WILLIE AND HENRIETTA

II TO MY MOTHER

III TO AUNTIE

IV TO MINNIE

V TO MY NAME-CHILD

VI TO ANY READER

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