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A Group of Children.

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The following comments are quoted from page 115 to 120 of Mr. Colesworthy's book, "The Year."


" 'A GROUP OF CHILDREN,' by the author of 'THE
YEAR,' has been favorably noticed by the press, as will be
seen by the following pages; and may be obtained of the
publisher of this work."


" A GROUP OF CHILDREN, AND OTHER POEMS, by the author of THE YEAR, has thus been noticed:--
" This volume, by a townsman of ours, abounds in beautiful and sincere thought, oftentimes charmingly expressed, and full of the heart's rhythm.
" Our good brother seldom flashes up, or out -- meteor like -- and never runs into the rhodomontade or extravagances of poetry, but always, and everywhere, you find a deep religious feeling, a kindness of heart and a gentleness worthy of the highest commendation; and almost always set to inward music such as WATTS, GOLDSMITH and MONTGOMERY delighted in.
" We have reason to know that six of these very poems have appeared in our school-books, without the name of the author, after going the rounds of the newspapers year after year -- one of them having been twice published in our Christian Mirror as a waif -- and that four of them, if not more, have found their way across the Atlantic.
" In a word, if these little poems were brought forth by a stranger over the sea, we have no doubt in the world that they would take their place in the foremost rank of the simple and true and beautiful of our day. Take a sample or two: --
"If but a single thought I drop
Into a drowsy ear,
It may revive the spark of hope
And the desponding cheer."

"A word may save where volumes fail,
If spoken from the heart,
And with the dying soul prevail,
And life and strength impart."

"Ye all can speak a gentle word,
To bless the weak and low;
And o'er life's dark and dreary road
Sweet flowers and sunshine throw."

"One more specimen -- a single stanza -- and we have done:
"How cold it is and dreary!
The snow is on the ground;
The chilly north wind bloweth
With melancholy sound.
The bright and flashing river,
The pleasant leaping rill,
Are touched be Winter's finger,
And now are smooth and still."

" Let those who remember Mr. Colesworthy, his pleasant countenance, cheerful temper, and great modesty, do us the


favor to look into this little gathering and see if they do not find the man himself there; patient, hopeful, undiscouraged, and wide-awake to the last under all circumstances.
[John Neal, in Portland Press."

" A GROUP OF CHILDREN. Would that the principles enforced in this beautiful volume of poems, and the sunny spirit that should irradiate duty, might be universally diffused. I have long been an admirer and repeater of the morceau: --

"What are another's faults to me?
I've not a vulture's bill,
To pick at every flaw I see
And make it wider still."

"It is enough for me to know
I've follies of my own,
So on my heart the care bestow
And let my friends alone."


" We confess an agreeable surprise in reading these pages. The moral and religious tone of these poems is of the highest order. They are rymed homilies for the fireside. Christian parents may safely place them in the hands of their children, and may read them themselves with much profit. There is nothing strained or forced in them, but the simple truths of every day life, which open the mind, educate and elevate the heart, are told us in pleasant little songs. -- Boston Post."

" MR. COLESWORTHY has written some truly beautiful and touching poetry, and this volume contains many gems. This volume will be a favorite in the family circle, and its influence cannot but be good.--JOHN M. ADAMS, in Eastern Argus."

" If a high and true moral aim can constitute the beautiful, then will this unpretending volume rank with the beautiful. There is an easy flow to the varying measures which renders them very attractive. We warmly welcome these simple poems which breathe so true and Christian a spirit. -- Christian Register, Boston."

" These poems are characterized by smoothness of measure, and clearness of thought. -- Commercial Bulletin, Boston."

" MR. COLESWORTHY is well known as a poet of no common powers, and this collection of his writings will be welcomed by many who have admired his productions in their fugitive state. Their tone is singularly pure. The poem entitled Winter, is a good specimen of the poet's power, and the force with which


the iron season is pictured, testifies to the writer's familiarity with northern scenes, and that he has looked upon them with no ordinary eye. -- Traveller, Boston."

" The author of this pretty volume has been known in the literary world of New England for twenty-five years, and has contributed liberally to the periodical literature of that time. As a poet, he possesses merit of no mean order, and some of the contents of this volume will tend to enhance his reputation. Their tone is excellent -- gentle, refined and moral. -- New Hampshire Patriot."

" GROUP OF CHILDREN. I have read this volume through, and find it very charming. The spirit is sweet, and I may say, heavenly. I was not prepared for so much graceful, finished poetry. Some of the shorter pieces are exquisite. I see several fine hymns, and one, 'Christ our Example,' remarkably good. 'Truth' is noble. The 'Rain Drop' is a jewel, truly. The 'Epitaph' I think perfect. I shall ever prize this little volume as the choicest in my library.

" A GROUP OF CHILDREN, AND OTHER POEMS, is one of the most chaste and beautiful volumes which we have had laid upon our table for some time. Few writers in this country, among those who claim a retired place in literature, have written more little poetic gems for the common people -- the masses -- than D. C. COLESWORTHY. Almost from our childhood, and always with increased interest, we have read and re-read his household poems. What school-boy of later years, now grown to manhood, does not still remember and still read over and over again, that sweet little poetic appeal of his,

'Don't kill the birds -- the little birds --
That sing about your door'?

" And how many millions of hearts have responded in kindly impulses and generous actions, to the sentiments of his beautiful lyric --

'A little word in kindness spoken,
A motion or a tear,
Has often healed the heart that's broken,
And made a friend sincere.'

" In many of his productions, especially those in which the duties of brotherly love are inculcated, Colesworthy very much resembles in style and earnestness, and not unfrequently in


power and perfection, that popular English poet, Charles Swain. The latter has written few poems which possess more truth, power and beauty, than Colesworthy's

'Truth will prevail, though men abhor
The glory of its light' --

'Little fears and little sorrows
Meet us in our daily round' --

'Men with sinews strong and mighty' --,
'One deed of kindness every day
Be earnest to perform.' --

American Volunteer, Boston."

" We have received from the author a book bearing the title of 'A GROUP OF CHILDREN AND OTHER POEMS,' by D. C. Colesworthy. The typography of this publication is very beautiful, upon paper of correspondingly excellent quality. No kindly disposed and humanely tempered reader, who may peruse the contents, will say that the beauties of the letterpress are unmerited by, or surpass in their kind, the warm and genial sentiments of the context which they convey. It is a publication of 236 pages, and embraces some one hundred and thirty poems, all breathing the very refinement of benevolence; and gentle, pure, persuasive morality runs through each, placidly and rationally as the quiet brook that winds its way through the scarcely perceptible undulations of the green meadow. There is not a line, nor a word, nor a sentiment in the book which the author living need reject, or dying could wish to have blotted. While Mr. Colesworthy aspires not to rival or imitate the genius of a Byron, or reach the classic, studied elegance of Longfellow, he reaches all the softening influences over the heart which characterize the sympathetic sermon-poems of Crabbe, mingled with the elegiac tone and fervor of Gray. And no one can rise from an hour of communion with the modestly attired poetry and sentiment of Mr. Colesworthy's little volume, without feeling his heart subdued by easy persuasion to increased kindliness and good will towards all his fellow kind, and his innate benevolence freshened and quickened by new and pure impulses. The titles of the poems in this book indicate the truthfulness of our remarks -- as Charity -- Sympathy -- Don't be Impatient -- Words that are Kind -- Beauty Everywhere -- Look Above -- Triumph of the Right -- Judge not Harshly -- One Fault -- How to Win an Erring Brother, &c. Every poem teaches a lesson of love, or enforces a moral -- not harshly, but persuasively; not imperiously, but gently. And they show the author to have


been diligent in both hand and heart to throw around the relations of life sunshine and beauty, instead of discontent and gloom, without ignoring the wisdom that enjoins humble resignation to the unavoidable calamities of life.

" Mr. Colesworthy is a native of this city, though for many years a resident of Boston, and he has once before ventured before an approving public with a volume of his productions. We are sure the present volume is no less worthy of introduction into every family where social and virtuous reciprocating love and good will towards all are inculcated. We cordially commend it to all. -- FRANCIS O. J. SMITH, in Portland Advertiser."

" A collection of poems containing much beauty of sentiment and full of moral truth. -- T. S. ARTHUR."

" Some of the shorter pieces are gems of simplicity and poesy, and inculcate an excellent morality. -- Bangor Times."

" GROUP OF CHILDREN. The verses commencing --

'A little word in kindness spoken,'

which we find in this collection, and are glad to trace to their source, have been echoed at a thousand firesides, and have sunk soothingly into many thousand hearts.

" Their author gives us other verses of the same quiet and unpretending character, which will fall like a murmur of calm music upon listening hearts. Everything in the book has a tendency to purify, to comfort and to cheer. -- Congregationalist, Boston."

" GROUP OF CHILDREN. This neat 12mo of 236 pages is filled with more than one hundred short, simple pieces. These are eminently patriotic, benevolent and religious -- embracing a great variety of topics. The author is already known to the readers of the Mirror from his contributions to its poet's corner. Mr C. once wrought at the compositor's case in this office: afterwards he edited and published a paper of his own in this city. Nor has he, by his removal, lost aught of interest in our city and State. Former friends here will be glad of this new memorial of their old friend and fellow citizen. We give below a specimen from the collection.


"Men with sinews strong and mighty,
Make an effort; you will win;
For the principle's within.
Do not falter:
Truth will reach God's holy altar.


Dare Oppression! break her fetters;
Fight with holy weapons; fight
Till the dawning of the Right.
Do not falter:
Truth will reach God's holy altar.

Lose no time in idle dreaming;
Turn not from the cannon's blaze;
Scorn the sword oppressors raise.
Do not falter:
Truth will reach God's holy altar.

Christian Mirror, Portland."

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