Treasure Island

Mary Botham Howitt

(1799-1888 / England)


  • ''God sent children for another purpose than merely to keep up the race—to enlarge our hears; and to make us unselfish and full of kindly sympathies and affections; to give our souls higher aims; to call out all our faculties to extended enterprise and exertion; and to bring round our firesides bright faces, happy smiles, and loving, tender hearts.''
    Mary Botham Howitt (20th century), British author. The Last Word, ed. Carolyn Warner, ch. 16 (1992).
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Coming Spring

In all the years which have been,
The spring hath green'd the bough -
The gladsome hopeful spring-time! -
Keep heart! It comes even now.

The winter-time departeth;
The early flowers expand;
The blackbird and the turtle-dove
Are heard throughout the land.

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