Annie Campbell Huestis
Biography of Annie Campbell Huestis
Annie Campbell Huestis began very early in life to write verse acceptable to magazine editors, for she was but a small child, under her teens, when Charles G. D. Roberts sent her first poem to the New York Independent. It was accepted and paid for.
She is the youngest of a family of six, and was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Her father is Mr. Martin Bent Huestis, of United Empire Loyalist descent, and her mother, Victoire Ayrton Johnson, a sister of the late George Johnson, Dominion Statistician. Mrs. Huestis is of English and Irish extraction,–one of whose ancestors was a Doctor of Music, so distinguished that he was buried in the cloisters of Westminster Abbey, and another, a Privy Councillor of the United Kingdom.
After attendance at public and high schools, Miss Huestis continued her studies at the Sacred Heart Convent. Since then she has travelled abroad twice, the second time as a writer of descriptive articles for newspapers. She has contributed frequently to magazines. A recent number of Harper's Weekly contained 'On the Stair,' and Harper's Magazine, of July, 1916, has a story by this author, entitled 'Flannigan.'
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Annie Campbell Huestis Poems
Aldaran, who loved to sing, Here lieth dead. All the glory of the Spring, All its birds and blossoming,
The Will-o'-the-Wisp is out on the marsh, And all alone he goes; There's not a sight of his glimmering light From break of day to close;
On The Stair
As I went lonely up the stair Ah me, the ghost that I saw there! So bright and near it seemed to be, It laid a hand with tender touch
The Little White Sun
The sky had a gray, gray face, The touch of the mist was chill, The earth was an eerie place, For the wind moaned over the hill;
The Will-o'-the-Wisp is out on the marsh,
And all alone he goes;
There's not a sight of his glimmering light
From break of day to close;
But all night long, from dusk till dawn,
He drifts where the night wind blows.
The Will-o'-the-Wisp, he has no roof,
Yet he seeks not hut nor hall;