Josephine Preston Peabody

(1874-1922 / United States)

Josephine Preston Peabody
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Josephine Preston Peabody (1874 - December 4, 1922) was an American poet and dramatist. She was born in New York and educated at the Girls' Latin School, Boston, and at Radcliffe College.

From 1901 to 1903 she was instructor in English at Wellesley. In 1906 she married Prof. L. S. Marks from Harvard University. The Stratford-on-Avon prize went to her in 1909 for her drama The Piper, which was produced in England in 1910; and in America at the New Theatre, New York City, in 1911.

Her other work includes The Wayfarers: A Book of Verse (1898); Fortune and Men's Eyes: New Poems, with a Play (1900); The Wings (1905), a drama; The Book of the Little Past (1908); The Singing ... more »

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Cradle Song


Lord Gabriel, wilt thou not rejoice
When at last a little boy's
   Cheek lies heavy as a rose
   And his eyelids close?

Gabriel, when that hush may be,
This sweet hand all heedfully
   I'll undo for thee alone,
   From his mother's own.

Then the far blue highway paven
With the burning stars of heaven,
   He shall gladden with the sweet
   Hasting of his feet: --

Feet so brightly bare and cool,
Leaping, as from pool to pool; ...

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