Poetry Collection - 1892-1901

Among the items handed down to Mary Ballenger from her father Arch was a collection of classic poetry books. Published from 1892-1901, This series from Thomas Y. Crowell & Company included such poets as Sir Walter Scott, John Milton, Tennyson and Burns. In the front end papers on a bookplate (or carefully written in) "PRIVATE LIBRARY OF A.G. BALLENGER". Between the pages Arch kept notes relating to the text; clarification and research into historical places and people mentioned therein. These volumes were literally read to pieces, and as the colored leather, gilt edged and embossed covers fell apart, leather strips were used to bind the edges and spines together.

In a volume of Longfellow's works, a few lines from "A PSALM OF LIFE (What the Heart of the Young Man said to the Psalmist)" are highlighted;

'Tell me not in mournful numbers,
"Life is but an empty dream!"
For the soul is dead that slumbers,
and things are not what they seem.
Life is real! Life is earnest!
And the grave is not its goal;
Dust thou art, to dust returnest,"
Was not spoken of the soul.