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Sing mournfully, sing mournfully
Our dearly loved is gone.
The gifted and the beautiful
Is from our sight withdrawn
Then let us sing her requiem now
In this our parting hour
And softly breathe her name, who was
Our fairest, loveliest flower
Mary, Mary, Mary
Mary Montague Minor (1855-1862), d. age 7
Poem written by her mother, Ellen Pierrepont
Minor in her copy of Felicia Hemans’ Works
(Philadelphia: Grigg & Elliott,1843).
(circulating collection, Alderman Library,
University of Virginia)
Charlotte Cocke Gordon’s copy of Felicia Hemans’ Works (1839), held by the library o
University of Virginia. She received the book as a Christmas gift in 1840, when she w
22 and unmarried. Her son William died in West Texas, near Fort Concho, at the age
Edgar Allan Poe: His Life, Letters, and Opinions, by John H. Ingram [London, 1880] (U
“My father -- Revd. Jno. Collins McCabe -- who was then a young man, a contributor to
The Messenger & an intimate of Poe's, once told me that he said one day to Poe -- 'Po
Mr. White is greatly hurt at you having spoken unkindly of him.' 'McCabe,' said Poe
warmly, 'I never said a word against Mr. White in my life.' 'Did you never say he was a
fool?' 'Oh!,' said Poe with a relieved air, 'I did say that he was a d----d fool, but Mr. Whit
can't object to that -- every body knows it.' W. Gordon McCabe. March 26th. 1882.”
Traced hand (John A. McSparran’s?) in The Works of Robert Burns (London,
1825), facing original poem, “On Burns the Poet / June 4, 1851” by James
(circulating collection, Alderman Library, University of Virginia)