Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Halloween Awakened Spirits from the Library

"Give me the calm of Days decline,
to muse upon my own,"

...reads the frontispiece of the palm-sized Halloween, an artifact exhumed from the depths of the Portland Public Library's Special Collections. The volume was published in Hartford in 1847. The author, Arthur Cleveland Coxe (1818-1896), is simply attributed in the book as "A.C.C.," writes in the beginning stanzas of his narrative:

"I have been roaming in that Spirit-world,
and still my deathless love return'd to thee;
And still thy brow, thy locks in lustre curl'd,
And thy dear eye of beauty shone on me..."

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