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Catalog Number 2010.01.0007
Object Name Poem
Date ca. 1890
Title A Sonnet
Scope & Content A sonnet written by Robert Burns Wilson for Mary Mason Scott on her birthday. Wilson decorated the title by drawing a small frame around it with a small cherub or angel along the top. He drew a circle with a square around it to frame the date. He also drew a hydrangea in the upper right corner. The poem is surrounded by a handdrawn frame that makes the poem look as is if were written on an old piece of paper with small tears and frayed edges.

[Transcription]

April 5-

A SONNET
To
Mistress Mary Mason Scott.
On Her Birthday.

Sweet is the path-way on the April hill
Where all the trees are budding in the sun;
There, from the sod, the first blooms have begun
To peep amidst the new sprung grass, and shrill
Songs mount the air, The waters of the rill -
With limpid voices - answering as they run.
Thus, Lo the summer of thy life, fair one,
Thy path-way leads: Thus blest - Thus free from ill.

For, like the gentle season of thy birth,
Thy spirit hath been molded. Nature's care
Which lifts, anew, her beauty on the Earth,
Hath made the part of all that's loveliest there
Even as the fragrance wraps the blossoming tree
So Nature's blessings doth encircle thee.

Robert Burns Wilson
People Robert Burns Wilson
Mary Mason Scott
Search Terms Poetry
Birthdays