Author talk:Florence Earle Coates

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from M. E. R.[edit]

Unsure of who the initials "M. E. R." belong to, the following poem was written to Mrs. Coates by M. E. R. "on receiving one of her poems." The poem appeared in a 27 November 1902 issue (p. 343) of City and State—a weekly Philadelphia publication. The following is as-rendered in the aforementioned issue:

(On receiving one of her poems.)

Praise to thee, sweet singer, whose refrain
   With tender, rhythmic melody is fraught;
Thy words are pearls strung on a golden chain
   Of ever-varying theme and noblest thought.
No Circe's subtle songs the soul offend
   Nor passion's pulses at thy bidding rise,
But heart-throbs true and warm their tribute send
   To thee, whose messengers, so pure and wise,
Herald how fair within the kingdom is
   Where daily thoughts transmuted turn to gold,
The "Kingdom whyche excelles all other blisse,"[1]
   Where posies, like to angel-wings, unfold
To waft us nearer heaven—that blessed place
Where friendship worships with unveiled face.

—M. E. R.

  1. This line references a poem by Sir Edward Dyer entitled, "My Mind to Me a Kingdom Is."