The Best Loved Poems of the American People, selected by Hazel Felleman (New York: Garden City Books--copyright 1936 by Doubleday & Company) has been my faithful companion lo these many years.
It has comforted me, cheered me, inspired me, and provided me with pure, unadulterated joy when there was none to be had elsewhere in my life.
It's divided into twelve sections:
- Love and Friendship
- Poems That Tell a Story
- Faith and Reverence
- Home and Mother
- Childhood and Youth
- Patriotism and War
- Humor and Whimsey
- Memory and Grief
- Various Themes
"Hold fast your dreams!"
"...by the touch of the Master's hand."
"Make me too brave to lie or be unkind..."
"The woman was old and ragged and gray..."
"I remember, I remember, the house where I was born..."
"Breathes there a man with soul so dead..."
"A frog went a-courtin', away he did ride, huh-huh..."
"'Tis the last rose of summer left blooming alone..."
"I think that I shall never see a poem lovely as a tree..."
"In Egypt they worshiped me...I am the cat..."
"The woman I am hides deep in me..."
and so many, many more that even now I can read over and over without tiring.
When I was a little girl, my mother taught me (as a means of inculcating respect and care) that "books are your friends". Indeed they were...are..will be forever.
Disclaimer: I own this book and am reviewing it simply because I love it and would like to share it with others!