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Untitled Poem: On New Year's Eve in the Morning

On New Year's Eve in the morning,
    My dear, I thought of you,
And I said, I have no better gift
    Than a friend so dear and true;
A love that is mine to the end of time,
    And will last my whole life through.

​                           --  Sarah Orne Jewett


This untitled poem appeared in The Modern Priscilla 1:2 (January 1888), p. 4.  It was found there and made available by M. Leigh Martin
(1887-1930) appeared first in newspaper format and was devoted to fancy work, dress patterns, china painting, and needlework. Published first in Lynn, MA, it moved to Boston in 1894, and in later years changed names and content several times.
    Wikipedia says: "Priscilla and Aquila were a first century Christian missionary married couple described in the New Testament and traditionally listed among the Seventy Disciples. They lived, worked, and traveled with the Apostle Paul, who described them as his "fellow workers in Christ Jesus" (Romans 16:3)"
    Acts 18:2-3 in the Bible reads:
And found a certain Jew named "Aquila", born in Pontus, lately come from Italy, with his wife "Priscilla"; (because that Claudius had commanded all Jews to depart from Rome:) and came unto them. And because he was of the same craft, he abode with them, and wrought: for by their occupation they were tentmakers.
    This issue was edited by F. Beulah Kellogg and Frank Spencer Guild.  Little information is currently available about Kellogg; Martin points out this pseudonym was used by Isaiah Clarkson Parrott, who later was listed as the magazine's editor.  The later revelation of the man posing as a woman caused consternation among readers.  Guild (1856-1917?) was a well-known painter, illustrator and writer.  He became art director of The Ladies' Home Journal

Edited by Terry Heller, Coe College, 2016.


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