Preparation for the National Mission of Repentance & Hope – Christmas 1916

During the summer holidays I heard from the Bishop that he would be willing to give one day to the Godolphin School to bring to them himself a message which should make the Mission a reality to us. We looked forward to the day appointed (Friday, October 27th) steadily from the first day of term, and during the fortnight immediately preceding it, we tried to make a special preparation for the Bishop’s visit. Instead of our usual form of Morning Prayers at School we had special prayers and a special hymn, and I said a few words each day on the different clauses of the Veni Creator. I have been asked to write down as nearly as possible what I said.

October 16th.

“Come, Holy Ghost our souls inspire,
And lighten with celestial fire;
Thou the anointing Spirit art,
Who dost Thy seven-fold gifts impart.”
Let us this morning think especially of these four lines. First, let us think of the Holy Spirit on the one hand, explained to us under the figures of the very Breath of the Life of God Himself; the Fire, that is a magnificent force burning out of us what is evil, and bringing out the good in us like pure gold, and inflaming us with high desires ; the unstinting Oil of Anointing being ready to be poured down upon us endlessly, in a seven-fold shower. Let us, on the other hand, think of ourselves, with our hearts waiting and open to receive God’s Life, God’s Fire, and God’s Anointing to His Service.

October 17th.

“Thy blessed unction from above
Is comfort, life, and fire of love.”
God’s blessed unction is the anointing spoken of yesterday, the Holy Spirit poured down like the holy oil which dedicated Prophets, Priests and Kings, to the service of God. Let us picture the Captain of our Salvation, the greatest Prophet, Priest and King, being thus dedicated in His Baptism. He was always one with the Father and the Holy Spirit, and yet when He was baptised the Holy Spirit, in a special manner, flooded His soul with comfort, life, and fire of love. Comfort means strength. He received strength to conquer temptation, to comfort Him in His extreme loneliness and in His many bitter disappointments, and to uphold Him in His Passion and in the hour of His Death. Life and Love poured into Him as into no other, but through Him they flow endlessly for all those who pray for His Holy Spirit. We need just what He as true Man needed: Strength to stand up for Him in the hour of temptation, Comfort in loneliness and disappointment, the energy of Life, and the Fire of Love.

October 18th.

“Enable with perpetual light
The dullness of our blinded sight.”
We have seen that the Holy Spirit is like Fire, and we have spoken of the tremendous force of fire to burn and to purify, and we have also thought of the heat of fire inflaming our desires for what is good. But fire is also light. The flame of a candle in the largest, darkest room conquers the darkness wherever it is held, and to-day we come to the part of this prayer which says: “Enable with perpetual light the dullness of our blinded sight.” We often speak as if we had other eyes besides those in our heads. The mind has eves, and so we con­stantly and naturally say when we understand a thing which we have not understood before, “Oh, I see it now.” So we have other eyes which make us see what is right and wrong. How often we do wrong thoughtlessly, and afterwards say “I see now that it was wrong.” Now this prayer speaks of blindness of the soul, and prays that it may be removed and we may see clearly. But it is not enough to light a candle in a dark room, we must also bring the object we want to see under the light-the book, the needlework, the letter-and so if we ask the Holy Spirit to be like a candle, we must bring ourselves into the light of it and not flinch from its brightest rays ; and also we must let the light shine directly on the glorious Life of the Master and on the Love of God, that we may behold these for our inspiration, comfort, and strength.

October 19th.

“Anoint and cheer our soiled face
With the abundance of Thy Grace.”
One of the special fruits of the Spirit if Joy. Cheerfulness is often perfectly natural and spontaneous, when we feel well and young and fresh and happy, and have nothing sad or regrettable on our minds; and this is just as it should be. Let us thank God for all thee cheerful high spirits that help to make life happy. But sometimes cheerfulness springs from other causes than mere light-heartedness and health and amusing or enjoyable surroundings. There is a cheerfulness that is born of courage, self-sacrifice, devoted work for others, or a noble pride which has been satisfied by something nobly done by someone we love; and whilst we thank God for all spontaneous joy in our hearts, let us pray for the cheerfulness which comes of the abundance of God’s Grace poured into our hearts.

October 20th and 21st.

“Keep far our foes, give peace at home:
Where Thou art Guide no ill can come.”
First, let us pray this prayer with regard to the war now going on. Let us pray that this dear land of ours, our home, may be preserved from bloodshed. We have been, as a country, most mercifully pre­served, whatever the sacrifices which thousands have been called upon to make. So we pray against literal invasion; but we will not stop there, we want lasting peace for all homes, for all countries. We want­ with all the earnestness that is in us-that the greatness of the present tragedy, with such horrors of war introduced by the enemy that have never been before imagined or connected with honourable warfare, we desire, I say, that this shall mean “never again” in the history of civilization and of Christianity.
Secondly, we may think of these words in connection with the National Mission. The heart of man is his home, and that home has its foes. Honourable peace in the heart of man can only be won through bravest persevering conflict sustained through prayer and the strength of the Holy Spirit. Again, the nation has a, heart, a spirit; and the nation has spiritual foes, or material foes, to true peace at the heart of the nation. The National Mission is intended to stir up a true conflict with these foes, so that through penitence a great hope for a purified country owning its allegiance to God may be born.

October 24th.

“Teach us to know the Father.”
The Prophets of old taught the Israelites to regard God as their Father. “I will be his Father, he shall be My son,” “Doubtless Thou art our Father,” “I am a Father to Israel.” God guiding, protecting, feeding, and caring for His children, Israel, though they were so rebellious. But it was left for Christ to reveal the Love of the Father and the Person of the Father with much greater clearness. When we read St. John xiv., xv., xvi., and xvii., we learn a great deal about the Father. Christ came to express the Father to us. He was “the Word of God.” He said to Philip “Have I been so long time with you, and dost thou not know Me Philip? He that hath seen Me hath seen the Father.”
The Fatherhood of God implies the Brotherhood of men. We are all His children, made in His likeness, and with the possibility in us of behaving as His children should behave.

October 25th.

“Teach us to know the Son.”
The Greek language has two words for “knowing,” one word would be used for a superficial knowledge, the other means to know as we know a dear friend. Let us read what Christ’s friends who knew Him thought of Him, St. John and St. Paul, and the others. Let us too think of Him as one it is possible to know in this way. Let us think of Him as our Elder Brother, Friend, Captain, Hero, then let us be enthusiastic about Him and appropriate Him and His Strength.

October 26th

“Thee of both to be but One.”
One way of knowing God’s Holy Spirit would be to understand more of this Prayer to Him that we are studying together, and to pray it each day better.

And then the prayer ends:
“That through the ages all along
This may be our endless song,
Praise to Thy Eternal Merit,
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.”

It has been said that the sun is an emblem of the Blessed Trinity. The three-fold gift of the sun, light, life, and heat, all different gifts yet all one, emanating from one source. The wonder of the glorious sun is, indeed, a faint reflection of the mysterious Glory of the Blessed Trinity. The Light of the Holy Spirit, the human and divine Life of the Son, meeting together and sharing in the heat of Love-here is the Divine Trinity which through the ages all along is to be worshipped in an endless life of Service.


The National Mission – Christmas 1916

On Friday, October 27th, the Bishop, Dr. F. E. Ridgeway, came to give the School the Message of the National Mission. He spoke to the Upper School down to Upper IV. inclusive, by themselves in the Hall, specially on what we can give to our nation, using the illustration of SS. Peter and John’s gift to the lame man at the Beautiful Gate. The Bishop then spoke to the Lower School on the need for their help, from the story of the lad with the loaves and fishes who helped to feed the Five Thousand.
In the afternoon the Bishop spoke in the dining-room to the servants of all the Houses, and at 3.45 to all the mistresses in the Staff Room, on St. John’s vision of the Holy City as equal in length, breadth, and height-symbolizing the completeness, symmetry, and harmony of the Divine City of Humanity, for which we are called to labour. The three elements, length, breadth, and height, are the three essentials of all true education for life.
It was a very great privilege to have the Bishop himself as our Messenger. He said he came to us as the chief Girls’ School of the Diocese, and he was going to two great public Schools for Boys.


The New Hospital for Women – Christmas 1916

On Wednesday, November 8th, those over 16 were invited to a meeting in the Hall about the work of the New Hospital for Women in Euston Road.
Lady Hall took the chair. Miss Elizabeth Clarke told us how Miss Elizabeth Garrett, afterwards Mrs. Garrett Anderson, became the first English woman doctor. Her ambition was to found a hospital for women, staffed entirely by women doctors. The first step towards this hospital was St. Mary’s Dispensary, where Mrs. Garrett Anderson worked among the poorer women who lived near Edgware Road. The number of patients grew so fast that a very small hospital contain­ing ten beds was opened. Stories of the New Hospital spread over London, and patients flocked to it. In 1888 Mrs. Garrett Anderson, who had now a staff of women doctors under her, took a site near Euston. The present building of the New Hospital was then erected. The 70 beds in it are always occupied, and there are many out-patients. The hospital has provided a place where women doctors may learn self-reliance, efficiency, and the power of organisation, after they have passed their medical examinations. In this way, it has, perhaps, been more influential than any other institution in throwing open the medical profession to women.
Miss Douglas spoke about the good qualities which the medical profession requires from a woman. During her speech a collection was made for the hospital, which amounted to over £9.
Lady Hulse thanked Lady Hall, Miss Elizabeth Clarke, and Miss Douglas for giving us the meeting.
All the speeches were very interesting, particularly to those who are hoping to become doctors themselves when they grow up.


Governors’ Meeting – Christmas 1916

On December 2nd, 1916, the annual gathering took place of friends of the School and the mistresses and girls, for the presentation of Certificates. The Governors present were Canon Morrice, Lady Hulse, Miss Hussey, Miss Style, the Mayor, Canon Myers, Archdeacon Dundas, and Mr. Swayne.

A new feature of the occasion was the Orchestra, which opened the proceedings by playing from the platform the First Movement of Schubert’s B Flat Symphony. After the platform had been quickly cleared and the Governors had taken their places Miss Douglas read her Report, touching on all the different sides of School life, and noting all the different events of the School year. She referred to the sad loss to the School of Miss Bagnall and Miss, Jeffreys, but what she said about them will be found on another page of the Magazine.

In speaking of public examinations she said: “I intend to do away this year with the London Matriculation and also the Higher Certificate of the Oxford and Cambridge Board, and to take only the Senior Cambridge Local Examinations as admitting to the Universities, and as being the preliminary step into other professions. We shall thus have one examination instead of two to arrange and provide for, and the passing of this examination qualifies for the entrance to many careers. When once a girl is through it I hope that neither she or her parents will consider that her School life is over, but rather she will be free for her last year at School to study in such a way as either to help her to make every use of her opportunities at the University, or to follow her own bent, whatever it may be, and to gain the full advantage of what should be the most precious as well as the last year of her School life. Whenever it can be managed I feel sure parents are, generally speaking, doing the very best for their daughters, for themselves, and for their usefulness and value to the home and to the community if they can leave their girls at School till they are in the top classes of the School, and in positions of greater responsibility. The girls themselves who have gone from the School, would I believe, unanimously say if they were asked that they would not have missed their last year of School life for anything. So I want to make it clear that I feel more and more sure that we must provide in the most thorough manner for passing the examinations requisite for any future career, but that we must always keep in view that the lessons and the rest of School life should always make for the real living enjoy­ment of knowing and loving that which it is good to know and love, and for the training of hands, brains, wills, and hearts, for a full and fruitful life of service.”

Miss Douglas concluded with the following words: “The present girls of the School are, and we always remember it, a part of the greater Godolphin School that has passed on beyond the School gates to the larger life outside, and we can hardly desire better things for the girls present here now than that they shall take their part afterwards in a life of usefulness in the same spirit and with the same vigour as hundreds of those who have left the School are doing. We hear of the many splendid wives and mothers amongst them with a special feeling of pride and joy, we hear of others all over the world living lives of great usefulness ; at the present time we think of some in Romania, of many in France, or very many working in Salisbury at the Infirmary and the Red Cross Hospital, and in many other Hos­pitals, and others doing canteen work, such as Ruth Wordsworth is doing now on Salisbury Plain, others learning to drive motors or to be clerks at the War Office in Whitehall and in other offices, taking the work of men and doing it in the most thorough manner. But whether we think of the Old Girls or the present School in any efforts made to relieve the present distress, and to do our country service, all is dwarfed in comparison with what the men are doing on land, on sea, and in the air. We must at least see to it that their heroism, which is ever ready to meet the demands of a prolonged conflict, finds an echo at home in the readiness not only to persevere in any efforts we may be allowed to make, but in a readiness to increase these efforts in the spirit of patience, calmness, unselfishness, and courage, which will all help to make up the sum of sacrifice needed to bring at last assured victory and an honourable and blessed peace.

Canon MORRICE regretted that it fell to him as the oldest Governor to take the chair in the absence of Lord Methuen, who was doing such great work in Malta. It had been a happy day for the school when Lord Methuen had consented to become the Chairman of the Governors, and Canon Morrice suggested that a letter should be written to him to tell him how much we missed him. Canon Morrice complimented the orchestra on its playing, and also commented on the promptitude with which the girls had cleared the platform after the performance.

Lady HULSE, who was received with the heartiest applause, said that since last year the months that had passed had been full of horror and misery, such that it seemed inappropriate to speak of anything pleasant that had happened to oneself, but during that time the con­viction had been growing upon her that she belonged to the Godolphin School, and she hoped that she would be linked with it more and more closely as the years went on. The war had not spared the School, but she knew that the School would not have wished to be spared its share in the world’s suffering. It had taken its part in war work, and though it would not be good for the girls to be pleased with what they had done, she was pleased with what they had done, and that was good for her. The list was a very satisfactory one-they had made hospital bed tables, trays, case boards, and many splints and crutches, and a great many writing cases for the soldiers, many treasure bags, fodder bags, housewives and woollen things, and also clothes for the Belgian refugees. Besides these there was the work they had done in milking and digging the land. She wished to refer also to all that the staff had done, and the unselfish devotion they had shown as far as strength and time allowed since the very beginning of the war. It would be a great thing to remember in after years that the School had waited oil and entertained and been in personal touch with the wounded men, some of whom had taken part in the ever glorious failure of Gallipoli. There were those who felt that young people should not be saddened by the thought of suffering; she herself did not think that any great effort should be made to save them from realising what the country was going through. The shadow of the war was always over them, but that shadow was pierced by the conviction of the justness of out cause, and the certainty of the victory which would be ours. This was the third war Christmas, but no one who loved young people as she did would desire that it should not be a happy one for them, and so she would ask them to give a foremost place in their thoughts and prayers to the men who were enduring so much for us.

Archdeacon DUNDAS said that he, the newest of the Governors, rose to propose a very hearty vote of thanks to Lady Hulse for giving away the certificates, and for the moving words she had spoken. There was much talk of re-construction after the war, but he would like to refer to the re-construction of the ideas of men and the enlargement of their minds which had already taken place on the subject of what was sometimes called the weaker sex. Women were bound to take an all-important part in the building up of that new world to which we looked forward. The country owed a debt of gratitude to such schools as the Godolphin for the training and preparation they gave to the girls on whom, when they grew up, such high responsibilities would lie.

Canon MYERS seconded the vote of thanks to Lady Hulse, who in acknowledging it referred to a letter received by a friend of hers from someone who had been on the Arabia when it was torpedoed. The School would be proud to hear that a former head girl, Mrs. Forsyth (Ming Glanville) had shown on that occasion the utmost courage and calmness, and seemed concerned only for the safety of others.

The singing of the National Anthem concluded the proceedings.

Two Great Losses to the School – Christmas 1916

I think I cannot do better to express what I feel about Miss Bagnall and Miss Jeffreys leaving the Godolphin School, than quote the following extract from my report to the Governors at the Annual Meeting:­ “After 21 years of work here, and splendid work for the School, Miss Grace Bagnall has felt that her own home needs her, and it is not for the first time I say that when a clear call from that quarter comes to any of us it probably has a right to make itself heard and obeyed. We have had her all these years, and now we must not grudge her going to her own home. But the loss is very great, whether I think of her as she has been these last three years, Second Mistress in the School, and thinking and caring about the whole work, and taking my place so ably and faithfully; or whether I think: of her as the friend and helper of all the other members of the Staff; or as a very important part of the life of St. Margaret’s or as the Form Mistress of the Upper and Lower VI.; or as teacher of History to so man),; or as one who makes each girl here, little or big, feel her responsibility with regard to punctuality and order; or, finally, as playing the Double Bass in the Orchestra. But of one thing we may be sure, that no particle of good work and purpose is ever wasted, or ever dies, and so we are not going to feel that Miss Bagnall’s good work is going to stop. That would be a very poor way of showing our gratitude to her. No, her leaving us is a call to us to try and carry on every good thing here that she has cared about. And now the School is longing to show their feelings for her in the usual way, and I know the Governors of the School will be the first to lead in a demonstration of the usual character. (Applause.)

“I have not finished yet with the sad part of my report, for we have lost another dear friend and most able helper this term. After many years here of devoted work, Miss Jeffreys has been obliged to give up her post owing to ill health. Her beautiful French has been a great asset to the School, and her interest in each girl in her Form was very great. We trust the rest she is going to have will make her quite well again, and that she will once more be able to do the teaching of French and of English which she does so well. We hope she will come back to see us next term, as she was too poorly to come and wish the School goodbye. I know that she will like to hear that we have thought of her much to-day, and send her our affectionate good wishes and great gratitude for all she has done for us.” (Applause.)

School News – Christmas 1916


Monday, July 10th – We heard that Margaret Stevens-Guille had passed Responsions, and that Jessie Flemming had gained a 1st in History at Oxford.
Miss Douglas proposed that we, as a School, should join the War Savings Association (see special notice).
Monday, July 17th, was the date of the first performance of the Pageant of Empire for the League of Honour and a few other friends, July 18th and 19th for all who paid one shilling, and on Tuesday afternoon for wounded soldiers from both hospitals in Salisbury. The proceeds on the two “paying nights” amounted to 28l. 11s. 5d. for the Star and Garter Home for totally disabled soldiers and sailors.
July 24th. The School Concert took place.
July 25th. The March Playing Tournament was held. Seventeen girls entered, and Lilian King was the best. – Miss Westlake and Miss Gillian judged.
In the morning Miss Mixer’s classes gave a very delightful Rhythm Exhibition, to which several parents came.
Wednesday, July 26th. Mark Reading.
Miss Douglas told us that Yvonne Leys is to be head of the School. The names of some of the Forms have been altered. Rules containing some differences in the clothes’ list were read.
Cloak Room Marks. Sp. VI., Matric. VI., Extra V. and Lower VB, had not lost a mark, and share the picture.
Form Room Marks. Sp. VI., Lower VI., Matric. VI., Upper V. Lower IV., and Ill., share the cup, with no marks lost.
Finished Books. Sp. VA was best with 74 per cent., Lower VI. being second with 73 per cent.
Tennis brooches were won by: E. Hudson, V. Leys, M. Howes, P. Wood.
Cricket XI. colours by: D. Collier, H. Capel, K. Sargeaunt, 0. Tregelles, and Y. Leys.
Red Girdles. E. Banham, E. Birney, J. Douglas, N. Maude, P. Newharm, A. Paton, L Pears, H. Poynton, N. Preece, and H. Richards.
Juniors. R. Aldworth, P. Collins, N. Cooper, D. Leys, E. Palgrave, D. Richardson, L. Taylor.
Form Competition. The Senior Cup was won by Upper VI., and the Junior Picture by Form 11.
Milking Badges, given by Captain C. Bathurst, M.P., were presented to the 50 girls who had been through the course, and were certified as efficient by the Instructor. The Badges are of solid silver, about the size of a shilling, but thicker. They bear on one side a cow’s head in relief, with the motto “Pro Patria,” and on the reverse “Milking Test, Godolphin School, Passed by …,” leaving space for each girl to have her name engraved in the middle.
Miss Douglas then spoke of those leaving. The following are the names:­
School House. D. Collier, H. Elam, P. George.
Fawcett House. M. Stevens-Guille, D. Hinxman, W. Poynton, S. Yorke, C. Wilton, N. Cooper.
St. Margaret’s. L. King. D. Harvey-Jones, H. Toms, D. Caton, L. Gunner.
Nelson. B. Bridbe, 0. Tregelles, M. Wood.
New Forest. J. Dennison, B. Niven, M. Campin, I. Pears.
Sarum. H. Williams, V. Joscelyne, H. Brough, H. de Behr, b. Keble, E. Taunton, H. van der Meersch, M. Hardy, H. Swindells.
Lilian King, as head of the School, had a special clap. As Miss Douglas said, we shall miss her very much indeed, for she has given her very best to the School.
The special message which Miss Douglas had for those who were leaving was thee word “Vocation” = call. Some may have a very definite vocation, either to be doctors, or nurses, or to work at any other profession. But the call need not necessarily be away from home, only it will be one to SERVICE. Therefore be ready to answer it, even though it be to humble and trivial duties.
It is hard to say “Goodbye,” but if we all keep that word before us, you who go, and we who stay there will be unity among us, for it is not the shape of our work that matters, but the spirit of it. If we do it “with our might,” then we shall all be ONE.

September 19th. Miss Douglas greeted us at Prayer-time, hoping that everyone felt fresh and ready for work. Speaking of the tone of the School, and for the need of it to go forward, for it can never stand still, she said: “We feel a special need for inspiration this term, having lost so many at the top of the School. This brings a respon­sibility to each one of us, for all can help to make the spirit of the School true and right. I am sure that Yvonne Leys will try to be a really good leader, and that the whole School will back her up.”
We heard that the Susan Esther Wordsworth Scholarship had been equally divided between Margaret Stevens-Guille and Vera Joscelyne.
The new girls this Term are:­
School House: Frances Pinckney, Upper IV.
St. Margaret’s: Decima Dome, Lower VA; Betty Du Buisson, Lower VB; Pearl Malony, Upper IV.; Faith Denny, Lower IV.
Nelson: Mary Cartwright, Upper VB; Kathleen Bridge, Special Parallel; Margery Sargeaunt, Lower IV. (from Sarum).
Fawcett: Vera Greene, Lower VI.; Natalie Lewarne, Upper VB; May Ashford, from Glenside, and Lucy Lock. Lower VA; Margaret Roseveare and Cicely Squire, Lower Vii.; Margaret Stow, Upper IV.
New Forest: Nora Cox, Lower VB.; Mary Trafford, Stephanie Chennells, Lucille Gossage, and Mary Panting, Upper IV.; Margaret Walker, and Molly Shawyer, Lower IV.; Celia Fraser, from Sarum House, II.
Sarum House: Frances Aitken and Judith Buckle, Upper IV. ; Mary Shorland, Lower IV. ; Margaret Symington and Margaret Cochrane, II.; Mary Griffin, Betty Luckham, and Muriel Arnold, from Kindergarten, and Constance Holford, I.
Janet Dennison, who learnt with Miss Ward, gained her L.R.A.M. diploma. She left in the Summer Term, and had been working for it here. It is the first time that a girl has gained this honour from our School.
September 25th. Miss Douglas told us the very sad news that Miss Grace Bagnall is leaving at the end of this Term. It is impossible to say how much we shall all miss her, but she thinks it right that she should go and live with her sisters.
Miss Douglas read a letter from Mr. Veasey, telling her of the sudden death of Mr. Pheasant, the Vicar of St. Andrew’s, Peckham, the part of the Mission which we help specially.
September 27th. Lady Hulse very kindly has given us a picture of the King. It is a beautiful one, and is to go in our gallery of notable people.
September 30th. Commem. Saturday. (See special notice.)
October 4th. We went to see the “Somme Battle Pictures,” which were marvellously vivid, and very interesting.
October 16th. Preparation for the National Mission. (See special notice.)
October 22nd. Miss Tovey, of the Church of England Zenana Society, very kindly came to give us an address on China.
October 27th. The National Mission Day for the whole School. (See special notice.)
October 30th. Miss Jones came to stay, and as Miss Hancock and Miss Steer were away she took part of their work, and was on the Staff till their return.

Garden Club – Christmas 1916


I. M. Holmes – D. Hinxman – M. Sun
K. Newsom – P.  Du Buisson – B. Medlicott
W. Poynton – B. Buxton

II. J. Chapman N. – N. Randall
P. Clarke – J. Hinxman – C. Harrison
B. Fagge – F. Fagge

III. W. Wort – E. Hudson – P. Word
C. Mackworth – P. Purmewan – M. Rose
H. Elworthy – H. Toms.

Mrs. Leys’ picture, which has formerly been held by the owners of the best cultivated garden, will now be presented every term to the House which gains the highest average of marks for its gardens. It was won last term by Fawcett House.


Twenty poems were sent in this year, and the Cup has been won by Mary Dalston. The three best poems are printed.


He-led me through the gate of age-old stone,
We stood in sunlight, but I felt the cool
Sweet shadow we had left. Then down the path
Whose red tiles lay so primly ‘twixt the beds
Of fragrant lavender. And still lie led.
The scent of roses (crimson ones) was there,
Although the bushes were a wide lawn’s space
Behind. At last he paused, I, too and stayed.
We laid us down upon the glad green turf,
Our thoughts went upward through the chinks of blue
Between the copper-beech leaves;  then I spoke:
“Who art thou?” and he said, “Ye know me not?”
“The scent of roses, and the gateway’s shade,
The greenness of the grass, and hum of bees,
The tint of flowers silvered by the dew,
The hush of dawn, and evening’s golden peace
The Spirit of this garden; this am I.
The little children know me.”
-Then I awoke.

ULYSSES (Mary Dalston).

(Lines supposed to be written by a prisoner of war in Germany.)

Midsummer’s Night! Oh would I were
Now at home, in the garden there,
For, down the gravelled walks I know
The Pinks and red Carnations grow,
And the Roses, the Roses are in bloom,
Their fragrance piercing through the gloom
Of a summer night. The Willows too,
Are bending low, as Willows do.
To kiss the silent stream below,
Whose sad mysterious waters flow
Silently thence. There ‘neath the gaze
Of the pure pale stars and the golden haze
Of a harvest moon-there, there would I lie
And scan the inscrutable sweep of sky.

Around me comrades sweat and snore
As we herd together on the floor
But I am longing to be there,
Out of this hot and noisome air,
To lie on the mossy river bank
And smell the dewy earth, and dank
Scents of the stream, and see
On the other side of the lawn from me
The lilies shimmering tall and white,
Like silver stars on a frosty night.
And hear the night wind sob in the trees
And sometimes shrilling down the breeze
The Piper’s sweet unearthly notes.
Would I might watch when softly floats
The morning o’er the rim of night,
And scan in the magic misty light
Each pansy’s bright uplifted face.
Then rise, and soft begin to pace
Familiar walks, beside the seas
Of glowing bloom and shrubs and trees.
Oh! on a night like this I’d squander
All that I have, once more to wander
At home, at home in the garden there
Where all is cool and fresh and fair,
In the silent splendid night that brings
So many mystic glorious things.
Around me comrades sweat and snore
Herded like cattle on the floor.

M. B. M.


‘Twas in the summer-time – the month of June
When filled was all my garden with delight
And ev’ry living thing raised some sweet tune
Of thankful happiness by day and night
That as I sat among my roses fair
Lulled by the drowsy humming of the bees,
It seemed as though a voice was speaking there
Amid the flow’rs; ’twas just as if the breeze
Had whispered; and the words I heard were these:-

Long, long ago, when Time was young,
Of purest white all roses were;
No prickles from their smooth stems sprung
They were the fairest of the fair.

But one, most fair of all her race,
Each day became more proud and vain
That she possessed such beauteous grace,
And sought o’er all the flow’rs to reign.

The Master the Flowers came,
And standing by the Rose’s side
He spake; for with much grief and shame
He saw, as all, her grievous pride.

“Why keepest thou not my Commands?
Why hastthou not Humility?
Thy beauty is not thine. My Hands
Yea mine, have made and fashioned thee.

“For this thy sin – wear evermore
Sharp thorns upon thy stems and leaves.
Like those that once for all I bore­
Repent – I pardon her that grieves.”

The Rose with shame bent low her head,
And o’er her face there came a flush;
Humbled – was she; remorse and dread
Both did her haughty spirit crush.

Long years have come and passed away,
But every rose her thorns still wears
In mem’ry of that far-off day
Of pride, of pardon, and of tears.

The soft voice ceased, and all was quiet and still,
Except a gentle rustling ‘mid the leaves;
The sun was sinking fast behind the hill,
And swallows flew to nests beneath the eaves.
The night fell fast, and darkness spread her veil
The fleeting hours of day grew less and less;
The whisp’ring roses knew who told that tale,
But I – I knew not – I could only guess.


Mental Exercise for the Holidays – Christmas 1916

My grandfather is twice as old as my grandmother was when my grandfather was half as old as he is at present. If they both live, in ten years time their joint ages will make 160 years. What are the present ages of the old couple?

Here is a problem about which people do not always agree. A rope is passed over a smooth pulley, and two monkeys of equal weight are hanging one at each end of the rope. One monkey climbs up his end, while the other remains hanging. Which will get to the top first?