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Or in the sandy desert, with the sky
Aloft a cloudless plain of aching blue,
Of tree, or tent, or fountain to bedew
God is our hope and refuge!
Own Him their master—He the trackless woods
And with His presence peoples solitudes:
Our God—our hope—our refuge!
THE STATUE OF JOAN OF ARC AT VERSAILLES.
They imaged thee, of old, in casque and plume, The statue of
Bright Maid of France !—with wild and flashing eye, ' ,of
And round lip wreathed with scornful victor}', Like his who burns for conquest sure to come, Fired with the future,—careless all, how Doom
Dogs triumph, like a slow-hound, sure and nigh.
Here thou art more a woman: thy low sigh
Of joy departing broods, though tempered well
Grasps the sharp sword with strangeness, not with fear.
Clings yet a memory of thy forest cell,
One dream of Love and Peace,—though War and Death
Or marks thine eye—unfaltering 'mid the haze
Of glory's noon,—wide fields of trampled corn?
Brave blood like water poured, fair homes forlorn, While thy heart sickens at those stormy days,
And the shrill cries of Anguish drown the lays
The unjust tribunal, the grim faggot's blaze,
Bright Maid of France ?—What sculptor, wise and gray,
Fool!—thinkest thou aught but woman* could pourttay
* The sculptor was the Duchess of Wurtemburg, whose death is referred to in the prefatory note to the poem.
JOHN FRANCIS, 188l—1882.
Th1s sketch of some of the work of the Atlienazim has now been brought down to the date of the death of John Francis, who had been its publisher since October 4th, 1831. He had been the fortunate possessor of almost perfect health, and during the thirty years that the paper was published on Saturday morning at four o'clock he was absent only once on account of illness.
It was not until the commencement of 1881 that the first signs of any permanent weakness appeared. He then found the daily journey to and from his house in the suburbs to be beyond his strength, and at once resolved, rather than give up the work he loved so well, to return to his old rooms above the office in Wellington Street. In March his illness had so increased that his friend Dr. Jones wished to have further advice, and at his suggestion Dr. Gowl
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land and he had a consultation. Mr. Francis, at his own especial request, was informed of the result, and, when told that his life could only be prolonged for a few months, spent the rest of the day in quiet thought, and on the morrow was prepared to resume his ordinary work, and so continued as long as strength would permit. Death ot On the 14th of June his second son,* Edward E. J. Francis. james, died at ^ early &ge of thirty-seven.
This sorrow much increased his weakness, but
he still persisted in taking an active part in the
business management of the Athenmim, and
had it read to him with the greatest regularity,
Death of this practice being continued until his death, John Francis. which took place on ^ eye of Qood FTifay,
"I know thou hast gone to the home of thy rest,
* Edward James Francis was apprenticed to Mr. James Holmes in 1858, and on the retirement of that gentleman in 1869 took over the business, when he became the printer of the Athenaum, Notes and Queries, and other publications. In addition to this he went into partnership with Mr. Ashton Dilke, and became manager of the Weekly Dispatch, the circulation of which he was the means of largely increasing.
And hope, the sweet singer that gladden'd the earth,
The Atlienceum of the 15th of April contains the following obituary notice :—" On Thursday, Obituary the 6th, Mr. John Francis passed away after a Athauntm. long illness, during which he displayed the high courage and patience that always distinguished him. Mr. Francis had been the publisher of this journal for over fifty years, and till within a short time of his death he continued to superintend the many details of its business arrangements. John Francis was born in July, 1811, and after having attended for a short time a dame's school in Bermondsey, he was placed at a middle-class school in the same neighbourhood, and afterwards at a Nonconformist free school in Tooley Street. Through the instrumentality of the secretary of the Tooley Street school he was apprenticed in his fourteenth year to Messrs. Marlborough, then as now among the chief newspaper agents in London. When his apprenticeship was at an end, Mr. Francis answered an advertisement for a junior clerk inserted in the Atlienaum, and in consequence he entered, in August, 1831, the office of this journal, which had some time before passed out of the hands of John Sterling, and was then edited by the late Mr. Dilke. Two months afterwards, such was the ability he had shown,