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Forgotten rhymes of a homesteader

Elliot C Lincoln - cover - Rhymes of a Homesteader - 1920A new project has required planting tons of flower seeds, and a poem about sunflowers in this collection caught my eye. Does anybody out there know about Elliott C. Lincoln? I bought this 1920 book ages ago at a flea market along Interstate 80. Lincoln's idea of homesteading is very "western", complete with old paint horses, which he mentions later in the book in lower case, not as a capitalized breed. A certain regret surrounding the side effects of progress rises to the surface in "Rhymes of A Homesteader", as later in the book, the automobile and barbed wire scar Lincoln's world. Publishers didn't spend a lot of money on cover design back in those days. Here is the first poem in this rare treasure:

Elliot C Lincoln - Rhymes of a Homesteader - title page - Boston and New York - Houghton Mifflin Company - The Riverside Press Cambridge - 1920 T
The Sunflower Road

THERE'S a land of opal mountains, singing creeks,

    and springing fountains,

A land of magic distances in hazy, lazy light,

Where the pastel greens, and yellows, amber

    browns, and purple shadows,

Make a glory of the daytime, and it's dusty blue

    at night.


Elliot C. Lincoln - Rhymes of a Homesteader - The Sunflower Road
When the summer sun is burning, there a friendly

    road is turning.

Twisting, bending, rising, falling -- just a trail

    among the hills;

But 'tis bordered by the graces of a million golden


And the laughter of the sunflowers frees the heart

    of all its ills.


Elliot C Lincoln - Rhymes of a Homesteader - The Sunflower Road
Now the winter snows are driven through the

    land; the trail is hidden.

Desolate, the white hills glitter under skies of

    turquoise blue.

But in June comes summer weather, and again

    we'll ride together

On that friendly, glowing, happy road, just wide

    enough for two. 

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