By Edward Slocum (Ed.)
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Traveler and Poet. (1825--1878) Bayard Taylor was the first literary American to travel widely and to use the material thus gathered for "Travel-books". Early in life he visited England and the Continent, and in 1851 proceeded to Egypt and the Far East. The impressions gathered in the East greatly influenced his poetry as is evidenced by one of the poems here given, "To a Persian Boy". He was appointed American 37 Minister to the newly formed German Empire but died in Berlin only a few months after his arrival in that city in 1878.
De Puerorum Osculis. Red mouths of lads for love God made: God mindeth ever poor wights' ease;-Yet men His kindly Will gainsayed! In seemly innocence arrayed To be in sooth, a grace to please,-Red lips of lads for love God made. He weened that Love might there be stayed That steals into the blood to tease;-Yet men His kindly Will gainsayed. Ah, pretty kisses they had prayed Did not cold Pride their duty seize:-Red mouths of lads for Love God made; Yet men His kindly Will gainsayed! Giles de Gillies.
He had a very unhappy childhood in a British slum and early drifted into colonial work on the West Coast of Africa. Mr. Stuart-Young has written a number of novels as well as books of verse, dealing with the Niger Country and the subject of Boylove. A collection of his verse has been recently edited by Charles Kains-Jackson. A Portrait of the Boy A. H. G. A gentle youth with dark and soul-lit eyes Where twinkling thought and fleeting fancy lies: A calm, pale brow that shows each passing phase Of budding beauty in a thousand ways.
Men and Boys: An Anthology by Edward Slocum (Ed.)