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AUTHOR'S READINGS Poems and Character Sketches ENTIRELY FROM HIS OWN WORKS AUTHOR OF Farm Ballads Farm Festivals Farm Legends Rbymes of Our Planet ETC., ETC. WILL CARLETON AUTHOR OF City Ballads City Festivals City Legends Songs of Two Centuries ETC., ETC. IN Readings from his own Poems and Sketches, published and unpublished, such as The First Settler's Story, Cover Them Over, The Christmas Baby, Betsey and I are Out, Elder Lamb's Donation, Over the Hill to the Poor House, The Death Bridge of the Tay, The Editor's Guests, Love on the Bicycle, Stebbins at Ocean Grove, The Schoolmaster's Guests, An Old-fashioned Christmas Dinner, The New Church Doctrine, The Negro Funeral, Stebbins on the Bicycle, Stebbins at Football, How We Kept the Day, Greater America, and scores of others from his books and unpublished manuscripts. All the selections are from his own pen, and are his own interpretation of the manuscript, constituting an entertainment unrivalled in the English-speaking world. BY WILL CARLETON Address SLAYTON LYCEUM BUREAU, Steinway Bldg., Chicago, Ill. Author's Readings by Will Carleton WILL CARLETON is the only author of national reputation who is at present reading his own poems and sketches acceptably upon the platform. Since he started out in that rôle, immediately after leaving college (and, to a considerable extent, before), he has had many imitators; but none of them have been able to keep the pace, and he is to-day without a rival. He has read again and again, to large and enthusiastic audiences all over the United States and Europe, and is still in the prime of his powers. I thought I knew the strength and beauty of Will Carleton's writings till I heard him, has often been said: but listening to his interpretation of his own works was a revelation. His readings are framed in a prose monologue, itself full of entertainment and instruction, and the hearer leaves him feeling that he has learned as well as enjoyed. The subjects under which he groups his readings are, The Drama of Human Nature, The Chain of Success, and Character Sketches. Committees have their choice. Will Carleton is not only one of the most famous authors living, but one of the most noted orators and readers. In the interpretation of his own poems and sketches, he stands without a rival; and the late Dr. Talmage justly styled him as the greatest reader of own writings in the world. His repertoire is selected from his own ten books of poetry, poetical prose, and from some not yet published; and his audiences say that they never knew the power of his literary work until they heard the author himself interpret it. WILL CARLETON is the only speaker in the United States, or in the world, for that matter, who unites a sparkling, eloquent, instructive monologue with a series of recitations of popular poems written by himself—all in the same evening. He is the founder and originator of the New School of American Poetry, which is now followed by so many others with varying success. He is the most successful of all, by many times, whether in literature or oratory, and has during the past two decades been one of the most prominent figures of American literature. He has received no less than four honorary college degrees in recognition of his scholarship and literary and oratorical achievements. When you hear him you do not listen to a dry lecture on some subject concerning which the facts were procured from an encyclopædia, and in which is often used the very language found there, which you yourself can read as well as to hire some one at a large expense. His recitations do not occur at the beginning or end of a lecture, but the evening is interspersed with them throughout. When he recites it is not for the purpose of committing murder upon some one else's poetry, but to give something of his own, and as he himself only can interpret it. In course of the evening some eight or ten of these wonderful poems are recited—such as you can find in Farm Ballads, City Ballads, City Festivals, Songs of Two Centuries, etc., etc., and some unpublished ones—all given as he alone can render them. These are more than you generally get from the average elocutionist, especially those who have to employ help to go through the evening. Also is given one of the brightest, most instructive and entertaining lectures of modern times. Thus you have really two evenings in one, and at one price. Will Read, besides Unpublished Poems, Selections from His Own Books SONGS OF TWO CENTURIES Containing (SONGS OF MONTHS AND DAYS).— The Old Christmas Dinner The Queen of the Days Washington-Month , What for a Christmas Present? Farmer Stebbins as Santa Claus , A Contrast , The Thanksgiving Dance , Eagle and Turkey , Uncle Jake's Thanksgiving. (SONGS OF HOME LIFE).— Words that We Could Understan' , As Well as I , Fixing the Clock , The Mocking-Bird , Up in the Loft , To a Dead Bird , Uncle Joe and Me , Blowing the Feather, Harvests , Stars of the Grasses , Good-bye, Old Horse. (SONGS OF THE RIVERS).— To Go A-Swimming , Where We Watered the Team , Chant of the St. Lawrence , The Oarsman's Story , Out of Alexandr' Bay From Cornfield to River. (SONGS OF THE MOUNTAINS).— To the Mountain Profile , In the Mountains, You Know , Some Country Solace , The Maid of the Mountain. (SONGS OF THE NATION).— Greater America , Language of the Flag , Westerland , New England's Home-Call , The March of the Volunteers , Do Not Forget the Wounded , The Passing of the Mother , The Absent Soldier's Child A Song for Our Fleets , Gridley , Dewey's Return to Montpelier , In the Wreckage of the Maine , Cuba to Columbia , Columbia to Cuba , On the Death of McKinley , etc., etc. (SONGS OF PLEASURE AND PAIN).— Farmer Stebbins on the Bicycle , The Funeral-Express , Johnnie at the Show , The Policeman's Funeral , To the Czar , To Fanny Crosby , To the Madonna , The Old Church-Bell , Monologue of Pain , Bicycle-Song , Wail of the Pullman Porter , The Discontented Farmer The Convict and the Stars , and other poems. FARM BALLADS Containing Betsey and I Are Out , Gone with a Han'somer Man , Out of the Old House , Over the Hill to the Poor-house , Uncle Sammy , The New Church Organ , The Editor's Guests , Picnic Sam , Our Army of the Dead , How We Kept the Day , How Betsey and I Made Up , Johnny Rich , Over the Hill from the Poor-house , Tom Was Goin' for a Poet , Goin' Home To-day , Out o' the Fire , The House Where We Were Wed , Apple Blossoms , Apples Growing , One and Two , The Fading Flower , Autumn Days , Death-Doomed , Up the Line. FARM LEGENDS Containing The Schoolmaster's Guests , The Three Lovers , Paul's Run Off with the Show , The Doctor's Story , The Christmas Baby , Cover Them Over , The Burning of Chicago , The Loves of the Nations , The Key to Thomas Heart , Rifts in the Cloud , Three Links of a Life , Rob, the Pauper , The Song of Home , Brothers and Friends , Our March through the Past , That Day We Graduated , The Railroad Holocaust , Ship 'City of Boston' , Gone Before , The Little Sleeper , 'Tis Snowing , Some Time , The Good of the Future , The Joys that are Left , When my Ship Went Down , To the Carleton Circle , The Sanctum King , Lines to James Russell Lowell , To Monsieur Pasteur , To a Young Lady , Death of the Richest Man , To the Smothered Miners , The Deathless Song , On a 'Poet' Critic. FARM FESTIVALS Containing Festival of Reminiscence, or, The Pioneer Meeting , The First Settler's Story , Our Travelled Parson , The Death Bridge of the Tay , The Lightning-rod Dispenser , The Singing-school , The Tramp's Story , The Golden Wedding , The Dead Student , Song of the Reaper , The County Fair , Converse with the Slain , Song of the Ax , Eliphalet Chapin's Wedding , The Second Settler's Story , Sleep, Old Pioneer! Festival of Praise; or, Thanksgiving Day , Festival of Good Cheer; or, Christmas Monologues , Festival of Anecdote; or, An Evening in the Country Store , A Dirge of the Lake , Festival of Clamor; or, The Town Meeting , Dialogue of the Horses , The Laboring Men , Festival of Injustice; or, The Lawsuit , Festival of Dis-Reason, or, The Debate. CITY BALLADS Containing Farmer Stebbins on Rollers , Farmer Stebbins at Ocean Grove , Farmer Stebbins on the Bowery , Farmer Stebbins Ahead , Flash: the Fireman's Story , The Wedding of the Towns , The Slugging-Match , A Sewing-girl's Diary , The Lovely Young Man , If I'd a Million Millions , That Swamp of Death , When Prometheus Stole the Flame , How We Fought the Fire , You Will Tell Me Where is Conrad? The Dead Stowaway , The Boy-Convict's Story , More Ways than One , The March of the Children , Her Tour , At the Summit of the Washington Monument , The Silent Wheel , Farmer and Wheel: or, The New Lochinvar , Only a Box , Let the Cloth be White. CITY LEGENDS Containing The Hero of the Tower , The Old Hymnbook , Uncle Nate's Funeral , True to Brother Spear , Diogenes' Daughter , The Sandal-maker of Babylon , The Voice of a Star , The Pastor's Farewell , The Serpent of the Still , The Negro Funeral , The Earthquake-Prayer , Historical Drama—Benedict Arnold , Farmer Stebbins at the Bat , Legend Song , Farmer Stebbins Toboggans , Dionysius's Mirror . Twelve O'clock , Hymn of Thanksgiving , The Convict's Christmas Eve , The Captain is Asleep , The Vestal , Song of the Unbuilt Ship , The Four Travellers , Kidnapped in Mercy , Lady Bountiful's Triumph. CITY FESTIVALS Containing Elder Lamb's Donation , The Engine Driver's Story , Hear the Drums March By , Three Scenes in the Life of Columbus , Flight of the Aged Balloonist , McFluffy's Canoe , The Spectre Whale , The Bridge-jumper's Story , The Festival of Family Reunion , Private Brown's Reflections , Our Guests Unseen , Rhymes to the Day , The Thursday Sabbath Day , Elder Pettigrew's Helpmeet , Hymn-Sermon , The Child-Thief , A Leap for Love , Song of the Side-Showman , The Dwarf's Response , The Giant's Story , The Bearded Lady's Story , A Modern Cassandra , Jonathan Jarvis , Under the Wheels. RHYMES OF OUR PLANET Containing The Country Doctor , When Burns Was Born , Coasting Down the Hill , The Ancient Miner's Story , Bridget O'Shamus , Song of the Daisy , Fight It Out , Moses and Angelo , Captain Young's Thanksgiving , If Our Old Clock Could Speak , Shadrach Brown's Turkey , The Boy in the Mow , Farmer Stebbins at Football , A Saint's Love , Our Easter Queen , The Old 'Reading-class , The Brides of Niagara , Song— The Christmas Tree , Discontent , A Working Woman , The Sheep at the Stack , Don't Change the Old Flag, Till I Die , The Sugarin' Off , Joseph of Arimathea , April's Girl , The Lullaby Song , The Ex-Professor , Waitin' for the Letter , The Shattered Idol , Naples , September Hymn , October Hymn , A Pastel , Four Dogs , Dead at Sea , Foreclosing of the Mortgage , The Christmas Wreck. THE OLD INFANT, AND SIMILAR STORIES Containing, besides the title story, The Vestal Virgin , A Business Flirtation , Lost: Two Young Ladies , Oldbottle's Burglars , The One-ring Circus , The Christmas Car. The book combines all the humor and pathos so noticeable in Mr Carleton's poetical works, with a most delightful prose style. Sent postpaid on receipt of price, by HARPER & BROTHERS, FRANKLIN SQUARE, NEW YORK From Rhymes of Our Planet THE COUNTRY DOCTOR There's a gathering in the village that has never been outdone Since the soldiers took their muskets to the war of 'sixty-one; And a lot of lumber-wagons near the church upon the hill, And a crowd of country people, Sunday-dressed and very still. Now each window is preëmpted by a dozen heads or more, Now the spacious pews are crowded from the pulpit to the door; For with coverlet of blackness on his portly figure spread, Lies the grim old country doctor, in a massive oaken bed. Lies the fierce old country doctor, Lies the kind old country doctor, Whom the populace considered with a mingled love and dread. Maybe half the congregation, now of great or little worth, Found this watcher waiting for them when they came upon the earth; This undecorated soldier, of a hard, unequal strife, Fought in many stubborn battles with the foes that sought their life. In the night-time or the day-time, he would rally brave and well, Though the summer lark was fifing, or the frozen lances fell; Knowing if he won the battle, they would praise their Maker's name, Knowing if he lost the battle, then the doctor was to blame. 'Twas the brave old virtuous doctor, 'Twas the good old faulty doctor, 'Twas the faithful country doctor—fighting stoutly all the same. When so many pined in sickness, he had stood so strongly by, Half the people felt a notion that the doctor couldn't die; They must slowly learn the lesson how to live from day to day, And have somehow lost their bearings—now this landmark is away. But perhaps it still is better that his busy life is done: He has seen old views and patients disappearing, one by one; He has learned that Death is master both of Science and of Art; He has done his duty fairly, and has acted out his part. And the strong old country doctor, And the weak old country doctor, Is entitled to a furlough for his brain and for his heart.
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