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JOHN JUDSON BAGLEY

BY GEORGE H. HOPKINS
June 7, 1882

I realize that I am no longer a boy, playing amid the flowers of the forest, or dabbling in the waters of the St. Joe, gathering knowledge from Webster's spelling-booh, or gathering nuts from the tall hickory trees that surrounded our home. I know that hereafter life will be a constant toil intermingled with much pleasure; I know that I am afloat on life's troubled waters, and must seize the oar, and row my own bark. Still I fondly trust that there is somewhere on the banks of life's stream a harbor and a haven of rest, where I can safely anchor, lay down my oar, and be happy in the knowledge that I have done my duty. I know that 'Life is real, life is earnest, ' and that we are not sent here to dream, but to work. "
"April 9, 1854.
Today I have been dreaming of the past old remembrances, old times, old scenes, boyish plays and boyish hardships, boyish loves and boyish hates. I do love to look back and think of the good times! the spelling schools and the walk home, the Saturday afternoons devoted to play, the master's ruler, and the fires we used to kindle with it, the snow-balling and ball-playing, the prizes for being at the head, and the shame for being at the tail of the class. Then the unpretending church, without steeple or bell, without cushions or carpets, yet still I love it more than any of our palaces. How oft have I sat and listened to 'Old Hundred, ' or 'Corinth, ' sung, I thought then, as no one but our choir could sing it. The old-fashioned tuning fork, and the voice of the leader; I can almost hear it now. Well! well! the church and the school-house are gone—and full one-half of their occupants are gone too. Perhaps they are singing 'Corinth' to-day around the throne. "

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