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An Afterthought.

George Augustus Baker Jr 1849 ( New York City, New York) – 1906 ( New York City, New York)



Vine leaves rustled, moonbeams shone,
Summer breezes softly sighed;
You and I were all alone
In a kingdom fair and wide
You, a Queen, in all your pride,
I, a vassal, by your side.
 
Fairy voices in the leaves
Ceaselessly were whispering:
"'Tis the time to garner sheaves
Let your heart its longing sing;
Place upon her hand a ring;
Then our Queen shall know her King."
 
E'en the moonbeams seemed to learn
Speech when they had kissed your face,
Passing fair my lips did yearn
To be moonbeams for a space
"Lo, 'tis fitting time and place!
Speak, and courage will find grace."
 
But the night wind murmured low,
Softly brushing back your hair,
"Look into her face, and know
That she is a jewel rare,
Worthy of a monarch's heir;
Who are you that you should dare!"
 
Hope died like a frost-touched flower;
But through all the coming years,
In that quiet evening hour,
When the flowers are all in tears,
When the heart hath hopes and fears,
When the day-world disappears.
 
If the vine leaves rustle low,
If the moon shine on the sea,
If the night wind softly blow,
Dreaming of what may not be,
Well I know that I shall see
Your sweet eyes look down on me.
 
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George Augustus Baker Jr

John F. Kensett, 1875 John F. Kensett, 1875 George Augustus Baker Jr (1821 – 1880) The son of a miniaturist, George Baker, Jr. grew up in New York City. Following his father’s example, he became a painter of miniatures on ivory, and becoming almost instantly successful, by the time he was sixteen, he had completed 150 miniatures and sold them for $5.00 a piece. For seven years, he supported himself this way while attending the National Academy of Design. From 1844-46, he studied in Europe and then established a portrait studio in New York. Women and children were his primary subjects. He also did portraits of painters John Frederick Kensett, a close friend, and Charles Loring Elliot, whom he greatly admired. He lived the last fourteen years of his life in Darien, Connecticut where he actively pursued his painting career but kept a studio in New York City. more…

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