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Mother   1 comment

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EDITOR’S NOTE:

In the previous post (https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/08/09/my-mother-2/), I shared my grandmother’s tribute to her mother.  Now I share my granduncle Randolph’s tribute to the same woman from twenty-six years (to the day) before that.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

AUGUST 9, 2013 COMMON ERA

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The sweetest name ever spoken

Of God’s love a wondrous token;

The fairest mortal ever known

The kindest friend that one can own;

Closer than other friends, or brother–

A;; of this, and more–is Mother.

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As pure as dew upon God’s flow’rs,

Patient thro’ life’s weary hours;

As kind as mortal soul can be,

Putting all her trust in Thee.

For her children and many another,

Praying, always, is my Mother.

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Cheery as a sunbeam bright,

Helping all who come in sight;

Mending children’s broken toys,

Giving to them untold joys;

Ev’ry day is one step further

Toward heaven, thru help of Mother.

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On this day that’s set aside

In life’s wide and yearly stride,

On this day, above all others,

Celebrated for our Mothers,

May I say with heart e’er true,

Mother–I love you!

RANDOLPH WINBURN BARRETT

MAY 8, 1932 COMMON ERA

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My Mother   2 comments

Barretts

Above:  George Washington Barrett (1873-1956) and Nellie Seguin Fox Barrett (1876-1958) with their Daughter, Nell Barrett Taylor (1915-2001), My Grandmother, Probably in the 1950s

Image Courtesy of Randolph Fleming Taylor

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EDITOR’S NOTE:

One of the best genres of poetry is the tribute to one’s mother.  (And why not?)  The following text is eloquent and excellent.  I say this because it is true, not just because I am biased.

My great-grandmother, by the way, died on September 16, 1958.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

AUGUST 9, 2013 COMMON ERA

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My mother’s hands, so quick and deft,

Could make from scraps that others left

So many useful, pretty things,

So many gay and playful things!

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She made our clothes, she let them down;

She changed and mended, turned them ’round

Until, to childish eyes and hearts,

They surpassed Dame Fashion’s arts.

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She made our fairy crowns and wings,

Our skirts and trains and ‘cepter things

For all our fairy-story plays,

From papers old, on rainy days.

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She gave us games, and stunts, and tricks,

She’d always stop her work to fix

A doll, a broken wheel, or toy–

She did it all to give us joy.

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She taught us music, taught us songs;

She told us stories, taught right from wrong.

She cleaned, she scrubbed, she served, she pressed,

She cooked–she was the very best!

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She made the loveliest loaves of bread,

And rolls and cakes and cookies fed

Her children six–and neighbors too,

Who came to play, as children do.

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She painted pictures with brush and pen;

She taught us each to dare begin

To make and dream of life come true.

What more could one’s mother do?

NELL BARRETT TAYLOR

MAY 8, 1958 COMMON ERA

In Bethlehem, A King   Leave a comment

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Above:  Grotto of the Nativity, Church of the Nativity, Bethlehem, Palestine, February 1945

Image Created by Matson Photo Service

Image Source = Library of Congress

(http://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/mpc2005008989/PP/)

Reproduction Number = LC-DIG-matpc-12537

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One still calm night in Bethlehem

While shepherds watched their sheep,

A child was born, the angels sang,

The world lay wrapt in sleep.

The child lay humbly on the hay

Which filled the manger lowly;

His mother looked with smiling face

Upon the child so holy.

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From heaven high the chorus came;

The shepherds heard and knelt

Upon the ground in fear of God,

As joy their spirits felt.

The angels sang of Jesus’ birth

Which would all people save

Of God’s great love for all mankind

That Christ to us he gave.

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Today the chorus lingers still

All folk his name revere,

The one who in a manger lay

By all is held in fear.

Today we hear the angels’ song

As shepherds heard it then.

“Fear not:  to you is born this day

In Bethlehem, a King.”

RANDOLPH WINBURN BARRETT

DECEMBER 1931 COMMON ERA

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866 Euclid Avenue, Atlanta, Georgia   Leave a comment

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Photograph Courtesy of Randolph Fleming Taylor

According to my sources, one of the sisters of my great-grandmother, Nellie Seguin Fox Barrett (1876-1958), willed this house to her.  It was, according to records of the North Georgia Conference of The Methodist Church, the retirement address of George Washington Barrett (1873-1956).  And it was the site of many pleasant memories for my father, John D. Taylor, III, and my uncle Randy during their childhoods.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

AUGUST 9, 2013 COMMON ERA

God and Country   Leave a comment

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This image from the 1950s shows my grandmother, Nell Barrett Taylor, presenting the Boy Scouts God and Country award to my father, John Dodson Taylor, III.  To her immediate left is my grandfather, John Dodson Taylor, Jr.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

AUGUST 9, 2013 COMMON ERA

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Photograph Courtesy of Randolph Fleming Taylor

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1953 Packard in Atlanta, Georgia   Leave a comment

1953 Packard

A Photograph from 1953, taken in Atlanta

From left to right:

George Washington Barrett (1873-1956), my great-grandfather;

Randolph Fleming Taylor, my uncle;

Richard “Dick” Fox Barrett (died 2009), a cousin, also a grandson of George Washington Barrett;

John Dodson Taylor, III, my father.

Nellie Seguin Fox Barrett (1876-1958) looks on.

Margaret Elizabeth Barrett Bartlett (1918-2007), my grandaunt, is also in the background.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

AUGUST 9, 2013 COMMON ERA

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Photograph Courtesy of Randolph Fleming Taylor

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Barrett Sisters   Leave a comment

Barrett Sisters

On the left side:  Lucy Seguin Barrett (later Vanlandingham)

On the right side, from left to right:

Nell Barrett Taylor (1915-2001), my grandmother;

Lucy Seguin Barrett, my grandaunt;

Margaret Elizabeth Barrett Bartlett, my grandaunt

The photograph is undated, but sometime during the 1980s seems plausible to me.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

AUGUST 9, 2013 COMMON ERA