FF – I heart Sarah Josepha Hale

Poet. Autodidact (unschoolers, REPRESENT!). New Hampshirite. Prestigious literary prize named for her. In 1830s and 1840s, held a “Ladies Fair” at Quincy Market, and raised $30,000 for the completion of the Bunker Hill Monument. Mostly responsible for creating a unified national Thanksgiving. Editor of Godey’s Lady’s Book. Huge proponent of education for girls and women. Wore black for 57 of her 90 years. Oh, and she wrote, Mary Had a Little Lamb (based on actual events). Just like I asked myself last week, how did I not know about Sarah Josepha Hale?

Funny thing is, I wanted to do a quick and easy blog today, so I decided to search the interwebz for a quote to use with my rainbow picture. After I found hers, I checked Wikipedia to see who she was, and spent the next few thousand hours reading about her. Her life was, in a word, fascinating.

Here’s her quote, paired with a picture I took on June 9th.

Sarah Josepha Hale quote
Now I’m off to work on the ninety-billion things I was supposed to do today. Happy Friday, all!

“O, beautiful rainbow; – all woven of light! There’s not in thy tissue, one shadow of night; Heaven surely is open when thou dost appear, And, bending above thee, the angels draw near, And sing, – The rainbow! the rainbow! The smile of God is here.” ~ Sarah Josepha Hale

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  1. Oddly, I had thought “Mary Had a Little Lamb” was one of those rhymes whose authorship had been lost in the mists of time. Cool to know it’s not. πŸ™‚

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