Nathan Hale


“By starlight and moonlight,
He seeks the Briton’s camp;
He hears the rustling flag,
And the armed sentry’s tramp;
And the starlight and moonlight
His silent wanderings lamp.

“With slow tread and still tread,
He scans the tented line;
And he counts the battery guns
By the gaunt and shadowy pine;
And his slow tread and still tread
Gives no warning sign.”

 — From “Nathan Hale” by Francis Miles Finch in Poems of American Patriotism (1922) illustrated by N.C. Wyeth. Hale, 21, was scouting the British army’s strength for General George Washington. Hale was captured and hanged as a spy on September 22, 1776, and is remembered for his last words, “I only regret that I have but one life to give for my country.”

Guard Duty

Guard Duty

“Enter Fairy Queen and Fairies,” a William Russell Flint illustration for the 1911 print publication of Iolanthe, a comic opera by W.S. Gilbert (libretto) and Arthur Sullivan (music), in which a band of immortal fairies who find themselves at odds with the House of Peers. I occasionally had guard duty while in the service of my country, but it was never like this. With thanks to “The Golden Age” blog, an endless offering of dazzling art.

Umm, Locusts


This immediately called to mind the cut on The Who Sell Out when a young lad asks, “What’s for tea, Mum?” The answer then was Heinz Baked Beans, but here, it’s locusts. All praise to the Newman Art Publishing Co., of Cape Town, S.A.