Mary Mapes Dodge

Children's writer, novelist, poet, editor
Mary Mapes Dodge

Mary Mapes Dodge (26 January 183121 August 1905) was an American children's writer and editor, best known for her novel Hans Brinker.


  • Whenever a snowflake leaves the sky,
    It turns and turns to say "Good-by!
    Good-by, dear clouds, so cool and gray!"
    Then lightly travels on its way.
    • Snowflakes (1894).
  • But when a snowflake, brave and meek,
    Lights on a rosy maiden's cheek,
    It starts—"How warm and soft the day!"
    "'T is summer!" and it melts away.
    • Snowflakes (1894).
  • Life is a mystery as deep as ever death can be;
    Yet oh, how dear it is to us, this life we live and see!
    • The Two Mysteries (1904).
  • But I believe that God is overhead
    And as life is to the living, so death is to the dead.
    • The Two Mysteries (1904).
  • For ever and ever, my darling, yes—
    Goodness and love are undying;
    Only the troubles and cares of earth
    Are winged from the first for flying.
    Our way we plough
    In the furrow "now;"
    But after the tilling and growing the sheaf;
    Soil for the root, but the sun for the leaf—
    And God keepeth watch forever.
    • Reported in Josiah Hotchkiss Gilbert, Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895), p. 287.

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