Mary Mapes Dodge

American children's writer (1831-1905)

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

Mary Mapes Dodge


  • 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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