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To my knowledge, this poem has never been referenced in any photo-
historical text of any sort.  I came across the mention of the poem in 
an obscure newspaper than happen to highlight articles from a recent 
"Ballou's" issue.  Of course I obtained the full reading pronto, and I 
am pleased to present it to you today.

On this day (February 24) in the year 1855, the following poem was 
published in "Ballou's Pictorial," (Boston; Vol. VIII., No. 8):
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                 [Written for Ballou's Pictorial.]
                   ORIGIN OF THE DAGUERREOTYPE.

    (The following verses, from an anonymous author, are gracefully
     written, and have the playful fancy of Moore or Hoffman.)

                  Venus, gazing in the water,
                    Craved the picture shadowed there;
                  Phoebus heard the wish, and brought her
                    Speedy answer to her prayer.

                  Violet rays her face reflected
                    On his burnished silver shield;
                  Mercury touched it, and, perfected,
                    Every feature stood revealed.

                  Forehead, eyes, and tresses flowing
                    O'er a neck divinely fair;
                  Cheeks, in radiant beauty glowing.--
                    All were brightly pictured there.

                  Thoughts, her secret soul revealing;
                    Pleasure, sparkling in her eye;
                  Smiles, that round her lips were stealing.
                    Full of magic witchery;

                  Grace,--expression,--and whatever
                    Made that face so animate;--
                  All were caught and fixed forever,
                    Truthful--life-like, on the plate.      F. A. F.

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Posted for your enjoyment.      Gary W. Ewer       
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02-24-96


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