7 J.J. Thorne Poems
J.J. Thorne (John Julius Thorne) was born on February 11th, 1871. His book of poetry, Humble Hours of Solitude was published in 1904. He has inspired many by his uplifting poems and more than 100 years since they have been
written they are still be shared today.
The following is an excerpt, A Sketch Of My Life, from his book, Humble Hours Of Solitude:
"My parents were not wealthy
but were able to have the necessaries of life. I feel thankful
that they endeavored to feed my mind and faculties all the
days of my youth to reverence our heavenly father, to he
obedient and honest in all my dealings, and in fact, all that
they felt to be the duties of parents through the bonds of love
that parents have for a child. They delayed not in trying to
cultivate my youth to the best of their ability. They often
told me to always do unto others as I would have others do to
by me, and to always show courtesy and respect to the aged
people. These two morals they seemed to especially endeavor
to impress upon the mind of their wandering boy. Alas, if
I could have seen in my youth as I hope that maturity and
experience have revealed unto me. How hard it seems that
I would have tried to have pruned the rose of honor by taking their valuable advice.
But I was as most all lads, pervert in nature's darkness and prone to wander....
Among the many impressions of my life, one of them is
the subject of composing poetry. On the 13th day of January, 1898, these few words came forcibly to my mind and
heart as follows:
This a lesson we should heed
Through our Maker to obey.
To oblige the poor in case of need,
And help them on their way.
The group of sentences were as distinct in my memory as anything that I ever had
committed to memory. In all my days from that very moment to the present day, it
has among my many ups and down of life been a poetic burden...
If I were to
say that I did not desire wealth I would tell
a falsehood, for it is a part of human nature, but my poetic
desire has been so deeply impressed upon me that I have finally decided to place the work before the public, trusting that
they will be pleased with the writings of an humble and unworthy poor sinner,
hoping that my work is worthy of being placed before the public and hanging by
the fireside of all that should desire a copy....
I feel like I have already written more in this sketch than
I am worthy of writing, or endeaver to place before the public, and in conclusion wish to say that if my friends, known
and unknown, give me their patronage as to the purchase of
my poems, sufficiently enabling me to accomplish my objects in verse, I hope not very far in the future to compose
many more speeches, than I have already written. I know
that if my pen should be directed as it has in the past that I
can compose, but the number of course is unknown, it lies
entirely in Providence as to whether or what I write in the
future. I hope I can say, may the good Lord bless his creation and save all he will."
We have picked some of our favorite poems by J.J. Thorne, we hope
you find inspiration and encouragement in them.