A mountain hides within itself
This message grand and true
Which at my bidding came today
For me to give to you..
“Drink deep of Nature’s sweetest life
While learning how to wait
Stand strong against the tempest’s strife
Not questioning the fate
Then shalt thou live above the din
Of petty things below
Absorbing depths of life within
The future to o’erflow”
Elizabeth Porter Gould
1848 – 1906
Elizabeth Porter Gould (June 8, 1848 – 1906) was an American poet, essayist, and suffragist who edited an early anthology of selections from Walt Whitman’s work and wrote extensively on subjects related to education. Gould published several collections of her own verse, including Stray Pebbles from the Shores of Thought (1892) and One’s Self I Sing, and Other Poems (1904). She wrote lyrics for a number of songs, including “Columbia—America”, which became the anthem of the Massachusetts chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.