A Rainbow at Victoria Falls

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  • Irish Jesuit Province

    A Rainbow at Victoria FallsAuthor(s): F. C. KolbeSource: The Irish Monthly, Vol. 34, No. 400 (Oct., 1906), p. 567Published by: Irish Jesuit ProvinceStable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/20501028 .Accessed: 14/06/2014 12:19

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  • A RAINBOW AT VICTORIA FALLS 567

    by means of translations in Germany, France, and other countries, was published by M. H. Gill & SonI and has run through four

    editions. The same imprint is upon the writings of men so

    utterly different as Thomas Caulfield Irwin and William John

    Fitzpatrick. Other very notable items in Messrs. Gill's cata

    logue are Dr. P. W. Joyce's Names of Irish Places, Mrs. Sarah

    Atkinson's Essays on Irish Subjects and her Life of Mary

    Aikenhead, and local and diocesan histories like Archdeacon

    Fahy's Kilmacduagh and Archdeacon White's History of Clare. M. H. Gill & Son were among the first to take advantage

    of the enthusiasm awakened of late years for the cultivation

    of the Irish language. Long before, they had published Canon tlick Bourke's College Irish Grammar which dates back to

    that good priest's student days at Maynooth, half way through

    the last century. They were the first publishers also of Father

    Eugene O'Growney's epoch-making Lessons in Irish. Much of Dr. Douglas Hyde's splendid Irish work, and also Father

    Dinneen's, has come from this Dublin firm whose golden jubilee

    we are commemorating a little behind time. Floreat in aevum !

    A RAINBOW AT VICTORIA FALLS*

    A CHILD, I chased the rainbow once, and wept

    Because I could not reach its glorious ray.

    In life's decline, I stood amid the spray

    Where all Zambesi down its gorges leapt;

    And as into the cloud I careless stept,

    The rainbow forward moving came my way.

    With round completed on the grass it lay,

    And o'er my feet the rosy radiance crept.

    So do we chase our fancies, and despair

    At length of joys that made our youth so sweet:

    Till, some day, God's ideal, now unsought,

    Bodies itself in some diviner air,

    And, filling with its radiance all our thought, Completes its circle at our very feet.

    F. C. KOLBE.

    * Dr. Kolbe calls it in a private note "one of the most beautiful

    Nature-happenings that have ever come to me."

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    Article Contentsp. 567

    Issue Table of ContentsThe Irish Monthly, Vol. 34, No. 400 (Oct., 1906), pp. 541-600The Bit O' Blue [pp. 541-547]A July Moon [p. 547-547]Terence O'Neill's Heiress: A Story [pp. 548-563]Sursum [p. 563-563]A Dublin Firm of Long Standing [pp. 564-567]A Rainbow at Victoria Falls [p. 567-567]Temperance Hymn [p. 568-568]The National Pilgrimage to Lourdes: Latest or Last? [pp. 569-574]By This Sign Conquer [p. 574-574]The "Mountain" [pp. 575-581]The Baptist [pp. 581-582]A Lowly Shrine [p. 582-582]From a Cottage to a Flat [pp. 583-586]Review: Notes on New Books [pp. 587-593]Pigeonhole Paragraphs [pp. 594-599]Good Things Well Said [p. 600-600]