Isabella loved her niece Grace Livingston, and she was very proud of Grace’s talent for writing.
When Grace was only twelve years old she wrote her first book, The Esselstynes. It was a story about the life changes a brother and sister experience when they are adopted by a Christian couple. Isabella was so impressed by the story, she had it printed and bound as a book, and she encouraged Grace to write more.
Grace obliged and wrote poems, as well as stories. She wrote the poem below, which Isabella published in an issue The Pansy magazine in April 1881—just in time for Grace’s 16th birthday!
Here’s how the poem appeared in the magazine:
And here’s a transcript of the poem:
THE EVENING STAR
You beautiful star, Shining afar, Above the depths of sin, Unbar the door Of the heavenly floor, And give me one glimpse in.
Into the bright And golden light, In the presence of the King, Where the angels play Night and day, And the choirs forever sing.
The streets of gold, The glories untold, Oh, how I long to see! Star, if you could, Bright star! if you would Show those glories to me!