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Frank Lebby Stanton
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Frank Lebby Stanton
Frank Lebby Stanton cr.jpg
Born February 22, 1857
Charleston, South Carolina, United States
Died January 7, 1927 (aged 69)
Atlanta, Georgia
Pen name Frank L. Stanton
Frank Stanton
F. L. Stanton
Occupation Poet, lyricist, columnist
Literary movement Early Southern Renaissance
Notable works "Just Awearyin' for You"
"Mighty Like a Rose"
Frank Lebby Stanton (February 22, 1857 – January 7, 1927),[1] 
frequently credited as Frank L. Stanton, Frank Stanton or F. L. Stanton,
was an American lyricist.
He was also the initial columnist for the Atlanta Constitution and 
became the first poet laureate of the State of Georgia, a post to 
which he was appointed by Governor Clifford Walker in 1925 and which 
Stanton held until his death.[2]
Stanton was born in Charleston, South Carolina, to Valentine Stanton 
(a printer, Confederate soldier, and farmer) and his wife 
Catherine Rebecca Parry Stanton, whose father owned a plantation on 
Kiawah Island. From early childhood he was influenced by the hymns of
Isaac Watts and Charles Wesley and was reared in the Methodist Episcopal Church,
South. After starting school in Savannah, Georgia, Frank Lebby Stanton found
 his education cut off by the American Civil War. At the age of 12 he became 
 apprenticed to a printer, a position which allowed him to enter the 
 newspaper business. In 1887 he met Leone Josey while he was working for the
 Smithville News; they married and, in 1888, moved to Rome, Georgia, where 
 Frank Lebby Stanton had received an offer from John Temple Graves to serve
 as night editor for the Rome Tribune. With encouragement from Joel Chandler Harris,
 Stanton in 1889 switched to the Atlanta Constitution (where for a few months he
 worked for Henry W. Grady prior to Grady's death), and began to focus more on 
 writing editorials and columns, a newspaper role which he filled from then until
 Stanton's death in 1927.[3] Stanton's writing became quite popular and 
 assiduously read. His column News from Billville (later Up from Georgia) forms 
 the basis for claims that he was even the prototype for American newspaper columnists.
 [4] Frank Lebby Stanton died, aged 69, in Atlanta, Georgia. He and Leone Josey Stanton
 were survived by their children—Marcelle Stanton Megahee and Frank Lebby Stanton Jr.[5]
Stanton circa 1892
Frank Lebby Stanton's verse is marked by simplicity and charm as well as
 sentimentality which was then en vogue. His poems include a number which 
 he wrote in dialect, a challenge for which he had special knack, such as 
 "Mighty Lak a Rose" (which was set to music by Ethelbert Nevin [1862-1901]).
 The music for "A Plantation Ditty" (first line "De gray owl sing fum de chimbly top")
 by Stanton was composed by Sidney Homer.[6] Several of Stanton's ballads were
 set to music by Oley Speaks.[7] Possibly Stanton's most successful hit in 
 popular music was his lyrics for the wildly selling 1901 parlor song 
 "Awearyin' for You" for which Carrie Jacobs-Bond provided the familiar tune.
 [8] "Linger Not" and "Until God's Day" are two other songs on which 
 tanton and Jacobs-Bond collaborated.[9]
According to the Online Computer Library Center (OCLC), Stanton's writings 
include 171 items in 309 publications in 3 languages and 1,483 library holdings"
(OCLC WorldCat hits).[10]
Stanton's familiar poem of optimism and encouragement
Collections of his work are listed by Connecticut State Library,
[11] Valdosta State University,[12] University of Rochester 
(Eastman School of Music),[13] and Music Australia.[14]
On many occasions, leading to his selection as poet laureate, Stanton 
was called on to furnish poetry for occasions of state, one of them being 
the opening of Atlanta's Cotton States and International Exposition (1895).
[15] On 1916 February 23, the day after Stanton's 59th birthday, public schools
 throughout Georgia held commemorations of his achievements. Walker, in
 appointing Stanton Georgia's poet laureate, stated that no one had ever
 previously been appointed poet laureate of any southern state.[16]
Stanton wrote the lyrics of "Just Awearyin' for You" 
and Carrie Jacobs-Bond the music.[17] In the first edition's frontispiece, 
credit to Stanton is missing. He was often remiss in protecting his work,
 and only after publication did Jacobs-Bond become aware of Stanton's authorship
 of what had been printed as an anonymous poem by a Chicago newspaper.[18] 
 Stanton's name was added to the score, and Jacobs-Bond amicably began paying 
 him a revenue stream which became his most lucrative source of royalties.[19]
Stanton has been frequently compared with Indiana's James Whitcomb Riley or called 
"the James Whitcomb Riley of the South"; Stanton and Riley were close friends who 
frequently traded poetic ideas.[20] Although Stanton frequently wrote in the dialect
 of black southerners and poor whites, he was an opponent of the less-admirable aspects
 (such as lynching) of the culture in which he lived, and he tended to be compatible
 in philosophy with the southern progressivism of his employer, the Atlanta Constitution,
 for which he wrote editorials. These and other characteristics of Stanton are well 
 elaborated in the scholarly essays on him by Francis J. Bosha[21] and Bruce M. Swain.[22]
Multi-voice-ranges 1901 cover of Ethelbert Nevin's tune for "Mighty Lak' a Rose" for
 which Stanton wrote the lyrics. The dialect title means (approximately
 ) "very much like a rose" and is supposedly sung by a mother to her young son.
 The first line, by which the opus is occasionally known,
 is "Sweetest li'l feller" (sweetest little fellow).
Shortly after his death Stanton was commemorated in the naming of the
 Frank Lebby Stanton Elementary School, which, after the redesignation
 of a street name for its eponym still unborn at the time of Stanton's death,
 is at 1625 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive in Atlanta.[23]
Five items by Stanton appear in Edmund Clarence Stedman's American Anthology 1787-1900, published in 1900:[24]
"One Country" (Stedman's Item 1286)
"A Plantation Ditty" (Stedman's Item 1287)
"The Graveyard Rabbit" (Stedman's Item 1288)
"The Mocking-Bird" (Stedman's Item 1289)
"A Little Way" (Stedman's Item 1290)
One of Stanton's works most widely quoted during his lifetime was a quatrain
titled "This World"; it is inscribed on his tombstone in Atlanta's Westview Cemetery:[25]
This world we're a'livin' in
Is mighty hard to beat.
You get a thorn with every rose.
But ain't the roses sweet?
Musical settings of his poetry
Stanton collaborated with African American composer Harry Thacker Burleigh in
 the sheet music for his poem "Jean" (Burleigh composed and harmonized the tune).
 [26] American composers of art songs such as Ethelbert Nevin and Carrie Jacobs Bond
 wrote songs to his verses; composer Oley Speaks also set at least four of his poems
 to music: "The Hills of Dawn", "In Maytime", "Morning",[27] and "When Mabel Sings".
 Joshua Emdon set his famous "Keep-A' Goin'!"
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A Child's Day With Nature In The Nearby Woods
(honoring tenth poet, in my poet dedication series)

I saw the rolling river at first glance,
its dancing, prancing waters all aglow
Forest edge, such views were my new romance
in their depths, fades away my childlike tow.

Over singing waters fish catchers fly
Their colors blazing against bluest sky

I saw spotted fawn as it came to drink,
its soft coat glimmering in willing sun
This and much more caused me to with joy think
how Nature gives beauty and so much fun.

Over singing waters fish catchers fly
Their colors blazing against bluest sky

I saw mockingbird, its tune a'stirring,
its flight just above my head a true feast
I next saw wildcat with kits a'purring
a great showing for such wary, shy beast.

Over singing waters fish catchers fly
Their colors blazing against bluest sky

I saw much more at wonderful day's pass,
beauty of flowering meadows that sang
I then was but a timid little lass
that answered whenever Nature's call rang.

Over singing waters fish catchers fly
Their colors blazing against bluest sky

Robert J. Lindley, 3-07- 2019
Rhyme, ( Youth Seeing A Bit Of Nature's Wonders)
Dedication poem, honoring Frank L. Stanton, 
my tenth poet honored in my famous poets dedication series.

Syllables Per Line:
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Total # Syllables:  240
Total # Words:	170

Note: This my tenth poet chosen and honored in my 
famous poets dedication series honors the truly 
great poet, Frank L. Stanton. An amazing poet that
sought to write for and to the common man yet was
rightly given admiration, honor and fame in his 
lifetime and long career. I chose his poem titled,
"The Mockingbird", to be used to inspire my dedication
poem one that I borrowed a few of my own childhood 
memories to compose.

The Mocking-Bird by Frank Lebby Stanton

He did n’t know much music 
When first he come along; 
An’ all the birds went wonderin’ 
Why he did n’t sing a song.

They primped their feathers in the sun, 
An’ sung their sweetest notes; 
An’ music jest come on the run 
From all their purty throats!

But still that bird was silent 
In summer time an’ fall; 
He jest set still an’ listened, 
An’ he would n’t sing at all!

But one night when them songsters 
Was tired out an’ still, 
An’ the wind sighed down the valley 
An’ went creepin’ up the hill;

When the stars was all a-tremble 
In the dreamin’ fields o’ blue, 
An’ the daisy in the darkness 
Felt the fallin’ o’ the dew,— 

There come a sound o’ melody 
No mortal ever heard, 
An’ all the birds seemed singin’ 
From the throat o’ one sweet bird!

Then the other birds went Mayin’ 
In a land too fur to call; 
Fer there warn ’t no use in stayin’ 
When one bird could sing fer all! 
        poem by Frank Lebby Stanton

Copyright © | Year Posted 2019

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Date: 4/12/2019 3:25:00 PM
Congrats on being in the top 100 new poems!
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Date: 4/2/2019 7:13:00 PM
Thank you for these Robert and all the information. I was not familiar with this poet's work. He writes to delight the spirit. Your creative poem captures his capricious nature so beautifully Robert. I have to fave this gem! Happy Easter my dear friend! : ) xxoo
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Date: 4/3/2019 5:50:00 AM
Thank you my dear friend. Stanton was quite famous back in his time. Certainly a very busy author/poet/ journalist. I gave as friendship gift my favorite book of his poems to my dear friend Peter Dugan. As I saw such similarity in their poems. Especially in the inspirational and tender hearts that composed such gems.
Date: 4/2/2019 1:53:00 AM
Hey Robert, came back to these poems to give them another read. I like the first stanza of the first poem the best. I also liked the grammatical style of the second poem.
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Date: 4/3/2019 5:46:00 AM
Thank you my friend. So very kind of you to read and comment. Although a laborious task to do the series it was also fun and an honor to be able to express my immense level of admiration for these legendary poets.
Date: 3/24/2019 10:20:00 AM
Hi Robert, another exceptional dedication write in your tribute series. I am in ecstasy as I read the nature that does unfold before my eyes. The words stir the imagination and beauty unfolds within the mind. Now, this is a work to give the soul peace. It has been a joy to read both these works today. This has been a wonderful tribute series Robert and I for one will be glad if you decide to carry on. A fave. Have a wonderful Sunday. Your friend always....Mike.
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Date: 3/26/2019 3:10:00 PM
Thank you my friend. This series has been both enjoyable and very hard to write. I think at the halfway point was a good place to stop. Perhaps even one day I may return to do the other ten poets!
Date: 3/22/2019 8:48:00 AM
Hi Robert! I'm ashamed to admit that I knew very little about Frank Stanton. Thanks to you I am now determined to delve more into his works. The poem you dedicated to him is delightful, starting with a title that tempts the imagination. Keep up the good work, my friend. Regards // paul
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Date: 3/23/2019 4:14:00 AM
Thank you my friend. Frank Stanton was an amazing intellectual/poet/lyricist, journalist, editor, philosopher. One that with a generous and giving heart wrote poetry for the common man. I see the genius and beauty in all of his amazing poetry. I hope you do have the time to read his other poems my friend..
Date: 3/21/2019 10:38:00 PM
Another poet you have introduced me to. Your tribute poem took me back when I was kid, before cell phones, at the dawn of Atari, when I would spend hours outside. Today, my kids only go outside when they are getting into the car.
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Date: 3/23/2019 4:10:00 AM
Thank you my friend. I was blessed to have had a Native American grandfather , that along with our father that instilled in us a love of Nature and its gifts. My son too , stays mostly inside playing his Fortenight video game.
Date: 3/21/2019 1:27:00 PM
You have got into the minds of these famous poets in your dedication series and have done a fantastic job in writing in their style, I can honestly say I would have not known where to start. Well done Robert. Tom.
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Date: 3/21/2019 7:10:00 PM
Thank you my friend. I am truly delighted to read such kind words and know my dedication labors have borne some measure of fruit. Perhaps now I can go about finishing my Achilles poem, the final and third part of it.
Date: 3/21/2019 11:06:00 AM
That's a pretty good Stanton dedication, you've penned; beautifully executed. I do love deer, I find them quite beautiful; love the fawn verse and the image of "singing waters" over which, "fish catchers fly". Beautiful.a9y
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Date: 3/21/2019 7:07:00 PM
Thank you my friend. Nature, its beauty, its wonders and its majesty has always gifted and inspired me to see better life and the vagaries of this world. Has gave me solace in difficult times , if I could be go out into it to find such peace.
Date: 3/21/2019 8:20:00 AM
Robert, I enjoyed the refreshing buoyancy soaring throughout both of these wonderful dedications. Especially writing within the charming down-home colloquial style of your honored poet. Great effort my friend! Bravo!
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Date: 3/21/2019 7:05:00 PM
Thank you my friend. I have long admired the great poet, Frank L. Stanton. I once had a book of his poetry and I gave it to my dear friend in Australia , Peter Duggan. I know he loved it as he himself writes great poetry much as did Stanton!