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          Good-by to Bard

          Poet’s Tomb to Be Moved from S.F.
          Author of Famous ‘The Old Oaken Bucket’

          W. H. Fieldhouse places bouquet of flowers at tomb of Samuel T. Woodworth “...The rude bucket, the iron-bound bucket, ...the moss covered bucket, which hung in the well.... And now far removed from the Beloved habitation......”
          “Far from the beloved habitation,” far from his old home that inspired the verse that reached the heart cords of all the world, "The Old Oaken Bucket," the last visible memory in this city of Samuel T. Woodworth, lyrical poet of the last century, will soon be removed.

          The moss-covered bucket, of which the beloved singer wrote, is matched by the green moss of the time stained stone crypt in Laurel Hill Cemetery in San Francisco, where the remains of the printer-poet had lain for half a century.

          Over the sandstone tomb, smothered with ivy and climbing rose, fog and wind now sing a sad refrain as if again bidding good-by to the songster who made bucolic scenes of his childhood in Scituate, Mass., a heart picture for all, and whose story of the well and its welcome drink has been translated into all civilized tongues.

          BODY CREMATED

          Thirty-seven years ago members of the family of the poet removed his body from the tomb, crowded with vines and flowers, like the “deep tangled wildwood” of the poem, had it cremated and took the ashes away.

          And the lovers of the memory of the poet, who had worn a path to the last home of him who longed again for the sweet scenes of childhood came no more.

          The vines grew thicker and more tangled, the iron grill work of the fence surrounding the tomb rusted with the years. The rock coping started to crumble. Marble facings cracked and neglect laid its careless hand on all as if the sweet song of the poet had echoed for the last time in heart memory.

          Crowded near are the graves of early day pioneers now resting in the silent city of the dead. The pioneers who come to found a new empire and a new home in the West, and who now will again be seeking another last home if the removal of the cemeteries is voted at the city elections in November.

          Just to the west of the poet’s tomb is the crowded children’s plot with wind blown laurel near it. They, too, will be hustled away when the wreckers and the grave diggers get busy.

          “Of late year the souvenir hunters have not been plucking at the ivy over the grave,” William H. Fieldhouse, office manager for the old cemetery said. “There used to be a path, worn in the turf, leading to the grave. But now....”

          The poet who sang for the bucket that hung in the well, “the bridge and the rock where the cataract fell,“ died in New York December 9, 1842. In 1864, his son, Selim E. Woodworth, stationed in San Francisco as commander, in the United States Navy, had his father’s body brought to Laurel Hill, for, it was hoped, a lasting resting place. But at the start of the new century, the city passed drastic cemetery regulation ordinances.

          ASHES PRESERVED

          His surviving relatives, fearing the poet’s rest would be disturbed, removed the body and preserved its ashes, leaving the tomb, now the sport of winds, in the cemetery to await the wreckers if the removal ordinance is voted.

          But for a few months yet the iris and the ivy will nod to the breezes as if in rhythm to the immortal lines:

          “How dear to this heart are the scenes of my childhood... when fond recollection presents them to view....”

          For a few months yet visitors may come and muse with bared heads over the vault garlanded with ivy, a spot unlike the “loved spot where my infancy knew.”

          San Francisco Chronicle
          July 11, 1937


          Bibliography of Samuel T. Woodworth

          Title: An oration delivered before the New-York Typographical Society at their second anniversary, on the fourth of July, 1811 / by George Ashbridge. New-York : Printed by C.S. Van Winkle, 1811. Description: 28 p.
          Notes: Includes (p. 25-28): An ode on the art of printing / the following ode, sung at the celebration was written by Mr. Samuel Woodworth.
          Title: Bunker-Hill, or, The death of General Warren : an historic tragedy, in five acts / by John Burk. New-York : D. Longworth, 1817.
          Description: 44 p.
          Notes: In verse.
          “As performed at the theatres in America ...” “Ode for the fourth March, 1817, written for the occasion by Samuel Woodworth”: p. [43]-44.
          Title: The forest rose, or, American farmers : a pastoral opera in two acts / by Samuel Woodworth ; music by John Davies. New York : Published at the Circulating Library and Dramatic Repository, 1825 ([New York] : Hopkins and Morris)
          Description: 42 p.
          Notes: Libretto only.
          “As performed at the Chatham Theatre, New York.”
          Title: Dixon’s (the celebrated buffo singer) oddities. A glorious collection of ... songs; as song by Mr. G. Dixon, at New-York, Philadelphia, Boston, Baltimore and New Orleans theatres ... Including the new national song, composed and sung on the day of the celebration of the French revolution; to which is added, the ode, written by Mr. S. Woodworth for the same occasion ... Ithaca, N.Y., Mack, Andrus & Woodruff, 1842. Description: 36, 36, 36 p. 19 cm.
          Notes: “King’s choice selection of English songs and The blackbird, being a choice collection of the most popular ... songs” have separate collation and half-titles.
          Other entries: Woodworth, Samuel, 1784-1842. The ode. King’s choice selection of English songs. The blackbird, being a choice collection of the most popular ... songs.
          Title: The Heroes of the lake : a poem, in two books / written in the autumn of 1813. New York : Printed and published by S. Woodworth, 1814.
          Description: 108 p. : ill. ; 16 cm.
          Notes: Attributed to Samuel Woodworth. 24.
          Title: The life and confession of James Hudson, who was executed on Wednesday the 12th January, 1825, at the falls of Fall Creek, for the murder of Logan, an Indian Chief of the Wyandott nation, to which is added an account of his execution. The whole written and published at the request of the deceased. By Samuel Woodworth. Indianapolis, Printed at the Gazette office for the author, 1825.
          Description: 24 p. 21 cm.
          Title: An excursion of the dog-cart : a poem / by an imprisoned debtor.
          New York : W. Bonker, 1822.
          Description: 24 p. ; 22 cm.
          Notes: Half-title: The dog-cart, no. 1.
          Attributed to Samuel Woodworth.
          Title: The complete coiffeur, or, An essay on the art of adorning natural, and of creating artificial, beauty / by J.B.M.D. Lafoy. New York : Stereotyped for the Proprietors, and sold by all the Principal Booksellers, 1817.
          Description: 2 v. in 1. : ill. ; 19 cm.
          Notes: English and French.
          The 1st, English, part (1 p.l., 108 p.) has both an engraved and a printed t.-p., and 4 plates (coiffures) at end. “Romance. Blue and black eyes", p. 50-51 ("Music ... by J. Hewitt”), has an engraved plate of the first stanza set to music facing p. 50. The verses throughout the text, including some longer titled pieces, are by Samuel Woodworth, author of “The old oaken bucket”
          The 2d part (1 p.l., 98 p.) is a free, in part abridged, French version. It has engraved title only: Essai sur l’art de parer la beaute naturelle et de creer la beaute factice. Orne de gravures en taille douce. Par J. B. M. D. Lafoy, coiffeur de dames. “Origine des coeffeurs. Romance” p. 15-16 (“Musique de Mr. Gentill”) has an engraved plate of the first stanza set to music facing p. 15. Added engraved t.p.
          Title: Festivals, games, and amusements : ancient and modern / by Horatio Smith ; with additions by Samuel Woodworth. New York : J. & J. Harper, 1831.
          Description: 355 p., 2 fold pl. : ill. ; 16 cm.
          Title: The forest rose; or, American Farmers: a drama in two acts, by Samuel Woodworth... N.Y. S. French, [1825] Description: 32p. D.
          Author: Woodworth, Samuel, 1784-1842.
          Title: Bubble & squeak, or, A dish of all sorts : being a collection of American poems, published in New York. New York : Printed for the booksellers, 1814.
          Description: 212 p. in various pagings.
          Notes: Contents: Quarter-day, or The horrors of the first of May —Beasts at law, or Zoologian jurisprudence — The fatal armour — The desponding lovers —The capture and shipwreck of the U.S. Brig. Vixen.
          Title: The first attempt, or, Something new : being a picture of truth, drawn from the nature of things as they really exist / by Samuel Woodworth. New-York : From the Halcyon press, by Samuel Woodworth & Co., 1811.
          Description: 23 p.
          Notes: Advertisement for the new press of Samuel Woodworth & Co., in New York city.
          Title: The forest rose, or, American farmers : a drama in two acts / by Samuel Woodworth. New York (122 Nassau St.) : S. French, [186-?]
          Description: 32 p. ; 19 cm.
          Author: Woodworth, Samuel, 1784-1842.
          Title: The heroes of the lake : a poem, in two parts / [by] Amulans Sequor. New York : S. Woodworth, 1814.
          Description: 108 p.
          Notes: “Written in the autumn of 1813.”
          Title: Melodies, duets, trios, songs, and ballads, pastoral, amatory, sentimental, patriotic, religious, and miscellaneous. Together with metrical epistles, tales and recitations. By Samuel Woodworth. Second edition, comprising many late productions never before published. New-York: Published for the author, by Elliot [i.e. Elliott] & Palmer ... 1830. Description: 1 ., [5], 6-288 p. front., plates. 16 cm.
          Notes: Without music.
          Includes “The bucket” (The old oaken bucket): p. 12-13.
          Author: Woodworth, Samuel, 1784-1842.
          Title: New-Haven : a poem, satirical and sentimental, with critical, humerous, descriptive, historical, biographical, and explanatory notes / by Selim Woodworth. New-York : Printed for the Author, 1809.
          Description: 34 p. ; 19 cm.
          Title: The poetical works of Samuel Woodworth / Edited by his son. New York : C. Scribner, 1861.
          Description: 2 v. ; 14 cm.
          Author: Woodworth, Samuel, 1784-1842.
          Title: Quarter-day, or, The horrors of the first of May : a poem / by the author of Beasts at law. New-York : S. Woodworth & Co., 1812.
          Description: 35 p. ; 20 cm.
          Author: Woodworth, Samuel, 1785-1842.
          Title: Beasts at law, or, Zoologian jurisprudence : a poem, satirical, allegorical, and moral : in three cantos / translated from the Arabic of Sampfilius Philocrin, Z.Y.X.W. &c., &c., whose fables have made so much noise in the East, and whose fame has eclipsed that of Asop ; with notes and annotations, by Samuel Woodworth. New-York : Printed and published by J. Harmer & Co., 1811.
          Description: 104 (i.e. 100) p. ; 19 cm.
          Title: The champions of freedom, or, The mysterious chief : a romance of the nineteenth century, founded on the events of the War, between the United States and Great Britain, which terminated in March, 1815 / by Samuel Woodworth. New York : C.N. Baldwin, 1816.
          Description: 2 v.
          Title: The deed of gift : a comic opera in three acts / by Samuel Woodworth. New York : Printed and published by C.N. Baldwin, 1822.
          Description: 72 p.
          Notes: Libretto only.
          “As performed at the Boston theatre.”
          Includes titles of airs (popular and borrowed) to be sung.
          Title: Erie and Champlain, or, Champlain and Plattsburg : an ode / written by S. Woodworth for the Columbia Society in celebration of the glorious 19th & 11th of Septembers. New York : J.A. & W. Geib, [18--?]
          Description: 1 score (3 p.)
          Title: La Fayette, or, The castle of Olmutz : a drama in three acts / by Samuel Woodworth. New York : Published at the Circulating Library and Dramatic Repository, 1824 ([New York] : C.N. Baldwin)
          Description: 50 p.
          Title: King’s Bridge cottage : a revolutionary tale founded on an incident which occurred a few days previous to the evacuation of N. York by the British : a drama in two acts / written by a gentleman of N. York, and performed at the Amateur Theatre. New York : E. Dunigan, 1826.
          Description: 23 p.
          Author: Woodworth, Samuel, 1785-1842.
          Title: New-Haven : a poem, satirical and sentimental, with critical, humorous, descriptive, historical, biographical, and explanatory notes / by Selim Woodworth. New York : Printed for the author, 1809.
          Description: 34 p. ; 17 cm.
          Title: The poems, odes, songs, and other metrical effusions, of Samuel Woodworth. New-York : Abraham Asten and Matthias Lopez, 1818 ([New-York] : Baldwin, Austen & Co.)
          Description: 288 p. : ill. ; 19 cm.

          Title: The widow’s son, or, Which is the traitor : a melo-drama in three acts / by Samuel Woodworth ; music by J.H. Swindells. New York : Published at the Circulating Library and Dramatic Repository, 1825 ([New York] : C.N. Baldwin) Description: ix, 82 p.

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