might come. That attitude of heart is entirely consonant with
her graceful renunciation of an honor extended her when she
was selected to give the meditation before the communion
service in the Congregational Church in Amherst which was
celebrating an anniversary. "He (the minister) alone can give
us all something we would be deprived to miss", she commented.
That spirit of lowliness of heart was consonant also
with her expressions of reverence and regard for friends:
"Yours with love high up"; "I wish you a tall star all of your
own from a high sky." It was consonant with her choice of
symbol: the picture of a wayside shrine on the high Alps, "a
constant companion-it points the way higher." And it was
consonant finally with her sense of humor which speaks in
any heart a sense of proportion, of kindness, of generosity, a
recognition of the incongruities in human nature, and in her
own heart a self-examination that could inspire a flash of wit
like "Yours in and out of the Lord."
SISTER MARY JAMES, S.S.N.D., PH.D.
It is too difficult for me to give a clear picture of Martha's friendship for me. For her trust in me, and her feeling for any ability I might have had in my poetry, came through her inspirational eyes.
Her deep interest in her friends, and great loyalty to them, could not have been stronger. She gave herself in her devotion to them. Her sympathy was unbounded, as were her faith and belief in them.
Emily Dickinson, in her poetry, never hesitated to take the
unprecedented leap and land solid in the air. Martha’s flash,
quick as a lightning bolt, would outdo anyone’s conversation
with a hitherto unknown blaze of color. Conversation to her
imaginative mind was a springboard from which to leap into
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