Emilie Loring’s father often strung together Charles Dickens’ titles to create a story. In 1941, she did the same with hers in “The Story the Titles Told:”
“Like all beginning writers I fared forth on The Trail of Conflict,
then plodded on ’til suddenly I exclaimed, Here Comes the Sun!
On I went until I reached A Certain Crossroad.
As I lingered, wondering which turn to make, up galloped The Solitary Horseman. He smiled and pointed.
I tripped along with Gay Courage,
crossed a bridge above Swift Water
and saw Lighted Windows glowing on the shore of Uncharted Seas.
Fair Tomorrow, I predicted,
as Hilltops Clear loomed on the horizon,
We’ll Ride the Gale.
We set sail With Banners flying and reached the glorious coast of Maine.
It’s A Great World! I exclaimed;
Give Me One Summer here and I’ll stay As Long As I Live.
But, an inner voice whispered, “Don’t linger, remember Today Is Yours.
So, High of Heart I fared on gayly until I reached a city, a beautiful city which the eyes of the whole world are watching, to which the ears of the whole world are listening.
As I looked Across the Years I thought,
no matter how the earth may tremble from the tramp of advancing armies, the rumble of murderous tanks, the shriek and crash of bombs, There Is Always Love. Love for God, for country, for mankind.
Love endures forever in the human mind and heart and soul, Where Beauty Dwells.”