Rhoda Anne Page is one of the authors already in our SFU database. The picture we have is a sketch of her with her sister, Elizabeth. On the back of the photo is inscribed: “Elizabeth Agnes Page and Rhoda Anne Page (1826-1863): Cobourg and Rice Lake poets.”

Image courtesy of Trent University Archives (74-003 Box 3 Folder 3 #37)

Image courtesy of Trent University Archives (74-003 Box 3 Folder 3 #37

Well, we know about Rhoda, but could find very little about Elizabeth: she certainly did not publish anything like as much as her sister. We did, however, find two poems in the Victoria Magazine by “E.A.P.” It is known that Rhoda published in the Victoria Magazine using her initials, “R.A.P.”, so it is reasonable to infer that “E.A.P.” is in fact her sister. Here is the shorter of her two poems.

“E.A.P.” “Translation From Metastasio.” Victoria Magazine 1.4 (1847).

Translation From Metastasio

“Entra l’uomo allor che nasce.”

By E.A.P.

Man enters at his natal hour,
On such a stormy troubled sea,
That every sorrow he has power
To bear from earliest infancy;
But happiness for him’s so rare,
So seldom joy arises,
That he never learns to bear
Pleasure’s sweet surprises.

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