This title rests in a bit of a quagmire. I was reviewing our old entry on Margaret Vance Rody, and was troubled by some inconsistencies. “Margaret,” we inform the public, “published several editions of her two books of verses herself, hoping to augment her income.” Looking through the little that can be found online and in the published sources on our shelves, I discovered that the two titles—Gleanings and Beauty and Thought in Verse—are often considered to be subsequent editions of more-or-less the same collection of poems. The truth is a bit more complicated than that.

Margaret Rody self-published Gleanings in 1925, when she working as a telephone operator in Kamsack, Saskatchewan. The poems included therein were apparently all published in the Kamsack Times initially. This claim is supported by the fact that the second edition of Gleanings was published by the Kamsack Times in 1931. We do not have a copy of the 1925 first edition: as far as the SFU Library specialists can discover, none is extant. We do have the 1931 edition, though, so I listed the poems included in the table below.

In 1942, Margaret Rody released two more volumes of poetry: another collection entitled Gleanings, published by “The Poets Press, The National Poetry Center, ‘Radio City’, Rockefeller Center, New York”; and Beauty and Thought in Verse, published in Vancouver, BC, at the Capitol Printers. The 1942 edition of Gleanings is listed as a “First Edition”; Beauty and Thought in Verse, on the other hand, includes a different publication history: “Published under title Gleanings: 1st edition January 1925; 2nd edition November 1931; 3rd edition February 1942.” It is fairly obvious that what we have here is the difference between the Canadian publication history (including the name change) and the American publication history (which includes only the one printing).

What further complicates the issue, though, is that the poems included in the three extant volumes differ significantly. There are drastic changes between the 1931 and 1942 Canadian editions, including the excising of 19 titles. With the 1942 editions, the 27-poem American edition is more-or-less a subset of the 53-poem Canadian edition: only three poems—”Some Day,” “Wreckage of War,” and “You are so Dear to Me”—are unique to the American edition.

Here’s a chart, including—as far as I can determine, as I do not have the complete volumes in my hands—places where poems have been renamed between editions.

Title Gleanings 1931 Gleanings 1942 Beauty and Thought in Verse 1942
A Grandmother to her Soldier Grandsons     Included
A Lake Madge Reverie Included   Included
A Letter From the Frozen North How Santa’s Queen of the Fairies Brought a Letter from the Frozen North   Included
A Message from Santa Included    
A Problem Included It is to Laugh: A Problem Included
A Reply   Included Included
A Wish      
A-Rowing on Lake Madge Included    
And Children Starve Today Included Included Included
And Their Reply (second part of “To the Glorious Dead”?)     Included
Bobbing the Baby’s Hair Included    
Card of Thanks   Included Included
Christmas Bells     Included
Christmas Greetings – 1925 Included    
Fragments Included Hope: Fragments Included
Freedom Included    
Garden Gossip   Included Included
Gleanings Included   Included
God’s Covenant Included   Included
Gracie Fields     Included
Grey Eyes and Blue Included   Included
His Mother’s Prayer Included Included Included
Hope Included Hope: Some Day Hope Someday
If You Could Know     Included
Leaves Included    
Leaves of Memory Included    
Little Bare Feet Included   Included
Little Black Bear   Included Included
Love’s Not Always Blind Included Contrasts: Love’s Not Always Blind Included
Love’s Reverie   Included Included
Maudlin Sentiment     Included
Memories of Childhood   Included Included
Message of the Pansy Included Included Included
Mother of Mine     Included
My Irish Flower Included   Included
My Lodge Included Included Included
My Sister’s Keeper Included   Included
Ode to Spring Included    
Peace on Earth, Goodwill to Men     Included
Poppy Day     Included
Poverty     Included
Prairie Winds   Included Included
Redemptive Love Included    
Reflections of an Old, Old House   Included Included
Remembrance Included   Included
Roses of Vancouver     Included
Silken Hose   It Is To Laugh: Silken Hose Included
Some Day   Included  
Somehow or Other Included    
Sonnet   Contrasts: Sonnet Included
Spotted Curtains     Included
Spotted Curtains   Included  
Sunshine vs. Raindrops Included Included Included
The Anthem   Included Included
The Beauty Seeker Included    
The Call of the West Included   Included
The Canadian Hamlet To Canadian Hamlet   Included
The Kingdom of Right Included    
The Palace and the Cottage Included    
The Price of War Included Is this the same as “Wreckage of War”?  
The Switchers Included    
The Trials of Life Included    
The Wood Folks’ Anthem   Included Included
The Wreckage of War     Included
To A Bride Included Included Included
To a Little Bird I    
To Robert Burns   Included Included
To the Glorious Dead Included   Included
To the Pioneer Campers of Lake Madge     Included
To Wilhelmina Stitch Included   Included
Transformation Included    
Wee Marion and the Big Black Night     Included
Wishes Included    
Wolves of the Night     Included
Wreckage of War   Included  
You Are So Dear To Me   Included  
Your Mother’s Love Included   Included
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