Husband, S. Berthe. Altar Flowers (London, ON: Author, 1936).
Here’s another old photocopy I found in our paper files. I have posted the page images and a searchable pdf. The copy quality leaves something to be desired on two of the pages, but hopefully that won’t be too much of an issue. The text on page five is sufficiently legible. Here is as much of the blurred text on page nineteen as far as I can decipher. Anyone with better eyes: please add your interpretations in the comments!
They are so sure, so certain of the Spring,
They do not fear this bleak October day.
But shower down on Autumn-laden wing
With twist and turn as tho’ great moths at play.
Could I but sleep beneath those gay-hued leaves
Heaped high above, as I securely lie
?-? sleeping, with no heart that grieves.
I ? would surely be as glad to die.
[Again, whole line? “Winter’s” in there…]
But gaily shed their lives, so surely knowing
That Spring will come again—there is no death!
All we know about S. Berthe Husband is that she lived in London, Ontario, and self-published this slim volume of poetry in 1936. She also contributed poetry to the Crucible and Canadian Bookman magazines, and appears to have been born in 1891. It is possible that she is the Susan Bertha Husband who is buried in the Parklawn Cemetery in Waterloo, Ontario, but with no birth or death date associated with that record, it is really hard to say.
Does anyone out there know anything more about this poet?