H.M. Stanley was a journalist working as a foreign correspondent when he set off for the interior of Africa to find Livingstone. He then continued Livingstone's work of exploration, eventually leading the first European party to navigate the Congo River. Though Stanley admired Livingstone greatly, his temperament and purposes were entirely dissimilar to his patient and selfless predecessor.
SIR H.M. STANLEY.
To Sweetheart Joan
Smile yet again, my sweetheart Joan,
Ere night and Nursie’s doom
Shall leave these orpan’d eyes alone
To chase the twilight gloom;
Good-night! Another dawn shall speed
That we in ardour blest
May follow brave Uleydi’s lead,
And find the hidden West;
And as, with tender lip and chaste
Beyond this earth’s alloy,
For one brief time you bid me taste
The dear Madonna’s joy,
Lend me your innocence to pray
The thing her babe has told,—
That, though the head be Autumn grey,
The heart be never old.
Bournville, Sept. 1906