Sendai, Japan: Kaneko Press, August, 1899. First edition. Unbound, 7 x 4.5 inches,  pages. Cheap paper toned but still supple; in very good condition. Item #18420
From the Japanese mission field, the Pennsylvania-born William Edwin Hoy (1858-1927) here sends six stanzas of verse back to the Reformed Church in America, “O Lord! we hear out of the night / Far China’s voice, here one deep cry; / Ungirding we strip off our might, / And listless on our couches *lie.*” While not necessarily deathless poetry, Hoy by the time of his death in 1927 had spent 15 years in Japan and 27 years in China as a missionary and educator, and his verses were no doubt meant to inspire support (emotional and financial both) among his compatriots back in eastern Pennsylvania. This example of an ephemeral production, presumably from a mission press, not found on OCLC.