1842–1909
portrait

Jan­u­a­ry 26, 1842, Bos­ton, Mas­sa­chu­setts.

Jan­u­a­ry 2, 1909, Co­lum­bus, Wis­con­sin.

Hillside Ce­me­te­ry, Co­lum­bus, Wis­con­sin.

Hattie was the daughter of Dud­ley Tyng, a Un­i­ver­sal­ist minister, and Sar­ah Haines, and wife of Eu­gene Sher­wood Gris­wold.

When she was about nine years old, her family moved from Mas­sa­chu­setts to Wis­con­sin, where she spent the rest of her life.

Griswold’s works in­clude:

Under the Daisies

I have just been learning the lesson of life,
The sad, sad lesson of loving,
And all of its power for pleasure and pain
Been slowly, sadly proving;
And all that is left of the bright, bright dream,
With its thousand brilliant phases,
Is a handful of dust in a coffin hid—
A coffin under the daisies;
The beautiful, beautiful daisies,
The snowy, snowy daisies.

And thus forever throughout the world
Is love a sorrow proving;
There’s many a sad, sad thing in life,
But the saddest of all is loving.
Life often divides far wider than death;
Stern fortune the high wall raises;
But better far than two hearts estranged
Is a low grave starred with daisies;
The beautiful, beautiful daisies,
The snowy, snowy daisies.

And so I am glad that we lived as we did,
Through the summer of love together,
And that one of us, wearied, lay down to rest,
Ere the coming of winter weather;
For the sadness of love is love grown cold,
And ’tis one of its surest phases;
So I bless my God, with a breaking heart,
For that grave ensnared with daisies;
The beautiful, beautiful daisies,
The snowy, snowy daisies.

Hattie Tyng Griswold
New York Home Journal
Circa 1863

  1. Children, to the Rescue
  2. Fair Are the Clouds in the Summer Sky
  3. I’ve Enlisted in the Ranks
  4. Tender, and Trusty, and True