Gerald Massey (May 29, 1828 - October 29, 1907), England Egyptologist and poet, was born near Tring, Hertfordshire.
His parents were in humble circumstances, and Massey was little more than a child when he was set to hard work in a silk factory, which he afterwards deserted for the equally laborious occupation of strawplaiting. These early years were rendered gloomy by much distress and deprivation, against which the young man strove with increasing spirit and virility, educa
" Not by appointment do we meet delight Or joy; they heed not our expectancy; But round some corner of the streets of life they of a sudden greet us with a smile.
" The mass of people who are Bible-taught never get free from the erroneous impressions stamped on their minds in their infancy, so that their manhood or womanhood can have no intellectual fulfillment, and millions of them only attain mentally to a sort of second childhood.
" There's no dearth of kindness In the world of ours; Only in our blindness We gather thorns for flowers.