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The First Mortgage.
Posted by: Donna-Raye (---.public.lawson.webtv.net)
Date: May 24, 2003 04:27PM

I am looking for the name of an author who wrote a poem entitled 'The First Mortgage.'The first lines goes like this; The world was made with a flaw, without a hammer or a saw.'
If anyone can give me a website or the author's name of the poem, it would mean a lot.



Re: Looking for the author of a poem
Posted by: Les (---.trlck.ca.charter.com)
Date: May 25, 2003 12:59AM

It appears to be by an author named E. U. Cook, but I can't seem to find the poem itself.


Re: Looking for the author of a poem
Posted by: Hugh Clary (---.MCLNVA23.covad.net)
Date: May 25, 2003 04:01PM

I saw copies of the book on used bookstore sites. Perhaps a telelphone call or e-mail to some of them might turn it up?

Re: Looking for the author of a poem
Posted by: Gail Hacker (---.ipt.aol.com)
Date: June 01, 2004 11:43PM

Look on the website www.memoriesofmunday.net

I have a copy of the book dated 1899 published by Rhodes and Mcclure, written by Gustave DORE AND TRANSLATED BY E.U. Cook. It is signed by E.U. Cook.

Re: The First Mortgage.
Posted by: Hugh Clary (---.denver-01rh15-16rt.co.dial-access.att.net)
Date: June 02, 2004 11:56AM

[www.memoriesofmunday.net] />
So ... type it up for us?

Re: The First Mortgage.
Posted by: LILA SCHEER (---.longbeach.reachoneinternet.net)
Date: July 09, 2004 01:50PM

My copy says the book was first copyrighted in 1891 by Rhodes & McClure Publishing Co....Illustrations are by "world-renowned artist, Gustave Gore."

However, my copy was published by Thomas W. Jackson Publishing Company, of Chicago. The book, written by E.U. Cook, is the Bible, written in poetic form, and sometimes quite humorous.

My copy belonged to my father, who was born in 1869.

Re: Looking for the author of a poem
Posted by: Lyndsey (---.escambia.k12.fl.us)
Date: January 26, 2005 01:46PM

I have a 95 year old form of the book that was published by Rhodes and MCclure in 1910. The funny thing is that I found it in a free books bin at the local library. Thats when I tried to look it up and found this page. I have found that at just about any auction they are valued and sell for alot but you should keep it if it is a family heirloom. If you look in the back of the book there is an address and you might try to see if they are still there and ask for a list of bookstores to go to to get a copy.

Re: The First Mortgage.
Posted by: RJAllen (---.creation-net.co.uk)
Date: January 27, 2005 10:41AM

www.bookfinder.com hAs 8 copies of the first Mortgage.

Re: The First Mortgage.
Posted by: ilza (---.ind.ajato.com.br)
Date: January 27, 2005 12:27PM

I have the poem - IF that is the one ... (doesn't seem to ... )
Now, reader, go along with me,
Away back into eternity.
Go back beyond the days of youth
Where everything that was, was truth.

Beyond the sorrow and the tears,
Beyond the suffering and fears,
Beyond the anguish and the gloom,
Beyond the shadow of the tomb.
Before there was a here or there,
Or anything or anywhere,

Go back a hundred thousand years.
And farther still though filled with fears.
Away back here removed from sight
Where everylhing that was, was right.

Away back here removed from sin
It where my story doth begin-
Before God brought the world about,
I wonder if he did not doubt
Whether, since he had found the spot.
He'd better make a world or not.

Trutb, looking through coming years
Declared that he was filled with fears,
And said he knew not what to do
In case that man should prove untrue.
And then came Mercy, mild and meek,
And asked if she a word might speak
In gentle tones and accents mild,
She plead as would a little child.
She said, "If man should go astray
I'll point to him another way
And by the mercy that I give,
Poor fallen man again may live.
"And his companion I will be,
Both on the land and on the sea ,
And should he fail to go aright,
I'll be nearby, bota day and night.
"I'll be with him when young or old.
I'll be with him amongst the gold, ,
I'll be with him when he is poor,
When death is knocking at the door.''

The Lord adopted Mercy's plan
And made the world—also the man ,
The world was made without a flaw,
Without a hammer or a saw.
He made the little birds to sing.
Made summer, autumn, winter, spring.
The mighty oak and little fern,
And beds of coal for us to burn.

Made reptiles, worms, and creeping things,
Made some without and some with wings,
Made dogs to bark and cats to mew,
Made our colors, red, white, and blue.
And many other things did make,
And in them all made one mistake
(But this was no error in plan)—
The dirt was bad when he made man.

Re: The First Mortgage.
Posted by: Kristi (---.proxy.aol.com)
Date: February 16, 2005 02:35AM

I have a copy of this book as well and mine is dated 1904 and has a photo of E. U. Cook on the first page with his signiture singed Yours Truly E. U. Cook. Does anyone else have this? And how much are these usually worth? I am not even sure where I got this book at actually.

Kristi - The First Mortgage.
Posted by: ilza (---.162.245.109.user.ajato.com.br)
Date: February 16, 2005 05:13AM

abebooks.com list a couple, from US 12 to 50,
as per the condition (poor, good) of the book,
publising date, etc

Re: The First Mortgage.
Posted by: Hugh Clary (---.denver-03rh15rt.co.dial-access.att.net)
Date: February 17, 2005 12:36PM

Re: The First Mortgage.
Posted by: Martin Fisher (66.57.197.---)
Date: February 21, 2005 03:56PM

My copy of the book is from 1897 listing E.U. Cook as the author and Gustave Dore as the illustrator. The above listed poem starts off as the preface of the book for two paragraphs then looks like it grabs bits and pieces from the first chapter. The whole thing is 228 pages. It is not the bible in poem form but merely a collection of the more popular stories. These include Creation, Noah, Moses, Joshua, Jonah, Daniel, and others. It then picks up with the life of Christ starting with Mary and Joseph, various miracles and concluding with His crucifixion and resurrection.

The title is based on the authors understanding of a debt to be paid for the price of sin. He makes reference to the paying of the debt throughout the book. Here is a short passage from page 79 where Saul takes his own life:

"He called a soldier on whom he relied -
Commanded a sword to be thrust in his side;
The soldier refused what the King had desired -
Saul fell on his own sword and quickly expired.

Perhaps he remarked that it was with regret,
That he paid the interest at last on the debt.
The serpent was hissing, no doubt, in his ears,
I take for my interest deep sorrow and tears.

For ever since Eve with the serpent did trade,
The devil has seen that his interest was paid;
Sometimes 'tis by one that a payment is made,
Sometimes there are thousands involved in the trade.

But one thing is certain, that all may expect,
The devil his interest intends to collect;
And he will collect it, no matter how small;
The safer way is, not to owe him at all."

The entire book is written in this manner - four line paragraphs in rhyming fashion. It flows quite well from beginning to end and is a fun read. I would think most people are aware of the stories represented if not even familiar.

Re: The First Mortgage.
Posted by: Greg Kelley (---.proxy.aol.com)
Date: March 09, 2005 11:40PM

I Have 2 Copies of the Book-BUT-one has a Different Title it is called Forbidden Fruit and is Published 1891-It is a first Edition and the Name was Later Changed-i am looking for a Book by E.U.Cook, called Elijah and the Ravens, but have never seen one advertized-i found a Site on line about Cook and he was a Very Interesting individual-Greg

Posted by: ilza (---.user.veloxzone.com.br)
Date: March 10, 2005 09:46AM

Greg, this one ?
or do you have one that mentions his name ? I would like to know his full name


Re: The First Mortgage.
Posted by: Pattey (---.gci.net)
Date: March 13, 2005 04:11AM

I just bought a copy of First Mortgage today at an antique shoppe here in Alaska for $23. But I believe that people usually have no idea of what they're "giving" away. It seems it would be worth more. My copy is from 1902, stamped signature (I checked with magnifying glass, it's a stamp as most of them are) from author. I also, once, bought an 1885 copy of the American Bible Society's "Gospel of John" from a guy on eBay for $15. It's in amazing shape and I even asked him if he was positive he didn't want to have it appraised. He said he just wante it gone. Okie dokie!! My pleasure!! You can check there to see if someone has a copy of First Mortgage and what they would be selling it for. smile

Re: The First Mortgage.
Posted by: Pattey (---.gci.net)
Date: March 13, 2005 09:36PM

Where did you find information on E.U. COOK? I have been searching like crazy!!! What made him so interesting? I'm dying to know about him! Any info would be GREATLY appreciated!!! =o) Pattey

Re: The First Mortgage.
Posted by: arae (71.245.143.---)
Date: October 07, 2008 04:15PM

Hey, I was wondering if anyone ever found out much about good old E.U Cook. I have a similar edition of The First Mortgage to the ones listed here, 1907 Rhodes and Mclure; Chicago. I found it in my grandmother's things when I was a little girl, I think it belonged to an uncle of mine. Both grandma and uncle are now deceased and so won't be any help but over the years I have occasionally searched for more information on this man and always come up empty handed. I'd love to hear if you managed to uncover anything. I am a Lutheran Pastor now and always fascinate my students with this text. I am still fascinated by it myself.

Re: The First Mortgage.
Posted by: JohnnyBoy (71.249.169.---)
Date: October 07, 2008 04:46PM

This appears to be a complete copy:


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