Crandall began his publishing career as a journalist for newspapers including the New York Tribune. In 1886, however, his poor health inspired a move to Connecticut. It was here that he began publishing more literary works, rather than journalistic ones. After his anthology of sonnets, he published his own poetry in Wayside Music: Lyrics, Songs and Sonnets (1893) and The Chords of Life (1898). He published several more books until he committed suicide in 1923 at age 64.
Crandall's poem "Each Day" from Wayside Music:
I watch the sun at morning, and it shines with all the gladness
Of the million million happy eyes that greet its glorious birth.
I gaze again at evening, and it gives back all the sadness
Of the million million weary eyes that watch it sink to earth.
And his poem "The Poet" from The Chords of Life:
I am not young, I am not old,
For Time has fled before me;
All gates before my touch unfold,
Transparent skies are o'er me.
I gaze in maiden's eyes, and ken
Their never-uttered speech;
I look into the souls of men
Deeper than they can reach.
The sun each morn I link anew
Unto my kingly cars;
Each evening drive through realms of blue
My silver-harnessed stars.
My spirit speaks, and birds and bees
Obey my slightest will;
And silent things break out in speech,
And noisy things are still.
No noble thing escapes my love,
All maidens pure are mine,
And ever round me, from above,
The rays of beauty shine.