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casional and fugitive. It has usually come before the public eye in small detached portions, with slight pretension to permanence in the form of its publication, and has been rescued from speedy oblivion only by its own beauty and power. The genius of the artist, and the liberality of the publisher, have done far too little towards presenting in an attractive shape, and with due advantages the finest productions of our poets. We have left our pearls unstrung. We have made few attempts to heighten the brilliancy of our gems, by the beauty of their setting. This is to be regretted; and the design of the present volume, is in some degree,
to repair the deficiency.
The spirited and graceful sketches designed and executed expressly for this work, by one of our most distinguished artists, are of themselves, elegant and attractive; and their beauty and delicacy are strikingly conspicuous, when seen beside the effusions of fancy and feeling which they are in
tended to illustrate and adorn. No collection of
American Poetry has, to the knowledge of the Editor, been hitherto presented to the public with a like claim—independent of its literary merit— upon their attention and favour. Should the reception of this volume be such as may reasonably be anticipated, it is the intention of its publisher to issue another similar in character and style. Ample materials, untouched in the present work, are at hand, and the Editor will embrace with pleasure, an opportunity of presenting specimens from the pens of many writers not represented in
the present collection.
Of the literary character of this work, it is not necessary that the Editor should speak. He has sought to present in a fitting form, some of the finest specimens—the true spirit of American Poetry; and if he has not failed in his attempt, the volume surely is worthy of perusal and preservation. He commends it then to the library and the boudoir. He trusts that the bright glance of the beautiful and the accomplished, will al
ways rest upon its pages with pleasure, and that even the sobriety of scholarship, and the sternness of criticism, will sometimes kindle into the enthu
siasm of praise.
Culprit Fay . American Flag
Song from “Fanny”
Ode . & Epithalamium The Bucket
To a Waterfowl .
Sunrise on the Hills
The Pebble and the Acorn
The Indian Hunter The Song at Twilight Notes of the Birds
Gould PERCIVAL , BRYANT . LoNGFELLow DAVIDson M’LELLAN WILCOx
71 75 79 82 84 88
• WILLIS 90 te WILDE 92 . . DANA 94 . PEABODY 99 MooRE 101
o Gould 105 BRooks 107 PERCIVAL 111
o NoFTON 113 DANA 115 LEGGET 119 • FAy 120 LAwRENCE 122
. SuTERMEISTER 124
BARKER 126 MITCHELL 133
& Holm Es 134 NEAL 137
o HALLECK 139 LAwRENCE 144 TUCKERMAN 147 PIERPONT 150
o SPRAGUE 152 . HALLECK 162 o EVERETT 167 HILHous E 171 SIGouBNEY 173 DAVIDson 174 . CLARKE 176 WHITTIER 178 PINKNEY 181