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PRE FA C E.

The unexpected favor, with which the American Common-Place Book of Prose was received, encouraged its publishers to hope that a similar volume of extracts fom American poetry might be attended with the same success. It is true, that there are more good prose writers is our country than there are poets; but it would be strange, indeed, if enough of really excellent poetry could not be sound to fill a volume like this. It is not pretended that every piece, in the following selection, is a stately and perfect song, inspired by “the vision and the faculty divine,” and containing, throughout, the true power and spirit of harmony; but every lover of poetry will find much to delight a cultivated imagination, and much to set him on thinking; and every religious mind will be pleased that a volume of American poetry, so variously selected, presents so many pages imbued with the feelings of devotion. If all the extracts are not of sufficient excellence to excite vivid admiration, most of them are

of the kind that meet us

Like a pleasant thought,
When such are wanted

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