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LIBRARY

OF THE
LELANO STANFORD JUNIOR

UNIVERSITY:

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ENTERED, according to Act of Congress, in the year 1854, by W. C. BRYANT, in

the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the United States for the Southern District of New York.

ENTERED, according to Act of Congress, in the year 1871, by W. C. BRYANT, in

the Office of the Librarian of Congress, at Washington.

ENTERED, according to Act of Congress, in the year 1878, by D. APPLETON & CO.,

in the Office of the Librarian of Congress, at Washington.

ENTERED, according to Act of Congress, in the year 1883, by D. APPLETON & CO.,

in the Office of the Librarian of Congress, at Washington.

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The poems of Mr. Bryant, collected by him during of comse coust his lifetime, are here given as he left them, with the

exception that they are arranged according to the dates at which they were written or printed, as far as these dates, now attached to the poems, could be ascertained, and that the translations are put together under the same heading

Some twenty hymns which Mr. Bryant printed in a small volume, but did not publish, together with a few not contained in that volume, are included in this edition.

To these are added several poems and translations, which Mr. Bryant sent from time to time to various periodicals, but which he had not yet included in

any volume; and a few pieces never before published. As this general collection of his writings is intended to be complete and final, it has a biographic as well as a literary purpose, and the editor therefore has not felt at liberty to omit any of his acknowledged pieces which may illustrate the qualities of his mind or the variety of his culture, desiring it to be understood, however, that they are presented without having received the final revision of the author.

A few notes have been appended to those of the author, giving various readings of the text, or explanatory of the circumstances in which certain poems were written.

P. G. NEW YORK, 1882.

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ORIGINAL PREFACES.

TO THE EDITION OF 1821.

THE first poem in this collection was delivered before a literary association. Some of the others have appeared before in different periodical publications, and are now by permission inserted in this volume.

TO THE EDITION OF 1832.

Most of the following poems have been already printed. The longest, entitled “The Ages," was published in 1821, in a thin volume, along with about half a dozen others now included in this collection. With a few exceptions, the remainder have since appeared in different publications, mostly of the periodical kind. The favor with which the public have regarded them, and of which their republication in various compilations seemed to the author a proof, has induced him to collect them in a volume. In preparing them for the press, he has made such corrections as occurred to him onjecting them to a careful revision. Sensible as he is that no author had ever more cause of gratitude to his countrymen for the indulgent estimate placed by them on his literary attempts, he yet can not let this volume go forth to the public without a feeling of apprehension that it may contain things which did not deserve admission, and that the entire collection may not be thought worthy of the generous and partial judgment which has been passed upon some of the separate poems.

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NEW YORK, January, 1832.

TO THE EDITION OF 1839.

The present edition, by the advice of the publishers, is somewhat enlarged.

A few corrections have also been made in the text of the poems which were published in the other edition (that of 1836).

TO THE EDITION OF 1842.

The poems which compose this little volume have been written within the last five or six years—some of them merely as parts of a longer one planned by the author, which may possibly be finished hereafter. In the mean time he has been tempted to publish them in this form, by the reception which another collection of his verses has already met with among his countrymen.

NEW YORK, July, 1842.

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