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called the poetry of earth as “stars the poetry of heaven”-cannot fail to meet with the sympathy of all who are intimately associated with them, or whose minds are accustomed to view with a poetic eye the events and circumstances of life.
To the Authors and Publishers who have given me permission to make extracts from their works, I beg to offer my sincere thanks. I must ever remain deeply obliged to the friends who have assisted me by original contributions, and by the kind interest which they have shown in the success of my little volume;—that it should not be graced by the exquisite poem of Mr. Milnes, “ The Christmas Story,” I much regret, but the poem is of too recent publication to admit with propriety of a request being made to adopt it in this selection.
HANNAH MARY RATHBONE,
Woodcroft, December 14, 1840.
SPORTING through the forest wide;
the mountains wild
seen, Like the flowers that spring up fair, Bright and countless, everywhere !
In the far isles of the main ;
Wheresoe'er a foot hath gone,
Little children, not alone
The pieces marked † have not before been published.
Child of the Bright Hair
R. F. HOUSMAN