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The dates in italic figures, at the left, give the date of writing; those in Roman, at the right, the date of publication. To make these dates as accurate as possible has involved, in most cases, not only a thorough study of the biographies of the poets, but also a great deal of research among the files of periodicals to which they may have contributed. In a few cases, where I have felt that a poem had perhaps been published in a periodical before the year of its appearance in a volume, but have not been able to trace it, I have indicated this by placing in parentheses the ate of first publication in book form.

In making the selections I have tried to follow not so much my individual taste as the consensus of opinion, now pretty well formed, as to which poems of our elder authors are the best and most representative. It is a pleasure to acknowledge the ready generosity with which so many critics and teachers have given me the help of their advice and have put their special knowledge at my service. I have to thank, in the first place, Professor Charles F. Richardson of Dartmouth, and Professors W. P. Trent and Brander Matthews of Columbia, — three of the chief historians of American literature; and next Professor George R. Carpenter of Columbia, who has written the best biographies we have of more than one of our chief poets. The present volume was first thought of as a companion to Professor Carpenter's American Prose; and while I have departed considerably from the plan and method of that book, I have had throughout Professor Carpenter's generous approval and coöperation. I am also under special obligation to Mr. W. R. Thayer, to whose sure taste and thorough knowledge of our poets I have often appealed; to Mr. Ferris Greenslet, who has helped me with the selections and the reference-list for Lowell; and to Mr. Laurens Maynard, who has put at my service his remarkable collection of Whitman books, and given freely of his time and knowledge in helping me to trace each poem of Whitman to its earliest publication, and to compare its text with that of the original edition.

I gladly take this opportunity to thank also Professor Charles W. Kent, of the University of Virginia, whose edition of Poe's poems in the Virginia Edition of the Complete Works is invaluable, and who has also generously given his personal help; Professor Edwin Mims, of Trinity College; Professors W. L. Phelps, F. C. Prescott, A. H. Quinn, Henry N. Snyder, Charles L. Young, W. C. Thayer, G. Herbert Clarke, Richard Jones, J. H. Chamberlin, William B. Cairns, A. B. Milford, Frank C. Lockwood, Arthur P. Hall, Enoch Perrine, Vernon P. Squires, and Benjamin Sledd; Mr. Clyde Furst, of Columbia; Miss Jeannette Marks, of Mount Holyoke; Miss Lucy Tappan, the author of an excellent manual, Topical Notes on American Authors; and others who have kindly made suggestions or gone over my lists of selections. I wish also to thank the authorities of the Columbia, Harvard, and Cornell libraries, especially Mr. T. J. Kiernan, who have shown me many courtesies; and others without whose help the volume could not have been begun or completed.

For the use of copyrighted material, I am under obligation to Dr. Edward W. Emerson; Messrs. D. Appleton & Co.; Messrs. Harper & Bros.; Mrs. Sidney Lanier, and Messrs. Charles Scribner's Sons; Mr. Horace Traubel and Mr. Thomas B. Harned, the literary executors of Whitman, and Messrs. Small, Maynard & Co., his authorized publishers; and of course, most of all, to Messrs. Houghton, Mifflin & Co., without whose coöperation no book of selections from the chief American poets could be undertaken.

CURTIS HIDDEN PAGE. COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY, NEW YORK City.

October 1, 1905.

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BRYANT

PAGE

LENORE

THANATOPSIS

THE VALLEY OF UNREST.

THE YELLOW VIOLET

2 -THE COLISEUM

INSCRIPTION FOR THE ENTRANCE TO Å HYMN

WOOD

TO ONE IN PARADISE

TO A WATERFOWL

3

To F-

-s's. O

To F-

GREEN RIVER

T WINTER PIECE

SONNET TO ZANTE

HYMN TO DEATH

-THE HAUNTED PALACE

"O FAIREST OF THE RURAL Maids'

SONNET - SILENCE

MONUMENT MOUNTAIN

THE CONQUEROR WORM

AUTUMN WOODS

11 DREAM-LAND

A FOREST HYMN

12 --THE RAVEN

JUNE

14 EULALIE- A SONG

OCTOBER

14 ULALUME

THE PAST.

15

To HELEN

THE EVENING WIND

15

-THE BELLS

TO THE FRINGED GENTIAN

16

TO MY MOTHER

HYMN OF THE CITY

17

FOR ANNIE

SONG OF MARION'S MEN

17 ANNABEL LEE

THE PRAIRIES

18 ELDORADO

THE BATTLE-FIELD

20

THE ANTIQUITY OF FREEDOM

20

O MOTHER OF A MIGHTY RACE

EMERSON

THE PLANTING OF THE APPLE-TREE

ROBERT OF LINCOLN

23

GOOD-BYE

OUR COUNTRY'S CALL

THOUGHT

THE LITTLE PEOPLE OF THE SNOW

THE RIVER.

THE POET

29 LINES TO ELLEN

MY AUTUMN WALK

:30 To ELLEN AT THE SOUTH

THE DEATH OF LINCOLN

:31 To ELLEN

A LIFETIME

31

THINE Eyes still SHINED

THE FLOOD OF YEARS

33 WRITTEN IN NAPLES

WRITTEN AT ROME

WEBSTER

POE

THE RHODORA

EACH AND ALL

TAMERLANE

THE APOLOGY

Το

:(*İ SAW

THEE ON

CONCORD HYMN

BRIDAL DAY')

THE HUMBLE-BEE

SONG FROM AL AARAAF

ROMANCE

40

THE PROBLEM

SONNET – TO SCIENCE

40 WRITTEN IN A VOLUME OF GOETHE

To- ("THE BOWERS WHEREAT, IN WOODNOTES I

DREAMS, I SEE ')

41 WOODNOTES II

-(*I HEED NOT THAT MY EARTHLY THE SPHINX

Lot')

41 The Snow-STORM

A DREAM WITHIN A DREAM

41 FABLE

To HELEN

41 THE INFORMING SPIRIT

ISRAFEL

41 FRIENDSHIP

THE CITY IN THE SEA

42 FORBEARANCE

THE SLEEPER

43 HOLIDAYS

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SAADI

74 THE BRIDGE

119

ODE TO

BEAUTY

76 THE OLD CLOCK ON THE

STAIRS

120

NATURE

77 -THE ARROW AND THE SONG

120

EXPERIENCE

77 CURFEW

121

THRENODY

77

EVANGELINE

121

To J. W.

80 WANDERER'S Night-Songs

149

ODE, INSCRIBED TO W. h.*CHANNING .

80 THE BUILDERS

149

MERLIN

81 RESIGNATION

149

THE

WORLD'Soui

82

CHILDREN

150

HAMATREYA

83 GASPAR BECERRA

FORERUNNERS

84 THE BUILDING OF THE SHIP

151

GIVE ALL TO Love

85 THE LADDER OF ST. AUGUSTINE

THE DAY's RATION

85 DAYLIGHT AND MOONLIGHT

156

MEROPS

86 THE WARDEN OF THE CINQUE PORTS 156

MUSKETAQUID

86 -THE TWO ANGELS.

157

NATURE

THE SONG OF HiawathA.

158

DAYS

87 My Lost YOUTH

210

Two RIVERS

87 THE FIFTIETH BIRTHDAY OF AGASSIZ 211

BRAHMA

88

DAYBREAK

212

ODE, BUNG IN THE Town HlAli, CONCORD, SANTA FILOMENA

212

JULY 4, 1857

88 THE COURTSHIP OF MILES STANDISH 213

SEASHORE

89 -THE CHILDREN'S HOUR

WALDEINSAMKEIT

90 Paul REVERE'S RIDE

233

FRAGMENTS ON NATURE AND LIFE' 90 THE CUMBERLAND

235

FRAGMENTS ON THE POET AND THE

The BIRDS OF KILLINGWORTH

235

POETIC GIFT

92

WEARINESS.

239

QUATRAINS AND TRANSLATIONS

94

HAWTHORNE

239

THE BOHEMIAN HYMN

96 DIVINA COMMEDIA

240

PAN

96 KILLED AT THE FORD

241

THE ENCHANTER

96 Giotto's TOWER

242

EROS

96 FINALE OF CHRISTUS

242

MUSIC

96 THE HANGING OF THE CRANE

243

THE TITMOUSE

96 CHAUCER

245

BOSTON HYMN

98 SHAKESPEARE

245

VOLUNTARIES

99 MILTON

246

MY GARDEN

100 KEATS

246

TERMINUS

101

THE SOUND OF THE SEA

246

THREE FRIENDS OF MINE

246

MORITURI SALUTAMUS

248

LONGFELLOW

THE HERONS OF ELMWOOD

251

IN THE CHURCHYARD AT TARRYTOWN 252

THE SPIRIT OF POETRY

102

THE POETS .

252

BURIAL OF THE MINNISINK

103

NATURE

252

THE RETURN OF SPRING

103

VENICE

253

ART AND NATURE

104 VICTOR AND VANQUISHED

253

A PSALM OF LIFE

104

THE THREE SILENCES OF MOLINOS

253

THE LIGHT OF STARS

104 WAPENTAKE

253

HYMN TO THE NIGHT

105 A BALLAD OF THE FRENCH FLEET.

254

FOOTSTEPS OF ANGELS

105 SONG: 'STAY, STAY AT HOME, MY HEART,

THE BELEAGUERED City .

106

AND REST

255

THE WRECK OF THE HESPERUS

FROM MY ARM-CHAIR

255

THE VILLAGE BLACKSMITH

108 ROBERT BURNS

256

THE SKELETON IN ARMOR

108 THE TIDE RISES, THE TIDE FALLS 256

SERENADE (FROM THE SPANISH Sto. JUGURTHA

256

DENT)

111

THE CROSS OF

'Snow

257

ENDYMION

111 NIGHT

257

THE RAINY DAY

L'Envor: THE POET AND HIS SONGS 257

MAIDENHOOD

112

PossIBILITIES

257

EXCELSIOR

112

THE BELLS OF San Blas

258

MEZZO CAMMIN

113
THE SLAVE'S DREAM

113

THE ARSENAL AT SPRINGFIELD

114

WHITTIER

THE DAY IS DONE

115

SEAWEED

116

THE VAUDOIS TEACHER

259

NUREMBERG

116 To WILLIAM LLOYD GARRISON

260

The BELFRY OF BRUGES : CARILLON.

118 RANDOLPH OF ROANOKE

260

DANTE.

118 EXPOSTULATION

262

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CONDUCTOR BRADLEY

THE FAREWELL OF A VIRGINIA SLAVE-

MOTHER

263 A MYSTERY

341

THE MERRIMAC

264 THE PRAYER OF AGASSIZ

342

MEMORIES

265

A SEA DREAM

343

HAMPTON BEACH

266 SUNSET ON THE BEARCAMP

344

CASSANDRA SOUTHWICK

267 LEXINGTON

345

270

MASSACHUSETTS TO VIRGINIA

346
CENTENNIAL HYMN

272

THE CHRISTIAN SLAVE

346

THE PROBLEM

273

THE SHOEMAKERS

346

RESPONSE

THE PINE TREE .

275 Ar EVENTIDE

347

FORGIVENESS

275 THE

TRAILING ARBUTUS

347

275

BARCLAY OF URY

347

OUR AUTOCRAT

277

THE ANGELS OF BUENA VISTA

348

GARRISON.

278

THE HUSKERS

348

The Lost OCCASION

THE CORN SONG .

280 STORM ON LAKE ASQUAM

349

PROEM .

280 THE POET AND THE CHILDREN

350

THE LAKESIDE

281

AN AUTOGRAPH

350

OUR STATE

281 UNITY

351

ICHABOD

282 SWEET FERN

282

Songs OP LABOR, DEDICATION

352
SAMUEL J. TILDEN

283

WORDSWORTH

352

THE BARTHOLDI STATUE

283

BENEDICITE

352

To E. C. S.

284

APRIL

353

THE LAST EVE OF SUMMER .

285

ASTRÆA

353

JAMES Russell LOWELL

FIRST-DAY THOUGHTS

285 TO OLIVER WENDELL HOLMES

353

THE POOR VOTER ON ELECTION DAY 285

SUMMER BY THE LAKESIDE

286

BURNS

287

HOLMES

MAUD MULLER

289

THE RENDITION

290 Old IRONSIDES

355

291

ARISEN AT LAST

355

THE BALLAD OF THE OYSTERMAN

291

-THE BAREFOOT Boy

356

THE HEIGHT OF THE RIDICULOUS

THE LAST WALK IN AUTUMN :

292 TO AN INSECT .

356

SKIPPER IRESON'S RIDE

296 L'INCONNUE

357

THE GARRISON OF CAPE ÅNN

297 MY AUNT

357

299

THE PIPES AT LUCKNOW .

358

THE LAST LEAF

300

-TELLING THE BEES

358

LA GRISETTE

THE CABLE HYMN

301 OUR YANKEE GIRLS

359

301

My PSALM

359

ON LENDING A PUNCH-Bowl

BROWN OF OssawaTOMIE

302 THE STETHOSCOPE SONG

303

-My PLAYMATE

362

THE STATESMAN'S SECRET

TO WILLIAM H. SEWARD

303 AFTER A LECTURE ON WORDSWORTH

363

304

OUR RIVER

364

AFTER A LECTURE ON SHELLEY

AMY WENTWORTH

304 THE HUDSON

367

305

THE WAITING .

361

TO AN ENGLISH FRIEND.

THE WATCHERS

306

THE OLD MAN DREAMS

36

ANDREW RYKMAN'S PRAYER

307

BIRTHDAY OF DANIEL WEBSTER

309

BARBARA FRIETCHIE

36

FOR THE MEETING OF THE BURNS CLUB

310

THE WRECK OF RIVERMOUTH

36

LATTER-Day WARNINGS

34
311 THE CHAMBERED NAUTILUS

THE VANISHERS

312

BRYANT ON HIS BIRTHDAY

30

THE LIVING TEMPLE

-Laus Deo!.

312 -THE DEACON'S MASTERPIECE, OR, THE

HYMN

313

WONDERFUL OxE-Hoss SHAY'

THE ETERNAL GOODNESS

314 CONTENTMENT.

SNOW-BOUND .

315 PARSON TURELL'S LEGACY

ABRAHAM DAVENPORT

323 THE VOICELESS

THE DEAD SHIP OF HARPSWELL

FOR THE BURNS CENTENNIAL CELEBRA-

OUR MASTER

325

TION

THE WORSHIP OF NATURE

327 THE Boys

THE MEETING

327

AT A MEETING OF FRIENDS

AMONG THE Hilis.

330

THE Two STREAMS

MARGUERITE

336 UNDER THE VIOLETS

IN SCHOOL-DAYS

337 HYMN OF TRUST

MY TRIUMPH

A SUN-Day HYMN

MY BIRTHDAY .

338 PROLOGUE TO 'SONGS IN MANY KEYS'.

THE SISTERS

339 BROTHER JONATHAN's LAMENT FOR

THE THREE BELLS.

340

SISTER CAROLINE

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'I THOUGHT OUR LOVE AT FULL, BUT I

DID ERR'

430

The Biglow PAPERS, FIRST SERIES:

A LETTER FROM MR. EZEKIEL BIG-

LOW OF JAALAM TO THE Hon.

JOSEPH T. BUCKINGHAM

430

WHAT MR. ROBINSON THINKS

433

THE Pious EDITOR'S CREED

435

A SECOND LETTER FROM B. Sawin,

Esq.

436

FROM A FÅBLE FOR Critics

440

THE VISION OF SIR LAUNFAL

453

BEAVER BROOK

458

BIBLIOLATRES

458

THE FIRST Snow-Fail .

459

THE SINGING LEAVES

459

WITHOUT AND WITHIN

461

AUF WIEDERSEHEN

461

PALINODE.

462

THE WIND-HARP

462

AFTER THE BURIAL

463

L'ENVOI : TO THE MUSE

463

MASACCIO

465

THE ORIGIN OF Dmactic POETRY.

465

THE DEAD HOUSE.

466

AT THE BURNS CENTENNIAL

467

THE WASHERS OF THE SHROUD

469

THE BIGLow PAPERS, SECOND SERIES :

THE COURTIN'

472

MASON AND SLIDELL

473

JONATHAN TO JOHN

478

SUNTHIN' IN THE PASTORAL LINE

480

LATEST VIEWS OF Mr. Biglow 484

MR. HOSEA BIGLOW TO THE EDITOR

OF THE ATLANTIC MONTHLY 486

ON BOARD THE '76

489

ODE RECITED AT THE HARVARD COM-

MEMORATION

490

THE MINER

496

To H. W, L.

496

THE NIGHTINGALE IN THE STUDY 497

AN EMBER PICTURE

498

IN THE TWILIGHT

498

FOR AN AUTOGRAPH .

499

THE FOOT-PATH

499

ALADDIN

500

To CHARLES Eliot NORTON

500

AGADSIZ

501

SonNet - Scottish BORDER

508

THREE MEMORIAL POEMS :

ODE READ AT THE ONE HUNDREDTH

ANNIVERSARY OF THE FIGHT AT

CONCORD BRIDGE

509

UNDER THE OLD ELM

512

AN ODE FOR THE FOURTH OF Juix 518

DEATH OF QUEEN MERCEDES .

522

PHEBE

522

To WHITTIER, ON HIS SEVENTY-FI

FIFTH

BIRTHDAY

523

To HOLMES, ON

His SEVENTY-FIFTH

BIRTHDAY

523

INTERNATIONAL COPYRIGHT

524

SIXTY-EIGHTH BIRTHDAY

524

INSCRIPTION PROPOSED FOR Å SOLDIERS'

AND SAILORS' MONUMENT

524

ENDYMION

524

AUSPEX

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