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HE selections contained in this volume are such as
relate to one subject only—that of country life. But this, in itself, is a very wide sphere, and offers in its many different fields, old and new, all the variety that the most capricious spirit could desire. In collecting the different passages, the editor has allowed herself a wide sweep of the net; it has been her aim to bring together many beautiful passages from the best writers, mingled with others interesting rather from their quaintness and oddity, or their antiquity. With this view, not only have the poets of our own tongue, ancient and modern, English and American, been laid under contribution for the reader's amusement, but translations from a dozen different languages have also been included in the volume. Materials for a work of this nature abound, and the editor
would have gladly drawn even more largely from the
“ Dono infelice di bellezza, ond' hai
Funesta dota d' infiniti guai.”
In this instance their very absence will serve to recall
63 The Flower.
64 To Spring
65 To Spring
66 The Awakening Year
69 Spring Scene..
Spring Morning in Italy.
80 Up, Amaryllis!..
81 The Morning Walk.
$1 Danish Morning Song
83 Summer Morning Song