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T can be said with truth that this compilation was begun thirty years ago, or more; for some of the poems were taken from the compiler's scrap-book, where they have been his good friends and companions for fully that length of time.

No effort has been made to make the collection exhaustive, for no one volume could possibly contain all the favorite poems.

It is hoped, however, that between the covers of this little book there will be found enough of your favorites to justify its title.

The compiler wishes to express his thanks to publishers and authors who have so kindly permitted him to include a number of poems subject to Copyright. Thanks are also due to my young friend and business associate, Herbert H. Fletcher, of Philadelphia, for suggestions and assistance. The title was given to the collection by him.


June, 1910.



ALL rights on poems in this work are reserved by
the holders of copyright.

The publishers named in the subjoined list are the
proprietors in their own right or as agents for the
authors of the books and poems of which the author-
ship and titles are given respectively, and of which
the ownership is thus specifically noted and is hereby




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By special permission of The Grafton Press “The
Eyes of the Christ," from The Dream Child and other
Verses, by N. B. Carson, copyright 1905.

By special permission of Houghton, Mifflin Com.
pany, as authorized publishers of “The Angels of
Buena Vista,” “The Barefoot Boy,” “Maud Muller,”
“In School-Days,” by Whittier; “A Psalm of Life,”
“Suspiria,” “Resignation,” “The Village Blacksmith,"
“There is no Death," "The Arrow and the Song,"
“The Children's Hour,” “God's Acre," by H. W. Long-
fellow; “Freedom," "The Heritage,” “A Prayer," "A
Requiem,” “The Present Crisis," by J. R. Lowell;
"The Kings,” by L. I. Guiney; “Plain Language from
Truthful James,” “Miss Edith Helps Things Along
with her Elder Sister's Beau," by Francis Bret Harte;
“The Boys,” “Old Ironsides," "The Height of the

," "The Last Leaf," "The Voiceless," by
0. W. Holmes; “Are the Children at Home," "Our
Own," by M. E. Sangster.

By special permission of John Lane Company,
“Leetla Joe,” from Carmina, by T. A. Daly.

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By special permission of Catholic Standard and Times Publishing Company, “The Song of the Thrush,” from Canzoni, by T. A. Daly.

By special permission of Charles Scribner's Sons, “Christmas at Sea,” “The Departed Friend,” from Poems, by R. L. Stevenson; "The Questioner," by Carl Werner, from Scribner's Magazine, copyright 1910; "Fiddle-Dee Dee," "Jes' fore Christmas," from Love Songs of Childhood, copyright 1894, by Eugene Field; "Little Boy Blue," "Wynken, Blynken, and Nod,” from With Trumpet and Drum, copyright 1892, by Mary French Field.

By special permission of Little, Brown & Company, “Lines on the Death of his Son Charles," by Daniel Webster, from Daniel Webster's Complete Works.

By special permission of Longmans, Green & Com. pany, “Outward,” from Poems, by W. J. Cameron.

By special permission of Edwin Markham, “Lincoln, the Man of the People."

"The Old Swimmin'-Hole" is from Neghborly Poems, by J. W. Riley, copyright 1891; "Little Orphant Annie," from Child Rhymes, by J. W. Riley, copyright 1898; “An Old Sweetheart of Mine," from “Love Lyrics, by J. W. Riley, copyright 1898; “Old Fashioned Roses," from Farm Rhymes, by J. W. Riley, copyright 1901.

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