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A PERSONAL WORD
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.
COPYRIGHT NOTICE AND PUBLISHERS'
ALL rights on poems in this work are reserved by
The publishers named in the subjoined list are the
THE PUBLISHERS OF
By special permission of The Grafton Press “The
By special permission of Houghton, Mifflin Com.
," "The Last Leaf," "The Voiceless," by
By special permission of John Lane Company,
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.