Excerpt from Verses
This little collection of verses has been gathered into book form for two purposes: first, that my work. Or such of it as I have thought worthy of preservation, might be saved; and second, that I might give it a permanent and convenient body for private di... stribution among the few but valued personal and literary friends who have in the past shown a kindly in terest in and appreciation of my literary efforts in both metric and prose composition. The publication is purely a labor of love and not a commercial venture. It is not for me to reach the popular eye and ear, and therefore a literary career could not be mine, had I the opportunity or the ambition to attempt it. I have written only as the muse insisted on being given voice, so the few offerings herein presented are gleaned from the meager products of many years of a life in which the con stantly-demanded labor of the hand has handicapped intellect ual effort.
The work is placed before the friends referred to as ame mento of one they have known as an obscure but sincere lover of the beautiful in Nature, Art and Character; and to some who have not known me in the hope that they may find in it something at least of true poesy and welcome it as acontribu tion not entirely unworthy to be included in a library of west ern literature. The author.
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