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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 date 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.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

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BRYANT

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THANATOPSIS

THE VALLEY OF UNREST ,

THE VALLEY OF UNTED

.

THE YELLOW VIOLET ..

- THE COLISEUM · · · · ·

INSCRIPTION FOR THE ENTRANCE TO Å

HYMN .

WOOD . . . . .

To One' IN PARADISE.'

...

OF-

To A WATERFOWL.

-SS. 0- D

GREEN RIVER

SONNET TO ZANTE . ..

A WINTER PIECE . . .

HYMN TO DEATH

|-THE HAUNTED PALACE.

'O FAIREST OF THE RURAL MAIDS' . | SONNET - SILENCE .

MONUMENT MOUNTAIN

& CONQUEROR WORM

AUTUMN WOODS

11 DREAM-LAND

A FOREST HYMN . .

|--THE RAVEN .

JONE

14 | EULALIE – A SONG .

. . .

ULALUME

OCTOBER

| To HELEN . . . .

THE EVENING WIND .

-THE BELLS . .

TO THE FRINGED GENTIAN ..

| TO MY MOTHER .

HYMN OF THE CITY . .

FOR ANNIE . .

SONG OF MARION'S MEN .

ANNABEL LEE

THE PRAIRIES ..

- ELDORADO

THE BATTLE-FIELD

THE ANTIQUITY OF FREEDOM..

EMERSON

'O MOTHER OF A MIGHTY RACE

THE PLANTING OF THE APPLE-TREE

ROBERT OF LINCOLN . . .

OUR COUNTRY'S CALL

THOUGHT . . .

THE LITTLE PEOPLE OF THE SNOW

THE RIVER.

THE POET.

LINES TO ELLEN

MY AUTUMN WA

ELLEN AT THE

THE DEATH OF LINCOLN . . . .

ELLEN

A LIFETIME :

THINE EYES STILL SHINED

WRITTEN IN NAPLES

THE FLOOD OF YEARS

WRITTEN AT ROME. ..

WEBSTER . . .

POE

THE RHODORA . .

EACH AND ALL . .

TAMERLANE

THE APOLOGY . .

To — — (I SAW THEE ON

THY

CONCORD HYMN

.

BRIDAL DAY')

THE HUMBLE-BEE . ..

SONG FROM AL AARAAF

URIEL

ROMANCE

THE PROBLEM.

SONNET - To SCIENCE . .

WRITTEN IN A VOLUME OF GOETHE

To- (THE BOWERS WHEREAT,

DREAMS, I SEE')

WOODNOTES II . .

HEED NOT THAT MY EARTHLY

THE SPHINX .

THE SNOW-STORM .

A DREAM WITHIN A DREAM

41 FABLE. .

To HELEN

:

. . . .

THE INFORMING SPIRIT

ISRAFEL .

FRIENDSHIP

THE CITY IN THE S

42 FORBEARANCE

THE SLEEPER . . . . .

43 HOLIDAYS . . . . . . .

1 The poems of each author are arranged in chronological order. Exact dates will be found at the end of

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SAADI

THE BRIDGE . .

119

ODE TO BEAUTY

THE OLD CLOCK ON THE STAIRS

. 120

|-THE ARROW AND THE SONG

. 120

EXPERIENCE

CURFEW . .

. . . . 121

THRENODY . . .

EVANGELINE

. . . . 121

To J. W. .

WANDERER'S

ODE, INSCRIBED TO W. H. CHANNING . THE BUILDERS

. 149

MERLIN

RESIGNATION

149

THE WORLD'Soui .'.'.

CHILDREN . . . .

HAMATREYA

GASPAR BECERRA . .

150

FORERUNNERS

THE BUILDING OF THE SHIP

151

GIVE ALL TO LOVE,

THE LADDER OF ST. AUGUSTINE

155

THE Day's RATION .

DAYLIGHT AND MOONLIGHT,

MEROPS .

THE WARDEN OF THE CINQUE PORTS . 156

MUSKETAQUID

86 -The Two ANGELS . .

. 157

NATURE

87 | THE SONG OF HIAWATHA . . . . 158

DAYS . . . .

210

My Lost YOUTH .


. .

Two RIVERS ..

87 THE FIFTIETH BIRTHDAY OF AGASSIZ. 211

BRAHMA . .

DAYBREAK . . . .

212

SANTA FILOMENA

. 212

JULY 4, 1857 · ·

213

·

THE COURTSHIP OF MILES STANDISH.

SEASHORE . . . . . .

THE CHILDREN'S HOUR . .

232

WALDEINSAMKEIT

PAUL REVERE'S RIDE . . .

233

FRAGMENTS ON NATURE AND LIFE . 90 THE CUMBERLAND .

FRAGMENTS ON THE POET AND THE -THE BIRDS OF KILLINGWORTH

POETIC GIFT ...

WEARINESS . .

239

. .

QUATRAINS AND TRANSLATIONS

HAWTHORNE

239

THE BOHEMIAN HYMN

DIVINA COMMEDIA

240

PAN

KILLED AT THE FOR

241

GIOTTO'S TOWER .

EROS . . .

FINALE OF CHRISTUS

MUSIC. .

THE HANGING OF THE CRANE

243

THE TITMOUSE

CHAUCER . . . .

BOSTON HYMN . .

SHAKESPEARE

245

VOLUNTARIES . . . . . . 99 MILTON

MILTON . . . . .

MY GARDEN

. 100 KEATS . . . . . .

246

TERMINUS

101 THE SOUND OF THE SEA .

246

THREE FRIENDS OF MINE

246

MORITURI SALUTAMUS . . .

LONGFELLOW

THE HERONS OF ELMWOOD .

.251

IN THE CHURCHYARD AT TARRY

RYTOWN 252

THE SPIRIT OF POETRY. . .

· 102

.

THE POETS .

252

. . . .

BURIAL OF THE MINNISINK.

NATURE . . . . . .

252

THE RETURN OF SPRING.

VENICE

253

ART AND NATURE. .

VICTOR AND VANQUISHED

253

A PSALM OF LIFE . .

THE THREE SILENCES OF MOLINOS . 253

THE LIGHT OF STARS. .

WAPENTAKE .

253

105

HYMN TO THE NIGHT

A BALLAD OF THE FREN FLEET. 254

FOOTSTEPS OF ANGELS. .

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

THE BELEAGUERED City . .

AND REST' .

. . . 255

THE WRECK OF THE HESPERUS .

107 FROM MY ARM-CHAIR

THE VILLAGE BLACKSMITH .

ROBERT BURNS .

THE SKELETON IN ARMOR .

108 THE TIDE RISES, THE TIDE FALLS . 256

SERENADE (FROM THE SPANISH

JUGURTHA

256

DENT)

.....
.

. 111

.

The Cross of Snow

257

ENDYMION

257

THE RAINY DA

. 111 L'Envor: 'THE POET AND HIS SONG

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. .

THE VAUDOIS TEACHER .

NUREMBERG

. 116 TO WILLIAM LLOYD GARRISON

260

THE BELFRY OF BRUGES : CARILLON. 118 RANDOLPH OF ROANOKE . .

DANTE.

. 118 | EXPOSTULATION . .

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PARTING HYMN . . . . . 379 'I THOUGHT OUR LOVE AT FULL, BUT I

UNION AND LIBERTY

DID ERR'.

. . . 430

J. D. R. . . .

THE BIGLow PAPERS, FIRST SERIES:

TO MY READERS

. 380

A LETTER FROM MR. EZEKIEL BIG-

VOYAGE OF THE GOOD SHIP UNIO . 381

LOW OF JAALAM TO THE Hon.

BRYANT'S SEVENTIETH BIRTHDAY . . 382

JOSEPH T. BUCKINGHAM , . 430

MY ANNUAL . . . . .

WHAT MR. ROBINSON THINKS. .433

ALL HERE . . . . . . 384

THE Pious EDITOR'S CREED . . 435

BILL AND JOE

. . . 385

A SECOND LETTER FROM B. SAWIN,

NEARING THE SNOW-LINE . . . 386

ESQ. . . .

DOROTHY Q. ..

FROM `A FABLE FOR CRITICS' . . 440

EPILOGUE TO THE BREAKFAST-TABLE

THE VISION OF SIR LAUNFAL . . . 453

SERIES . .

. . .

BEAVER BROOK . . .

PROGRAMME

| BIBLIOLATRES . . . .

GRANDMOTHER'S STORY OF BUNKER THE FIRST SNOW-FALL .

HILL BATTLE

THE SINGING LEAVES . . . . 459

How THE OLD HORSE WON THE BET. 392

WITHOUT AND WITHIN .

-FOR WHITTIER'S SEVENTIETH BIRTHDAY 394 AUF WIEDERSEHEN . .

. 461

VERITAS

PALINODE.

. . . .

.

THE SEN Meropy'

.

. . . . 396 THE WIND-HARP .

THE IRON GATE . . . . . 397

AFTER THE BURIAL

THE SHADOWS.

398 L'ENVOI : TO THE MUSK.

AT THE SATURDAY CLUB .

MASACCIO .

THE GIRDLE OF FRIENDSHIP

THE ORIGIN OF DIDACTIC POETRY.

-To JAMES RUSSELL LOWELL .

| THE DEAD HOUSE. . . . . 466

THE LYRE OF ANACREON .

. 403 AT THE BURNS CENTENNIAL . . . 467

AFTER THE CURFEW

THE WASHERS OF THE SHROUD . . 469

LA MAISON D'OR

404 THE BIGLOW PAPERS, SECOND SERIES :

Too YOUNG FOR LOVE . . .

THE COURTIN' . . . . . 472

THE BROOMSTICK TRAIN; OR, THE 'RE-

MASON AND SLIDELL . . . 473

TURN OF THE WITCHES. .

478

. 405

JONATHAN TO JOHN -:,:

INVITA MINERVA .

SUNTHIN' IN THE PASTORAL LINE

. 70

480

JAMES RUSSELL LOWELL, 1819-1891 407 LATEST VIEWS OF MR. BIGLOW 484

IN MEMORY OF John GREENLEAF WHIT-

MR. HOSEA BIGLOW TO THE EDITOR

TIER . . . . . . . 408

OF THE ATLANTIC MONTHLY

486

ON BOARD THE '76 .

.

ODE RECITED AT THE HARVARD COM-

LOWELL

MEMORATION . . . .

THE MINER . . . . .

• 496

"FOR THIS TRUE NOBLENESS I SEEK IN To H. W. L. ..

. 496

VAIN'

. . . . . 410 THE NIGHTINGALE IN THE STUDY . 497

My Love.

AN EMBER PICTURE,

. 498

*My Love, I HAVE NO FEAR THAT THOU IN THE TWILIGHT . . .

SHOULDST DIE'

FOR AN AUTOGRAPH .

'I ASK NOT FOR THOSE THOUGHTS, THAT THE FOOT-PATH : : :

SUDDEN LEAP'

ALADDIN .

500

GREAT TRUTHS ARE PORTIONS OF THE TO CHARLES Eliot NORTON

500

SOUL OF MAN

AGASSIZ

501

TO THE SPIRIT OF KEATS . . . SONNET -Scottish BORDER..

508

*OUR LOVE IS NOT A FADING EARTHLY THREE MEMORIAL POEMS:

FLOWER'. .

ODE READ AT THE ONE HUNDREDTA

*BELOVED, IN THE NOISY CITY HERE' 412

ANNIVERSARY OF THE FIGHT AT

SONG : 'O MOONLIGHT DEEP AND TEN-

CONCORD BRIDGE . . . . 509

DER' . . . .

. . 412

UNDER THE OLD ELM .

512

THE_SHEPHERD OF KING ADMETUS

An ODE FOR THE FOURTH OF JULY

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AN INCIDENT IN A RAILROAD CAR. . 413 DEATH OF QUEEN MERCEDES . .

STANZAS ON FREEDOM . . . 414

PHEBE ..

522

WENDELL PHILLIPS

lo WHITTIER, ON HIS SEVENTY-FIFTH

RHECUS . .

BIRTHDAY.

522

TO THE DANDELION.

To HOLMES, ON HIS SEVENTY-FIFTH

COLUMBUS

BIRTHDAY .

523

THE PRESENT CRISIS

. . . 421 INTERNATIONAL COPYRIGHT' . '. .524

A CONTRAST.

. 423 SIXTY-EIGHTH BIRTHDAY .

524

AN INDIAN-SUMMER REVERIE . .

INSCRIPTION PROPOSED FOR A SOLDIERS

HEBE . .

. . .

.

.

AND SAILORS' MONUMENT .

428

524

.

THE CHANGELING

ENDYMION .

524

. . .

SEE OAME AND WENT

| AUSPEX . . . . .

.

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