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FIRESIDE POETICAL READINGS,

ILLUSTRATIVE OF AMERICAN SCENERY, RURAL LIFE, AND HISTORICAL

INCIDENTS, AND ALSO OF RELIGIOUS FEELINGS,

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Entered according to Act of Congress in the year 1842, in the District Clerk's

Office of the District Court of Maine.

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WM. WHITE & H, P. LEWIS,

PRINTERS,
OVER BOSTON TYPE FOUNDRY, SPRING LANE.

NOTICE.

It has been the object of the Publisher, in collecting and publishing the materials of this volume, to present to the public a work which, while it did not exclude other topics, should, as a whole, be decidedly of a moral and religious character.

In the present state of popular literature it is some commendation to say, that the following poems contain nothing offensive to correct taste, morals, and religion. But this is not all. We cannot but think, that the lovers of genuine poetry, those who can distinguish between the truth and the exaggerations of nature, will find something in them that is substantial and positive. In making this remark, we rely upon the ascertained opinions of others, as much and more than upon our own.

The attempt to describe American Cottage Life, in the poems on that subject, and in the Days of Youth, is something new, and is not without its difficulties; but we do not doubt that some portions of them, at least, will find a responsive chord in many bosoms. The work is patriotic and American in its character, as well as Christian. It is perhaps proper to add, that the materials of this volume are all from one hand; but it will be seen that there is ample variety both in the topics introduced and in the manner of illustrating them.

D. S. K.

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