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BOSTON:
HOUGHTON, MIFFLIN AND COMPANY,

11 EAST SEVENTEENTH STREET, NEW YORK.

The Riverside ess, Cambridge.

HARYARD COLLEGE LIBRARY

FROM THE LIDIARY OF
PROF. GEORGE F. SWAIN

OCT. 20, 1933

Copyright, 1858,
BY HENRY WADSWORTI LONGFELLOW.

Copyright, 1850, 1856, 1858, 1860, 1861, 1864, 1866, 1868, 1875, and 1878

BY JOHN GREENLEAF WHITTIER.

Copyright, 1864,
BY WILLIAM CULLEN BRYANT

Copyright, 1875 and 1878,
BY OLIVER WENDELL HOLMES

Copyright, 1848, 1868, 1874, 1875, and 1876

BY JAMES RUSSELL LOWELL

Copyright, 1862 and 1867,
BY RALPH WALDO EMERSON

Copyright, 1879,
By HOUGHTON, OSGOOD & CO

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PREFACE TO SECOND EDITION.

The general use which has followed the first publication of American Poems confirms the editor in his belief that such a book has a real place in our educational system, and he is gratified by the wide and cordial recognition which it has received. The few criticisms which have been offered seem mainly to have sprung from a hasty consideration of its intention. It does not profess to be a representative volume of American poetry, nor, in a comprehensive way, of the poets whose works are included in it, but, because the poems are of themselves worthy and the group is American in origin and tone, the book has a significance which justifies its title. The brief sketches of the authors contained in it were necessarily limited to the main facts of their literary life, but the editor, in reviewing his work under the more favorable conditions of a completed book and lapse of time, perceives with renewed and stronger feeling how pure and admirable is the spirit in which these American poets have wrought, how high an ideal has been before them, and with what grace and beauty their lives have reinforced their poems ! Surely, the

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