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BY

ROSSITER JOHNSON

Does he paint? he fain would write a poem ;
Does he write ? he fain would paint a picture,-
Put to proof art alien to the artist's,
Once, and only once, and for One only.

ROBERT BROWNING,

NEW YORK
HENRY HOLT AND COMPANY

1877

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PUBLISHERS NOTE.

This book was originally announced under the ti le of " Single Famions Poems.” Editor and publishers all hail muaskivings as to whether that title would convey a definite idei oi la cultents; but no better one susrested itself. On tie eve of pilicitiol, t'e editor bein, in Europe, and it being two late to consult bin, a friend suggests the title the viline uw bears, anil which it seems marvelous was not t013 it obfor. It has been a lopied after consultation witi linis; bt able to conjecture the editor's views. No

viit is felt of his ultimate approval, yet it sexins but fair ti trius priiul; relieve hi.n from all responsibility.

It is, p r ups, superfluous to explain a term that is almost current cin, but it is birely possible that some purchaser--nct t'ie kil of a one, huw ver, who is apt to read prefatory miter- !!!'y its wil le tild that the " Single-Poem Poets" a. nit c reatiori! muilerstood to be those whom the 1118. lis vistilbit once, but those whose hold on general :"17*ion de s justly or unjustly, on the risult of but one coninio: wt her.

Tzelt r's preface explains this mo e specifically. and also jiti's hit fitting it perfectly, the new title his friends have s'cied, although it was written for the old one.

OTER, 1877.

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