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BOSTON

L. C. PAGE AND COMPANY

(INCORPORATED)
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HARVARD

COLLEGE

LIBRARY

Copyright, 1897
By L. C. PAGE & COMPANY

(INCORPORATED)

Colonial Press :
Electrotyped and Printed by C. H. Simonds & Co.
Boston, Mass., U. S. A.

To My Mother.

PREFACE.

THE numerous collections of American verse share, I think, one fault in common: they include too much. Whether this has been a bid for popularity, a concession to Philistia, I cannot say; but the fact remains that all anthologies of American poetry are, so far as I know, more or less uncritical. The aim of the present book is different. In no case has a poem been included because it is widely known. The purpose of this compilation is solely that of preserving, in attractive and permanent form, about one hundred and fifty of the best lyrics of America.

I am quite aware of the danger attending such exacting honor-rolls. At best, an editor's judgment is only personal, and the realization of this fact gives me no small diffidence in attempting to decide what American lyrics are best worthy of preservation. That every reader of the " American Treasury" will find some favorite poem omitted, there can be little doubt. But the effort made in this book towards a

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