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HE Songs of Zion contained in the following pages are not new,
though being now published for the first time, an explanation of
was concerned, the book not being of the class with which it had
the accuracy of the prognostications, believing that whether a work was successful or not, must certainly, to some extent, at least, depend on its own merit. Nevertheless, I determined to lay the “Songs" aside for a time, thinking it not impossible that age might have the same satisfactory results in their case as it has in that of some other things, and that they might“ mature" by keeping, while I was actually rash enough to resume my pen, and write more in the same strain. Now, after a lapse of some
years, I have once more contemplated appearing in print, and with that view have selected those songs that seemed to be most desirable for the purpose. Knowing what I have to expect, and “with a heart for any fate,” I have even been so reckless as not to attempt to go the cheapest way to work, but have endeavoured to produce a tasteful and complete volume with appropriate title-page and cover, an explanation of which I have appended in Note M, page 94.
In the further negotiations with persons connected with the various stages of publication, rendered necessary for the carrying out of my intentions, I met with abundant confirmation of the opinions already expressed. One gentleman supposed that I did not expect to sell many copies, while another went sufficiently into detail to specify “two hundred” as the outside limit that I could look forward to reach. The lithographer-or