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The name of this work, “Library," implies exactly its scope and function. That it is a single small unit instead of countless volumes does not impair in the slightest the underlying idea that it is a "library" of poetry. Such a book might serve as a book of reference: to identify a fugitive line; to verify an uncertain phrase; to discover a suitable quotation; to complete a familiar item; to place promptly and accurately any poetry that occupies a permanent nook in English literature, from the time of Chaucer to to-day.

Such a book might serve as a comprehensive exhibit of poetic literature. The history, growth, and condition of poetry from decade to decade. It is like a panorama -vast in size, intimate in detail of the poetic thoughts and feelings of modern mankind. It reveals the changes in style; the vanity of taste; all the nuances of the harmony in men's thoughts.

Above all such a book might serve as a companion at the will of its possessor, for every mood. Poetry in the rôle of companionship is serving its noblest purpose. It is the joy of reading aloud to your children, to see them respond to the beautiful simplicity of rhyme. It is the solace of loneliness. It is the culture of the home. It is thought and fancy and imagination.

The original editor of this work was William Cullen Bryant, himself one of the illustrious company of poets. He brought to the task his great knowledge, broad sympathies, and skill as the editor of a great metropolitan newspaper. As Bryant's “Library of Poetry and Song" grew, as the folios mounted into the hundreds, it was found that the actual achievement surpassed the conception. The book promptly assumed its place as one of the most important and popular books of its day. This is the solid foundation of the present work.

It is now over two score years since Bryant's death. Yet the poetry that he skillfully collected and classified is immortal; so in this work all the original assemblage has been retained. With the increasing years new poets have flourished. The world's treasury of poetry and song has acquired additional stores. Therefore, in issuing anew “The Library,” it has been augmented and enlarged by a supplement of modern verse and song.

In its present form, this “Library” is believed to be one of the most complete of all the anthologies. But despite its almost immeasurable scope every item is instantly available, and your ready use of the book is assured by the different classifications and indices.

Garden City, N. Y., 1925

CLASSIFICATION OF

POEMS AND FRAGMENTS.

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CHILDHOOD AND YOUTH.

Love's Pains......

204

POEMS...

Sighs, Tears, and Smiles.

204

FRAGMENTS :

Shyness of Love..

204

The Baby..

107

Arts of Love.

204

Idle Love....

Early Death.

107

204

Child's Prayer..

107

Discriminating Love.

205

Prophecies....

Love's Dangers.....

107

205

107

Boyish Ambition...

The Sweets of Love...

205

School Days..

107

Mutual Love....

205

Work and Play.

108

True Love..

206

108

Tender Affection..

Quarrelling.

206

Careless Childhood.

108 Constancy

206

Childish Days..

108

Inconstancy and Jealousy..

207

Merry Youth...

108

Possession.....

207

MARRIAGE.

THE AFFECTIONS.

....208 to 214

FRIENDSHIP.

FRAGMENTS:

POEMS..

III to 120

Forelookings.

214

FRAGMENTS:

Warnings...

214

Friendship...

I 20

Mercenary Matches.

215

Choice Friends...

120

Possibilities...

215

Faithful Friends.

I 20

Certainiies.

215

Summer Friends.....

I 20

Advice....

215

Friends to be Shunned.

The Happy Lot.

215

Friendship and Love...

Quarrels of Friends..

Home.

Hospitality......

121

POEMS

..216 to 231

Good Counsel.

I21

FRAGMENTS:

The Wise.

231

COMPLIMENT AND ADMIRATION,

The Married State..

231

POEMS...

122 to 133 Inconstancy..

232

FRAGMENTS:

Completion

232

Compliments....

133

Home Life....

232

Woman.....

133 Mother-Love..

232

Personal Charms..

133

Home Pleasures..

232

Impartial Affection...

134

Compliments from ture..

134

PARTING.

The Poet's Admiration ..

134 | POEMS..

.233 to 240

Flattery.....

134 FRAGMENTS:

Farewells....

241

Love.

POEMS ..

.135 to 202

ABSENCE.

FRAGMENTS:

POEMS ..

.241 to 247

Power of Love and Beauty..... 203 FRAGMENTS:

Love's Blindness ..

203 Memory in Absence

248

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Hope Deferred.......

248 | FRAGMENTS:

Absence Strengthens Love .

Deity.....

394

Time in Absence...

248 Atheism...

The Unwelcome Lover..

248 Preaching ard Missions..

395

Presence in Absence..

248 Sin....

395

Conscience

DISAPPOINTMENT AND ESTRANGEMENT.

395

Remorse..

POEMS.....

..249 to 270

396

FRAGMENTS:

Fleeling Good..

396

Hell....

Fragility of Love.....

396

271

False Hope.....

The Devil..

396

271

Inconstancy of Man

Respectability.

396

271

Inconstancy of Woman..

Hypocrisy

271

Ecclesiasticism

The Disappointed Heart

396

271

Theology

397

BEREAVEMENT AND DEATH.

The Bible..

397

POEMS ..

..272 to 308 Belief and Doubt..

397

FRAGMENTS:

Jesus Christ

397

The Lot of Man...

308

Virtue.

398

Early Death...

309

Truth..

Death's Choice..

309 Charity.

Death-Beds....

309 Prayer...

398

Death and Sleep..

310 Religious Meditation..

399

Fear of Death ......

310

The Christian Life..

399

Death-Conventional and Natural.... 310 Heaven.....

399

The Grave......

The Peace of Death.....

NATURE.

311

Longing for Death..

POEMS

311

.403 to 488

After Death..

FRAGMENTS:

311

Mourning..

God and Nature

311

489

Country Life....

489

SORROW AND ADVERSITY.

Fair Exchange No Robbery.

489

Poems

.315 to 344 Light and the Sky.

489

FRAGMENTS:

Morning.

490

The Lot of Mankind...

345

Evening

490

Sympathy and Scorn...

345

Night...

491

Disappointed Ambition

345

The Moon...

491

World-Weariness...

346

The Stars.

491

The Memory of Sorrows.

346

The Seasons...

492

The Memory of Joys......

Sounds of Nature..

493

Bad News...

346 The Mountains..

493

Varied Misery...

346 Water......

493

Consolation in Adversity.

347 Rain and Storm.

494

Loss of Property

347

Trees...

494

The High and the Low..

347

Flowers...

494

Hope in Misery..

347

Animate Nature...

495

Briefness of Joys..

347

PEACE AND WAR.

Despair.....

347

POEMS...

Resignation.

348

•500 to 538

FRAGMENTS:

The Uses of Adversity

Warfare......

539

RELIGION.

Dangers of Peace...

539

Poems.

.....353 to 394 Pleasures of War....

539

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The True Soldier....

539 Shooting...

671

Challenge and Defiance.

540 Swimming..

671

Preparation and Battle.

540 Angling...

67e

Defeat......

540 Skating..

672

Courage and Fear..

540 Rural Life

672

Horrors of War

541

DESCRIPTIVE.

Criminality of War....

541

POEMS

Peace......

.......675 to 718

541

FRAGMENTS:

TEMPERANCE AND LABOR.

The King of Day.......

719

POEMS....

.545 to 558

Sunset in the Mountains..

719

FRAGMENTS:

Indian Summer....

719

The Intoxicating Cup.....

The Poet's Retirement.

719

Temperance......

558

719

Tobacco Smokers..

558

Athens

719

Labor ....

559 Rome.

720

Overwork.

559 Temple of Clitumnus.

720

Work and Song.

559 The Fall of Terni...

720

Prudence ...

559 Venice......

720

Nobility of Labor....

559 An Italian Ravine...

720

PATRIOTISM AND FREEDOM. The River Thames

720

Poems .....

...563 to 600 Macbeth's Castle...

720

FRAGMENTS:

Personal Appearance

720

The Love of Country

601

Conditions of Life......

722

Evil Times.....

601

Personal Characteristics-Women.... 722

The Tyrant's Plea...

601 Personal Characteristics-Men..

723

Soldiers of Freedom...

602

Moods

725

Hun.anity's Heroes..

602

Battle

725

Freedom...

602 Panic...

72

England..

602

Distance. .....

725

Switzerland...

603

St. Peter's at Rome...

726

America....

603

The Apollo Belvidere..

726

The Ballot-Box..

603 A Lady's Chamber...

726

“Centennial” Echoes...

604

Music ....

726

Perfection

726

THE SEA.

POEMS...

726

..607 to 631

Anthology.

FRAGMENTS:

SENTIMENT AND REFLECTION.

The Sea-Shore....

631 POEMS ...

..729 to 791

Peace on the Sea.

631 | FRAGMENTS:

Winds and Waves.

631

THE COURSE OF LIFE.

Ships......

631

Time...

791

Storms and Shipwreck.

632

Life...

792

The Low Countries...

632

Mankind..

792

England. .....

632

The Past...

792

ADVENTURE AND RURAL SPORTS. The Present.

793

Poems...

...635 to 670 Fate.

793

FRAGMENTS:

Youth

793

The Soul of Adventure..

670 Manhood..

793

Adventurous Daring..

670 Old Age...

794

Horsemanship....

671

Death

794

Huating .....

671 Immortality.....

794

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