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PHILADELPHIA :
HOOKER & AGNEW,
N. W. CORNER OF CHESTNUT AND FIFTH STREETS.

1841.

HARVARD COLLESE LIBRARY

SHELDON FUND
JULY 10, 1940

DISTRICT OF MASSACHUSETTS, TO WIT:

District Clerk's Office. BE IT REMEMBERED. That on the seventh day of January. A. D. 1831. in the fifty-fifth year of the Independence of the United States of America, CARTER, HENDEE AND BABCOCK, of the said district, havo deposited in this office the title of a book, the right whereof they claim as proprietors, in the words following, to wit:

"The American Common-Place Book of Poetry, with Occasional Notes. By George B. Cheever.”

In conformity to the act of the Congress of the United States, entitled, "An Act for the encouragement of learning, by securing the copies of maps, charts and books, to the authors and proprietors of such copies, during the times therein mentioned ;" and also to an act, entitled, “ An Act supplementary to an act, entitled, 'An Act for the encouragement of learning, by securing the copies of maps, charts and books, to the authors and proprietors of such copies daring the times therein mentioned ;' and extending the benefits thereof to the arts of design. ing, engraving, and etching historical and other prints.”

INO W DAVIS Clerk of the District

of Massachusetts.

PREFACE.

The unexpected favor, with which the American Common-Place Book of Prose was received, encouraged its publishers to hope that a similar volume of extracts from American poetry might be attended with the same success. It is true, that there are more good prose writers in our country than there are poets; but it would be strange, indeed, if enough of really excellent poetry could not be found to fill a volume like this. It is not pretended that every piece, in the following selection, is a stately and perfect song, inspired by the vision and the faculty divine,” and containing, throughout the true power and spirit of harmony; but every lover of poetry will find much to delight a cultivated imagination, and much to set him on thinking; and every religious mind will be pleased that a volume of American poetry, so variously selected, presents so many pages imbued with the feelings of devotion. If all the extracts are not of sufficient excellence to excite vivid admiration, most of them are of the kind that meet us

Like a pleasant thought,
When auch are wanted

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