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POEMS

BY EDWARD CAP ERN,

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Rural Postman of Bideford, Debon,

ÇA PERN,

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AUTHOR OF “BALLADS AND SONGS."

A humble Poet,
Whose songs gushed from his heart
As showers from the clouds of summer,

Or tears from the eyelids start.

“ Who through long days of labour,

And nights devoid of ease,
Still heard in his soul the music

Of wonderful melodies.

“Such songs have power to quiet

The restless pulse of care,
And come like a benediction
That follows after prayer."

LONGFELLOW.

THIRD EDITION,

LONDON:
W.KENT & CO., (LATE D. BOGUE), 86, FLEET STREET,

MDCCCLIX.

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J. UNWIN, GRESHAM STEAM PRESS, BUCKLERSBURY, LONDON.

PREFACE TO THE FIRST EDITION.

TO THE SUBSCRIBERS.

MY LORDS, LADIES, AND GENTLEMEN,

I AM entrusted with the delightful privilege of introducing a man of genius to the world,-EDWARD CADERN, a Poet.

On taking possession of the necessary papers I consulted some literary friends, and it was of course soon decided that no alterations should be made except by Mr. Capern; nor, indeed, were many needed; for, except a few slips of the penmere verbal inaccuracies, scarcely worth alluding to-the whole of these beautiful poems appear as they were first produced by him.

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I reserved to myself, however, the absolute right of rejection, and this was frequently a rather painful duty. In a walk together of thirteen miles,

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