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SONGS OF THE HEART.

SONGS OF THE HEART:

Poems on Various Subjects.

BY

W. BLAKE ATKINSON.

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Read from some humbler poet,

Whose songs gushed from his heart,
As showers from the clouds of summer,
Or tears from the eyelids start,"

SONGFELLOW.

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CASSELL, PETTER, AND GALPIN,

LUDGATE HILL, E.C.

1871.

280

2.

538.

To

HENRY WADSWORTH LONGFELLOW, Esq.,

D.C.L., ETC. ETC.,

THIS VOLUME OF POEMS IS

(BY HIS KIND PERMISSION,)

Affectionately Dedicated by

THE AUTHOR.

Accept, kind Sir, these simple songs of mine,

The honest utterance of a youthful heart,

That seeks the joys to others to impart
Which on its hours of contemplation shine :
Accept these humble, unpretending lays,

That would the features of thy verse reflect,
As a warm tribute of sincere respect;
And deem whate'er thy judgment finds to praise,
If aught of praise should to my book belong,
A loving echo to thy distant song.

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