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The poems by H. W. Longfellow, T. B. Aldrich, R. W. Emerson, E. R. Sill, E. C. Stedman, Bayard Taylor, Celia Thaxter, Oliver Wendell Holmes, W. D. Howells, Lucy Larcom, James Russell Lowell, John G. Whittier, Charles Henry Webb, and James T. Fields are used by permission of and by arrangement with Houghton, Mifflin & Co., publishlishers of their books.

The editor also gratefully acknowledges the kindness and courtesy of the authors who have permitted him to use their poems.




THE day is done, and the darkness
Falls from the wings of Night,
As a feather is wafted downward
From an eagle in his flight.

I see the lights of the village

Gleam through the rain and the mist:
And a feeling of sadness comes o'er me,
That my soul cannot resist :

A feeling of sadness and longing,
That is not akin to pain,
And resembles sorrow only

As the mist resembles the rain.

Come, read to me some poem,

Some simple and heartfelt lay,
That shall soothe this restless feeling,
And banish the thoughts of day.

Not from the grand old masters,
Not from the bards sublime,

Whose distant footsteps echo
Through the corridors of Time.
For, like strains of martial music,
Their mighty thoughts suggest
Life's endless toil and endeavor;

And to-night I long for rest.

Read from some humbler poet,

Whose songs gush'd from his heart, As showers from the clouds of summer, Or tears from the eyelids start;

Who, through long days of labor,
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 the benediction That follows after prayer.

Then read from the treasured volume
The poem of thy choice;

And lend to the rhyme of the poet
The beauty of thy voice.

And the night shall be fill'd with music,
And the cares, that infest the day,
Shall fold their tents like the Arabs,
And as silently steal away.



O MEMORY! thou fond deceiver,
Still importunate and vain,

To former joys recurring ever,
And turning all the past to pain;

Thou, like the world, the opprest oppressing,
Thy smiles increase the wretch's woe;
And he who wants each other blessing,
In thee must ever find a foe.



I HAVE had playmates, I have had companions,
In my days of childhood, in my joyful school-days ;
All, all are gone, the old familiar faces.

I have been laughing, I have been carousing, Drinking late, sitting late, with my bosom cronies; All, all are gone, the old familiar faces.

I loved a love once, fairest among women: Closed are her doors on me; I must not see her; All, all are gone, the old familiar faces.

I have a friend, a kinder friend has no man;
Like an ingrate, I left my friend abruptly;
Left him, to muse on the old familiar faces.

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