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HIS is a volume of inspirational poems. Its purpose is to bring men courage and resolution, to cheer them, to fire them with new confidence when they grow dispirited, to strengthen their faith that THINGS ČAN BE DONE. It is better for this purpose than the entire works of any one poet, for it takes the cream of many and has greater diversity than any one writer can show.
It is made up chiefly of very recent poems-not such as were written for anthologies of poetical "gems," but such as speak directly to the heart, always in very simple language, often in the phrases of shop or office or street. Included, however, with the poems of the day are a few of the fine old pieces that have been of comfort to men through the ages.
Besides the poems themselves, the volume contains helps to their understanding and enjoyment. The pieces are introduced by short comments; these serve the same purpose as the strain played by the pianist before the singer begins to sing; they create a mood, give a point of view, throw light on the meaning of what follows. Also the lives of the authors are briefly summarized; this is in answer to our natural interest in the writer of a poem we like, and in the case of living poets it brings together facts hardly to be found anywhere else.
Finally, the book is not one to be read and then cast aside. It is to be kept as a constant companion and an unfailing recourse in weariness or gloom. Human_companions are not always in the mood to cheer us, and may talk upon themes we dislike. But this book will converse or be silent, it is never out of sorts or discouraged, and so far from being wed to some single topic, it will speak to us at any time on any subject we desire.
To many authors and publishers acknowledgment is due for generous permission to use copyright material.
Abou Ben Adhem..
Arrow and the Song, The.. Henry Wadsworth Long-
Bars of Fate, The.....
.John G. Neihardt..... 148
Days of Cheer
Ella Wheeler Wilcox.. 126
De Sunflower Ain't de Daisy Anonymous
..St. Clair Adams.
Ralph Waldo Emerson 207
..Edward Rowland Sill.. 112
Fighting Failure, The......Everard Jack Appleton 46
Friends of Mine.
Sam Walter Foss... 118
Henry Van Dyke.....
..James W. Foley..
Gamaliel Bradford .... 89
..William Shakespeare.. 216
William Shakespeare 109
St. Clair Adams
J. G. Holland
Greatness of the Soul, The. Alfred Tennyson
Grumpy Guy, The......... Griffith Alexander ....
Happy Heart, The.
He Whom a Dream Hath
Hoe Your Row..
.Everard Jack Appleton 106
Hopeful Brother, A.......Frank L. Stanton...
How Did You Die?.. .Edmund Vance Cooke.
Sam Walter Foss......
.Edgar A. Guest
Hymn to Happiness, A....James W. Foley...... 222
Is It Raining, Little Flower? Anonymous
It Couldn't Be Done.......Edgar A. Guest.
It May Be....
.S. E. Kiser.......
It Won't Stay Blowed.....St. Clair Adams
Just Be Glad.
James Whitcomb Riley 14
.Frank L. Stanton