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DESIRE here to express my thanks to all those Authors and Publishers who by
their courtesy have put it in my power to offer the present volume to the public, As I have drawn more largely from “ The Earthly Paradise" by Mr. WILLIAM MORRIS, · The Human Tragedy” by Mr. ALFRED Austin, “ Festus" by Mr. Bailey, and the Poems of the Rev. Dr. PLUMPTRE and Mr. WHITTIER, than from other sources, to those gentlemen I am under particular obligations.
Amongst others, the following Publishers have kindly given me leave to quote from works of which they possess the copyright :- Mr. HENRY KING from Mr. TENNyson's poems, and Messrs. TRÜBNER and Co. from Mr. Call's poems entitled · Reverberations." Permission to use the lines of ENNIS HERNE has been kindly accorded me by Messrs. MARCUS Ward and Co., and some verses of E. L. by the Editor of the Argosy.
In compiling this book, the arrangement of the verses has been made with the view of providing lines suited to both ladies and gentlemen for every day in the year. Characteristic quotations have been selected for the birthdays of many of the celebrated persons of the present day.
I beg to offer my apologies to those authors from whose verses I have omitted lines. This, however, has only been done when absolutely necessary for the purposes of the work, and in each case the lines omitted have been indicated by asterisks.
In conclusion, I hope that the words I have chosen for each birthday may suggest bright thoughts to some, and bring comfort and solace to others who tread Life's chequered road. Though birthday anniversaries bring pain as well as pleasure in their train-recalling memories of those who are no longer here, and have ceased to measure time by earthly computation-still they are our stepping-stones to the further shore. Let us therefore greet them joyfully, and link with them the names of those we love as we note them in our “book of memory."
1. 1. L. Lando, 1877.
And to us all more fraught with joy than woe;
Alas! thou wilt not pure and stainless go.
God grant it so!
S. E. G.