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To Meadows
To Charlotte Pulteney
Introduction to Songs of Innocence
Song
Infant Joy
Laughing Song
Nurse's Song
The Shepherd
The Chimney Sweeper
The Echoing Green
Spring
Meg Merrilies
Kubla Khan
Hunting Song
An Invocation
Song
The Waning Moon
The Cloud
Arethusa
Song of Proserpine
Hymn of Pan
Evening
Autumn
Clock-a-Clay
The Thrush's Nest
Mariana
The Hamadryad
Song
The Lady of Shalott
To Helen
The Valley of Unrest
Dreamland
The City in the Sea
The Haunted Palace
Ulalume
A Dirge
Norton Wood
Riding Together
The Blue Closet
Golden Wings.
Chorus from Atalanta in Calydon

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AN ANTHOLOGY

of PURE POETRY

INTRODUCTION

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ALTHOUGH deflowered thirty or forty years ago in Confessions of a Young Man, the incident that led me to poetry must be related here, so significant does it seem to me to be of every man's adventures among books.

When I was a child of nine, ten, or eleven, the family coach, a coach hung upon Cee springs, came round to the front door to take us to the County of Galway, and as we had promised to arrive at Headfort in time for breakfast our start was an early one, not later than half-past six or seven in the morning. My father and mother lay back talking in a deep, cushioned seat; and I remember envying them, for I was seated with my brother on a hard bench, our backs to the horses; and the swinging of the coach and the shining of the sun through the glass on my face caused a sickness to rise up in me. I was about to ask my parents to lower the window-blind when a kindly cloud veiled the sun, and it was at that moment I heard my father telling my mother about Lady Audley. Maurice was too young to be interested in a beautiful name and in the story of a woman who ran away with her groom for he had violet

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