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I DEDICATE MY BOOK TO

MY WIFE, *
BECAUSE

THERE's A ROSE LOOKING IN AT THE WINDow
IN EVERY CONDITION OF LIFE—

IN DAYS OF coSTENT AND ENJoyMENT, -
IN HOURS WITH BITTERNESS RIFE,

whERE’ER THERE's THE SMILE of A TRUE WIFE,
As BRIGHT As A BEAM FROM ABOVE,

'TIs THE Rose LookING IN AT THE window,
AND FILLING THE DWELLING WITH LOVE.

—From Poems by P. M. James.

WHAT Is FAIRER THAN A Rose?
WHAT is sweeTER 2
—George Herbert.

PREFACE TO THE TWELFTH EDITION.

THE rapid sale of the Eleventh Edition brings to the author a far greater satisfaction than the mere success of his book, in the thankful thought, that, by a cheaper publication, he is privileged to communicate to others, more largely than heretofore, the pure enjoyment which, for half a century, he has found in his Love among the

Roses.

S. REYNOLDS HOLE.

THE DEANERY, ROCHESTER.
December, 1891.

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