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“Thy heart is mine, and thy dear self I hold
(See page 28)
Contributed by the People
IN PROSE AND VERSE
Dear to the American People
And by them contributed as a
$10,000 Prize Book
Boston, Mass., U.S. A.
New York City
Copyright, 1901, Chapple Publishing Company, Ltd., Boston, Mass.
FOLLOWING the first announcement of "Heart Throbs" six years ago has come the I most fascinating experience ever allotted to publishers. This book, containing 840 selections made from the contributions of 52,000 people, has become a classic in thousands of homes and libraries. The simple bringing together of the favorite selections of the people has far transcended the results of any mere literary or editorial compilation. It has been an astonishing revelation to litterateurs, and was the inception of a series of volumes entitled “Books the People Built," which have met with nation-wide favor and have extended to all parts of the globe where the English language is read. The thousands of letters received after the publication of the first volume of "Heart Throbs," asking why this or that favorite was not included, almost demanded the compilation of a second volume to include favorites which were advocated with enthusiastic commendations and almost pathetic pleadings.
"Heart Throbs No. II" is the fitting sequel to "Heart Throbs No. I." It contains the voluntary contribution of thousands, many of whom participated in making the first "Heart Throbs." The selections have been made upon the same basis as before. The judges have considered not only the number of times each selection was sent in, but the letters and story of the contribution in its personal aspect as presented by the contributors. If only a fraction of the thousands of letters that have been received with these "Heart Throbs" could here be reproduced, it would reveal something of the great welling up of heart feeling which the work on this book has evoked.
The committee have stated that there is more of what is termed "literature" in this second volume than in its predecessor, but the contents have come through the same channels--the estimates of the people themselves-from the small boy or girl in school, whose contribution is copied off with a dash in the buoyant hand of youth, to the dear old grandfather and grandmother in serene old age, who with tremulous hands cut from their treasured scrap-books the selection that is to them a real "heart throb" fraught with tender memories. It was noted that more recent prose and poetry was submitted for "Heart Throbs No. II" then for the first volume. This fact is significant of the increasing influence of newspapers and periodicals in attracting literature that endures. The old school-books, with lines that ring strangely familiar, were consulted by some, but many of the young people who have participated in "Heart Throbs No. II" have chosen the work of contemporary authors as representing their "heart throb." The active co-operation of the young indicates a healthful and wholesome growth of heart sentiment among the people of all ages, and proves conclusively that the enduring quality of all effort must be propelled by the vital heart power. Favorite selections of ambassadors, senators, governors, diplomats and public men are again included; those of farmers, laborers and workingmen-men and women in all walks of life have sent in the bit of verse or prose that touched the heart.
In "Heart Throbs No. II" are met again the favorite authors of the first volume. There are representative lines of James Whitcomb Riley, Joaquin Miller, Nixon Waterman, J. W. Foley, W. D. Nesbit, Sam Walter Foss-and it may be interesting to know that the selection sent in the greatest number of times was Foss's noble poem "The House by the Si of the Road.” What tender memories are recalled of that dear, good man, now passed beyond, who only a few months ago was present in my library while "Heart Throbs No. II" was being discussed. With his great, dark eyes glowing, he read the tender and sweet tributes paid him by those who sent in contributions from his graceful pen. Dear, sweet soul, how delighted he would be to know that the dearest child of his brain was the heart choice of the thousands who made up this book,
The growth and tolerance of opinion, religious, racial and political, was never more strongly emphasized. All barriers are broken down in the sweet fellowship of "Heart Throos." There is no attempt at classification, and the volume comes to its readers as nearly as possible in the same form as sent in by the thousands of contributors who made the book. There has been no attempt editing, or to establish any "style" or literary standard. The book represents the simple onflow of human sentiment revealed by the
wanted their favorites in the scrap-book at home preserved by "Heart Throbs" in permanent book form for all. From the most eminent statesman to his humblest constituent, all readers have lavished upon this book the most flattering and affectionate commendations that could be offered. The choicest gleanings of the harvest of contributions were used. There are speeches of departed statesmen, the eloquence of divines and orators, the priceless treasure trove of workbox and scrap-book wherein the fugitive gems of for
sophers have been safely kept to receive at last a larger recognition of their intrinsic merit; there are bits of wit, humor and homely philosophy;- in these two volumes of "Heart Throbs" it would seem that the most enduring selections of English literature can be kept at hand for immediate reference and re-read with the joy and pleasure that recalls the memories of an old friend.
It is needless to say that "Heart Throbs No. II," like the first of the family of "books the people built," is full of kindly, human association; of memories of great and powerful as well as humble and loyal friends; of the joy of present living as well as the tenderness and sweetness of memories past-all blending in one great symphony of "Heart Throbs," which make the reader feel that he is, indeed, one of a great and universal association which, unhampered by ties of conventional membership, or rite or ritual, is boundless in its sweep, and offers sweet communion with those whose hearts are still in touch with the ties of homo and the brotherhood of man.
In preparing for publication the Second Volume of "Heart Throbs," as a companion book to the original, it has naturally been necessary to procure of authors and publishers permission to use copyrighted matter to a much greater extent than in its predecessor; since the selections embody more recent masterpieces of contemporary authors, and fewer of the fugitive and sometimes anonymous and even disputed gems of bygone generations.
The consent of both authors and publishers has been generously and promptly given, and quite frequently reflect a hearty appreciation of the love and honor in which the beauty and inspiration of their works are held by their fellow-citizens and even aliens whose contributions and requests have made them a part of this volume. In some cases to willing consent and hearty sympathy in the purpose of producing a practical and condensed anthology of the best literature has been added an evident appreciation of the indubitable fact that the sale and lasting availability of a writer's works is immensely promoted by reasonable concessions of this kind, which give certain selections universal currency, and inspire a desire to possess the entire works of the writer.
No pains have been spared, not only to secure the right to use works adequately protected, but to show due courtesy to the interests and feelings of those who are still interested in the sale of standard literature, and the result has been an almost uniform reciprocity and co-operation. In addition, therefore, to the more formal and legal credits attached to each selection, the publishers would heartily thank, for permission given and courtesies rendered, the following authors, publishers and other holders of literary rights: