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Entered, according to act of Congress, in the year 1845,

BY ROBINSON AND JONES,

In the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the United States, for the

District of Ohio.

Printed by J. A. ROBINSON & Co.,

3 East Fifth Street.

To the Memory of One

NOW NO MORE,

TO WHOM, LIVING, (IF TO NONE OTHER,)

THIS LITTLE VOLUME

HAD AFFORDED SOMETHING OF PLEASURE,

A SISTER LOVED AND LOST,

ARE ITS PAGES INSCRIBED,

IN TOKEN OF THE AFFECTIONATE REMEMBRANCE OF

A BROTHER.

A FEW WORDS PREFATORY.

To the high and honoured title of Poet, in the legitimate sense of the term, the writer of the following pages makes no pretensions. Engaged, from his earliest youth, upwards, in a daily round of active mercantile pursuits, the “ Trifles” which he thus offers to the public—the offspring of moments stolen from the desk of the banking-house and the countingroom-can, at the best, only entitle him to the more humble name of Versifyer. Conscious of his want of those qualifications which might justify him in seeking to enter the inner temple of the sacred Nine, he has but ventured to loiter around the base of the flowery mountain ; contenting himself with occasionally gleaning-here, it may be, a weed, and there, perchance, a flower—from such by-nooks and out of the way corners of the field of Fancy, as had been passed over

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