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ROBERT SOUTHEY,
AUTHOR OF "THALABA," "MADOC," ETO.

WITH ILLUSTRATIONS BY JOHN GILBERT.

:

LONDON:
GEORGE ROUTLEDGE AND SONS,

BROADWAY, LUDGATE HILL.
NEW YORK: 129, GRAND STREET,

1865.

DEDICATORY SONNET

TO

HIS WIFE.

WITH way-worn feet, a pilgrim woe-begone,

Life's upward road I journeyed many a day,

And hymning many a sad yet soothing lay Beguiled my wandering with the charms of song.

Lonely my heart, and rugged was my way,
Yet often plucked I, as I passed along,

The wild and simple flowers of Poesy ;
And as beseemed the wayward Fancy's child,

Entwined each ramdom weed that pleased mine eye. Accept the wreath, BELOVED! it is wild

And rudely garlanded; yet scorn not thou The humble offering, where the sad rue weaves 'Mid gayer flowers its intermingled leaves,

And I have twined the myrtle for thy brow

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