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THE following selections from Mr. Ware's poetical writings comprise all he has left in a condition for publication, that I have felt authorized to print. Some of the pieces have been already published. A few are well known, and have been widely circulated.
It is to be regretted that he did not finish his "Dream of Life," fragments of which possess no little merit, and the design of which is admirable.
In preparing the manuscripts for publication, no more liberty has been taken in their correction and revision than was absolutely necessary. The supervision of the author himself would, doubtless, have induced a more severe criticism, and imparted a superior finish.
For the sake of completeness and convenience of reference, I have introduced here the few poems. which were inserted in the Memoir. In the arrangement of the selections, reference has been had to variety and taste, rather than to chronological order.
SEASONS OF PRAYER.
To prayer, to prayer; - for the morning breaks,
And Earth in her Maker's smile awakes.
To prayer; for the glorious sun is gone,
There are smiles and tears in the mother's eyes,
O hour of bliss! when the heart o'erflows
Let it gush forth in words of fervent prayer;
There are smiles and tears in that gathering band,
Kneel down by the sinner's dying side,
Kneel down at the couch of departing faith,
For his last thoughts are God's, his last words prayer.
The voice of prayer at the sable bier!
A voice to sustain, to soothe, and to cheer.
The voice of prayer in the world of bliss!
Awake, awake! and gird up thy strength
Whom the powers of nature unceasingly praise,