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THE

POETRY OF LIFE.

BY MRS. ELLIS,

AUTHOR OF “WIVES OF ENGLAND,” ETC.

"Poetry has been to me its own exceeding great reward.' It has soothed my afflictions, it has multiplied and
refined my enjoyments; it has endeared solitude; and it has given me the habit of wishing to discover the good
and the beautiful in all that meets and surrounds me."--COLERIDGE.

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PREFACE.

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In offering to the attention of the of the word life in its widely expublic, two volumes on the poetry of tended sense, as comprehending all life, some apology seems necessary for the functions, attributes, and capaprefixing to my book a title of such bilities peculiar to sentient beings. indefinite signification.

Whatever may be the opinion of be understood to mean mere versi- the public respecting the manner in fication, and life mere vitality, it which my task has been executed, would be difficult indeed to estab- the enjoyment it has afforded to the lish their connection with each other. writer, in being the means of a reThe design of the present work is newed acquaintance with the printo treat of poetic feeling, rather than ciples of intellectual happiness, is poetry; and this feeling I have en- already in possession; and I have deavoured to describe as the great only to wish that the reader may connecting link between our intel- be induced to seek the same enjoylects and our affections; while the ment, in more spiritual intercustoms of society, as well as the course with nature, license of modern literature, afford profound admiration of the beauty me sufficient authority for the use and harmony of the creation.

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