Henry O'Meara Ballads of America

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PREFACE TO THE SECOND EDITION

The first edition of the "Ballads of America" having been completely disposed of, and having been complimented with flattering words from something more than a hundred periodicals and recognized critics, including the world-prized poets John G. Whittier and Oliver Wendell Holmes, the author has felt warranted in sending forth a second. The plates of all the pages hae been gone over with care for verbal and typographical improvements; and at the end of the Miscellaneous there have been added the fifteen new poems - from "A Life's Love Song" to the "Naval Ode" written for the City of Boston.

 

FROM OUR FOREMOST LIVING POETS

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THE author of "Ballads of America" has received
the following from the two venerated survivors
of the distinguished band of American poets
whose lives and thoughts have been almost coeval
with the century.

The names of John G. Whittier and Oliver Wendell
Holmes are placed here simply in the order of
seniority.

JOHN G.WHITTIER

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I have read with much satisfaction the spirited "Ballads
of America." I like especially the "Coast Guard" and the
tribute to John Boyle O'Reilly.
Truly thy friend,

JOHN G. WHITTIER.

OLIVER WENDELL HOLMES *

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296 Beacon STREET, Boston
May 25, 1891.
Mr Dear Mr. O'Meara: -

I am almost afraid to compliment you on your fresh and
beautiful book after the flattering tribute you have paid me
in your Dedication and in the poem especially inscribed to
me. I must, however, thank you for the spirited and variously
pleasing poems which come to me in a dress which commends
them to my taste and makes the new volume a most welcome
ornament to my book-table. I hope that you will live to
give us many more songs of patriotism, friendship, and all
the generous emotions which find their fitting expression in
melodious verse.

Believe me, dear Mr. O'Meara, Very truly and cordially yours,
OLIVER WENDELL HOLMES.
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