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Let it be borne in mind that "EVERY DAY IN THE YEAR" is not merely a poetical anthology, but a collection of poems commemorative of the most striking events in history and of the men and women who have left an imprint on their day and generation. These poems are arranged in the order of the calendar, the central idea of the book being that every day in the year is an anniversary of sufficient historic value to have been celebrated in fitting verse. In short, "EVERY DAY IN THE YEAR" is a poetical epitome of the world's history-one which touches nearly all the sensitive points in the story of civilization, from the killing of Julius Cæsar, half a century before the birth of Christ, down to the sinking of the Maine and the battles of Santiago and Manila Bay.
Thus of the great happenings of these twenty centuries, to which dates can be accurately fixed, there are few to which no reference is made in these pages. The battles of early Scotch and English history; those of our own Revolution, and of the various struggles for freedom that have reddened the soil of Poland, Switzerland, Ireland, Italy, France and Cuba; the hard fought fields which mark the different chapters of the ever fascinating Napoleonic story, the charge at Balaklava, the defence of the Alamo, the tragic deaths of Marie Antoinette, Emmett, Lincoln, Garfield and McKinley; the long struggle for the abolition of slavery and the battles which brought it to a close are here treated by some of the greatest of English and American poets, and by many of the humblest as well. While striving earnestly to maintain a high literary standard, the compilers have in many instances deemed the theme strong enough to atone for obvious poetical defects. A number of poems, chiefly sonnets, have been used to mark the days of birth or death of distinguished persons, whose lives have appealed to the poetic imagination. Among those thus celebrated are Washington, Lincoln, Keats, Shelley, Shakespeare, Webster, Dickens, Thackeray, Longfellow and scores of others. The historical notes which accompany the poems are, of necessity, brief and free from verbiage, but they have been prepared with every regard for accuracy and conciseness and, it is hoped, will add materially to the value of the book. THE EDITORS.
All rights on poems in this work are reserved by the holders of the copyright. The publishers and others named in the subjoined list have accorded permission for the use of the different poems therein specified, for which courteous acknowledgment is hereby made by the editors.
TO HOUGHTON, MIFFLIN & CO., BOSTON, MASS.
By Henry W. Longfellow: "Bells of San Blas," "Ballad of the French Fleet," "The Warden of the Cinque Ports," "The Two Angels." By James Russell Lowell: "Ode to France," "All Saints' Day." By Thos. W. Parsons: "Edward Everett," "Death of Queen Mercedes," "Taking of Sebastopol." By Edith Thomas: "The Summer Solstice," "The Winter Solstice," "A Last Word to Spain." By E. C. Stedman: "The Old Admiral," "The Comedian's Last Night," "Sumter." By John G. Saxe: "How Cyrus Laid the Cable," "Maximilian." By Harriet Prescott Spofford: "Phillips Brooks," "How We Became a Nation." By W. W. Story: "The Battle of Morat." By Bayard Taylor: "Through Baltimore." By Elizabeth Whittier: "Lady Franklin." By Thos. B. Aldrich: "The Bells at Midnight," "The Last Cæsar." By C. P. Cranch: "Louis Napoleon," "Michael Angelo Buonarotti." By Phoebe Cary: "Peace," "Death of Thaddeus Stevens." By Jas. T. Fields: "Agassiz." "By Annie Fields: "Battle of Cedar Mountain," "Death of Celia Thaxter." By R. W. Emerson: "Boston Hymn," "Concord Monument," "Threnody" (Extract). By Bret Harte: "The Reveille," "Review of the Grand Army," "Dickens in Camp." By John Hay: "Miles Keogh's Horse," "The Sphinx of the Tuileries." By Oliver Wendell Holmes: "Robinson of Leyden," "Francis Parkman." By Julia Ward Howe: "Pio Nono." By Emma Lazarus: "Destiny," "To Carmen Sylva." By Edna Dean Proctor: "On the Freeing of the Serfs." By James Jeffrey Roche: "The Kearsarge," "The Constitution's Last Fight," "The Gospel of Peace." By J. G. Whittier: "Proclamation of Emancipation," "W. H. Seward," "Laus Deo," "Ichabod." By W. D. Howells: "The Battle in the Clouds."
TO CHARLES SCRIBNER'S SONS, NEW YORK.
From "Poems by H. C. Bunner": "The Last of the New Year's Callers," "Emperor William First," "Farewell to Salvini," and "J. B.". From "Poems by Sidney Lanier": "The Dying Words of Stonewall Jackson" and "Christine Nilsson." From "Poetical Writings of R. H. Stoddard": "Men of the North and West," "Abraham Lincoln," "Thomas Moore," "Twilight on Sumter" and "Adsum." From "Bramble Brae" by Robert Bridges: "At the Farragut Statue."
TO SMALL, MAYNARD & CO., BOSTON, MASS.
From "Leaves of Grass" by Walt Whitman: "Oh, Captain! My Captain !” From Poems by John B. Tabb: "The Annunciation," "The Assumption" and "Father Damien." From "By the Aurelian Wall" by Bliss Carman: "Henry George." From "More Songs From Vagabondia” by Carman and Hovey: "Verlaine.”
TO "PUCK," NEW YORK.
By A. E. Watrous: "Fitz James O'Brien," "Lohengrin," "In Memoriam, J. O.” and "DeLong."
TO LITTLE, BROWN & CO., BOSTON, MASS.
By Louisa M. Alcott: "Thoreau's Flute." By Susan Coolidge: "The Cradle Tomb in Westminster." By Louise Chandler Moulton: "Death of Louisa M. Alcott," "John A. Andrew" and "Dead Men's Holiday."
TO P. J. KENEDY, NEW YORK.
By the Reverend Abram J. Ryan: "The Conquered Banner."
TO P. F. COLLIER, NEW YORK.
By Caroline Duer: "An International Episode."
TO FRANK A. MUNSEY, NEW YORK.
By R. H. Titherington: "Faithful Unto Death."
TO "TOWN AND COUNTRY," NEW YORK.
By Charlotte Becker: "Charlotte Bronte."
TO R. H. RUSSELL, NEW YORK.
By Edmond Rostand (translated by Louis Parker): Extract from "L'Aiglon."
TO THE BOWEN-MERRILL CO., INDIANAPOLIS, IND.
By Charles E. Russell: "February Fifteenth," "Chatterton," "Philip Massinger," "Benjamin Harrison," "The Sixty-second Birthday of Swinburne," "The Fleet at Santiago," "Nikolson's Nek" and "Chatterton at Bristol."
TO JOHN LANE, LONDON AND NEW YORK.
By Henry Newbolt: "Drake's Drum" and "Hawke." By Enrico Nencione: "St. Simeon Stylites."
TO D. APPLETON & CO., NEW YORK.
By William Cullen Bryant: "On the Twenty-second of February," "Cervantes," "The Battle of Bennington," "The Death of Schiller," "The Massacre in Scio."