Old-world Idylls and Other Verses

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Kegan Paul, Trench, 1884 - 252 psl.
"This selection is based upon one published at New York in 1880. With a few exceptions, the pieces are chosen from Vignettes in rhyme, 1873, and Proverbs in porcelain, 1877. Both volumes are out of print"--Page facing half-title

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