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BAR 9 1994
TO THE FIRST EDITION OF 1897
THIS Volume comprises all the verses written by me during the last thirty years which-in my opinion seem worthy of preservation. Even with these it is possible that I have occasionally been more indulgent to a personal memory than attentive to a critical instinct. But I am fully conscious of the limitations of the result attained, and the motto on my title-page is sincere. Let me here complete it:
"mihi parva locuto
Sufficit in vestras sæpe redire manus.”
TO THE SEVENTH EDITION OF 1907
To the fifth edition of 1902 was added a selection from a little volume entitled Carmina Votiva, printed for private circulation in July, 1901. In the sixth edition of 1905 the notes-especially those to the Ballad of Beau Brocade extended.
To you I sing, whom towns immure,
And you, O Sad, who still endure
But most to you with eyelids pure,
To you, with bird-like glances bright, Half-paused to speak, half-poised in flight;-O English Girl, divine, demure,
To YOU I sing!