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Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1864, by
TICKNOR AND FIELDS, in the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the District of
TO MY FRIENDS.
SHALL this an emblem be of that blue sky
Wherein are set the golden stars of song?
To give me room among the shining throng?
Ah, vain the question ! 'T is enough to know
My heart in song has blossomed and has bled :
And touched the garments of the laurelled dead.
You, also, Friends, that wear the Artist's crown,
Or, wearing not, the crown to others bring,
But wait, content to hear, as I to sing.
Your love upholds me in the silent days,
And in the tuneful nights I give to Art ;