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PLUCKED BY A
TRAVELLER ON THE JOURNEY OF LIFE.
CHARLES T. CONGDON.
A thing of beauty is a joy forever ;
.... John Keats. Endymion.
MY COLLEGE FRIENDS
« Could we contract the choice of nature's plenty
Into one form, and that form to contain
These poems I have arranged in this volume in the order in which I wrote them. They have been some pleasure to me, and I would fain hope that others may find some pleasure in them, also. I expect and desire not fame; yet it is pleasant to me to know, that those who know me best and whom I love best, have expressed a desire to have them collected. To such I present the volume. I will not plead my youth in extenuation of its faults; because I think that some of the best and most beautiful thoughts of the mind, abide in the younger heart; and if the sentiments of a production be truthful, I envy not the mind of the man who can find fault with words and quarrel with tropes and metaphors. Be it “good, bad or indifferent," I cast this, but a crumb at best, upon the waters. The