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MANY poems in this volume were written between 1847 and 1853. Others are of recent date, and a few belong to the intervening period. It has been thought unnecessary to specify the earlier work, as nothing is included which the author believes to be immature.'
The above brief note was prefixed to these poems when first published in 1870. They have now been for some time out of print.
The fifty sonnets of the House of Life which first appeared here are now embodied with the full series in the volume entitled "Ballads and Sonnets.'
The fragment of The Bride's Prelude, now first printed, was written very early, and is here associated with other work of the same date; though its publication in an unfinished form needs some indulgence.