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The present edition of the Poetical Works of Thomas Hood is by far the most complete that has yet appeared, and will be followed by a collection of his Prose Works in a similar style. Though very many poems have been here brought together from sources overlooked by his former editors, nothing has been admitted that will detract from the fame of one whom a critic of kindred but severer genius describes as “the delightful humorist,” who in society was "so grave, and sad, and silent, that you were astonished to recognize in him the outpourer of a thousand wild fancies, the detector of the inmost springs of pathos, and the powerful vindicator of poverty and toil before the hearts of the prosperous.”

The reputation of Hood as a poet and humorist has increased with every year since bis decease. As a humorous poet, indeed, there is no one similar or second to him. This is the judgment of a circle of readers daily enlarging, and as various as mankind. There is nothing in the language more touching than his pathos, more genial than bis humor, more polished and keen than his satire. For twenty years he lavished this satire, humor and pathos with a prodigality that knew no bounds, and for this very prodigality the world undervalued till it had lost him. Popular as he was in his latter years, in his life-time he was but half appreciated, and it is only since his death that he has challenged his position in the foremost line of the world's humorists.

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Ode to the Moon, . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 184

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The Forsaken, . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Autumn, .. .. . . . . . . . . . .. .. .. . . .. .. ....... 188

Ode to Melancholy, ............................189

Sonnets.

Written in a Volume of Shakspeare, ....

To Fancy, ................

To an Enthusiast, ............ ...........194

“It is not death, that sometime in a sigh,"

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“ By every sweet tradition of true heart

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On Receiving a Gift, . . . .. . . . . . . .

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Silence, . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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“ The curse of Adam, the old curse of all,"

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“Love, dearest lady, such as I wouid speak," . ..

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“The Last Man," .........................

The Lee Shore, .............................. 205

The Death-bed,.............................. 206

Lines on seeing my wife and two Children sleeping in the same Chamber, . . . 207

To my Daughter, on her Birthday, ..................... 207

To a Child Embracing his Mother, ..................... 208

Stanzas,.............

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To a False Friend, ........

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The Poet's Portion, .... ........... ......

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Song, ........... .. ... ....... ........... 211

Time, Hope, and Memory, . .

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Flowers, ......... ... ..... ...... .......... 213

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Serenade, ..........

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Verses in an Album,.........

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Ballad, ............

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The Romance of Cologne, ....

The Key: A Moorish Romance, ......................219

Sonnets.

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The Irish Schoolmaster, ....

Epigrains.

On the Art-Unions, . ...........

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The Superiority of Machinery, .......

The Forge: A Romance of the Iron Age, ....

To - : Composed at Rotterdam, . .....

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The Season, ................

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Love, ..................

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Faithless Sally Brown, ..............

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Bianca's Dream, ........

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Over the Way,..................

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Epicurean Reminiscences of a Sentimentalis, .........

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The Carelesse Nurse Mayd, ................

Ode to Perry, the Inventor of the Patent Perryan Pen, ....

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Number One, . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Lines on the Celebration of Peace, .......

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The Deinon-ship, ..........

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Spring, ............

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Faithless Nelly Gray,....

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The Flower, ......

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The Sea-spell, . . . . .. . . . .

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A Sailor's Apology for Bow-legs, ..

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The Bachelor's Dream, ....

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The Wee Man, ...........
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Death's Ramble, ..........

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The Progress of Art, .....

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A Fairy Tale, ......

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The Turtles, ........

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The Desert-born, : .....

Love Lane, .....

Domestic Poems.

I. Hymeneal Retrospections, ..................... 429

II. “The sun was slumbering in the west, my daily labors past," ..... 430

III. A Parental Ode to my Son, .................. ..431

IV. A Serenade, ....................

A Plain Direction,

Equestrian Courtship, ....

An Open Question, .....

Morning Meditations, . .. . ....... ......... ... 442

A Black Job,........

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Ode to Rae Wilson, Esquire, .

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A Table of Errata, ......

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NOTES,....................... . .. .. .. .. . . .. ........ 469

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