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Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1879, by


In the Office of the Librarian of Congress, at Washington.

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The scope of this “half-hour" with heroes in song allows but a single poem from each author. Readers who may miss favorite ballads -such as Scott's “Bonny Dundee," or the stirring Cavalier ballads of Browning-must bear this in mind. Under this restriction, the question of choice has not been without difficulty in more than one case. The arrangement has been mainly guided by the chronology of the events which form the subject of the poems.

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