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Entered according to act of Congress, in the year 1845,

BY N. L. DAYTON, In the Clerk's Office of the District Court of Massachusette.

HAL, USA
UNIVERSI,

IR. "RY
DEC 22 1961

Stereotyped by
GEORGE A. CURTIS,

BOSTON.

PREFACE.

The compiler of this little volume might adopt the oft-repeated but beautiful sentiment of Montaigne,-"I have here only made a nosegay of culled flowers, and have brought nothing of my own but the thread that ties them.”

But, to roam through the wide field of poetry, and gather such flowers, and such only, as might contribute to grace a friends bouquet, has been no very slight task for unpractised fingers. Nor dares the culler of the nosegay flatter herself that she has wholly succeeded in the attempt to do this. Some, of superior taste and judgment, may deem some of the flowers unworthy the place they occupy. Others may think they might have been more tastefully arranged. But she hopes that, to the eye accustomed to appreciate beauty wherever it is found, and loving the simple wild flower as well as the stately rose, none of them will appear utterly valueless. Of one thing she is certain-none are poisonous.

The nosegay, such as it is, is offered to the public, with the hope that it may prove a not wholly unacceptable Gift.

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