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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 pros

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The reputation of Hoop as a poet and humorist has increased with every year since his 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 his 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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The Forsaken, ....

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Autumn, . . . . . . .

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

Sonnets.

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TULI II & Volume OI Dakspeare,

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To Fancy, .............................. 194

To an Enthusiast, .... ... ... .. .. ............ 124

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

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“By every sweet tradition of true hearts," ....

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

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Silence, ................... ..... .... 196

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

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

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

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

The Death-bed,.............................. 200

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

To my Daughter, on her Birthday, ...

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

Stanzas, ............ ................ 203

To a False Friend, ......

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The Poet's Portion, .....

Song, ............

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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, .........................217

The Key: A Moorish Romance,

Bonnets.

To the Ocean, ......

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Lear, ...........

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Sonnet to a Sonnet, ....

False Poets and True, . ..

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For the Fourteenth of February,

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To a Sleeping Child, . .. .. . ... .. . ... . . ... ... . .2

To & Sleeping Child, . .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ..........228

“The world is with me, and its many cares,* ........

HUMOROUS.

Miss Kilmansegg and her Precious Leg, ................... 231

A Morning Thought, ........................... 306

A Tale of & Trumpet, . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 307

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Epigrams.

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

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

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

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To : Composed at Rotterdam, . . .

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,......... ........

Epicurean Reminiscences of a sentimentalisty ....

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

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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, ............ ...... 385

The Demon-ship, ..........

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Spring, . .. .. . .. ... . .. ............... .... 389

Faithless Nelly Gray,.....

The Flower, ..................... . . ....... 393

The Sea-pell, . . . .. . . . . . . . ....... ........ 394

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

The Bachelor's Dream, ... ... .. . ... ... .......... 400

The Wee Man, .........

Death's Ramble, .......

The Progress of Art, ...

A Fairy Tale, ....

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The Turtles, ......

The Desert-born, ...

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Love Lane, . .. . . . . . .

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Domestic Poems.

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

III. A Parental Ode to my son, ...................

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

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A Plain Direction, .........................

Equestrian Courtship, ....... .. ... ..... ......... 436

An Open Question, ......... .................. 437

Morning Meditations, . .

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

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Ode to Rae Wilson, Esquire.

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