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PREFACE.

The compiler of this little volume, in preparing it for the press, did not feel himself at liberty to consult his own taste in every instance. The task set before him, was merely to select a single song from the productions of two hundred writers. Of course he had little to do beyond ascertaining which one was the most popular, when adapted to music. With the composer, therefore, in many cases, rests the unenviable responsibility of deciding upon the literary merits of some of the effu. sions chosen for this work.

All the poets of America have not written songs, which will account for the absence of many names, familiar to the public; and all the song writers of this country are not represented in this volume, which is on account of its dimensions, and not owing to any desire on the part of the compiler to suppress the name of any one who has written either well or successfully. In the hope that a second volume of these Melodies will be acceptable to those who possess the first, he has already commenced his selections for it, and he will feel obliged to the reader for calling his attention to any American song of merit which has been (unintentionally on his part) omitted here. He has no doubt that there are many such; but as he has had no means of ascertaining the fact or of possessing copies, he trusts that should this be the case, that they will be sent to the publishers, for insertion in the second volume. In con. clusion, he trusts, that as a book of American Melodies is certainly a novelty in letters, that it will meet with as much indulgence from the hands of his fellow labourers in the literary vineyard, as they may find it in their natures to bestow, for although the editor can claim no merit whatever for a mere compilation, yet the case is different with the publishers, who deserve much credit for being the pioneers in a description of book that universally abounds in every country except our own.

CONTENTS.

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A Health,.....
A careless, simple bird, one day,...
A life on the ocean wave,.....
A Portrait, .
Art thou happy, lonely lady,.....
Andre's request to Washington,
A Health,..
Arouse ye, gay comrades,..........
A Yankee ship, and a Yankee crew,
Away to my mountain home, away,....
A Round,...
America to Great Britain,.....
A
weary

time is ours, my love,.
And are the moments past....
A Serenade,...
A Festal Song,...
A thing of beauty is a joy forever,..
A gentle breeze from her high brow,.

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Canzonet,..
Country Song for the Fourth of July,...
Come, take thy lute........

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God bless America,.....
Green be the turf above thee,...

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Home, sweet home,.
Haste, boatman, haste,.
Hark, brothers, hark,..................
Her lover died,....
He who decays in youthful prime,

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I know that thou art far away,......
Ianthe! on that lofty brow,.....
I left thee where I found thee, love,....
I am come to this sycamore tree,...
Is it the welcome roar,
I think of thee,
I canna bid him gang, mither,
I know a maiden fair to see,
I would not live always,
Indian Chant,...

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I would be with thee........
I remember,..
I see a bright-bright star,.
I'll try my luck again,...
If that bright faith,...
I'll think of thee,..
I've loved before now,..
I seek thee not when mirth is high,....

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My beautiful Pierre,..
My old Wife,
My life is like the summer rose,. .....
My generous heart disdains,..
Mary will smile,.....
My Mother's Grave,..
Mrs. Grimes,....
My father died ere I could tell,...
Minstrel, sing that song again,
Mournest thou,...
My prayer for thee, dearest,.

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New England,

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Day, lady, ask me not to dwell,..

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