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TO THE CRITIC.

Think not, O man who dost this book review,
I fancy all within is good and new,
Much it contains has been already said,
And may perchance be elsewhere better read;
Much you may deem lacks the authority
Of the great Doctors of Divinity;
Yet, as in Nature search is not in vain
In a large chaff-heap for some golden grain-
As, when we ramble on the pebbly shore,
We now and then pick up a madrepore,
So doubtless in these pages you will find
Some matter good and precious of its kind;
That much, my Christmas gift, set down as gain;
What's left, the refuse,

. suffer to remain.

PART I.

ORIGINAL HYMNS AND POEMS.

THE CHOIRS OF HEAVEN.

'Singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord.”

The music of the heavenly spheres
Is not like that which strikes our ears

In this our poor abode,
But richer finer harmonies
The spirits sing in Paradise

Before the throne of God :

Yet from the heart of earthly saint
Sounds of sweet music, though but faint,

As from some lowly shrine,
May mingle with the melody
Of Heaven's angelic company,

Pleasing the ear divine;

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