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VIRGILINE,

OUR SWEETEST JOY AND BRIGHTEST HOPE,

THIS VOLUME

IS

AFFECTIONATELY INSCRIBED.

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STUDIES IN LITERATURE.

GEORGE D. PRENTICE.

The life of this distinguished poet and journalist has been a crown of glory to the world ; but only those who have been brought within the charmed circle of his acquaintance, and enjoyed his confidence and friendship, can form the least idea of the peerless grace and lofty beauty of his soul. He seemed to belong to a higher order of beings than those of this earth; and I can but feel, in approaching the subject of his memory, that I am treading upon. sacred ground. He was my best and truest friend. I consulted him upon nearly every duty and obligation that I owed to society and to the world, and I always found him the wisest and gentlest teacher, and the safest and surest guide. His heart was so eloquent in the deep pathos and purity of its affections, that I was never in his presence with

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