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Entered, according to Act of Congress, in the year 1856, by

MASON BROTHERS, In the Clerk's Office of the District Court for the Southern District of

New York.

STEREOTYPED BY THOMAS B. SMITH, 82 & 81 Beekman Street,

PRINTED BY C. A. ALVORD, 15 Vandewater St.

lent humorous poetry, of the kinds universally interesting, un

humorous pieces from the periodicals in which most of them

Holmes, Saxe, and Lowell are, therefore, only represented in ture of the two countries, it was discovered that, of really excel

PRE FACE. The design of the projector of this volume was, that it should contain the Best of the shorter humorous poems in the literatures of England and the United States, except:

Poems so local or cotemporary in subject or allusion, as not to be readily understood by the modern American reader;

Poems which, from the freedom of expression allowed in the healthy ages, can not now be read aloud in a company of men

Poems that have become perfectly familiar to every body, from their incessant reproduction in school-books and newspapers; and

by living American authors, who have collected their originally appeared, and given them to the world in their own

To have done more than fairly represent them, had been to infringe rights which are doubly sacred, because they are not protected by law. To have done less would have deprived the reader of a most convenient means of observing that, in

a kind of composition confessed to be among the most

our native wits are not excelled by foreign.

editor expected to be embarrassed with a profusion of material for his purpose

. But, on a survey of the poetical litera

and women;

Poems

names.

this collection.

difficult,

The

tainted by obscenity, not marred by coarseness of language, nor obscured by remote allusion, the quantity in existence is not great. It is thought that this volume contains a very large proportion of the best pieces that have appeared.

An unexpected feature of the book is, that there is not a line in it by a female hand. The alleged foibles of the Fair have given occasion to libraries of comic verse; yet, with diligent search, no humorous poems by women have been found which are of merit sufficient to give them claim to a place in a collection like this. That lively wit and graceful gayety, that quick perception of the absurd, which ladies are continually displaying in their conversation and correspondence, never, it seems, suggest the successful epigram, or inspire happy satirical verse.

The reader will not be annoyed by an impertinent superfluity of notes. At the end of the volume may be found a list of the sources from which its contents have been taken. For the convenience of those who live remote from biographical dictionaries, a few dates and other particulars have been added to the mention of each name. For valuable contributions to this portion of the volume, and for much well-directed work upon other parts of it, the reader is indebted to Mr. T. Butler Gunn, of this city.

There is, certainly, nothing more delightful than the fun of a man of genius. Humor, as Mr. Thackeray observes, is charming, and poetry is charming, but the blending of the two in the same composition is irresistible. There is much nonsense in this book, and some folly, and a little ill-nature; but there is more wisdom than either. They who possess it may congratulate themselves upon having the largest collection ever made of the sportive effusions of genius.

The White Chip Hat

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To my Empty Purse
To Chloe
To a.Fly
Man may be Happy
Address to the Toothache.

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The Pig

Ode on a Distant Prospect of Clapham Acad-
Schools and School-fellows
The Bachelor's Cane-bottomed Chair .
Children must be paid for.

IN DE X.

MISCELLANEOUS.
SUBJEOT.

AUTUOR.
Chaucer
Peter Pindar.
Burns
Southey
Byron
Sydney Smith
Barham
Hood
Praed
Thackeray.
Punch

Bryant.
Lady in the Chemisette with Black

Willis

Snuir

Lamb
Farewell to Tobacco
Written after swimming from Sestos to Aby-

dos
The Lisbon Packet .

Doore

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To Fanny
Young Jessie.
Rings and Seals
Nets and Cages :
Salad
My Letters
The Poplar
Spring

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The Vicar.

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Stanzas to Pale Ale.

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The Musquito.
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Take thy Old Cloak about thee.
King John and the Abbot
The Baffled Knight, or Lady's Policy.
Truth and Falsehood
Flattery
The Pig and Magpie
Advice to Young Women.
Economy .
The Country Lasses.
The Pilgrims and Peas.
On the Death of a Favorite Cat.
The Retired Cat.
Saying, not Meaning
Julia.
A Cock and Hen Story
The Search after Happiness .
The Donkey and his Panniers
Misadventure at Margate.
The Ghost.
A Lay of St. Gengulphus.
Sir Rupert the Fearless
Look at the Clock
Tho Bagman's Dog.
Dame Fredegonde
The King of Brentford's Testament
Titmarsh's Carmen Lillienses.
Shadows.
The Retort

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Prior.

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Williams (Sir C. H.) 87
Peter Pindar

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Gray .

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Couper

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Wake.

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Coleridge.

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Southey

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Scott (Sir W.)

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Moore .

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Barham

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W. Aytoun

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Thackeray

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Lantern

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G. P. Morris 196

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