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TO THE SECOND EDITION.
In presenting the Second Edition of this little volume before the public, the Editor trusts that it will be found worthy of the same favour, which the work received on its first appearance. Since that time many beautiful and interesting effusions have issued from the press, from acknowledged as well as anonymous authors, and to these we stand deeply indebted for several gems which now adorn our pages. In making room for them we were obliged to exclude numerous pieces of undoubted merit, but we trust that while we do not borrow too much from any individual author, we have by that means been enabled to take a little from all, and also to approach somewhat nearer to our original plan, by iuserting what may be more properly termed Lyrical poetry. From two highly gifted authors, however, now in the dust, we have been lavish in our selections, but when the names of " HEBER" and “ POLLOK” are mentioned, this will be a sufficient apology; it is to us matter of deep regret, that while they sung, and while they delighted with their strains, we were reminded of the singing of the swan, whose music was lovliest when about to expire. We may also state that many originals are scattered throughout our pages, with the signatures "Park" and "Weir,”-they are placed before the public with the utmost diffidence, and if they afford but a slight gratification
in the perusal, the authors will be sufficiently l'ecompensed for any little pains bestowed on their composition. As no expense bas been spared in the execution and embellishment of the Sacred Lyre,” it is to be hoped that this circumstance, as well as the general merits of the selection will yield a considerable degree of satisfaction to those who may favour it with a perusal. In conclusion we would only remark, that from the contents of this volume being of a serious character, it may be recommended as a suitable companion for the evening of that day when all is calm, and when the mind is settled into a sacred repose ; since we may be permitted to hope that pious precepts will not be the less acceptable by being conveyed to the heart in the varied measure of Sacred Song.
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POETRY, as a study, furnishes to the mind much