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PREFACE

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

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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
elegant and pleasing, as well as innocent entertain-
ment. But to please is not the sole aim of this de-
lightful art. Viewed in its effects eitber on the
understanding or the heart, it is highly profitable.
For whilst a taste for poetry in general is a sure in-
dication of a mind by nature feelingly alive to the
finest impulses of which man is susceptible, the cul-
tivation of such a taste has a direct tendency to exalt
and refine the soul, to form it to a love of excellence,
and to render its possessor sensible of his high capa-
bilities of varied and endless improvement. He, ac-
cordingly, who employs his leisure hours in delight-
ing his car with the flow of smooth and harmonious
numbers, and in enriching his understanding with
the finely conceived and noble creations of the poet,
is, imperceptibly it may be to himself, forming in his
mind a standard of taste both correct and delicate.
And this new faculty, if it may be so denominated, is
beneficial to him, not in poetry only, or in the other
departments of literature, but likewise in forming
opinions connected with matters of daily occurrence.
Nor is this all. Beside creating in the moind a love
of excellence, the study of poetry, by giving the as-
cendency to the amiable and noble qualities of the
soul, impresses upon it a permanent bias towards

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