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Her Letter His Answer & Her Last Letter   By: (1836-1902)

Her Letter His Answer & Her Last Letter by Bret Harte

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I'm sitting alone by the fire, Dressed just as I came from the dance ]

HER LETTER

His Answer & Her Last Letter

By BRET HARTE

Pictured by ARTHUR I KELLER

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Boston & New York. HOUGHTON, MIFFLIN & COMPANY THE RIVERSIDE PRESS, CAMBRIDGE. 1905

COPYRIGHT 1870 BY FIELDS, OSGOOD & CO. COPYRIGHT 1871 BY JAMES R. OSGOOD & CO. COPYRIGHT 1898 AND 1899 BY BRET HARTE. COPYRIGHT 1905 BY HOUGHTON, MIFFLIN & CO. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

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PUBLISHERS' NOTE

The first two of the poems here printed have long been popular favorites, but the third was not written till near the end of Mr. Harte's life. It rounds out the romance with such completeness and charm that it is peculiarly fitting that the poems should be grouped, and issued in a form worthy of their own excellence. The coöperation of Mr. Keller was secured for making the illustrations, not only on account of his recognized ability as an artist, but also because of his admiration for Mr. Harte's writings and his previous success in illustrating several of the stories.

Boston, 4 Park St., October, 1905.

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I'm sitting alone by the fire Dressed just as I came from the dance. (In color) Frontispiece Title. (In color) Publishers' Note Headpiece 5 List of Designs Headpiece 7

HER LETTER Half title 11 Is wasting an hour upon you 13 That waits on the stairs for me yet 15 With whom do I waltz, flirt, or talk? 17 To look supernaturally grand 19 And the hum of the smallest of talk 21 With the man that shot Sandy McGee. (In color) 23 The man that shot Sandy McGee 25 Of that ride, that to me was the rarest 27 And swam the North Fork, and all that 29 Mamma says my taste still is low 31 That my heart's somewhere there in the ditches 33

HIS ANSWER Half title 35 I should write what he runs off his tongue. (In color) 37 Being asked by an intimate party 39 That with you, Miss, he "challenges Fate" 41 Though the claim not, at date, paying wages 43 And the rose that you gave him. (In color) 45 Is frequent and painful and free 47 Imparts but small ease to the style 49 In this green laurel spray that he treasures 51 But he lies there quite peaceful and pensive 53 For I have a small favor to ask you 55 Here's my pile; which it's six hundred dollars 57

HER LAST LETTER Half title 59 That you last wrote the 4th of December 61 And you're not to be found in the ditches. (In color) 63 From this spot, that you said was the fairest 65 To London, when Pa wired, "Stop" 67 And as to the stories you've heard 69 Whose father sold clothes on the Bar 71 With a look, Joe, that made her eyes drop. (In color) 73 To find myself here, all alone 75 Ah! gone is the old necromancy 77 And you called the place Eden, you know. (In color) 79 And the copse where you once tied my shoe knot 81 There's the rustle of silk on the sidewalk 83 But there's still the "lap, lap" of the river... Continue reading book >>




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