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In presenting this little book to her readers, the author is giving back to them in a collected form much that has previously been given them anonymously, or under the nom de plume , first, of "Emillia," then of "Xenette," or, finally, under her true name either as Miss Vining or Mrs. Yule and also, much that they have never before seen.

Some of these poems have been widely circulated, not only in Canada, but in the United States and Great Britain; and some appear for the first time in the pages of this book. They are offered solely upon their merits; and upon those alone they must stand or fall. Whatever there is in them calculated to stir the heart of our common Humanity, to voice forth its joys or its sorrows, to truly interpret its emotions, or to give utterance to its aspirations and its hopes, will live; that which does not thus speak for Humanity, has no right to live; and the sooner it finds a merited oblivion the better for its author and the world.

These poems are essentially Canadian. They have nearly all been written on Canadian soil; their themes and incidents those that are not purely imaginary or suggested by current events in other countries are almost wholly Canadian; and they are mainly the outgrowth of many and varied experiences in Canadian life.

To the author, there is hardly one that has not its little, local history, and that does not awaken reminiscences of some quiet Canadian home, some rustic Canadian school house, some dreamy hour in the beautiful Canadian forests, some morning or evening walk amidst Canadian scenery, or some pleasant sail over Canadian waters.

They have been written under widely different circumstances; and, in great part, in brief intervals snatched from the arduous duties of teaching, or the more arduous ones of domestic life.

Of the personal experiences traceable through many of them, it is not necessary to speak. We read in God's word that " He fashioneth their hearts alike ;" therefore there is little to be found in any human experience, that has not its counterpart, in some sort, in every other, and he alone is the true Poet who can so interpret his own, that they will be recognized as, in some sense, the real, or possible experiences of all.

Trusting that these unpretending lyrics may be able thus to touch a responsive chord in many hearts, and with a sincere desire to offer a worthy contribution to the literature of our new and prosperous country, they are respectfully submitted to the public by the AUTHOR

INGERSOLL, ONT., Aug., 1881.


Yes the weary Earth shall brighten

To a Day Lily

Living and Dying

Up the Nepigon

Look Up

Frost Flowers

The Beech nut Gatherer

Memory Bells

I will not Despair

God's Witnesses

The Assembly of the Dead

Be Still

Littlewit and Loftus

To a Motherless Babe

The Caged Bird's Song

Crossing the Red Sea

The Wayside Elm


My Brother James and I


The World's Day

Brethren, Go!

Our Nation's Birthday

Our Field is the World

Sault Ste Marie

Brother, Rest

Loved and Lost, or the Sky Lark and the Violet

The Gracious Provider

Rest in Heaven

Good Night

The Old Church Choir

No other Name

Heart Pictures

Fellowship with Christ

An Allegory

The Cry of the Karens



'I am doing no good'

Hail, Risen Lord

Lines on the Death of a Young Mother


A Parting Hymn

The Dance of the Winds

Strike the Chords Softly

At Home

Sabbath Memories

The Eye that Never Sleeps

By and By

The One Refuge

Judson's Grave

"Shall be Free"

After Fifty Years

The Earth voice and its Answer

Beyond the Shadows

Autumn and Winter

Till To morrow

Our Country, or, A Century of Progress

Jesus, the Soul's Rest

The Beautiful Artist

"Let us Pray"

Rich and Poor


Balmy Morning


The Ploughman

'He hath done all things we!'


The Tide


Abraham Lincoln

God's Blessings

The Silent Messenger

Under the Snow


Point of Bliss

Away to the Hills

Flowers by a Grave

Three for Three



Sweet Evening Bells



Looking Back



The Body to the Soul

Not Yet


Come unto Me

"I will not let thee go"

Greeting Hymn

One by One


Evening Hymn


I shall be satisfied

At the Grave of a Young Mother

Go, Dream no More

Come Home

Be in Earnest


The Bird and the Storm cloud

No Solitude

The Stray Lamb

Stay, Mother, Stay

Time for Bed

From the Old to the New

The Voice of Spring

Honour to Labor

The Miser


To our Parents

Under the Rod

The White Stone Canoe

Gone Before




I laid me down and slept

Bright Thoughts for a Dark Day

The Drunkard's Child

The Names of Jesus

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