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PREFATORY LINES.


THE world is full of books, then why should I
    Another add to its redundant store?
    And give, when it perchance doth want no more?
Ah, well!   I still must sing, I scarce know why,
Unless, as sun lights up the midday sky,
    And silvery brooklets run, and song birds sing,
    And flowers their glorious hues show forth, and fling
Their perfumes on the air unasked, all ply
Their parts and give their best without a sigh,
    Because they must.   With me 'tis even so:
    The springs of song within me rise and flow,
I may not let their waters stagnant lie,
    And woe betide me if I hoard in greed
    The streams which thirsty souls around me need.

Not fame nor profit do I hope to gain,
    Though, rightly won, such things are not amiss;
    My dearest, inmost hope I feel is this:
That some sad hearts may find herein a strain
Or word of hope to ease their hidden pain,
    Some thought of God to cheer their upward way,
    Revive their flickering faith's expiring ray,
And help them life's best victories to attain.
Such ministry as this be mine, and then
    I have my heart's most dear desire fulfilled,
    All baser cravings in my soul are stilled,
That I may better serve my fellow men.
    Lord, so let grace and love within me shine
    That life and song may both alike be Thine.


D. L.

Spring Grove, Greenfield, Yorks.
                (Written in 1898).


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CONTENTS.
Pieces marked * are reprinted from "Warty Rhymes,"

Preface

Introductory Memoir
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I. POEMS

The Poet
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THE SEASONS.

New Year Thoughts

Springtime

*The Birth of Spring

The Earth and the Sun

A Lesson from the Birds

A Sabbath Walk in Spring

A Foretaste of Summer

To May

To June

*A Summer Sketch

Summer's Dead

Autumn

*Autumn Leaves

An Autumn Evening Scene

Withered Leaves
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IN THE OPEN AIR

Hie to the Fields

To an Early Primrose

To a Lark

In Leafy Glade

*A Quiet Spot

*The Sun and the Cloud

How Fair is Earth

*The Mower

The Storm God

Address to the Sun

*To a Mountain Stream

*Between Two Hills

A Picture

*To Greenfield

*My Native Hills

A Sunset Thought

A Sabbath Afternoon among the Hills

The Works of God
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STUDIES FROM LIFE.

*Old Joe

The Lifeboat Crew
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LOVE AND HOME.

Love

Where Two Streams Meet

A Summer Memory

I Still Remember Thee

*A Night Thought

A Mother's Prayer

A Mother to Her Child

Home

Little Feet

Woman

Left Alone

Estranged

Watching

Love and Lust
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REVEILLE.

Brother Britons

Come and join Us

Banish the Curse

Life's Purpose

England, Rouse Thee!

Don't Despise a Fallen Brother

O Say not Labour is a Curse

Who are the Poor?

A Toiler's Song

A Voice said "Cry!"

Let's Live for One Another

Co-operators, Lead the Way!

To Give is to Live

To Give is to Gain

A Voice from the Loom

The Irish Peasant's Prayer
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HYMNS.

Come we, Father, in child fashion

God in Whom we live and move

God of Mercy, Truth, and Love

Great God, beneath Whose chastening hand

Great God, Who rules all human things

Great King of Nations, hear us
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COMMEMORATIVE.

The Passing of Victoria

William Ewart Gladstone

Mrs. W. E. Gladstone

Writers


Brierley, Ben
Clegg, john Trafford
Laycock, Samuel
Prince, John Critchley
Stead, William Thomas
Thornton, Edwin


Co-operators


Owen, Robert
Pioneers, O Pioneers!
Holyoake, George Jacob
Mitchell, J. T. W
Neale, E. Vansittart

Pitman, Henry
Shillito, John


Friends


Bradbury, Ralph Thomas
Buckley, Harold
Cheetham, Rev. J.
Green, Rev. Canon T.
Noble, John Wood
Platt, Owen, J.P.


On My Thirty-fifth Birthday

On My Fiftieth Birthday

These Fifty Years

Wesley's Prayer Room

To My Elder Son

Castleshaw Roman Camp

Jubilee Day: A Meditation on Pots and Pans Hill

To the Millgate Monthly

To the Co-operative News Congress Daily

The New Comet, 1910

Peace, 1902
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THE HIGHER LIFE.

*Give Me Some Thoughts of Thee

As a Child

'Twas Night

God's Time is Best

Unrest

Forgotten Days

I Thank Thee, Father

Sabbath on the Mount

How Weak We Are

Conscience

Our Angel Guard

Our Life

Man was not Made to Mourn

*Live Well To-day

To-day

Lift Up Thy Head

*Be Not Dismayed

Light at Eventide

Soul Imprisoned

Our Father

A Prayer for England

Day Dreaming

The Creator's Care

Is There a God?

*A Lesson from the Loom

Faith

*Hope

Charity

Trust

Work

Men Do Not Know

We Need Thy Chastening Hand

Wouldst Thou Know Christ?

In Our Gethsemane

The World's a Wide Exchange

The Multitude

The Angel Pain

Light for To-day

Light!

Our Inner Life

Earth and Heaven

Death
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II. POEMS IN DIALECT.

*On the Delph Wesleyan Chapel Fire

*Forty Yers Sin

*Eawt o' Wark

*Whot's Become o' th' Owd Trade

*There's a Touch o' Good in Us O

*On Sam Laycock's Birthplace

*Spoil't wi' Choice

*Ther's noa good i' fratchin'

*Foo's
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III. PROSE SKETCHES, CHIEFLY IN DIALECT.

Th' Owd Weighvur's Visit to King Edward VII.

Ab-o'th'-Yate an' th' Queen's Monnyment

Th' Owd Weighvur at Owd Ab's Monnyment

Centenary of Ebenezer Congregational Church, Uppermill

Alice Wood's Mistake

Eliza's Secret

A Village "Nowt"

Cupid in a Counting-house

A Witch i' Clogs

Love in a Loomgate

Nobbut a Weighvur

Sam o' Joe's on Religious Foo's

Honest Jack
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IV. WAR-TME GLEANINGS.

A Prayer for the Time

Th' Owd Weighvur's Kersmas
Chat wi' King Edward's Ghost, 1915


In British Fields

Be Confident

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