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DREAMS AND REALITIES,

IN VERSE AND PROSE.

BY

JOHN CRITCHLEY PRINCE,

AUTHOR OF "HOURS WITH THE MUSES."
 

"I've written, not forgetting the great end
 Of Poesy, that it should be a friend
 To soothe the cares, and lift the thoughts of man."

KEATS.




PRINTED FOR THE AUTHOR, AND SOLD BY HIM, HENRY-SQUARE,
ASHTON-UNDER-LYNE.


LONDON:
SIMPKIN AND MARSHALL.
1847.


_________________________________

John Williamson, Printer, Stamford-street, Ashton-under-Lyne.
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TO THE

CHAIRMAN, SECRETARY, AND COMMITTEE

OF THE

"PRINCE TESTIMONIAL,"

AND TO

ALL WHO HAVE IN ANY WAY CONTRIBUTED THERETO,

THIS LITTLE VOLUME

IS MOST RESPECTFULLY INSCRIBED

BY


THEIR GRATEFUL SERVANT,


The Author.

 

_______________________

 
PREFACE.


IN explanation of my motives for issuing this little volume, a few words only are necessary.

    Having a number of Poems and a few prose trifles, floating about in the periodicals, and in the hands of friends, I was desirous of collecting and preserving them in this shape, previous to putting forth a work of greater pretensions, and to which I am devoting more study and care in the composition.

    I have no apology to offer for the publication of these Stray Leaves, further than thisthe indulgence which was extended to my former effusions, both in this country and America, inspired me with a hope that these, also, might meet with a portion of the like public favour.

    Those Poems herein which are occasional, and those which were written with a definite purpose, the reader will readily discover.  They have filled up my intervals of toil; they have tended to lighten my cares, and they are such, perhaps, from their spirit, as a poor man may be pardoned for putting into print.

    The power to think and utter great things belongs to few, and I am not of them; but I trust I may be recognized as one of those Voices from the Crowd,—an humble, but an earnest one—which are every day gaining strength, and which must, sooner or later, it is hopeful to believe, command the attention, and win the respect, of the whole British People.

Ashton-under-Lyne, September 1847.

 

INDEX.

 

PAGE

Tributary Stanzas to J. C. Prince

1.

The Pen and the Sword

3.

The Press and the Cannon

12.

A Winter Sketch from Oldermann

16.

Hymn to the Creator

18.

The Queen's Question

21.

A Lay for the Printer

26.

A Rhyme for the Time

30.

Poetry in Common Things

35.

Passion and Penitence: a Tale

40.

The Seaside Sojourn

59.

Come to my Home

67.

A Summer's Evening Sketch

70.

The Wanderer

73.

War

79.

Winter Musings

83.

The Partition of the Earth

89.

The Patriots Battle Prayer

91.

Lines on the Death of Robert Southey

93.

A Familiar Epistle to my Friend John Ball

97.

The Power of Pleasant Memories

105.

New Year's Day Aspirations

107.

To a Young Poetess

110.

A Stray Leaf

111.

The Well-Spring

112.

The Woodland Well

122.

January

126.

April

129.

July

134.

October

139.

Autumn

142.

North Wales

147.

The Merchant and the Mourner

152.

Vindicatory Stanzas

158.

Contrition

162.

    ROUGH NOTES OF A RAMBLER:—

 

        Reverence for the Dead: a Romantic Thought

165.

        A Thought in Coventry

167.

        A Reflection near Kenilworth

168.

        Approach to Shakespear's Birth-place

169.

        The Grave of Shakespear

170.

        My last Sigh for the Past

172.

        An Evening in Conway, North Wales

173.

        A Thunder Storm

175.

        A South of England Village

176.

        The Poets

178.

        Snowdon

179.

Leonore

183.

The Poet's Welcome

187.

The "Temptation," and the "Expulsion"

189.

To the Memory of a Deceased Friend

192.

On the Death of two Infant Children

195.

Sabbath Evening Thoughts

197.

Lines written in Rhuddlan Castle, North Wales

199.

 



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