TO

THAT GRACEFUL SOUTHERN WRITER AND GIFTED SCHOLAR,

P' MRS. VIRGINIA DLWITKY RUTH,

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4IS BOOK IS AFFECTIONATELY DEDICATED.

PREFACE

The invariable rule of the general reader is to skip prefaces, but an author's immemorial habit being to write them, I feel myself called upon for an explan-^\tion. 1 will do so briefly and simply. I only wish to thank those who have kindly helped me in this undertaking. Being a New Orleans boy, substantial encouragement was generally tendered, assuring

success.

A few of the poems and romances herein have already been published under my name in various periodicals. With but slight changes, I reproduce them as they originally appeared.

" Yetta, the Nun," has never been in print before.

It is

" A tale of sorrow treasured,

Too fondly to depart; Of wrong from Love the Flatterer, And my own wayward heart,"

^\\i\ has taken me four years to complete. It has been revised, altered and condensed more times than I can tell, and it is with mingled feelings of regret and reluctance that I now part with this favorite <;hild of my fancy. Perchance some critical reader will begrudge me for having weaned it so soon ?

G. A. New Orleans, MarcJi i6, i8gi.