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Lucile - Owen Meredith

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LUCILE

by Owen Meredith

"Why, let the stricken deer go weep.
   The hart ungalled play:
 For some must watch, while some must sleep;
   Thus runs the world away."

Hamlet.

DEDICATION.

TO MY FATHER.


I dedicate to you a work, which is submitted to the public with a
diffidence and hesitation proportioned to the novelty of the effort
it represents.  For in this poem I have abandoned those forms of
verse with which I had most familiarized my thoughts, and have
endeavored to follow a path on which I could discover no footprints
before me, either to guide or to warn.

There is a moment of profound discouragement which succeeds to
prolonged effort; when, the labor which has become a habit having
ceased, we miss the sustaining sense of its companionship, and
stand, with a feeling of strangeness and embarrassment, before the
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