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COPYRIGHY 1904, DY
Joan D. MORRD and COMPANY

NOTICE OF COPYRIGHTS.

I.

American poems in this volume within the legal protection of copyright are used by the courteous permission of the owners,--either the publishers named in the following list or the authors or their representatives in the subsequent one,-who reserve all their rights. So far as practicable, permission has been secured also for poems out of copyright.

PUBLISHERS OF THE WORLD'S BEST POETRY. 1904.

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Messrs. D. APPLETON & Co., New York.--W. C. Bryant:

“ Blessed are They that Mourn," The Conqueror's Grave,”

“Thanatopsis.” Messrs. E. P. DUTTON & Co., New York.-- Mary W. Howland:

" Rest." The FUNK & WAGNALLS COMPANY, New York. --John W.

Palmer: “For Charlie's Sake." Messrs. HARPER & BROTHERS, New York. Will Carleton:

“Over the Hill to the Poor House." Messrs. HOUGHTON, MIFFLIN & Co., Boston.- Margaret Deland:

“ Love and Death ; " John Hay: ** A Woman's Love ;' 0. W. Holmes: "The Last Leaf," "The Voiceless ;Mary Clemmer A. Hudson: “Something Beyond ;' H. W. Longfellow: “Death of Minnehaha,” “Footsteps of Angels," * God's Acre,” “The Rainy Day," " The Reaper and the Flowers," Resignation ;" *J. R. Lowell: "Auf Wiedersehen,"

," “First Snow Fall,” “Palinode ; " Harriet W. Preston: “Fidelity in Doubt ;” Margaret E. Samgster: the Children at Home?” E. R. Sill: “ A Morning Thought ;" Harriet E. Spofford: "The Nun and Harp :" Harriet B. Stowe: “Lines to the Memory of Annie.” Only a Year ;" J. T. Trowbridge: “Dorothy in the Garret;" J. G. Whittier ; " To Her Absent Sailor," Angel of Patience,"

* Maud Muller." Mr. JOHN LANE, New York.-R. Le Gallienne: "Song," * What of the Darkness ?”

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VOL. III. SORROW etc.

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Messrs. LITTLE, BROWN & Co., Boston.-J. W'. Chadwick:

“The Two Waitings ;” Helen Hunt Jackson: “Habeas

Corpus.” The LOTUIROP PUBLISHING COMPANY, Boston.-Paul H. Hayne:

" In Harbor."

Messrs. G. P. PUTNAM'S SONS, New York.-Elaine Goodale

Eastman: Ashes of Roses ;" R. C. Rogers: “The Shadow

Rose." Messrs. CHARLES SCRIBNER'S Sons, New York.-R. Bridges (Droch): "The Unillumined Verge ;” Mary Mapes Dodge: * The Two Mysteries ; " Julia C. R. Dorr: "Hush” (Afterglow).

II.

American poems in this volume by the authors whose names are given below are the copyrighted property of the authors, or of their representatives named in parenthesis, and may not be reprinted without their permission, which for the present work has been courteously granted.

PUBLISHERS OF THE WORLD'S BEST POETRY. 1904.

W. R. Alger; Mrs. Amelia E. Barr; Henry A. Blood (Mrs.

R. E. Whitman); Robert J. Burdette; John Burroughs ; Mary A. De Vere; Nathan H. Dole; William C. Gannett; Dr. Silas W. Mitchell; Mrs. Surah M. Piutt; Walt Whit man (H. Traubel, Literary Executor).

AN INTERPRETER OF LIFE.

BY LYMAN ABBOTT.

POETRY, music, and painting are three correlated arts, connected not merely by an accidental classification, but by their intrinsic nature. For they all possess the same essential function, namely, to interpret the uninterpretable, to reveal the undiscoverable, to express the inexpressible. They all attempt, in different forms and through different languages, to translate the invisible and eternal into sensuous forms, and through sensuous forms to produce in other souls experiences akin to those in the soul of the translator, be he poet, musician, or painter. That they are three correlated arts, attempting, each in its own way and by its own language, to express the same essential life, is indicated by their co-operation in the musical drama. This is the principle which Wagner saw so clearly, and has used to such effective purpose in his so-called operas, whose resemblance to the Italian operas which preceded them is more superficial than real. In the drama Wagner wishes you to consider neither the music apart from the scenery, nor the scenery apart from the acting, nor the three apart from the poetry. Poetry, music, and art combine with the actor to interpret truths of life which transcend philosophic definition. Thus in the first act

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of “Parsifal," innocence born of ignorance, re. morse born of the experience of temptation and sin, and reverence bred in an atmosphere not innocent yet free from the experience of great temptation, mingle in a drama which elevates all hearts, because in some one of these three phases it touches every heart. And yet certain of the clergy condemned the presentation as ir: reverent, because it expresses reverence in a symbolism to which they were unaccustomed.

But while it is true that these three arts are correlative and co-operative, they do not duplicate one another. Each not only speaks in a language of its own, but expresses in that language a life which the others cannot express. As color and fragrance combine to make the flower, but the color expresses what the fragrance cannot express, and the fragrance expresses what the color cannot express, so in the musical drama, music, poetry, and painting combine, not by dupli. cating but by supplementing each other. One may describe in language a symphony; but no description will produce the effect which the symphony produces. One may describe a painting; but no description will produce the effect which the painting will produce. So neither music, nor painting, nor both combined, can produce the same effect on the soul as poetry. The “Midsummer Night's Dream ” enacted in pantomime, with Mendelssohn's music, would no more produce the same effect on the auditors which would be produced by the interpretation of the play in spoken words, than would the reading of the play at home

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