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When travelling in Europe, I have often longed for a small volume of the most famous poems associated with historic and classic localities.
While it is a pleasure to read such poems at home after the journey is done, it is more of a joy to identify haunting lines and to refresh one's memory with familiar poems in the places themselves and before impressions have become dim.
With this thought, I have arranged the present book in the order of a possible itinerary, which brings together poems relating to places near each other.
I did not know of Miss Du Bois's “ Poems for Travelers” until - The Poetic Old-World” was practically completed. The two books, however, have only fifty poems in common, and cover ground so different that I suspect that the possessor of either will be apt to want the other.
I wish gratefully to acknowledge some valuable suggestions from Mr. Henry S. Pancoast, the well-known authority on English literature and also a compiler of a volume of “Standard English Poems."
Acknowledgment is also made to the following authors and publishers, who have kindly permitted the use of copyright poems in this volume : to Messrs. Charles Scribner's Sons for two poems by Mr. William E. Henley and lines from Robert Louis Stevenson's Underwoods; to Messrs. Dodd, Mead & Co. for Mr. Austin Dobson's sonnet Don Quixote and the translation of Carcassonne from The Bookman; to the J. B. Lippincott Company for two poems of Thomas B. Read; to Messrs. Macmillan & Co. for the sonnet from Mr. Andrew Lang's Odyssey; to The Century Company for Clovelly and Tintagel by Aubrey de Vere, and lines from Clevedon Church by Mr. Andrew Lang from The Century Magazine ; to the family of the late William Allen Butler for his poem Vaucluse ; to Mr. William Butler Yeats for The Lake Isle of Innisfree ; and to Mr. Marion Mills Miller for lines from his translation of the eighth and ninth idyls of Theocritus (Badger, Boston).
The poems by Longfellow, Aldrich, W. W. Story, and J. R. Lowell are used by permission of and by special arrangement with Messrs. Houghton, Mifflin & Co., publishers of their works.
L. H. H.
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