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THE NEW YORK
ASTOR, LENOA AND
Entered, according to Act of Congress, in the year 1844,
By WM. H. C. HOSMER,
D. NOYT, Printer,
Thou hast been, sire, my guardian and my guide,
And therefore it is meet that unto thee
The few stray leaves should dedicated be Which I commit to Fortune's changeful tide : Thy voice aroused me from desponding mood,
When pale with letter'd toil, as trumpet blast, Heard in the watch of midnight, sendeth blood Through veins of startled warrior warm and fast.
In Europe's worn-out world I have not sought Heroic theme, but in my native vale,
Moved by the red man's legendary tale, Perchance from Nature's altar-flame have caught
One kindling spark-and, Father, if my strain Win word of praise from thee, I have not sung in vain.