by Ella Wheeler
Milwaukee: Cramer, Aikens & Cramer, 1876.
224 p. 19 cm
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APPRECIATING THE ENCOURAGING SYMPATHY AND KIND
INTEREST MANIFESTED IN THIS WORK
WM. P. MERRILL
WM. E. CRAMER,
IT IS MOST GRATEFULLY DEDICATED TO THEM
I'd rather have my verses winPREFACE.
A place in common people's hearts;
Who, toiling through the strife and din
Of life's great thoroughfares and marts,
May read some line my hand has penned;
Some simple verse, not fine, or grand,
But what their hearts can understand,
And hold me henceforth as a friend--
I'd rather win such quiet fame,
Than by some fine thought, polished so
But those of learn-ed minds would know
Just what the meaning of my song,
To have the critics sound my name
In high-flown phrases, loud and long.
I sing not for the critics ear,
But for the masses. If they hear
Despite the turmoil, din, and strife,
Some least low note that gladdens life,
I shall be wholly satisfied,
Though critics to the end deride.