I am constantly urged by readers and impersonators to
furnish them with verses for recitation. In response to this ever-increasing
demand I have selected, for this volume, the poems which seem suitable
for such a purpose.
In making my collection I have been obliged to use, not
those which are among my best efforts in a literary or artistic sense,
but those which contain the best dramatic possibilities for professionals.
Several of the poems are among my earliest efforts, others were written
expressly for this book. In "Meg's Curse," which has never before been
in print, and in several others, I ignored all rules of art for the purpose
of giving the public reader a better chance to exercise his elocutionary