Yesterdays. By Ella Wheeler Wilcox. 

6th Edition. 
London: Gay & Hancock, 1916.

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FOREWORD
This little volume might be called 'Echoes from the land of youthful imaginings'; or 'Ghosts of old dreams.'  It has been compiled at the reqeust of Messrs. Gay and Hancock (my only authorised publishers in Great Britain), and contains verses written in my early youth, and which never before (with the exception, perhaps, of three or four) have been placed in book form.
   Given the poetical temperament, and a lonely environment, with few distractions, youthful imagination is sure to express itself in mournful wails and despairing moans.  such wails and moans will be found to excess in this little book, and will serve to show better than any amount of common-sense reasoning, how fleeting are the sorrows of youth, and how slight the foundation on which the young build towers of despair.
   In the days when these verses were written, each little song represented a few dollars (to my emaciated purse), and so the slightest experience of my own, or of any friend, with every passing mood, every trivial happening, was utilized by my imaginative and thrifty muse.
   That the writer has always possessed robust health, and has lived to a good age, is proof positive that the verses are not all expressions of personal experiences, since no human being could have borne such continual agonies and retained life and reason.
   All the verses in the book were written while I bore the name of Ella Wheeler, and are quite inconsistent with the ideas and philosophy of
Ella Wheeler Wilcox.
August 1910.

Contents:

  1. AN OLD HEART
  2. WARP AND WOOF
  3. SO LONG
  4. IF I COULD ONLY WEEP
  5. WHY SHOULD WE SIGH
  6. A WAKEFUL NIGHT
  7. IF ONE SHOULD DIVE DEEP
  8. TWO
  9. NO COMFORT
  10. IT DOES NOT MATTER
  11. THE UNDER-TONE
  12. WORTH LIVING
  13. MORE FORTUNATE
  14. HE WILL NOT COME
  15. WORN OUT
  16. RONDEAU
  17. TRIFLES
  18. COURAGE
  19. THE OTHER
  20. MAD
  21. WHICH
  22. LOVE'S BURIAL
  23. INCOMPLETE
  24. ON RAINY DAYS
  25. GERALDINE
  26. ONLY IN DREAMS
  27. CIRCUMSTANCE
  28. SIMPLE CREEDS
  29. THE BRIDAL EVE
  30. GOOD NIGHT
  31. NO PLACE
  32. FOUND
  33. A MAN'S REVERIE
  34. WHEN MY SWEET LADY SINGS
  35. SPECTRES
  36. ONLY A LINE
  37. PARTING
  38. ESTRANGED
  39. BEFORE AND AFTER
  40. AN EMPTY CRIB
  41. THE ARRIVAL
  42. GO BACK
  43. WHY I LOVE HER
  44. DISCONTENT
  45. A DREAM
  46. THE NIGHT
  47. NEW YEAR
  48. REVERIE
  49. THE LAW
  50. SPIRIT OF A GREAT CONTROL
  51. NOON
  52. THE SEARCH
  53. A MAN'S GOOD-BYE
  54. AT THE HOP
  55. MET
  56. RETURNED BIRDS
  57. A CRUSHED LEAF
  58. A CURIOUS STORY
  59. JENNY LIND
  60. LIFE'S KEY
  61. BRIDGE OF PRAYER
  62. NEW YEAR
  63. DECEITFUL CALM
  64. UN RENCONTRE
  65. BURNED OUT
  66. ONLY A GLOVE
  67. REMINDERS
  68. A DIRGE
  69. NOT ANCHORED
  70. THE NEW LOVE
  71. AN EAST WIND
  72. CHEATING TIME
  73. ONLY A SLIGHT FLIRTATION
  74. WHAT THE RAIN SAW
  75. AFTER
  76. OUR PETTY CARES
  77. THE SHIP AND THE BOAT
  78. COME NEAR
  79. A SUGGESTION
  80. A FISHERMAN'S BABY
  81. CONTENT AND HAPPINESS
  82. THE CUSINE
  83. I WONDER WHY
  84. A WOMAN'S HAND
  85. PRESENTIMENT
  86. TWO ROOMS
  87. THREE AT THE OPERA
  88. A STRAIN OF MUSIC
  89. SMOKE
  90. AN AUTUMN DAY
  91. WISHES
  92. THE PLAY
  93. AS WE LOOK BACK (RONDEAU)
  94. WHY
  95. LISTEN
  96. TOGETHER
  97. ONE NIGHT
  98. LOST NATION
  99. THE CAPTIVE
  100. NO SONG
  101. TWO FRIENDS
  102. I DIDN'T THINK
  103. A BURIAL
  104. THEIR FACES
  105. THE LULLABY
  106. MIRAGE
  107. ALONE IN THE HOUSE
  108. AN OLD BOUQUET
  109. AT THE BRIDAL
  110. BEST

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