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The Project Gutenberg EBook of John Smith, U.S.A., by Eugene FieldThis eBook is for the use of anyone anywhere at no cost and with almost no restrictions whatsoever. You may copy it,give it away or re-use it under the terms of the Project Gutenberg License included with this eBook or online atwww.gutenberg.netTitle: John Smith, U.S.A.Author: Eugene FieldRelease Date: June 23, 2004 [EBook #12696]Language: English*** START OF THIS PROJECT GUTENBERG EBOOK JOHN SMITH, U.S.A. ***Produced by Kevin O'Hare and PG Distributed Proofreaders[Illustration: Eugene Field]JOHN SMITHU.S.A.BYEUGENE FIELDAUTHOR OFTHE CLINK OF THE ICEIN WINK-A-WAY-LANDHOOSIER LYRICS, ETC.1905.INTRODUCTION.From whatever point of view the character of Eugene Field is seen, genius—rare and quaint presents itself is childlikesimplicity. That he was a poet of keen perception, of rare discrimination, all will admit. He was a humorist as delicate andfanciful as Artemus Ward, Mark Twain, Bill Nye, James Whitcomb Riley, Opie Read, or Bret Harte in their happiestmoods. Within him ran a poetic vein, capable of being worked in any direction, and from which he could, at will, extractthat which his imagination saw and felt most. That he occasionally left the child-world, in which he longed to linger, towander among the older children of men, where intuitively the hungry listener follows him into his Temple of Mirth, allshould rejoice, for those who knew him not, can while away the moments ...

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The Project Gutenberg EBook of John Smith, U.S.A., by Eugene Field
This eBook is for the use of anyone anywhere at no cost and with almost no restrictions whatsoever. You may copy it, give it away or re-use it under the terms of the Project Gutenberg License included with this eBook or online at www.gutenberg.net
Title: John Smith, U.S.A.
Author: Eugene Field
Release Date: June 23, 2004 [EBook #12696]
Language: English
*** START OF THIS PROJECT GUTENBERG EBOOK JOHN SMITH, U.S.A. ***
Produced by Kevin O'Hare and PG Distributed Proofreaders
[Illustration: Eugene Field]
JOHN SMITH
U.S.A.
BY
EUGENE FIELD
AUTHOR OF
THECLINK OFTHEICE
IN WINK-A-WAY-LAND
HOOSIER LYRICS, ETC.
1905.
INTRODUCTION.
From whatever point of view the character of Eugene Field is seen, genius—rare and quaint presents itself is childlike simplicity. That he was a poet of keen perception, of rare discrimination, all will admit. He was a humorist as delicate and fanciful as Artemus Ward, Mark Twain, Bill Nye, James Whitcomb Riley, Opie Read, or Bret Harte in their happiest moods. Within him ran a poetic vein, capable of being worked in any direction, and from which he could, at will, extract that which his imagination saw and felt most. That he occasionally left the child-world, in which he longed to linger, to wander among the older children of men, where intuitively the hungry listener follows him into his Temple of Mirth, all should rejoice, for those who knew him not, can while away the moments imbibing the genius of his imagination in the poetry and prose here presented.
Though never possessing an intimate acquaintanceship with Field, owing largely to the disparity in our ages, still there existed a bond of friendliness that renders my good opinion of him in a measure trustworthy. Born in the same city, both students in the same college, engaged at various times in newspaper work both in St. Louis and Chicago, residents of the same ward, with many mutual friends, it is not surprising that I am able to say of him that "the world is better off that he lived, not in gold and silver or precious jewels, but in the bestowal of priceless truths, of which the possessor of this book becomes a benefactor of no mean share of his estate."
Every lover of Field, whether of the songs of childhood or the poems that lend mirth to the out-pouring of his poetic nature, will welcome this unique collection of his choicest wit and humor.
CHARLES WALTER Brown.
Chicago, January, 1905.
CONTENTS.  John Smith  The Fisherman's Feast  To John J. Knickerbocker, Jr.  The Bottle and the Bird  The Man Who Worked with Dana on the "Sun"  A Democratic Hymn  The Blue and the Gray  It is the Printer's Fault  Summer Heat  Plaint of the Missouri 'Coon in the Berlin Zoological Gardens  The Bibliomaniac's Bride  Ezra J. M'Manus to a Soubrette  The Monstrous Pleasant Ballad of the Taylor Pup  Long Meter  To DeWitt Miller  Francois Villon  Lydia Dick  The Tin Bank  In New Orleans  The Peter-Bird  Dibdin's Ghost  An Autumn Treasure-Trove  When the Poet Came  The Perpetual Wooing  My Playmates  Mediaeval Eventide Song  Alaskan Balladry  Armenian Folk-Song—The Stork  The Vision of the Holy Grail  The Divine Lullaby  Mortality  A Fickle Woman  Egyptian Folk-Song  Armenian Folk-Song—The Partridge  Alaskan Balladry, No. 1  Old Dutch Love Song  An Eclogue from Virgil  Horace to Maecenas  Horace's "Sailor and Shade"  Uhland's "Chapel" "The Happy Isles" of Horace    Horatian Lyrics  Hugo's "Pool in the Forest"  Horace I., 4  Love Song—Heine  Horace II., 3  The Two Coffins  Horace I., 31  Horace to His Lute  Horace I., 22  The "Ars Poetica" of Horace XXIII  Marthy's Younkit  Abu Midjan  The Dying Year  Dead Roses
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JOHN SMITH.
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