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FORE WOR I) W ITH few if any changes the contents of this volume, both prose and verse, with the exception of the short sketch at the end and one or two of the poems, have been copied almost word for word from my note-books of many years. They are impressions, ideas, fancies, more or less fragmentary, that struck me at the moment; notes, sug- gestions, what you will, jotted down hurriedly,-sometimes taking the form of prose, other times that of verse as the fancy moved me,-while wvander- ing in the woods at all seasons, making a record of days extending over a period of some twenty odd years. All the verses and prose-notes contained in the first part, "I883-IS86," were written while hardly more than a boy, vii