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,