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us with a new sense of brimming life. To compare the songs collected by Professor Lomax with the im­mortalities of olden time is doubtless like comparing the literature of America with that of all Europe to­gether. Neither he nor any of us would pretend these verses to be of supreme power and beauty. None the less, they seem to me, and to many who have had a glimpse of them, sufficiently powerful, and near enough beauty, to give us some such whole­some and enduring pleasure as comes from work of this kind proved and acknowledged to be masterly.
What I mean may best be implied, perhaps, by a brief statement of fact. Four or five years ago, Pro­fessor Lomax, at my request, read some of these bal­lads to one of my classes at Harvard, then engaged in studying the literary history of America. From that hour to the present, the men who heard these verses, during the cheerless progress of a course of study, have constantly spoken of them and written of them, as of something sure to linger happily in memory. As such I commend them to all who care for the native poetry of America.
Barrett Wendell.
Nahant, Massachussetts,
July ii, 1910.

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