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SINCE the publication of the Hymns of the Ages, its compilers have frequently been urged to prepare a volume of like character for children.
One of them has accordingly given the leisure of several years to the present work; her plan being, to collect devout, entertaining, and suggestive poetry, morning and evening hymns, and those calculated to stimulate the imagination, refine the taste, and train the child's heart to become strong, humane, and brave, as well as keep it gentle, reverent, and pure.
Finding a sad lack of material, she offers the volume now with diffidence, hoping that at least its deficiencies may draw some true poet's attention to the wants of "these little ones," that they may no longer be offered thin and coarse dilutions
of morality, but hymns delicate, beautiful, and rare, souls which wait to receive them.
Meantime, such as her work is, she would cordially thank the many mothers who have encouraged and assisted in its preparation, and the many little Lilies, Freddies, and Kitties who have lent their favorite volumes for inspection, and ofttimes taught the merit of the hymns by their loving and tender recital; for there are no Athenæum libraries of children's
books, and this has literally been gathered "out of the mouth of babes."
ROXBURY, October 16, 1860.
C. S. W.
Aunt Effie's Rhymes.