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Poetry, Verse and Rhymes; Games. 0791: Anon., The Honeysuckle

Author: Anon.
Title: The honeysuckle; or, poetical Sweets that never cloy. Partly original and partly selected
Cat. Number: 0791
Date: 1823
1st Edition:
Pub. Place: London
Publisher: William Darton, 58, Holborn-Hill
Pages: 1 vol., 107pp.
Size: 14 x 8.5 cm.
Illustrations: Engraved frontispiece
Note: Inscription on fly-leaf: 'Elizabeth Garratt / from her affec.te sister / Mary Anne / 1842'. Also includes decorated book-plate

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Page 005 of item 0791

Introductory essay

Over a hundred short poems are contained in this collection, almost all of them religious. Some are overtly Christian, 'The Honeysuckle', for instance, being subtitled 'Children coming to Christ' (p.3). In others the injunction to piety is more oblique, as in 'Crazy Robert', say, which attempts to excite sympathy for an insane old beggar, mocked by all who see him, and which only comes round in the final stanza to reminding readers that God sees all the 'cruel diversions' of children and will eventually punish them (p.97). Some of the verses, according to the title-page, first appeared in this volume. Others had certainly appeared before, and were simply anthologised here - as, for example, in the case of Ann Taylor's 'My Mother', originally published in Original Poems, for Infant Minds in 1804 (p.95: see 0851).

The attractive book-plate shows a fairy or angle with a dove and dog.