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To my sister, with a Copy of ‘the Supernaturalism of new England.’

The work referred to was a series of papers under this title, contributed to the Democratic Review and afterward collected into a volume, in which I noted some of the superstitions and folklore prevalent in New England. The volume has not been kept in print, but most of its contents are distributed in my Literary Recreations and Miscellanies.

dear Sister! while the wise and sage
     Turn coldly from my playful page,
And count it strange that ripened age
     Should stoop to boyhood's folly;
I know that thou wilt judge aright
     Of all which makes the heart more light,
Or lends one star-gleam to the night
     Of clouded Melancholy.

Away with weary cares and themes!
     Swing wide the moonlit gate of dreams!
Leave free once more the land which teems
     With wonders and romances!
Where thou, with clear discerning eyes,
     Shalt rightly read the truth which lies
Beneath the quaintly masking guise
     Of wild and wizard fancies.

Lo! once again our feet we set
     On still green wood-paths, twilight wet,
By lonely brooks, whose waters fret
     The roots of spectral beeches;

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