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PUBLISHER'S PREFACE

SOME of the poems included in this volume were first published in the Australasian newspaper, and are inserted by the kind permission of the proprietors. We have also to acknowledge our indebtedness to many personal friends of the late Author for their kindness in placing at our disposal some poems which were not included in his published works.

This edition of GORDON'S POEMS is embellished by the illustration of the “Roll of the Kettledrum,” which, for this reason, has been made the introductory poem in the book.

Lieut.-Colonel Marshman, late Major H.M. 28th Regiment, an artist of very high degree, as proclaimed by experts who have seen these original drawings, conceived the idea of illustrating this poem, of which he had a strong professional admiration and artistic ability sufficient to demonstrate its beauty. The suggestion was gladly accepted by us, with the result shown. His drawings have been reproduced by the best processes known, and are faithful copies of the originals.

We have no doubt that all lovers of GORDON will admit the additional charm these excellent pictures lend his works.

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