Excerpt from Onkel Jeff's Reminiscences of Youth: And Other Poems Being aware of the crucial test and searching criticism which an exact ing public will pass upon these compositions, it is with feelings of trepida tion that I launch this little bark of mine upon the sea of literature, and beg the reading public t to judge too severely r criticise too harshly the merits of the contents of this volume. Should the readers of these poems derive an equal amount of pleasure and satisfaction in perusing as the writer found in composing them, the highest measure of his ambition will have been attained. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.