Excerpt from Under the Evening Lamp The papers in this volume were written in pursuance of an idea which was suggested to me some years since as a variation of a kind of writing I was then engaged upon, and which, when they were once begun, gradually shaped itself into a plan, what at first was inclination becoming at last determination. For reasons which do t concern the reader of this page my sympathies were more strongly drawn toward those who had been worsted by misfortune than toward those who, favored by fortune, had marched on gayly and triumphantly. The story of happy lives is soon read. There have been happy lives, even among poets, but they are t many; for it is true of poets above all other men, that many are called, but few are chosen. 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.