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The Project Gutenberg EBook of The Bed-Book of Happiness, by Harold Begbie This eBook is for the use of anyone anywhere at no cost and with almost no restrictions whatsoever. You may copy it, give it away or re-use it under the terms of the Project Gutenberg License included with this eBook or online at www.gutenberg.net Title: The Bed-Book of Happiness Author: Harold Begbie Release Date: September 14, 2004 [EBook #13457] Language: English Character set encoding: ASCII *** START OF THIS PROJECT GUTENBERG EBOOK THE BED-BOOK OF HAPPINESS *** Produced by Paul Murray, Gene Smethers and the Online Distributed Proofreading Team. "A GATHERING OF HAPPINESS, A CONCENTRATION AND COMBINATION OF PLEASANT DETAILS, A THRONG OF GLAD FACES, A MUSTER OF ELATED HEARTS." _CHARLOTTE BRONTE_ THE BED-BOOK OF HAPPINESS Being a Colligation or Assemblage of Cheerful Writings brought together from many quarters into this one compass for the diversion, distraction, and delight of those who lie abed,--a friend to the invalid, a companion to the sleepless, an excuse to the tired, by HAROLD BEGBIE HODDER AND STOUGHTON LONDON NEW YORK TORONTO PRINTED IN 1914 BY HAZELL, WATSON AND VINEY, LD., LONDON AND AYLESBURY. _to_ _SIR JESSE BOOT_ _If, in my pages, those who suffer find Such cheer as warms your heart and lights your mind, Glad shall I be, but gladder, prouder too, If this my book become a friend like you_. _RONDEL_ _BESIDE YOUR BED I COME TO STAY WITH MAGIC MORE THAN HUMAN SKILL, MY PAGES RUN TO DO YOUR WILL, MY COVERS KEEP YOUR CARES AWAY. THE NURSE ARRIVES WITH LADEN TRAY, THE DOCTOR CANCELS DRAUGHT AND PILL; BESIDE YOUR BED I COME TO STAY WITH MAGIC MORE THAN HUMAN SKILL. AND YOU THRO' FAERY LANDS WILL STRAY, AT LAUGHTER'S FOUNTAIN DRINK YOUR FILL, FOR THO' YOUR BODY CRY "I'M ILL!" YOUR MIND WILL DANCE FROM NIGHT TO DAY. BESIDE YOUR BED I COME TO STAY WITH MAGIC MORE THAN HUMAN SKILL_. THE RENDERING OF THANKS To Mr. Austin Dobson and his publishers, Messrs. Kegan Paul, Trench, Truebner & Co., Ltd. To Mr. R.A. Streatfeild, Mr. Henry Festing Jones, and Mr. A.C. Fifield, the publisher, for permission to make use of "The Note Books of Samuel Butler." To Mr. W. Aldis Wright and Messrs. Macmillan for my quotations from "The Letters of Edward FitzGerald." To Mr. E.I. Carlyle, author of "T
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