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[From a manuscript copy, in vellam, of the “ Canterbury Tales," adorned

with marginal paintings, in the possession of the Marquis of Stafford.]

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FIRESIDE AND SCHOOL-ROOM.

By Mate A. rnsurn

NEW YORK:
D. APPLETON AND COMPANY,
90, 92 & 94 GRAND STREET.

1869.

FUBLIC LIBRARY
240 330

ASTOR, LENOX AND
TILDEN FOUNDATIONS

1901

EXTERRED, according

to Act of Congress, in the year 1869, by ::::::::D. APPETAN: 3 co., In the Clerk's office of the Distsict Court of the United States for the

SouPor Disting of New York.

PREFACE.

The writer, in the following Sketches of our best English Poets, from old Father Chaucer to the shortlived Burns, has attempted to interest the young student by making of each life a story as well as a lesson.

It has been her aini to introduce these men of genius familiarly to her readers, that they may shake hands as good friends through the medium of a book.

The style is intentionally informal and colloquial, in order to attract those who might neglect elaborate works on English Literature, and to lead them to a more thorough and extensive exploration in the same direction.

K. A. Signints HANOVER, N. H., September 10, 1868.

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