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HARVARD UNIVERSITY LIBRARY OCT 31 1958

IN making this collection of Early English Poems, the Editor has endeavoured to choose such pieces as best exemplify the character of the Authors' works; and, at the same time, show the various classes of poetry which have been popular in preceding ages.

Where it has been possible, he has generally chosen a complete poem, but occasionally, as in the case of SPENSER'S "Faerie Queene," he has preferred to give an extract from a well-known work.

A Companion Series, consisting of Favourite English Poems of Modern Times, was published some months since. The two volumes now present a sketch of English Poetry from the time of Chaucer to the present day.

ST. JOHN'S WOOD,
November, 1862.

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