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In laying a correct edition of " THE SABBATH” of Grahame and“ THE GRAVE” of Blair before the public, no apology is necessary ; and for an explanation of the views by which the Editor has been guided in diverging from the beaten track of modern compilers, in selecting the other materials of this volume, he must refer to the observations prefixed to the SPECIMENS.
There never were so many readers of compilations and extracts as now; and yet, but for certain accidental lights streaming in upon the pages of the ordinary caterers for the general taste, it could scarcely be guessed that poetry or the art of printing was above a half century old in a country which has for ages possessed the richest, and the
most copious and varied literature in tl
The present volume comprehends