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at logical proportion between the importance or rank of poets and the number of pieces by which they are represented is impracticable, and has not been attempted here. That is not the plan or purpose of the volume,― rather, the aim has been to produce a compact and inexpensive collection of good poetry representing not only the great authors but also others of lesser rank who have produced things that the world will not willingly pass by.
The editor desires to express his obligations to the courtesy and liberality of many American authors and publishers in permitting the use of copyrighted matter - especially Messrs. Houghton, Mifflin & Co., whose list is so rich in the poetry not only of our standard writers but of minor poets; and to Messrs. Harper & Brothers, Messrs. G. P. Putnam's Sons, Messrs. D. Appleton & Co., J. B. Lippincott Co., The Century Co., Messrs. Little, Brown & Co., Messrs. McClure, Phillips & Co., Messrs. Small, Maynard & Co., and Messrs. Silver, Burdett & Co.
CHICAGO, August 1, 1906.
F. F. B.