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T NELSON AND SONS, PATERNOSTER ROW;
EDINBURGH; AND NEW YORK.

MDCCCLX.

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S. 109.

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PREFACE.

THE appreciation of the varied beauties of the Poets springs from a taste as widely diffused as the love of flowers, or the intelligent admiration of nature, in all her varied phases of grandeur and loveliness. To provide, therefore, a pleasing selection from the voluminous stores of song and poesie, with which the literature of the English language abounds, is at once a most agreeable and popular task, and one to which some of the most gifted writers of the age have lent their genius and refined taste.

The present volume comprises, in its poetical selections, the beauty, the pathos, the keen satiric wit, and the humourous pleasantry of England's best Poets, with sketches and pencilings of their character and

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