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THE

LONDON SERIES OF ENGLISH CLASSICS

EDITED BY

J. W. HALES, M.A. AND C. S. JERRAM, M.A.

POPE

ARNOLD

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INTRODUCTION.

OF THE principal works of Pope, the Essay on Man has been edited in a masterly way for the use of schools by Mr. Pattison, the Rector of Lincoln College; the Satires and Epistles also, with their Prologue and Epilogue, have been treated, not quite so exhaustively, by the same hand. The Rape of the Lock is included among the Longer English Poems so usefully and carefully edited by Mr. Hales. Among the remaining works, the most important, viz. the Essay on Criticism, the Moral Essays, and the Dunciad, are contained in the present volume. Nothing but the translations and imitations of the second rank, with the Pastorals, Windsor Forest, the Messiah, the Temple of Fame, and the short occasional poems, remains, which has not been edited for school use.

Let me say at once, that having constantly had before me the prospect of this book being in the hands of young persons of both sexes, I have suppressed without mercy all passages, lines, and words, the reading of which would clearly not tend to their

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