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IR iver IR hyme
FROM CHAUCER TO TENNYSON
SELECTED AND EDITED BY
ESTELLE DAVENPORT ADAMS
WITH A NEW POEM
ALGERNON CHARLES SWINBURNE
With Twelve Etchings
GEORGE RED WAY
THIS is a collection of lyrics and passages in English
Poetry on the subject of the Sea and Rivers. No attempt has been made to bring together every poetical reference to this topic : for such a purpose a very much larger volume would be required. But the Compiler hopes that none of the most important references have been omitted. She has gone anew through the whole corpus poetarum, and has sought to reproduce, wholly or in part, the best of the verse devoted to Stream and Ocean.
Every care has been taken to secure an accurate text, the latest editions being accepted as the authority in the case of living poets, while in that of deceased writers the standard editions have been followed. The arrangement of the letterpress is, as regards deceased authors, chronological ; as regards the living, alphabetical. In general, the songs and extracts are limited to those which deal with the Sea and Rivers as natural objects, and are either descriptive or reflective.
The collection is fortunate in being introduced by a new and important poem from the pen of Mr Swinburne.
The Compiler desires to express her sincere gratitude to those numerous Authors and Publishers who have so kindly permitted her to reproduce pieces of which they hold the copyright. Without their obliging co-operation, she would not have been able to carry out her idea of the volume.
The etchings are the work of Mr Nelson Dawson and Mr W. E. Mackaness.
E. D. A.