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LECTURES

ON THE

BRITISH POETS.

BY

HENRY REED.

LATE PROFESSOR OF ENGLISH LITERATURE IN THE UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA.

IN TWO VOLUMES.

VOL. I.

PHILADELPHIA:
J. B. LIPPINCOTT & Co.

1860.

KD 1305

HARVARD COLLEGE LIBRARY

SHELDON FUND
JULY 10, 1940

Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1857, by

WILLIAM B. REED, in the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the United States for the

Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

STEREOTYPED BY L. JOHNSON & Co.

PHILADELPHIA.
COLLINS, PRINTER.

PREFACE.

The great success of the two volumes of my brother's lectures — the first on “ English Literature," and the second on “ History as illustrated by Shakspeare's Plays” — has induced me to publish another series, still more complete, on the 6 British Poets,” which was delivered by Mr. Reed in 1841. These lectures are printed from the author's manuscript, with no other alteration than the omission of passages which he had used in his second course.

An addition has been made to these volumes of two essays on kindred subjects,—one on “English Sonnets,” and another on “Hartley Coleridge.”

The present volumes are probably the last of

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