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COPYRIGHT, 1926, BY
ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
PRINTED IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
The Athen æum Press
This book has been made in response to the wishes of teachers who need a collection of English prose and poetry in a single volume and who desire to have the selections provided with notes. ...
For the texts previous to Chaucer translations have been made and printed side by side with the texts. These translations of course have not all the qualities of the originals, but an attempt has been made to preserve not only the metrical form but also the tone and general manner. ...
The briefer and simpler notes are placed on the same page with the text, because the editor feels that turning frequently to the back of a book to consult notes or a glossary disturbs the reader's enjoyment and thereby interferes with, if it does not destroy, the effect of a piece of literature. The more elaborate notes, containing general information about the texts or authors, or discussing difficulties, or quoting interesting parallels, are placed at the end of the volume for the same reason – that is, to avoid interference with the enjoyment of the reader while he is engaged in reading. They may be consulted beforehand, in preparation for reading, or later, in explanation of difficulties that have not been solved by the reader himself. ...
For assistance with the notes and the translations, the editor wishes to thank his friends Professor James Weber Linn and Miss Edith Rickert. For help in reading the proofs and for making the Table of Contents and the Index, he is indebted to his father, Dr. Charles Manly, and his sister, Mrs. H. M. Patrick.
Acknowledgment is made to publishers for their courteous permission to include selections from various authors, as follows: to Longmans, Green & Co., Ltd., for the selection from Newman's "Idea of a University”; to John Murray for poems by Robert Browning; to Macmillan & Co., Ltd., for selections from Tennyson's "Poetical Works” and from Locker-Lampson's "London Lyrics”; to G. Bell & Sons, Ltd., for Patmore's "The Toys”; to Messrs. Ellis (29 New Bond Street, London), publishers of the copyright editions of D. G. Rossetti's works, for the poems by Rossetti; to William Heinemann, Ltd., for the poems by Swinburne; to P. J. & A. E. Dobell for the poems by James Thomson.
PREFACE TO THE ENLARGED EDITION
The reception given to this collection in its original form has been so gratifying that the editor has gladly attempted to meet the wishes of the many teachers who have asked for the addition of translations from Old English prose and verse and selections from