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ADVERTISEMENT.

THE lovers of our old English Poetry must often have felt a wish for a closer and more intimate acquaintance with its beauties. There may be many volumes rich in Thought and Expression, but their size, in most instances, renders them unsuitable to be the daily companions of our travels. I must also confess that much dross is mixed with some of the choicest gems in our earlier Poetical Literature.

In selecting the Specimens contained in this Volume, I found my chief difficulty lay in deciding where to stop; and, therefore, much has been rejected fully equal in merit to the Pieces I have chosen.

The Classification is, in some respects, imperfect. It was necessary to bring the Specimens into some order and sequence,—the Lighter or more Cheerful taking precedence, the Meditative following, and where the last reached a graver strain of reflection, they also required a place to themselves.

It only remains for me to add that a smaller Edition, which appeared some time ago, seems to have afforded pleasure to those who admire such Collections, and this has encouraged my Publishers and myself to offer the present Edition, which contains a few choice additional Pieces, for

acceptance.

It will be observed that the date of an Author's birth and death appears only once in the text-the first time of the insertion of the name.

EMILY TAYLOR.

LONDON, April, 1864.

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MONTROSE's LOVE

Marquis of Montrose 25
OLD SONG.

Unknown Author 55

PACK CLOUDS AWAY.

Thomas Heywood 23

RUDELY THOU WRONG'ST

Spenser 27

SEE THE CHARIOT AT HAND

Ben Jonson 49

SONNET

Ben Jonson 46

SONNET ON A YOUNG LADY

Daniel 18
THE MANLY RESOLVE

George Wither

53

THE NYMPH'S REPLY

Sir W.: Raleigh 35

THE POET'S PRAISE OF HIS LOVE

Surrey 15

THE SHEPHERD TO HIS FAIR ONE . Robert Herrick 51

THE SHEPHERD TO HIS LOVE

Marlow 34

THE SWEET NEGLECT

Ben Jonson

26

Το ANTHEA

Robert Herrick

45

To DAISIES

Robert Herrick 39

TO THE QUEEN OF BOHEMIA Sir H. Wotton 32
TRUE BEAUTY

F. Beaumont 13
TRUE BEAUTY

Shakespeare 20

TRUE LOVE

Ben Jonson 41

VERSES ON Lucy, COUNTESS OF BEDFORD.

Ben Jonson 24

WERE I AS BASE

Sylvester 21
WRONG NOT, SWEET MIŞTRESS OF MY HEART.

Sir W. Raleigh 30

YOUTH AND AGE

Shakespeare 37

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