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Ajo (OR OF LECTURES ON REIETORIC AND BELLES LETTREs, ETC, ETC, ETC,

I N T W O W, O L U M E S.
vo LUME THE FIRST.

N E W Y O R K : .
HARPER & BROTHERS, PUBLISHERS,
Nos. 329 AND 331 PEARL STREET, .
F R A N K L IN S Q U A R. E.
1856.

ENTERED, according to Act of Congress, in the year 1851, by H A R P E R & B R O T H E R S, In the Clerk’s Office for the Southern District of New York.

TO

HON. THE0D ORE FRELING H U YSEN,

LATE
( ; litrll it if for Illis traits
OF THE CITY OF NEW YORK,

NOW

PRESIDENT OF RUTGER'S COLLEGE,

NEW JERSEY,
T H E S E VOLUM ES

ARE, AS A MARK OF GREAT RESPECT,
INSCRIBED,
BY THE AUTHOR,

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MoRE than twenty years ago the author of this work was invited to deliver, professionally, a Course of Lectures on English Literature. The lectures then prepared, with such addi- •. tions and corrections as successive years of investigation and study naturally suggested, have since been annually repeated. In preparing them for the press the author has availed himself of every assistance that other publications on kindred subjects afford. In investigating the literature of the Saxons he has derived much assistance from Wright's Anglo-Saxon Period of British Literature, and Thorp's Edition of Caedmon; and in the period that immediately follows the Saxon, Ellis's Metrical Romances, and Wright's Lyric Poetry and Political Songs of the Reign of Edward J. have been of equal service. To Godwin's Life of Chaucer he also acknowledges himself particularly indebted.

After the age of Chaucer the exposition of English Literature is so full, and the expositors are so numerous, that in the selection of authorities, both judgment and discretion were required. The works to which the author is here most indebted, are Warton's History of English Poetry, Percy's Reliques of English Poetry, Hazlitt's Lectures on the Age of Elizabeth, the Lectures of Dr. Drake, Bale's Account of the Lives of Eminent Writers of Great Britain, Burnet's Specimens of English Prose Writers, Hallam's Literature of the Fifteenth, Sæteenth,and Seventeenth Centuries, and Chambers'Cyclopædia, of English Literature; from the last of which a number of the illustrations and minor criticisms were taken. He has also made liberal use of various articles in the Edinburgh and other Reviews, and has, as occasion required, freely consulted the Biographia Britannica,

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