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THE

LYEICAL POEMS

OF

DANTE ALIGHIERI;

INCLUDING

THE POEMS OF THE VITA NUOVA AND CONVITO.

TRANSLATED

BY CHARLES LYELL, A.M.,

FORMERLY FELLOW OF ST. TITER'S COLLEGE, CAMBRIDGE.

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TO

SIR WILLIAM JACKSON HOOKER,

K.H., ll.D., F.R.S., ETC. ETc.
DIRECTOR OF THE ROYAL GARDEN OF KEW.

My Dear Sir William,

I Am happy to have this opportunity of recording our long friendship and my obligations to you. The pleasure which I found in your society, when a humble fellow-labourer in aiding your earliest botanical work," The British Jungermannise," awakened an enthusiasm which your kindness, constant correspondence, and admirable publications have never suffered to expire : a spark of it remains; and now, when age and infirmities have put an end to out-door pursuits, has been expending itself in reflection on the writings of Dante. This little volume is the result. Allow me the gratification of dedicating it to you; and of expressing thus publicly my sincerest esteem and regard.

Believe me,

My dear Sir William,

Very faithfully yours,

CHARLES LYELL.

KlNNORDY,

7th March, IMS.

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