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the case may be. · I can only say that, so far as I am aware, I have overlooked no conspicuous lyric which entirely answered my requirements, nor have I admitted any which did not seem to me to come within my plan. I may remark, however, that several pieces by writers of the eighteenth century have been discarded, owing to the fact that, though otherwise acceptable, they contained expressions of an indecorous or unpleasant nature. These, following the example of distinguished predecessors, I might have modified, but I have preferred either to insert a poem as its author wrote it, or else to dispense with it altogether.

A large proportion of the pieces have never before appeared in a collection, and some appear in book form for the first time.

I may add that the Introduction is designed merely to explain the principle on which the collection has been made, and that the Notes have been restricted as much as possible to brief explanations of allusions which might not have been intelligible to every reader.

W. D. A.

Advice to a Lady in Autumn. (Philip, Earl of

Chesterfield)

A Letter of Advice.' (Winthrop Mackworth

Praed). .

. : 37

"Fair Amoret is Gone Astray.” (William Congreve)
“Phyllida, That Loved to Dream.” (John Gay) :

On a Woman of Fashion. (Thomas Tickell) . . 42

The Jilt. (James Smith) .

Dixit, et in Mensam. (Charles Shirley Brooks)
An Epitaph. (George John Cayley) .

Madame la Marquise. (Robert, Lord Lytton).

Avice. (Austin Dobson). . .

Beauty Clare. (Hamilton Aïdé) .

A Musical Box. (W. W. Story)

Epistle from Lord Boringdon to Lord Granville.

(Right Hon. George Canning) . .

Little Laurette. (Mortimer Collins). .

A Legend of the Divorce Court. (Mortimer Colli

A Comedy. (J. Ashby Sterry). .

At Home. (Thomas Haynes Bayly)

Not at Home. (Thomas Haynes Bayly).

“My Husband Means Extremely Well.” (1

Haynes Bayly) . . .

No Longer Jealous. (Walter Savage Landor).

Mamma. (H. B. Freeman) .

“This is my Eldest Daughter. (1 110

Bayly) . . . . . .

The Archery Meeting. (Thomas Haynes Bayly) .

The Female Phaeton. (Matthew Prior). .

“I Must Come out Next Spring.” (Thomas Haynes

Bayly) : : :

My Neighbour Rose. (Frederick Locker) .

“Rejected Addresses." (H. Cholmondeley Pennell).

The Talented Man. (Winthrop Mackworth Praed).

The Dashing Young Fellow. " (William Macquorn

Rankine) . :

The Handsomest Man in the Room.' (William

Macquorn Rankine) .

Anticipation. (Winthrop Mackworth Praed).

A Nice Correspondent. (Frederick Locker) . . 87

Epitaph on a Tuft-Hunter. (Thomas Moore).

“Why Don't the Men Propose ?” (Thomas Haynes

Bayly),

“Don't Talk of September.” (Thomas Haynes

Bayly) . . o . . . . . . 91

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To a Lady on her Passion for old China. (John 139

Gay) ..
China versus Chippendale. (J. Jemmett-Browne).
Elegy on a Lap-Dog. (John Gay).
A Blenheim's Valentine. (William John Courthope)

Ode. (Catherine Fanshawe). i

To Lady Carteret. (Jonathan Swift)

An Answer. (Dr. Sheridan).

Good Night to the Season. (Winthrop Mackworth

Praed) i . ,

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