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IN making this collection of Early English Poems, the Editor has endeavoured to choose such pieces as best exemplify the character of the Authors' works; and, at the same time, show the various classes of poetry which have been popular in preceding ages.
Where it has been possible, he has generally chosen a complete poem, but occasionally, as in the case of SPENSER'S "Faerie Queene," he has preferred to give an extract from a well-known work.
A Companion Series, consisting of Favourite English Poems of Modern Times, was published some months since. The two volumes now present a sketch of English Poetry from the time of Chaucer to the present day.
ST. JOHN'S WOOD,
PROLOGUE TO THE CANTERBURY TALES.
A NIGHT SCENE
THRICE HAPPY HE WHO BY SOME SHADY
MY DEAR MISTRESS
THE ANGLER'S WISH