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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.
THE PASSIONATE SHEPHERD TO HIS LOVE.
THE SHEPHERD'S COMMENDATION OF HIS NYMPH
66 AND WILL HE NOT COME AGAIN?"
"FEAR NO MORE THE HEAT O' TH' SUN
"SLEEPEST OR WAKEST THOU, JOLLY SHEPHERD?"
DRINK TO ME ONLY WITH THINE EYES
EPITAPH ON THE COUNTESS OF PEMBROKE
66 THINK NOT, 'CAUSE MEN FLATT'RING SAY "
"WHY SO PALE AND WAN, FOND LOVER?"
"I LOVE (AND HAVE SOME CAUSE TO LOVE) THE
A NIGHT SCENE
THRICE HAPPY HE WHO BY SOME SHADY
"VULCAN, CONTRIVE ME SUCH A CUP
MY DEAR MISTRESS
THE ANGLER'S WISH