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PREFACE.

'• Iiiese volumes arc intended to arcompany Mr. Ellis's well known Specimens of the.Early English Poets. That series concludes with the' reign of Charles II, this begins with that of James his successor: the two together will exhibit the rise, progress, decline ariH .revival of our Poetry, and the fluctuations'of coir p'oetical taste, from the first growth of the 'English language to the present times. A slight difference has been made in arrangement; "instead of sorting the Poets, according to the reigns in which they flourished, I have noticed each under the year of his death, where that could be ascertained, otherwise according to the date of his chief publication. It was desirable. that the series should be brought down to theend of the last century, and this order deter— a C

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