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COPYRIGHT, 1917, BY

LEO T. BUTLER

Norwood Press

J. S. Cushing Co. - Berwick & Smith Co.
Norwood, Mass., U.S.A.

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PREFACE

THE great value derived from a careful training in Latin versification by means of progressive exercises is the reason for presenting this work to the classical scholars of our American schools and colleges.

Any claim it may possess to superiority over preexisting text-books along the same line is based on the fact that the author has endeavored, as far as he could, to combine the merits and eliminate the defects which experience in the class-room has shown him to exist in other works. Furthermore, in the one volume are found exercises in the four kinds of verse usually practised in American schools. Thus the necessity of using several text-books is obviated.

The exercises, for the most part translations of our best English poems, have been carefully chosen with a view to help the student to appreciate more fully the masterpieces of our own language. For it is the experience of all teachers that careful drilling in versification is the best instrument for the development of the powers of thought-reception and thought-expression in the pupil.

At the beginning of each section of this work will be found a carefully prepared "model exercise" in the species of verse practised in that part. It will be of value to both the professor and students in

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