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OF THE WORKS OF
ENGLISH AND AMERICAN AUTHORS,
COLLECTED AND ANNOTATED BY
Fellow of the Royal Geographical, and Royal Historical Societies;
Author of "A History of National Patriotic Songs,' " "A Memoir of George Cruikshank,"
BALLADES, RONDEAUS, VILLANELLES, TRIOLETS.
NURSERY RHYMES AND CHILDREN'S SONGS.
PARODIES AND POEMS IN PRAISE OF TOBACCO.
SLANG, FLASH, AND CANT SONGS.
Bibliography of Parody, and Dramatic Burlesques
SOME things are very good, pick out the best,
Good wits compiled them, and I wrote the rest;
If thou dost buy it, it will quit the cost,
Read it, and all thy labour is not lost.
JOHN TAYLOR, the Water Poet.
REEVES & TURNER, 196, STRAND, LONDON, W.C.
T is now a little more than six years since this publication was commenced, and the completion of the Sixth Volume enables me to say that nearly every Parody of literary merit, or importance, has been mentioned in its pages, whilst some thousands of the best have been given in full.
To form such a collection required not only an intimate knowledge of English Poetical Literature, but involved the reference to many very rare and scarce books, English, American, and Colonial.
I beg to offer my sincere thanks to the Authors who kindly permitted their copyright poems to be inserted in this volume, particularly to F. Locker-Lampson, Esq., and G. R. Sims, Esq., as well as to the following gentlemen, for copies of Parodies and other information they have afforded-Messrs. Cuthbert Bede, G. H. Brierley, of Cardiff; F. W. Crawford, T. F. Dillon Croker, Frank Howell, J. H. Ingram, Walter Parke, F. B. Perkins, of San Francisco; C. H, Stephenson, C. H. Waring, and Gleeson White.
In nearly every case the permission of the authors has been obtained for the re-publication of their Parodies; in the few instances where this was not done, it was owing to the impossibility of finding the author's address,
During the progress of the work, some further Parodies appeared of Authors already dealt with, it is proposed to include these in a supplementary volume, which will be published at some future date.
It is believed that the ample Bibliographical information relating to Parodies and Burlesques contained in this volume will be specially useful to Librarians, Managers of Penny Readings, and Professors of Elocution.
Editors of Provincial Papers who offer prizes for Literary compositions should be on their guard against unscrupulous persons who copy Parodies from this Collection, and send them in as original compositions.
In much of the compilation, and especially those portions requiring the exercise of taste, and in the somewhat dreary process of proof reading, I have been greatly assisted by my wife, whose cheerful co-operation in all my labours adds just the zest which renders Life worth living.
Whilst bidding my subscribers Farewell, I wish to add that the subject of Parodies will continue to engage my attention, and that I shall always be grateful for any information, or examples, that may be sent to me, addressed to the care of Messrs. Reeves and Turner.
The Authors of the original poems are arranged in alphabetical order; the titles