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THOMAS OLIPHANT, Esq.,
HONORARY SECRETARY TO THE MADRIGAL SOCIETY.
"Go, silly book, to subtle world,
"And forward pass, and do not turn
66 Again to my disgrace."
Thos. Churchyard, A.D. 1578.
CALKIN AND BUDD,
BOOKSELLERS TO HER MAJESTY AND THE ROYAL FAMILY,
118, PALL MALL.
SIR JOHN LEMAN ROGERS, BART.,
OF BLACHFORD, IN THE COUNTY OF DEVON,
THE MADRIGAL SOCIETY.
"I was aye telling you
"Auld sangs would ding* the new."
(Scottish Ballad of" Luckie Nancie ".)
My dear Sir John,
WHEN I look back upon the few
years that have elapsed since first I had the pleasure of "conferring our notes together" at the meetings of the Madrigal Society, I am almost surprised to find how soon our predictions with regard to the superior merits of "auld sangs over new have been verified.
At our private meetings, few except members could have an opportunity of hearing Madrigals;