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PRINTED FOR PETER EROWN, 37, NICOLSON

STREET; WILLIAM HUNTER, 23, HANOVER
STREET ; AND OGLE, DUNCAN AND CO.
PATERNOSTER ROW, LONDON.

1823.

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PREFACE.

ALTHOUGH the title of this work sufficiently explains its object, we may be permitted to say, that we conceive its plan has novelty enough to exempt it from the charge of being a downright redundancy, in a market already pretty well stocked.

Although the art of clipping out books, and cabbaging thoughts, has now arrived at great perfection, we yet consider a Dictionary of Detached Passages, from the inexhaustible treasury of the British Poets, as somewhat of a new clip, and that we are consequently entitled to the saine privilege which every ingenious tailor enjoys on a similar occasion.

We do not mean to puff, but we hereby challenge any bookseller, to show us half as much good poetry (always excepting his own publica tions) in any work three times the size and three times the price; we therefore heartily

recommend this Dictionary as the best pennyworth of poetry now extant.

We have only further to observe, that nothing has been admitted, which has a tendency to offend decency or injure morality; and we have been fully as studious to select those passages which

convey some solid in. struction, as those that are merely addressed to the fancy. Indeed, he must know little of the vigorous nerve and intellectual grasp of our great English poets, who is not aware that, while they throw “ the drapery of a moral imagination over our poor shivering nature," they have sung as many great truths

others have said, and with a felicity and energy peculiar to themselves. In our selections, we have paid more attention to the sterling character of the poetry than to the triteness of the quotation ; our squeamish reader must not therefore turn away, if he should meet " Thé curfew tolls," To be or not to be," and many more of his school companions.

These Quotations may, then, with perfect safety, and some profit, be put into the hands of our youth; they may even refresh the memory of the old ; and they may perhaps be not altogether unprofitable to those misses and misters, who, smit with the love of song

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and their own pretty fancies, mistake the Rez" fury of a diseased appetite for the flame of

genius, and plunge incontinently into a sea of ink, where, after floundering about, and

making the most indecent exposures, they Dory either sink outright, or are rescued by the

humane efforts of their friends, and restored to the rank of sober citizens.

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