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SELECTED FROM THE BEST SONGS AND LYRICAL
AND ARRANGED WITH NOTES
FRANCIS T. PALGRAVE
LATE PROFESSOR OF POETRY IN THE UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD
REVISED AND ENLARGED
NEW YORK: THE MACMILLAN COMPANY
THE NEW YORK
AS "OR, LE "X ANS
1894, 1896, 1897, 1898, 1900, 1901, 1902. Crown 8vo Edition 1890.
This book in its progress has recalled often to my memory a man with whose friendship we were once honoured, to whom no region of English Literature was unfamiliar, and who, whilst rich in all the noble gifts of Nature, was most eniinently distinguished by the noblest and the ražest, -just-judgment and high hearted patriotism. It would have been hence a peculiar pleasure and pride to delicate wast, I have endeavoured to make a true national Anéhoingy of three centuries to Henry Hallam. But he is beyond the reach of any human tokens of love and reverence ; and I desire therefore to place before it a name united with his by associations which, while Poetry retains her hold on the minds of Englishmen, are not likely to be forgotten.
Your encouragement, given while traversing the wild scenery of Treryn Dinas, led me to begin the work; and it has been completed under your advice and assistance. For the favour now asked I have thus a second reason : and to this I may add, the homage which is your right as Poet, and the gratitude due to a Friend, whose regard I rate at no common value.
Permit me then to inscribe to yourself a book which, I hope, may be found by many a lifelong fountain of innocent and exalted pleasure ; a source of animation to friends when they meet; and able to sweeten solitude itself with best society,-with the companionship of the wise and the good, with the beauty which the eye cannot see, and the music only heard in silence. If this Collection proves a storehouse of delight to Labour and to Poverty,-if it teaches those indifferent to the Poets to love them, and those who love them to love them more, the aim and the desire entertained in framing it will be fully accomplished.