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3551 B87 1854

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WILLIAM WORDSWORTH AND ROBERT SOUTHEY

TIIS VOLUME

IS APPROPRIATELY DEDICATED.

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TO THE ORIGINAL EDITION.

To endeavour to remedy that which has been well denominated by the first literary authority in England, “a disgraceful defect in literature” – the want of such an edition, as, he flatters himself, the present will be found—to restore MILTON's lofty poems to their original purity; bringing them, by means of luminous critical and explanatory notes, within the comprehension of his humblest countrymen, and at a price which will enable all to become possessed of them in fine, to do justice to the fame of the greatest epic poet of any age or country, by removing the prejudices which party zeal and hate had heaped on his memory ;-was pronounced a bold, if not an impracticable undertaking. That the publisher has been enabled to achieve all this, and bring the work to a triumphant close (although at an outlay which must, in the event of failure, have been ruinous), will ever be to him a source of the proudest gratulation. That he has done so, he has the collective testimony of the press, without a single exception,---of an already extensive and daily increasing circulation,-of many distinguished friends, whose expressions of approbation, and still more substantial aid, he regrets he is not permitted to acknowledge more openly.

He takes, however, this opportunity of expressing his general obligations to his reviewers, as well as to those whose private applause is equally gratifying. To the venerable and highly-endowed Editor, Sir Egerton Brydges, for his unwearied labour, research, and assiduity to the Laureate, but for whose kindly encouragement and countenance, it is probable

the issue would not have been contemplated—to the classical taste and

research of Mr. James Boaden, by whom the text has been diligently

collated and revised from every existing edition, and whose critical

sagacity has enabled him to detect many glaring errors in the established

readings—to Mr. Allan Cunningham, for his pleasant traditionary notes

Comus."

With these advantages; enriched by all that scholarship, art, beauty
of materials, and elegance of exterior can bestow; this it may without
presumption be named) FIRST COMPLETE AND PERFECT EDITION OF
THE POETICAL WORKS OF MILTON is ushered to public approbation
and patronage.

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