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ADVERTISEMENT.

It will be observed that, in the specimens given of the earlier poets, the spelling has been modernised on the principle which has been so generally approved in its application to the text of Chaucer and of Spenser.

On a further examination of the material for Specimens and Memoirs of the less-known British Poets, it has been deemed advisable to devote three volumes to this résumé, and merely to give extracts from Cowley, instead of following out the arrangement proposed when the issue for this year was announced. In this space it has been found possible to present the reader with specimens of almost all those authors whose writings were at any period esteemed. The series will thus be rendered more perfect, and will include the complete works of the authors whose entire writings are by a general verdict regarded as worthy of preservation; together with representations of the style, and brief notices of the poets who have, during the progress of our literature, occupied a certain rank, but whose popularity and importance have in a great measure passed.

It is confidently hoped that the arrangements now made will give a completeness to the First Division of the Library Edition of the British Poets—from Chaucer to Cowper—which will be acceptable and satisfactory to the general reader.

EDINBURGH, July 1860.

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SIR WALTER RALEIGH . . . . . . .

145

The Country's Recreations.

. . . . . . 153

The Silent Lover, .

A Vision upon The Fairy Queen'

155

Love admits no Rival . . .

156

Joshua SYLVESTER

157

To Religion.

158

On Man's Resemblance to God

159

The Chariot of the Sun . .

RICHARD BARNFIELD

.... . . . . . . . . . 162

Address to the Nightingale. .

162

ALEXANDER HUME

164

Thanks for a Summer's Day .

165

OTHER SCOTTISH POETS . . . . . . . . . . 171

SAMUEL DANIEL . . .

Richard II., the morning before his Murder in Pomfret Castle

173

Early Love . .

175

Selections from Sonnets . .

175

SIR JOHN DAVIES . . .

. . . . . 177

Introduction to the Poem on the Soul of Man

The Self-subsistence of the Soul

182

Spirituality of the Soul . . .

186

. . . .

GILES FLETCHER . . . . . . .

. . . . 190

The Nativity

. . . . 191

Song of Sorceress seeking to tempt Christ .

. . . . . . 193

Close of Christ's Victory and Triumph' , ..

194

John DONNE

201

Holy Sonnets

204

The Progress of the Soul . .

. . . 212

MICHAEL DRAYTON

Description of Morning .

EDWARD FAIRFAX . . .

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Olim . . . . . . . . 234

Rinaldo at Mount Olivet . .

235

SIR HENRY WOTTON . . .

243

Farewell to the Vanities of the World

A Meditation . . . . .

RICHARD CORBET · · · · .• . . . . . 246

Dr Corbet's Journey into France . . . . . . . 247

BEN JONSON . . . . . . . . . . . . . 253

Epitaph on the Countess of Pembroke . . . . . . 254

The Picture of the Body .

254

To Penshurst .

255

To the Memory of my beloved Master, William Shakspeare, and what

he hath left us .

258

On the Portrait of Shakspeare . . . . . . . . 261

VERE, STORRER, &c. . . . . . . . . . . . 261

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