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REV. GEORGE CRABBE:
HIS LETTERS AND JOURNALS,
AND HIS LIFE,
BY HIS SON.
IN EIGHT VOLUMES.
JOHN MURRAY, ALBEMARLE STREET.
This volume opens with the Dedication prefixed to that collection of Poems, by Mr. Crabbe, which appeared in 1807; and which included “ The Library,” originally published in 1781. “ The Village,” in 1783; and “ The Newspaper,” in 1785; — together with four then new poems; viz., “ The Parish Register,” “ The Birth of Flattery,” “ Sir Eustace Grey,” and
The Hall of Justice.” The Author's Preface to the same collection, of 1807, is next given; and then follow the Poems which it embraced ; now for the first time arranged in the order in which they were written.
The original draft of “ The Library,” as first shown to Mr. Burke, has been found among Mr. Crabbe's MSS., and the various readings supplied from this and other sources, together with explanatory matter of different kinds, are appended to the present pages in notes distinguished by brackets.
In imitation of the example given by Sir Walter Scott, in the collective edition of his Poetical Works, an Appendix is added to this volume, containing various juvenile Poems by Mr. Crabbe, some from his MSS., others from two anonymous publications which have now become extremely scarce. These early essays cannot detract from the fame of his maturer productions; and illustrating, as they do, in a striking manner, the progress of the Author's taste and talents, they may furnish both encouragement and warning to the young aspirant in the art of poetry. They are, however, chiefly valuable for the light which they throw on the personal character of the author himself; the purification of his heart from youthful errors under the influence of virtuous love, and an awakened sense of religious obligation ; and the struggles of his mind during the period of what, like Dr. Johnson, he calls his distress.”
February 10. 1834.