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Educ T 809.660.44.1

Harvard University,

Dest. of Education Library
TO SERRED TO
MALVARS COLLEGE LIBRARY,

1932
ENGLISH CLASSICS.

EDITED BY WM. J. ROLFE, Litt. D.
Illustrated 16mo, Cloth, 56 cents per volume ; Paper, 40 cents per volume.

SHAKESPEARE's Works.
The Merchant of Venice.

Richard III.
Othello.

Henry VIII.
Julius Cæsar.

King Lear.
A Midsummer Night's Dream. The Taming of the Shrew.
Macbeth.

All 's Well that Ends Well.
Hamlet.

Coriolanus.
Much Ado about Nothing.

The Comedy of Errors.
Romeo and Juliet.

Cymbeline.
As You Like It.

Antony and Cleopatra.
The Tempest.

Measure for Measure.
Twelfth Night.

Merry Wives of Windsor.
The Winter's Tale.

Love's Labour's Lost.
King John.

Two Gentlemen of Verona.
Richard II.

Timon of Athens.
Henry IV. Part I.

Troilus and Cressida.
Henry IV. Part II.

Pericles, Prince of Tyre.
Henry V.

The Two Noble Kinsmen.
Henry VI. Part I.

Venus and Adonis, Lucrece, etc.
Henry VI. Part II.

Sonnets.
Henry VI. Part III.

Titus Andronicus.

GOLDSMITH'S SELECT POEMS. BROWNING'S SELECT POEMS.
GRAY'S SELECT POEMS.

BROWNING's SELECT DRAMAS.
MINOR POEMS OF JOHN MILTON. MACAULAY'S LAYS OF ANCIENT ROME

WORDSWORTH'S SELECT POEMS.

Published by HARPER & BROTHERS, New York.
F The above works are for sale by all booksellers, or t'iey will be sent by
HARPER & BROTHERS to any address on vereipt of price as quoted if
ordered sent by mail, 10 per cent. should be added to the price to cover cost
of postage.

Copyright, 1886, by Harper & BROTHERS.

PRE FACE.

The publishers have desired that this book should be included in the series of “English Classics” edited by me, and that my name should be put first on the title-page ; but I may say here in the preface that the better part-in every sense of the work has been done by Miss Hersey, who knows tenfold more about Browning than I do. She originated the plan, selected the poems, prepared the Introduction, and wrote more than half of the notes. I have carefully collated the earlier and later texts of the poems (see especially the various readings of The Lost Leader, Childe Roland, and Pippa Passes, none of which appear in their later form in the American editions), and have revised and filled out the Notes.

We have worked together in putting the results of our individual labors in shape for the press; and we venture to hope that the book is the better for having two editors instead of one. We are more confident of the excellence of choice and arrangement in the text than of the wisdom and completeness of the annotations. In the latter, however, we trust that at least we have not merited the scathing reminder of Browning's own lines in Master Hugues of Saxe-Gotha :

“So we o'ershroud stars and roses,
Cherub and trophy and garland;
Nothings grow something which quietly closes
Heaven's earnest eye: not a glimpse of the far land
Gets through our comments and glozes.”

W. J. R. CAMBRIDGE, July 28, 1886.

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