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ENGLISH LITERATURE.

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PREFACE

TO

THE FOURTH EDITION.

CONSIDERABLE additions have been made in the prior, or ] rical, portion of this work, particularly in the Norman Pe Among these are :-A view of the legend of St. Graal, a its incorporation in the cycle of Arthurian Romance 54-61); notices of Wireker and Richard of Bury; and a account of the earliest English remains, in poetry and 1 such as the verses of St. Godric (p. 46), “The Owl and Nightingale' (p. 74), the rhythmic gospels of Ormin (p and the 'Ancren Riwle' (p. 75). In the chapter on the “] English Period,' a separate notice of Alliterative Poems (p from the thirteenth to the sixteenth century, has been i

and the review of Chaucer's works (pp. 88–122 been re-cast and largely extended. In the following ch the notices of Hawes, Lyndsay, Colet, and More have enlarged, and new articles added on Warham, Tyndale, &c. the chapter on the ' Elizabethan Period,' I have endeavour do more justice to the genius of Sidney (pp. 186 and 217) have added more detailed notices (199-208) of Shaks] various plays than had been given in former editions. I

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