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The present selection from the prose works of Lord Byron has been made with the double end, of bringing together what is best in his writings, and of excluding every syllable which could give offence to the most sensitive mind., The largest portion of the extracts are not “ Beauties” in the strictest sense of the term. They comprehend all the passages which seemed likely to be of interest when separated from the context, whatever the nature of that interest might be—whether incidents in the life of the poet, sketches of character, strokes of humour, criticism, anecdotes, or reflections. The selections are mostly arranged in a biographical order, without regard to the period of their production, though, in the majority of instances, the two dates coincide. Where there is a departure from the rule, it is for the purpose of grouping together the extracts which relate to the same subject.

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