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THE

ENGLISH PARNASSUS

AN ANTHOLOGY OF LONGER POEMS

WITH INTRODUCTION AND NOTES

DY

W. MACNEILE DIXON

PROFESSOR OF ENGLISH LITERATURE IX THE UNIVERSITY
OF GLASGOW

AND

H. J. C. GRIERSON

CHALMERS PROFESSOR OF ENGLISH LITERATURE IS THE
UNIVERSITY OF ARERDEEN



OXFORD

AT THE CLARENDON PRESS

1909



HENRY FROWDE, M.A.

PUBLISHER TO THE UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD

LONDON, EDINBURGH, NEW YORK

TORONTO AND MELBOURNE



PREFACE

The intention of the editors, which was to avoid selec-
tions, and to include in this Anthology only complete poems,
exactly as they were given to the world by their authors, will
appear in three instances to be violated. The first sestiad of
Hero and Leander is here printed but not the second, the
third and fourth cantos of Childe Harold without those
that preceded them, and several passages from Wordsworth
which are to be found in the Prelude. In Marlowe's case,
since the author himself left his poem uncompleted, the
editors have ventured to omit that portion which is per-
haps not so well suited to modern taste ; the third and
fourth cantos of Childe Harold are included since they
compose a poem wholly distinct from the first and second,
written after an interval of years, and in a high degree
characteristic of Byron in the maturity of his genius.
The passages from Wordsworth were printed by the poet
himself as separate poems before they were incorporated
into his longer philosophical work.

Though a glossary has been provided for the use of
the general reader no explanatory notes have been added
to the texts. It was not the intention of the editors to
supersede the work of the teacher, nor to supply such
easily obtained information as is generally to be found
in the annotated editions of single texts. Their purpose
in this volume was rather to afford both teachers and
students the opportunity for the comparative study of

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iv PREFACE

poetry belonging to different periods and different types.
The condensed, somewhat informal, historical and critical
notes are naturally far from exhaustive. They suggest
merely a few problems of literary interest, raise in the
case of each author a few points for consideration or dis-
cussion, and attempt briefly to indicate the position of
a poet or poem in the historical development of English
literature. The texts are printed from the most authori-
tative versions available, and with as little alteration
of spelling and punctuation as was possible. For the
text of Chaucer the editors are indebted, and desire to
express their gratitude, to Professor Skeat. In printing
Burns, the poet's own spelling and italics, with which
considerable liberties have often been taken, are restored.
Burns's spelling, when phonetic, is a clue to his pronuncia-
tion, and his italics were frequently intended to indicate
emphasis.

In the case of Tennyson, Browning, Arnold, and Fitz-
gerald, considerations of copyright have excluded the
use of some later emendations. The editors especially
regret that they are unable to print the fuller and more
finished version of Omar Khayyam. But the present
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