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CHAPTERS

ON

EARLY ENGLISH LITERATURE.

CHAPTERS

ON

EARLY ENGLISH LITERATURE.

BY

J. H. HIPPISLEY, Esq. M.A.

“ Not for the lerid bot for the lewed.”

PROLOGUB TO BRUNNE'S TRANSLATION OF PIERS LANGTOFT.

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HARVARD COLLEGE

LIBRARY

LONDON: BRADBURY AND EVANS, PRINTERS,

WHITEPRIARS.

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INTRODUCTION.

It is felt by the writer of the following chapters, that some apology may be required for a publication on subjects which have engaged the attention of many able authors, as well of the present, as of the preceding age. The choice of so beaten a track, necessarily implies one of two intentions ; either that of supplying the deficiencies of previous writers, or that of selecting from well-known works, such matter as may lead the minds of those who have less leisure than inclination for the study of literary history, to a consideration of some of the more material topics which the pursuit may offer to them. This little work, undertaken with the latter object only, necessarily assumes, in some

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