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EARLY ENGLISH LITERATURE.
J. H. HIPPISLEY, Esq. M.A.
“ Not for the lerid bot for the lewed.”
PROLOGUB TO BRUNNE'S TRANSLATION OF PIERS LANGTOFT.
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