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The quotations from Shakespeare, Milton, and Pope, are made on a principle that will probably commend itself to all. To have quoted the passages in full would have taken up a large part of the volume. To omit all quotations from them was impossible.
Though this volume contains upwards of six hundred extracts from more than two hundred and fifty authors, admirers of particular writers will probably feel disappointed that some of their favourite passages are not here given. The fact is, it would have been easier to fill many volumes than one. Selection and omission have been the most difficult part of the editor's task.
It will be carefully noted that, as in the preceding volume, the works of living authors are not included; nor are those of American writers.
The Editor desires to add that for the Notes on pages 65, 68, 70, 78, 81, 86, 202, 205, 220, 222, 238, 309, 310, 311, 338, 357, 365, 368, 372, 426, 427, 435, 445, 504, as well as for several important Extracts, he is indebted to DEMAUS's Class Book of English Prose, and SCRYMGEOUR's Poetry and Poets of Britain, -both admirable works of their class, published by A. and C. Black, Edinburgh.
The references in italics, within parentheses, at the commencement of each section, thus (Handbook, par. 7), direct the reader to those paragraphs in The Handbook of English Literature which give the history and criticise the writings of the author from whom the passage is taken.
5. LAWS OF EDGar and Canute, 959-
23. SATIRICAL POETRY.
8. THE BATTLE OF MALDON, 993,
10. CYNEWULF, d. 1008.
52. RICHARD EDWARDS and LORD VAUX,
Sir Hudibras and his accom-
§ 3. FROM THE RESTORATION TO THE DEATH OF WILLIAM III.
109. SAMUEL BUTLER, 1612-1680.
117. ALGERNON SIDNEY, 1621-1684.