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534.510.150 Dept. of Education Library
MAY 31 1913
COPYRIGHT, 1909, BY
In this edition of The Traveller and The Deserted Village an attempt has been made to view the problem of annotation from two standpoints that of the teacher and that of the pupil. No edition can take the place of an earnest teacher, and the editor assumes at the outset that every teacher will interpret what is said about method to suit his own ideas and local conditions.
There has been no attempt to adhere exactly to the text of any special edition of either poem, though the text of The Traveller, aside from certain alterations in punctuation and spelling, and the writing out in full of final "ed," is that of the ninth edition, published in 1774; while the text of The Deserted Village follows much more closely that of the fifth edition, published in 1770.
The editor is, of course, under very definite obligations to preceding editions of Goldsmith's poems, though he has taken care to acknowledge such obligations wherever the matter quoted did not seem common property. For many helpful suggestions the editor's special thanks are extended to Miss Harriet Day, A. B., Associate Teacher of English in the Cortland, N. Y., Normal School; to Samuel E. Weber, Ph. D., High School Superintendent of Louisiana; and to Mr. Frederick H. Law, Head of the Department of English in the Stuyvesant High School, N. Y. City.