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OF THE
TO WHICH IS PREFIXED

AN HISTORICAL SKETCH

OF THE

RISE AND PROGRESS

OF THE

ENGLISH POETRY AND LANGUAGE;

IN THREE vOLUMES.

BY GEORGE ELLIS, ESQ.

VOL. I.

LONDON:

FEINTED BY W. BULMEB AND CO.
FOR G. AND W. NICOL, BOOKSELLERS TO HIS
MAJESTY, PALL-MALL;
AND J.WRIGHT, PICCADILLY.

1801.

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PREFACE.

THE first edition of this Miscellany, which appeared in 1790, was intended as an attempt "to comprise, within the compass of one "volume, all the most beautiful small poems "that had been published in this country "during the sixteenth and seventeenth cen"turies;" but it was at the same time admitted, that " the completion of the publisher's "plan had been prevented by the difficulty of "procuring a sufficient stock of materials." This difficulty has been since removed, by the kind assistance of my friends; and the work in its present state contains a selection, made with some care and attention, from a considerable number of the best poetical

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