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Full many a glorious morning have I seen
Flatter the mountain tops with sovereign eye,
Kissing with golden face the meadows green,
Gilding pale streams with heavenly alchemy (Sonn. 33).

SHAKESPEARE'S SONNETS.

EDITED, WITH NOTES,

BY

WILLIAM J. ROLFE, LITT.D.,

FORMERLY HEAD MASTER OF THE HIGH SCHOOL, CAMBRIDGE, MASS.

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ENGLISH CLASSICS.

EDITED BY WM. J. ROLFE, A.M. Illustrated. 36mo, Cloth, 56 cents per volume; Paper, 40 cents per volume.

SHAKESPEARE's Works.
The Merchant of Venice.

The Taming of the Shrew.
Othello.

All's Well that Ends Well.
Julius Cæsar.

Coriolanus.
A Midsummer-Night's Dream. The Comedy of Errors.
Macbeth.

Cymbeline.
Hamlet.

Antony and Cleopatra.
Much Ado about Nothing.

Measure for Measure.
Romeo and Juliet.

Merry Wives of Windsor.
As You Like It.

Love's Labour's Lost.
The Tempest.

Two Gentlemen of Verona.
Twelfth Night.

Timon of Athens.
The Winter's Tale.

Troilus and Cressida.
King John.

Henry VI.

Part I.
Richard II.

Henry VI. Part II.
Henry IV. Part 1.

Henry VI. Part III.
Henry IV. Part II.

Pericles, Prince of Tyre.
Henry v.

The Two Noble Kinsmen.
Richard III.

Venus and Adonis, Lucrece, etc.
Henry VIII.

Sonnets.
King Lear.

Titus Andronicus.

GOLDSMITH's SELECT POEMS.

GRAY'S SELECT POEMS.

PUBLISHED BY HARPER & BROTHERS, New York. or Any of the above works will be sent by mail, postage prepaid, to any part

of the United States, on receipt of the price.

HARVARD
UNIVERSITY
LIBRARY
JUN 26 1953

Copyright, 1883, by Harper & BROTHERS.

PREFACE.

In this volume, as almost every page of the Introduction and the Notes bears witness, I have been under special obligations to Professor Dowden's excellent editions of the Sonnets. I have not, however, drawn at all from Part II. of the Introduction to his larger edition (see the footnote on p. II), which condenses into some seventy-five pages the entire literature of the Sonnets. For the critical student this careful résumé answers a double purpose : as a bibliography of the subject, directing him to the many books and papers that have been written upon the Sonnets, if he is moved to read any or all of them; and as a compact and convenient substitute for these books and papers, if he wants to know their gist and substance without the drudgery of wading through them. I doubt not that the majority of students will be thankful that Professor Dowden has relieved them of the drudgery by compressing many a dull volume or magazine article into a page or a paragraph.

I will only add that the text of the Sonnets, like that of the Poems, is given without omission or expurgation.

NOTE TO REVISED EDITION OF 1890. For new matter, giving the substance of the latest researches in the his. tory of the Sonnets, see “ Addenda,” p. 184 fol. Certain changes have also been made in the Introduction (pp. 10, 11, 12) and here and there in the Notes.

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