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Carly English Poets,
TO WHICH IS PREFIXED
AN HISTORICAL SKETCH
RISE AND PROGRESS
ENGLISH POETRY AND LANGUAGE;
IN THREE VOLUMES.
BY GEORGE ELLIS, ESQ.
PRINTED BY W. BULMER AND CO.
The first edition of this Miscellany, which appeared in 1790, was intended as an attempt “ to comprise, within the compass of one r 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