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PREFACE.

In presenting the following Selection as a “Love Gift” to the admirers of British Poetry, the Editor deems it unnecessary to offer an apology, or to state any particular reasons for its being at the present moment a candidate for popular favour. The work must speak for itself; and if it succeed in bringing into notice language and sentiments which are comparatively unknown, but which are at the same time calculated to soften the manners while they interest and improve the heart, the end contemplated will be fully realized.

“ All thoughts, all passions, all delights,

Whatever stirs this mortal frame
All, are but ministers of Love,
And feed his sacred flame."

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Song

WALLER Stanzas on Woman

GOLDSMITH. 30 Love

HENRY NEELE. 31 The Lock

MIDDLETON. 32 “ Meet me at Sunset”

A. A. WATTS. 33 Blushing

BULWER.

35 Ruth

HOOD.

36 To a Girdle

WALLER.

37 Innocence

HORNE.

38 The Primrose

CARBW.

38 Love Eternal

MARSTON.

39 “ Wake, 0 wake!”

DALE.

39 Happiness in the Golden Age T. B. SMITH. 41 Careless and Faithful Love

42 The Passionate Shepherd to bis Love

MARLOWE. 43 The Nymph's Reply

RALEIGH. Violets

LANDON.

46 Love in Absence

BARRY CORNWALL, 46 Love's Panegyrics

CHAPMAN. 49 From “ Psyche”

TIGHE.

50 Love's Power

LODGE

52 A Year Ago

LORD STRANGFORD. 53 Love's Excuse for Sadness BULWER.

54 The Shepherd to the Flowers RALEIGH.

55 Disinterested Love

SEDLEY.

57 A Love Song

LAN DON.

58 On Capid's Death and Burial in Castara's Cheek

HABINGTON, 59 Song

SUCKLING. 61 Sonnet

BARRY CORNWALL, 62

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