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[From a manuscript copy, in vellum, of the “Canterbury Tales," adorned

with marginal paintings, in the possession of the Marquis of Stafford.)

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NEW YORK:
D. APPLETON AND COMPANY,
90, 92 & 94 GRAND STREET.

1869.

FOLLIC LIBRARY
240 330

ASTOR, LENOX AND
TILDEN FOUNDATIONS

1901

E TERET), aocording to Actor*Cangress, in the year 1869, by

:D. APPLETAN:. co., In the Clerk's afice of the District Court of the United States for the

Soudor Bisting of New York.

PREFACE.

The writer, in the following Sketches of our best English Poets, from old Father Chaucer to the shortlived Burns, has attempted to interest the young student by making of each life a story as well as a lesson.

It has been her aini to introdace those men of genius familiarly to her readers, that they may shake hands as good friends through the medium of a book.

The style is intentionally informal and colloquial, in order to attract those who might neglect elaborate works on English Literature, and to lead them to a more thorough and extensive exploration in the same direction.

K. A. S.Orsis HANOVER, N. H., Seplember 10, 1868.

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