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MORE than twenty years ago the author of this work was invited to deliver, professionally, a Course of Lectures on English Literature. The lectures then prepared, with such additions and corrections as successive years of investigation and study naturally suggested, have since been annually repeated. In preparing them for the press the author has availed himself of every assistance that other publications on kindred subjects afford. In investigating the literature of the Saxons he has derived much assistance from Wright's Anglo-Saxon Period of British Literature, and Thorp's Edition of Cædmon; and in the period that immediately follows the Saxon, Ellis's Metrical Romances, and Wright's Lyric Poetry and Political Songs of the Reign of Edward I. have been of equal service. To Godwin's Life of Chaucer he also acknowledges himself particularly indebted.

After the age of Chaucer the exposition of English Literature is so full, and the expositors are so numerous, that in the selection of authorities, both judgment and discretion were required. The works to which the author is here most indebted, are Warton's History of English Poetry, Percy's Reliques of English Poetry, Hazlitt's Lectures on the Age of Elizabeth, the Lectures of Dr. Drake, Bale's Account of the Lives of Eminent Writers of Great Britain, Burnett's Specimens of English Prose Writers, Hallam's Literature of the Fifteenth, Sixteenth, and Seventeenth centuries, and Chambers' Cyclopaedia of English Literature. He has also made liberal use of various articles in the Edinburgh and other Reviews, and has, as occasion required, freely consulted the Biographia Britannica

Literaria. With aids so abundant, the author has still, in no instance, sacrificed his own judgment to the opinion of others; but has endeavored, in all cases, to present such views of the Literature and Literary Men of Great Britain and Ireland, as truth and justice seemed to require: aiming, throughout, to leave a correct impression of the moral influence which the life of each author, and each work noticed, is calculated to produce. He can not, however, withhold an expression of the deep solicitude with which he offers so important a production to the public; and in the language used by Burke under similar circumstances, he would desire one favor, that no part of this work may be judged of by itself, and independently of the rest; for he is sensible he has not disposed his materials to abide the test of a captious controversy, but of a sober and even forgiving examination; that they are not armed at all points for battle, but dressed to visit those who are willing to give a peaceful entrance to truth.'

GLOBE HOTEL, BROOKLYN,

AUGUST, 1851.

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ALFRIC.....
ANCRUM, EARL OF...
ASCHAM, ROGER..
AYTON, Sir RORERT.

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BACON, Roger. BACON, Sir FRANCIS. BAKER, Sir RICHARD. BALE, JOHN. BARBOUR, Joun. BARCLAY, ALEXANDER . BARNFIELD, RICHARD. BEAUMONT, Sir JOHN BEAUMONT, FRANCIS. BEDE BELLENDEN, John. BERNERS, LORD. BEVERLY, JOHN OF. BLIND HARRY ..., BOTEVILLE, FranCIS. BOURD, ANDREW... BRETON, NICHOLAS.. BROME, RICHARD..... BROWNE, WILLIAM... BROWNE, SIR THOMAS. BUCHANAN, GEORGE.... BUCKINGHAM, DUKE OP.... BURLEIGA, LORD.. BURTON, ROBERT BUTLER, SAMUEL..

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CALDERWOOD, David..
CANDEN, WILLIAM ...
CAREW, THOMAS..
CARTWRIGHT, William.
CAVENDISH, GEORGE.
CAXTON, WILLIAM...
CHALKHILL, John..
CHAMBERLAYNE, WILLIAM
CHAPLAIN, JOHN THE...
CHAPMAN, GEORGE..
CHAUCER, GEOFFREY.
CHEKE, SIR JOHN.
CHETTLE, HENRY
CAILLINGWORTH, WILLIAM..
CLEVELAND, John...
COLUMBANUS, Sr..
CONSTABLE, HENRY
COOKE, GEORGE....
CORBET, RICHARD...

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26 COTTON, SIR ROBERT...
29 COTTON, CHARLES.
256 COVERDALE, Miles.
139 COWLEY, ABRAHAM..
255 Caur DE LION, RICHARD.
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RICHARD....
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385 DANIEL, SAMUEL
418 DAVENANT, Sir William.
122 DAVIES, Sir John.
60 Davis, JOHN........
116 DAY, John.
157 DEKKER, THOMAS.
193 | DENHAM, Sir John.
328 DONNE, JOHN....

25 DORSET, Earl OF...
135 DOUGLAS, GAVIN,
134 DRAYTON, MICHAEL.

24 DRUMMOND, WILLIAM.
64 DRYDEN, JOHN..
395 DUNBAR, WILLIAM.

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153 EARLE, John....
358 EDWARDS, Richard..
203 | ELIZABETH, QUEEN.
462 Elyor, Sir THOMAS..
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560 FABIAN, Robert..
367 FAIRFAX, EDWARD.
429 FANSHAWE, Sır RICHARD.
500 FELTHAM, Owen....,

Field, NATHANIEL..
22 FISCHER, Joun..
466 FLETCHER, PHINEAS.
410 FLETCHER, GILES.
197 FORTESCUE, SIR JOHN..
233 FORD, JOHN....
133 Fox, John..
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219 GAUDEN, John...
515 GILDAS....

85 GLAPTHORNE, HENRY.
341 GLOUCESTER, ROBERT OF.

44 Gower, John..
136 GRAFTON, RICHARD.....
282 GREENE, ROBERT..
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235 HABINGTON, WILLIAM..
21 HAKLUYT, Richard.
154 Hales, John...
357 Hall, EDWARD..
190 | Hall, JOSEPH.

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JOHNSTON, DOCTOR ARTHUR
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181 OssiaN..

395 OVERBURY, Sir Thomas..
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70 PEELE, George...

209 Philips, KATHERINE.

409 POMERET, JOHN

423 PRIOR, MATTHEW.

212 PURCHAS, SAMUEL.

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266 QUARLES, FRANCIS..

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419 RALEIGH, Sir WALTER...

395 RANDOLPH, THOMAS.

378 | ROCHESTER, EARL OF.

395 ROLLE, RICHARD...

405 RosCOMMON, EARL OF
249 ROWLEY, William...

RYCHARDES, THOMAS..

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253 SackvilLE, THOMAS,..

261 SANDYS, George.
313 Scot, ALEXANDER.

SEDLEY, Sir Charles

274 ) SELDEN, JOHN..

205 SHAKSPEARE, WILLIAM,

416 SHIRLEY, JAMES.

465 | SIDNEY, Sir Philip

SKELTON, John..

262 SOUTHWELL, ROBERT

43 SPEED, JOHN.

119 SPELMAN, SIR HENRY

32 SPENS, Sir PATRICK..

132 SPENSER, EDMUND.

466 | SPOTISWOOD, JOHN.

403 STANLEY, THOMAS.

279 STIRLING, EARL OF..

237 STILL, Joun....

85 Stow, JOHN..

271 SUCKLING, SIR JOIN.
79 SURREY, EARL OF....

Swift, JONATHAN...
246 SYLVESTER, Joshua.

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283 TAYLOR, JEREMY.....

351 TAYLOR, ROBERT.

517 TOURNEUR, Cyril..

352 TUSSER, THOMAS..

414 | TYNDALE, WILLIAM..

466

348 | USHER, JAMES.

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42 VAUGHAN, HENRY.....

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112 Wace, Maister..

282 WALLER, EDMUND,

WEBSTER, JOHN.

358 | WICKLIFFE, JOHN.
275 Wilson, Thomas.

21 Wilson, ARTHUR.
532 WITHER, GEORGE..
268 WOTTON, SIR HENRY..

WYATT, SIR THOMAS.
85 | WYNTOUN, ANDREW

NABBES, THOMAS...
Nash, Thomas.
NENNIUS..
NEWCASTLE, DUCHESS OF..
NORTON, THOMAS

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