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Selections from Chaucer to Herrick
WITH INTRODUCTIONS AND NOTES
ROSALINE ORME MASSON
AND A GENERAL PREFACE BY
DAVID MASSON, M. A., LL.D.
MACMILLAN AND CO.
NEXT to the Newspaper, the Novel supplies for most people, in these busy days, the reading they want. It is a sign of wider culture, or of larger leisure, when "the last new book," of whatever kind, is in request, and so a poem, a biography, a book of travels, a history, or even a speculative treatise, has its turn with the novel of highest recent repute. Amid such variety a reader may find plenty of excellent literary stimulus and entertainment without going beyond the present. It is to be hoped, however, that readings in our older English classics have not yet gone wholly out of fashion. Especially it is to be hoped that there are still lovers of that older English poesy of which Keats wrote in his ecstasy,—
"Has she not shown us all,
From the clear space of ether to the small
Of harmony to where it aye will poise
Its mighty self of convoluting sound,
In strict prose this metrical estimate may need abatement.