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DAVID MASSON, M.A., LL.D.,
HISTORIOGRAPHER ROYAI. FOR SCOTLAND,
PROFESSOR OF RHETORIC AND ENGLISH LITERATURE IN THE
UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH.
THE MINOR POEMS.
MACMILLAN AND CO., LIMITED
PR 3550 A2 igio
First Edition 1874, “Golden Treasury Series,” 2 zols. (Pott svo)
Second Edition 1882, 3 vols. (Foolscap 8vo)
THE Golden Treasury Edition of Milton's Poetical Works having been for some time out of print, the present edition is substituted, as perhaps more conveniently intermediate in form between the Globe Edition and the large Cambridge Edition. Certain other changes have been permitted by this change of form. The chronological arrangement of the Poems has been adopted, as having some advantages. Volume I. contains all the Minor Poems; Volume II. contains Paradise Lost by itself; and Paradise Regained and Samson Agonistes follow in Volume III. The Editorial matter is also considerably more extensive and varied than in the Golden Treasury Edition. The Memoir has been revised, and in part rewritten; the Introductions have received some correction; a substantial addition, likely to be useful to students, is inserted in Volume III., in the shape of an abridgment of an Essay on Milton's English and Versification, hitherto accessible only in the Cambridge Edition; and the Notes are more numerous and minute, and include the Latin Poems as well as the English. It is hoped that the distribution of the merely editorial matter in such a way as to leave the text itself always full-paged and undisturbed, the bibliographical and historical Introductions preceding the Poems severally, and the philological Essay and explanatory Notes coming together at the end,—will be agreeable to most readers. It is also hoped that the text and the punctuation of the Poems will be found not less accurate than in the former editions ; for which they were carefully prepared by study and collation of the originals.