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This volume opens with the Dedication prefixed to that collection of Poems, by Mr. Crabbe, which appeared in 1807; and which included “ The Library," originally published in 178); “ The Village,” in 1783; and “ The Newspaper,” in 1785; — together with four then new poems; viz., “ The Parish Register,” “ The Birth of Flattery,” “. Sir Eustace Grey," and « The Hall of Justice." The Author's Preface to the same collection, of 1807, is next given; and then follow the Poems which it embraced ; now for the first time arranged in the order in which they were written.
The original draft of “ The Library,” as first. shown to Mr. Burke, has been found among Mr. Crabbe's MSS., and the various readings supplied from this and other sources, together with explanatory matter of different kinds, are appended to the present pages in notes distinguished by brackets.
In imitation of the example given by Sir
These early essays
February 10. 1894.