The Works of Henry Vaughan - Vol. 1

The Works of Henry Vaughan - Vol. 1

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The Works of Henry Vaughan - Vol. 1

The Works of Henry Vaughan - Vol. 1

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These volumes are intended to supply the need for an accurate text of Henry Vaughan’s works, preserving the essential features of the original editions. Long f’ and such purely typographical devices as ũ’ for um’, VV’ for W’, have been discarded; errors of spacing, wrong founts, and turned letters have been silently corrected; otherwise all departures from the original texts are recorded in the foot-notes.

Different copies of each of the early issues have been collated with one another, and the early texts with modern editions. I have made no attempt, however, to record all the modern variants, which have often arisen from disregard of seventeenth-century usage, or sometimes even from insufficient scrutiny of the original texts. But the more important readings and conjectures of Vaughan’s editors have been noted. Differences of punctuation, but not of spelling, in the small portions of Vaughan’s works that were printed twice during the seventeenth century are also recorded.

I have altered the punctuation in a few places, where it seemed to me that inconvenience would have been given to a contemporary reader; but I have altered it with a respect for seventeenth-century conventions, and as seldom as possible. Thus, I have purposely left untouched the numerous instances in the poems (and particularly in Silex Scintillans) where, at the end of a line, the comma or . . .

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