Spenser's Minor Poems

Spenser's Minor Poems

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Spenser's Minor Poems

Spenser's Minor Poems

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The aim of this volume is to present a trustworthy text of the Minor Poems of Spenser, based upon a collation of the editions published in the poet's lifetime with the Folio of 1611. As in Mr. J. C. Smith edition of The Faerie Queene, to which this book is the companion volume, certain typographical peculiarities of the Quartos--long s, &, ô, superscribed m and n (e.g. frõ, whẽ)-- are not reproduced, and the frequent practice in the Epistle and Glosses of The Shepheardes Calender of beginning a sentence with a small letter has been ignored; but with these exceptions every deviation from the text of the first editions has been recorded in the footnotes.

The variations to be found in other Quartos, and in the Folio, are not so fully recorded; but every verbal change is noted, and any of those changes in spelling or punctuation which seem really significant, or bear upon the relation of the different Quartos and the Folio to one another. To have presented a full variorum edition would, it is believed, be of far less value to the student; for the accumulation of an immense mass of orthographical variants, such as 'delights' and 'delightes', 'everye' 'everie' and 'every', 'forgetfulnes' and 'forgetfulnesse', would have hidden from the reader's eye, not only many that are of real interest, but . . .

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