The Poems of Richard Lovelace - Vol. 1

The Poems of Richard Lovelace - Vol. 1

The Poems of Richard Lovelace - Vol. 1

The Poems of Richard Lovelace - Vol. 1

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This edition of the poems of Richard Lovelace will supply no long-felt want, nor can it reason ably be claimed that Lucasta is one of the books

. . . . that have not attain'd
To the Platonick year, but wait their course,
And happy hour, to be reviv'd again.

Lovelace's best poems are well known and the text of his two little volumes is not inaccessible. As, however, the pleasure an editor finds in its preparation is hardly sufficient excuse for the existence of a book, it may be said that an attempt has been made to bring together all available information with regard to the poet, and to render the edition as complete as possible by the inclusion of portraits, of engravings, and of contemporary music.

Although he does not rank as one of the more important, there is no more picturesque figure among all the English poets than that of Lovelace. For this reason, were there no other, his work should be handsomely set out. This has been very sufficiently done by the care, the resource, and the skill of the Clarendon Press. So far as is compatible with books so different in size, the appearance of the original volumes has been kept. The arrangement of the poems, even the mixture of different founts of type have been carefully followed. Variant readings and notes, by which the page is disfigured and the mind of the reader 'refrigerated by interruption', have been banished to places of their own where, if desired, they can be consulted by the curious.

Editors are often accused of making unreasonable claims for the subject of their labours. Any such . . .

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