Chrysomela: A Selection from the Lyrical Poems of Robert Herrick

Chrysomela: A Selection from the Lyrical Poems of Robert Herrick

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Chrysomela: A Selection from the Lyrical Poems of Robert Herrick

Chrysomela: A Selection from the Lyrical Poems of Robert Herrick

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Those who most admire the Poet from whose many pieces a selection only is here offered, will, it is probable, feel most strongly (with the Editor) that excuse is needed for an attempt of an obviously presumptuous nature. The choice made by any selector invites challenge: the admission, perhaps, of some poems, the absence of more, will be censured: -- Whilst others may wholly condemn the process, in virtue of an argument not unfrequently advanced of late, that a writer's judgment on his own work is to be considered final, and his book to be taken as he left it, or left altogether; a literal reproduction of the original text being occasionally included in this requirement.

If poetry were composed solely for her faithful band of true lovers and true students, such a facsimile as that last indicated would have claims irresistible; but if the first and last object of this, as of the other Fine Arts, may be defined in language borrowed from a . . .

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