Excerpt from A Poetry-Book of Elder Poets, Consisting of Songs Sonnets, Odes Lyrics, Selected and Arranged These series - each in itself complete and separate - have been compiled expressly for the Tauchnitz Collection. The First Series consists of poems, chieﬂy lyrical, selected from the works of the elder English Poets, beginning with Chaucer and ending with the school of Gray and Cowper. The Second Series, con ceived on the same plan, will begin with Burns and end with the younger poets of to-day. Taken separately, it is hoped that each little volume may be found attractive and companionable; while taken together, they will, if they fulfil the design of Editor and Publisher, afford a pleasant bird's-eye view ranging over nearly five hundred years of English Song. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.