There has always been a healthy interest in mysticism in the British Isles. In the early 20th century, the hunger for mystical experience, history, and instruction had hit an all-time high, with the release of Evelyn Underhill's Mysticism, and many other books on the subject. An anthology of English verse of a mystical bent seemed a natural addition to the stacks. Nicholson and Lee's collection, first published by Oxford University Press in 1917, is considered a classic statement of mystical sentiment of the time. The editors do t profess to define mysticism, let alone understand it. Instead, they have simply compiled the best examples of mystical English poetry in one place. It is t the first such col- lection, but it is, to this day, one of the most well respected. Long out of print, The Apocryphile Press is pleased to reprint the 1917 Oxford University Press edition.