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PREFACE.

NEARLY THIRTEEN YEARS AGO the Editor of this book began it as a pastime amidst much hard work, and now he has the honour to lay it before the public.

The volume may be termed unique without any assumption of egotism, simply for this reason: no other collection draws together so much of the poetry of the affections so well prepared for instantaneous reference.

English poetical literature, in particular, has always been famous for exquisite compositions dealing with the tender passion. The whole range of that literature has been swept in the compilation of this selection; whilst the poetry of America and various European tongues have been laid under contribution. So varied a tissue of 'lovethoughts' will be found to present many attractive aspects. Few or none of the hopes, fears, conditions, or contingencies of 'mighty love' will be found without their appropriate strain. Many of

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