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THE FOLLOWING SELECTION from the
Minor pieces of the principal MODERN POETS, has been
made with a view to exhibit in one volume some of the best
specimens of their Genius.
To accomplish this object the
Editor has in general made choice of those pieces which seem to
have been most impressed with the mark of popular favour.
The accompanying little Essay on their respective merits, has
been inserted, not because it accords altogether with his own
sentiments, but on account of the general beauty of its style
and the talent displayed in it, and also, because he conceives it
to be the most appropriate introduction which could be found
for a work of this class.-It first appeared in one of our daily