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and furtherance of the Reformation. Not more than two or three copies of the original edition have been seen. reprinted in facsimile many years ago, and in 1852, Mr. W. H. Black edited it for the Percy Society. The present editor has been unwillingly obliged to take for granted the accuracy of the latter text, as he has not been able to obtain access to a copy of Daye and Seres's edition; according to Mr. Black, the so-called facsimile is incorrect in several places.

A production of this character would necessarily enjoy great popularity and be eagerly bought up; and the scarcity of copies of the black-letter impression may be as plausibly attributed to the demand for them at the time of publication and the subsequent neglect with which they met, as to the suppression of the piece by authority, which has been conjecturally advanced as the reason.

It is to be observed that many pamphlets, both prose and poetical, of the middle of the 16th century, remain to us only in a single exemplar, and in most cases a plea of authoritative in. terference with their circulation would fall to the ground. If John Bon and Mast person was suppressed, it is as likely as pot o have been in a different sense-manu et pedibus vulgi.

VOL. IV.

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Early Popular Poetry of

England;

COLLECTED AND EDITED,

WITH INTRODUCTIONS AND NOTES

BY W CAREW HAZLITT,

OF THE INNER TEMPLE, BARRISTER-AT-LAW.

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