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The texts used in these volumes follow closely what were thought to be the best available mod. ern editions; except that punctuation has been, now and then, in cases where no change of meaning would arise, made to conform to a general standard. The dating of the poems has been done from the work of editors and biographers, as in a vast majority of cases original editions have not been at hand. In the case of a few poems the date is that of earliest publication in book form. Sometimes the composition date has been thought more significant, or found more convenient.

The selections included in these volumes from Ralph Waldo Emerson, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Bret Harte, Lucy Larcom, James Russell Lowell, H. W. Longfellow, Thomas William Parsons, Bayard Taylor, J. G. Whittier, E. R. Sill, and Celia Thaxter are published by permission of, and by special arrangement with, Houghton, Mifflin & Co., authorized publishers of the works of those authors. The selections from the poems of William Morris are reprinted by permission of

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