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THE MINERVA LIBRARY OF FAMOUS BOOKS.

Edited by G. T. BETTANY, M.A., B.Sc.

LYRA ELEGANTIARUM

A COLLECTION OF SOME OF THE BEST

SOCIAL AND OCCASIONAL VERSE

BY DECEASED ENGLISHI AUTHORS.

REVISED AND ENLARGED EDITION.

EDITED BY

FREDERICK LOCKER-LAMPSON,

ASSISTED BY

COULSON KERNAHAN,

WARD, LOCK, AND CO.,
LONDON, NEW YORK, AND MELBOURNE.

1891.

E

HARVARD
UNIVERSITY

LIBRARY

* J'ay seulement faict icy un amas de fleurs, n'y ayant fourny du mien que le filet à les lier.”—MICHEL DE MONTAIGNE.

“These pieces commonly go under the title of poetical amusements; but these amusements have sometimes gained as much reputation to their authors, as works of a more serious nature.

“It is surprising how much the mind is entertained and enlivened by these little poetical compositions, as they turn upon subjects of gallantry, satire, tenderness, politeness, and everything, in short, that concerns life, and the affairs of the world."

PLINY TO TUSCUS.

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