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NOTES FROM BOOKS.

IN

FOUR ESSAYS.

BY

HENRY TAYLOR.

AUTHOR OF “ NOTES FROM LIFE, ," "PHILIP VAN ARTEVELDE," ETC.

LONDON:

JOHN MURRAY, ALBEMARLE STREET.

1849.

LONDON:

BRADBURY AND EVANS, PRINTERS, WHITEFRIAKS,

PREFACE

ALTHOUGH I have always intended to reprint those few writings of mine in periodical works, which are not necessarily and by the nature of the subjects ephemeral, I should not have chosen for the republication this time of political excitement, were it not that there is to be found in one of these Essaysthe second of the series—an exposition of the views taken by our greatest Poets of the nature of liberty; which exposition, if it justly represent those views, will not be unaptly put forward for present consideration. Our great Poets have been, perhaps, our best political philosophers; and if the reading and study of poetry be put aside by political commotions,

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