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SOME INTRODUCTORY REMARKS.
WILLIAM FREDERICK WAKEMAN,
LONDON: SIMPKIN AND MARSHALL, AND
EDINBURGH; FRAZER AND COMPANY.
THE character of the poetry of a country has always been justly regarded as indicative of its general moral and intellectual progress.
The Editor, therefore, conceives that, in presenting to the British public, specimens of the poetry of a country united to us by the ties of kindred and language, and possessing many interesting resemblances, though, of course, modified by the differences of habit and circumstance, he is furnishing what is not only, in itself, highly valuable for intrinsic merit, but also relatively useful as a criterion by which we may be, in a considerable degree, assisted in forming a correct estimate of the general character of its manners and institutions.
But, in order to produce this desirable effect, the writings of the American authors should be perused;