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ENGLISH PASTORALS

SELECTED AND WITH

AN INTRODUCTION BY

EDMUND K. CHAMBERS

1895 LONDON: MDCCCXCV BLACKIE & SON, LIMITED 50 · OLD · BAILEY, · E.C. GLASGOW AND DUBLIN

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There were hills which garnished their proud heights with stately trees; humble valleys, whose base estate seemed comforted with the refreshing of silver rivers; meadows enamelled with all sorts of eye-pleasing flowers; thickets, which being lined with most pleasant shade, were witnessed so too by the cheerful disposition of many well-tuned birds; each pasture stored with sheep, feeding with sober security, while the pretty lambs with bleating outcry craved the dam's comfort; here a shepherd's boy piping as though he should never be old; there a young shepherdess knitting, and withal singing; and it seemed that her voice comforted her hands to work, and her hands kept time to her voice-music-SIDNEY: Description of Arcadia.

more fluctuating history; their literary aspects are more involved with others not literary; or their salient examples are remote, detached, apparently unrelated. these very qualities open new sources of interest and value. It is a paradox, but true, that a Letter, for instance, can hardly have the highest value as literature if its interest is solely literary; to be spoken from heart to heart, to deal with real issues and definite facts, is the very stuff of its being; in seeking to be more than this, it is apt to become less. The editors of the present series will give full scope to these more obviously human and social aspects of literature; while still making it their immediate aim to trace the fortune in our literature of one or other of those forms of literary speech in which the instinct of beauty has found apt and memorable expression.

C. H. HERFORD.

more fluctuating history; their literary aspects are more involved with others not literary; or their salient examples are remote, detached, apparently unrelated. But these very qualities open new sources of interest and value. It is a paradox, but true, that a Letter, for instance, can hardly have the highest value as literature if its interest is solely literary; to be spoken from heart to heart, to deal with real issues and definite facts, is the very stuff of its being; in seeking to be more than this, it is apt to become less. The editors of the present series will give full scope to these more obviously human and social aspects of literature; while still making it their immediate aim to trace the fortune in our literature of one or other of those forms of literary speech in which the instinct of beauty has found apt and memorable expression.

C. H. HERFORD.

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