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The writings of Professor Wilson are characterized by a rich and genial flow of sentiment and language. His poetical criticisms are almost always justified by the soundest principles. And his descriptions of natural scenery and woodland pleasures, breathe the refreshment of fields and streams.

The present collection is offered to the public with the hope of diffusing still more widely the enjoyment with which the readers of Blackwood have long been familiar. It is intended to be followed by the republication, in a similar form, from the same magazine, of the elaborate critiques, by the same hand, upon those great poets, ancient and modern, of whom little is generally known beyond their names.

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