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PREFACE.

“Out of the old fieldes cometh al this new corne fro yere to yere,"

And out of the fresh woodes cometh al these new flowres here.

The small thin volume, the first to bear the title of this collection, after passing through eight editions, each enlarged, now culminates in its ninth, -- and with it, closes its tentative life.

This extract from the Preface of the fourth edition is applicable to the present one:

“It is not easy to determine in all cases the degree of familiarity that may belong to phrases and sentences which present themselves for admission; for what is familiar to one class of readers may be quite new to another. Many maxims of the most famous writers of our language, and numberless curious and happy turns from orators and poets, have knocked at the door, and it was hard to deny them. But to admit these simply on their own merits, without assurance that the general reader would readily recognize them as old friends, was aside from the purpose of this collection. Still, it has been thought better to incur the risk of erring on the side of fulness."

With the many additions to the English writers, the present edition contains selections from the French, and from the wit and wisdom of the ancients. sages have been admitted without a claim to familiarity, but solely on the ground of coincidence of thought.

A few pas

I am under great obligations to M. H. MORGAN, Ph. D., of Harvard University, for the translation of Marcus Aurelius, and for the translation and selections from the Greek tragic writers. I am indebted to the kindness of Mr. DANIEL W. WILDER, of Kansas, for the quotations from Pilpay, with contributions from Diogenes Laertius, Montaigne, Burton, and Pope's Homer; to Dr. WILLIAM J. ROLFE for quotations from Robert Browning ; to Mr. JAMES W. MCINTYRE for quotations from Coleridge, Shelley, Keats, Mrs. Browning, Robert Browning, and Tennyson. And I have incurred other obligations to friends for here a little and there a little.

It gives me pleasure to acknowledge the great assistance I have received from Mr. A. W. STEVENS, the accomplished reader of the University Press, as this work was passing through the press.

In withdrawing from this very agreeable pursuit, I beg to offer my sincere thanks to all who have assisted me either in the way of suggestions or by contributions; and especially to those lovers of this subsidiary literature for their kind appreciation of former editions.

Accepted by scholars as an authoritative book of reference, it has grown with its growth in public estimation with each reissue. Of the last two editions forty thousand copies were printed, apart from the English reprints. The present enlargement of text equals three hundred and fifty pages of the previous edition, and the index is increased with upwards of ten thousand lines.

CAMBRIDGE, March, 1891.

INDEX OF AUTHORS.

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596
588
667

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412

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BRAMSTON, JAMES
BREEN, H. H., note
BRERETON, JANE
BRETON, NICHOLAS, note
BROMLEY, ISAAC H.
BROOKE, LORD.
BROUGHAM, LORD

LORD, note
BROWN, JOAN
BROWN, TOM
BROWNE, SIR THOMAS
BROWNE, WILLIAM
BROWNING, ELIZABETH B.
BROWNING, ROBERT
BRYANT, WILLIAM CULLEN
BRYDGES, SIR S. EGERTON
BUFFox, note
BULFINCH, SAMUEL G., note
BUNN, ALFRED .
BUNSEN, CARL JOSIAS, note
BUNYAN, JOHN .
BURCHARD, SAMUEL D.
BURKE, EDMUND
BURNET, GILBERT, note
BURNS, ROBERT
BURTON, ROBERT
BUSSY DE RABUTIN, note
BUTLER, SAMUEL

SAMUEL, note
BYRD, WILLIAM, note
BYROM, JOHN
BYRON, LORD

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352

CHESTERFIELD, EARL OF
409 CHILD, LYDIA MARIA
312 CHOATE, RUFUS

33 CHORLEY, HENRY F.
681 CHRISTY, DAVID

35 CHURCH, BENJAMIN, note
527 CHURCHILL, CHARLES
426 CIBBER, COLLEY
380

COLLEY, note
286 CICERO
217 CLARENDON, EDWARD HYDE
201 CLARKE, JOHN, note
620 CLARKE, MACDONALD
643 CLAY, HENRY, note
572 CLEVELAND, GROVER .
674 CODRINGTON, CHRISTOPHER, note .
186 COKE, SIR EDWARD
488 COLERIDGE, HARTLEY
561 COLERIDGE, S. TAYLOR
770

S. TAYLOR, note
265 COLLINS, WILLIAM
679 | COLMAN, GEORGE
407 COLTON, C. C. .
610 CONGREVE, WILLIAM .
446 CONSTABLE, HENRY, note
185 CONSTANT, Henry B.
286 Cook, ELIZA
209 COOPER, J. FENIMORE, note
361 CORNUEL, MADAME, note

22 COTTON, NATHANIEL .
351 COWLEY, ABRAHAM
539 COWPER, WILLIAM

CRABBE, GEORGE
529 CRANCH, CHRISTOPHER P.

496 CRANFIELD, note
418, 528 CRASHAW, RICHARD

512 CRAWFORD, ANNE.
684 CRISTYNE, note.
810 CROCKETT, DAVID.
464 CROKER, JOHN W., note
200 CUNNINGHAM, ALLAN
285 CURRAN, JOHN P..
577

CURTIUS, QUINTUS, note.
680
528 D'ABRANTES, DUC
740 D'ABRANTES, MADAME, note
306 DALRYMPLE, SIR Joan, note
671 DANCE, CHARLES
784 | DANIEL, SAMUEL
655 DANTE

35 DANTON, note
398 DARWIN, CHARLES
317 DARWIN, ERASMUS .
619

ERASMUS, note
1 DAVENANT, SIR WILLIAM
453 | DAVIE, ADAM, note

295
294
705
255
568
582
505
669
295

24
677
498
481
389
454
675
294
484
806
054
580
740
362
260
413
443
653
210
258
673

12
852
284
537
855
25

CALHOUN, JOHN C.
CALLIMACHUS
CAMPBELL, LORD, note
CAMPBELL, THOMAS
CAMDEN, WILLIAM
CAMBRONNE
CANNING, GEORGE
CAREW, THOMAS
CAREY, HENRY
CARLYLE, THOMAS
CARPENTER, JOSEPH E.
CARRUTHERS, ROBERT, note
CATINAT, MARSHAL, note
CATULLUS, note
CENTLIVRE, SUSANNAH
CERVANTES
CHANNING, WILLIAM E.
CHAPMAN, GEORGE
CHARLES I., note.
CHARRON, note.
CHASE, SALMON P.
CHAUCER, GEOFFREY
CHERRY, ANDREW .

806
718
550
677

39
769

28

622
424
426
217
21

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