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ENGLISH LITERATURE

BASED CHIEFLY ON

BULFINCH'S “AGE OF FABLE”

(1855)

ACCOMPANIED BY

AN INTERPRETATIVE AND ILLUSTRATIVE COMMENTARY

EDITED BY

CHARLES MILLS GAYLEY
PROFESSOR OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE

IN THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA

BOSTON, U.S.A.
PUBLISHED BY GINN & COMPANY

1893

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HARVARD COLLEGE LIBRARY

FROM THE ESTATE OF
EDWIN HALE ABIOT
DECEMBER 28, 1831

COPYRIGHT, 1893,
BY CHARLES MILLS GAYLEY.

ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

TYPOGRAPHY BY J. S. Cushing & Co., Boston, U.S.A.

Presswork by .GINN & Co., Boston, U.S.A.

TO THE MUSES.

WHETHER on Ida's shady brow,

Or in the chambers of the East, The chambers of the sun, that now

From ancient melody have ceas'd;

Whether in Heav'n ye wander fair,

Or the green corners of the earth, Or the blue regions of the air,

Where the melodious winds have birth;

Whether on crystal rocks ye rove,

Beneath the bosom of the sea, Wandering in many a coral grove,

Fair Nine, forsaking Poetry;

How have you left the ancient love

That bards of old enjoyed in you!
The languid strings do scarcely move,
The sound is forc'd, the notes are few!

William Blake.

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