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PUBLISHERS' NOTE.

This is the second volume of a series of SELECT ENGLISH CLASSICS which the publishers have in course of preparation. The series will include an extensive variety of selections chosen from the different departments of English literature, and arranged and annotated for the use of classes in schools. It will embrace, among other things, representative specimens from all the best English writers, whether of poetry or of prose; selections from English dramatic literature, especially of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries; choice extracts from the writings of the great essayists; selections from famous English allegories; a volume of elegies and elegiacal poetry; studies of English prose fiction, with illustrative specimens, etc.

Each volume will contain copious notes, critical, explanatory, and biographical, besides the necessary vocabularies, glossaries, and indexes; and the series when complete will present a varied and comprehensive view of all that is best in English literature. For supplementary reading, as well as for systematic class instruction, the books will possess many peculiarly valuable as well as novel features; while their attractive appearance, combined with the sterling quality of their contents, will commend them for general reading and make them desirable acquisitions for every library.

CONTENTS.

PAGE

FORE WORD:
Imagination and Fancy. - Personification of Nature. — Origin

of Myth. — Origin of Allegory. — Bible Allegories. — Alle-
gory of the Trees.

Allegory of the Vine. - The True
Vine. Greek Allegories. — Prayers. — Hera and Sleep. –
The Choice of Hercules. - Anglo-Saxon Allegories. — The

Physiologus.” — The “Gestą Romanorum.” The Age of
Allegory

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THE VISION OF WILLIAM CONCERNING PIERS PLOUGHMAN

Conscience, the Preacher
Envy.
The Tower of Truth
The Advice of Hunger

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