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PREFACE.

"Out of the old fieldes cotneth al this new come fro yere to yere," And out of the fresh woodes cometh al these new flowers 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. A few passages have been admitted without a claim to familiarity, but solely on the ground of coincidence of thought

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. Damel W. Wilder, of Kansas, for the quotations from Pilpay, with contributions from Diogenes Laertius, Montaigne, Barton, and Pope's Homer; to Dr. William J. Bolte for quotations from Robert Browning; to Mr. James W. MclxTTRE 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.

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Bramston, James 352

Ukef.n, R. H., note 400

Brereton, Jank 312

Breton, Nicholas, note .... 33

Bp.oi.ley, Isaac H 681

Bhooke, Lord 36

Brougham, Lord 527

Lord, note 42C

BROWN, John 380

Brown, Tom 286

Browne, Sir Thomas 217

Browne, William 201

Browning, Elizabeth B 620

BROWNING, Robert 643

Bryant, William CULLEN . . . 672

Bhydoes. Sir S. Egkuton .... U74

Buffon, 'note 186

Bulfinch, Samuel G., nvtf . . . 488

liu.NN, Alkhku 561

liUNSEN, Caul Josias, ntitr . . . 77U

Bunyan, John 206

Burchard, Samuel 1) 671)

Burke, EDMUND 407

BuitNET, Gilbert, mite 610

Burns, Robert 446

Burton, K.ubekt 186

Bussy De Kabutin, note .... 286

BUTLER, Saki ci 209

Samuel, note 301

BYRD, William, note 22

Byrom, John 361

Byron, Lord 639

Calhoun, JOHN C 529

Callimachds 496

Campbell. Lord, note . , . 418, 628

Campbell, Thom\r 512

Camden, William G84

Cambronne 810

Canning, GEORGE 464

Cahew, Thomas 200

Carey, HENRY 285

Carlyle, Thomas 577

Carpenter, Joseph K 680

Carruthers, Robert, tintr- . . . 528

Catinat, Marshal, note .... "40

Catullus, note

Centlivre, Susannah

Cervantes .^

Channino, William K 655

Chapman, George 35

Charles I., note ....... 398

Charrox, note 317

Chase, Salmon P 619

Chaucer, Geoffrey 1

Cherry, Andrew 453

Chesterfield, Earl Of .
Child, Lydia Maria ..
Choate, Rufus
Chorley, Henry F
Christy, David
Church, Benjamin, note .
Chuiu.hill, Charles ..

ClBBER, COLLEY

CoLLEY, note' ..
ClCERIi

Clarendon, Toward Hyde
Clarke, John, name
Claris, Macdonald ..
Clay, Henry, note
Cleveland, Grovkr
ConuiNGToN, Chkistoi-heh, j/
COLE, Sir Edward
Uoliriuoe, Habtlkt ..
Coleridge, S. Taylor ..
S. Taylor, note
Collins, William
Colman. Giorge

COLTON, C. C

Congreve, William
Constable, Henry, note .
Constant, Henry B
Cook, Kliza

Coopek. .T. J note
Cormjel, Madaub, note. .
Cotton, Nathaniel
Cowli:y. Abraham
Cowper, William
Crabbz. George
Cranch. Christopher P. .
Cranfield. notr
Ckashaw, Richard
CRAWFORD, Anne
Cristyne, nott
Crockett, David
Ckokeb, John W., note ..
CmrKisGHAM, Allan ..
Curran, John P.
Cdrttos, Quintus, note ..

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