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Truth may seem, but cannot be :
Beauty brag, but 't is not she;
Truth and beauty buried be.

To this urn let those repair
That are either true or fair ;
For these dead birds sigh a prayer.

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Printed by BALLANTYNE, HANSON & Co.

Edinburgh and London.

EDITED BY

HENRY MORLEY, LL.D.,

EMERITUS PROFESSOR OF ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND
LITERATURE, UNIVERSITY COLLEGE,

LONDON.

Published in a Series of Monthly Volumes, printed

with red lines, on Bible paper, size 6 inches by 31 inches, price is. cach.

us

THE

HE BEST COMPANY is that of

friends who share with their changing moods, speak as they really think and feel, are not afraid to be in earnest, and have a ready wit that breeds good-humour without hurt to the higher aims of life. The best Companions, in this sense, are the Poets who bring flesh and blood into their books, whose genius rests upon their sympathetic insight into human motives and desires, and whose lives are poured out into music by which other lives are helped and cheered. In a Series of Monthly Shilling Volumes shaped for easiest familiarity of use, indoors and out of doors, some such COMPANION POETS now come out and look for friends. Some may be old life-long companions, welcome at all times and in every dress. Some

may, at first, seem to be strangers bringing out of the far past or the near present halfforgotten strains of the right music of life in one or other of its thousand forms. Sir Gorgius Midas sniffs the air and says that he can read no poetry except the best. Whoever says that does not read the best, or if he read he does not understand it. Will he eat no fruit but pine-apples and peaches ? His the loss, if it be so. For our Companions we will take all Poets who are good after their kind. We have a welcome for the gooseberries and currants, and may now and then pick blackberries, content with them if they be sound and sweet. The one principle of selection in this series of COMPANION POETS will be that each little book shall be a true book in its way, with kindly touch upon the lives of men.

Poets of all kinds, great or little, grave or gay, shall meet here upon common ground ; there shall be room found in our pleasaunce for herbs, shrubs, and trees. A short Introduction to each book, and sometimes a few notes upon the text, will attempt no more than to bring it or its writer nearer to the Reader's knowledge as Companion and Friend

HENRY MORLEY.

Volumes already issued.

I.

AYTOUN'S LAYS OF THE SCOTTISHI

CAVALIERS.

II.

A BUNDLE OF BALLADS.

III.

POEMS BY GEORGE WITHER.

IV.

PIKE COUNTY BALLADS,

AND OTHER POEMS.

By JOHN HAY.

THE VISION OF DON RODERICK

AND

THE FIELD OF WATERLOO.

BY SIR WALTER SCOTT.

Also in Crown 8vo,
Édition de Luxe of the above,

Limited to 500 copies.

LONDON: GEORGE ROUTLEDGE & SONS, LIMITED,

BROADWAY, LUDGATE HILL. GLASGOW, MANCHESTER, AND NEW YORK.

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