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INTRODUCTION.

DRAMATIC
LYRICS.

All the poems contained in the present volume appeared in Bells and Pomegranates, the Dramatic Lyrics being contained in the third number, and the series concluded with the eighth number, which contained Luria and A Souls Tragedy. None of the poems had been previously published, with the exception of a half dozen of the lyrics, which were given to Thomas Hood for his magazine, at a time when he was ill. The Dramatic Lyrics were prefaced with the following:

ADVERTISEMENT. Such poems as the following come properly enough, I suppose, under the title of “ Dramatic Pieces ;” being, though for the most part Lyric in expression, always Dramatic in principle, and so many utterances of so many imaginary persons, not mine.

R. B. The poems contained in this number of the Bells were Cavalier Tunes : I. Marching Along. II. Give a Rouse. III. My Wife Gertrude ; Italy and France : I. Italy. II. France ; Camp and Cloister: I. Camp (French). II. Cloister (Span

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a Gondola; Artemis Prologizes ; Waring: I. “What is become of Waring ?” II. “When I last saw Waring;” Queen Worship: I. Rudel and the Lady of Tripoli. II. Cris. tina; Madhouse Cells : I. “There's Heaven above." II. “The rain set early in to-night;” Through the Metidja to Abd-el-Kadr, 1842; The Pied Piper of Hamelin, a Child's Story.

As will be seen, several poems were added later, and some of those printed here were subsequently put into other collections of the shorter poems. The titles of single poems were changed, and their groupings were altered to some extent. These changes

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