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EDITOR'S NOTE

Luis Dr. Rolfe edited The Poetical Works of Sir Walter Scott, Baronet, i

og en made a critical examination of the several texts, with the result of di v many errors and inconsistencies in the current editions. The text whic

.tablished may be regarded as accurate and trustworthy. It has bee --11. far as it goes, in the present Cambridge Edition. Dr. Rolfe, howeve

spring a volume which, by calling in the aid of new and faithful illustri .! ll appeal through its beauty and choiceness to lovers of Scott who mig! op seseted] to know their author and to desire a fit and convenient edition of h . He excluded purposely a number of less important poems, and groupe · snor poems in sections following the series of long narrative poems. A :he added a body of notes and prefaces, drawn from Scott's own edition --Pordance with the general plan of the Cambridge series, the pres nt edito ! itaken to give the entire body of Sir Walter's poetry and to arrange

colose an approach to strict chronological order as was possible withou .:) He has prefaced each poem or group of poems with notes describin ::in our circumstance of composition, and in these notes has included Scott *!wuctions, and such references as occur in Lockhart, in Scott's Letter

In Journal. In this way he has undertaken to separate the history of

un the explication of its parts. · }e latter, he has had recourse for the most part in the Notes and Mustro

her blotes written and gathered by Scott for his collective edition. Scott

interest in everything Scottish led him to great lengths in his annotatio . rially to the accumulation of a great deal of antiquarian and sometime . !I!">$f* material. He forgot his poem and even now and then apparentl ' .ot itself as he heaped up illustrations. The editor therefore has found

ol", while retaining Scott's own notes, to omit some of the discursive po ..!!11 from other writers. The annotation, moreover, is made in one respe

si s'estrient and compact by the explanation of rare and local words in ... which is an enlargement of the one accompanying Dr. Rolfe's volume. - Biographical Sketch, the Editor has had in view more especially tha . Scott's life which closed with the great poetical period, since it is Sco i who ja pspecially under consideration. He was glad to avail himself » !able and suggestive interpretation of the poet's life made by Ruskin i . prijeru. TENGE, Varch, 1900.

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