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The delay, which has occurred in the publication of the Poetical Album (it having been printed nearly four years) has conduced to defeat more than one of the objects contemplated by its Editor. It was originally proposed by him, that no poem should be transplanted into its pages, which had either appeared, or was likely to appear among the collected works of its Author. He had also intended that a considerable portion of its contents should have been original. Since it was prepared for the press, however, most of the then unpublished articles have from time to time.crept into print, and it can now merely claim to be regarded as a selection of the fugitive gems of our modern poetical literature. Some few of the pieces have also been republished by their authors; but of
these the number is
very insignificant . The greater part have never before appeared in any collected form, and considering how often good poetry is overlooked in the columns of magazines and newspapers) may be pronounced, to apply Mr. Coleridge's phrase, “almost as good as manuscript.”
The work has been printed in a small, though clear type, with a view to compression; and will be found to contain a much larger quantity of matter, than any other collection of the kind.
Those who may look for fugitive poetry of merit, of a late date, will be pleased to remember, that nearly the whole of the book was committed to the press as early as 1824. Why it was not published in
1826, the assignees of the estate of Messrs. Hurst, Robinson and Co., in whose pos-, session it has remained, can best explain.
A second series of the Poetical Album, comprising some of the best fugitive poetry, which has appeared from 1823 to the present time, is now preparing for publication, uniform with the present volume.