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NOTE BY THE PUBLISHERS.
This edition omits a few short poems, and also some notes and short introductions to the poems, which are the copyright of Messrs. Black, of Edinburgh.
It contains, however, an original critical Biography by Mr. F. T. Palgrave, editor of ** The Golden Treasuryand also some original introductions and notes fro?n the pen of a gentleman familiar with Scotch literature and scenery.
SIR WALTER SCOTT
WITH A BIOGRAPHICAL AND CRITICAL MEMOIR
FRANCIS TURNER PALGRAVE
LATE FELLOW OF EXETER COLLEGE OXFORD
The first of our living Statesmen is not only remarkable for the largeness of his political views and his consummate mastery of details, but for the generous confidence with which he regards the working classes of his fellow-countrymen, and for his untiring energy in promoting their welfare. He is also known as a lover of the beautiful and the noble in literature, especially as exhibited in the poetry of the heroic ages. A popular edition of Sir Walter Scott's Poems has therefore a double right to the sanction of his name. The writer of the following Memoir avails himself of the privilege which has been accorded him, and with sentiments of the deepest admiration and respect, dedicates this book to Mr. Gladstone,