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(Reprinted from the Second Edinburgh Edition.)
8.TEREOTYPED AND PRINTED BY
H. 0. HOUGHTON AND COMPANY.
THE RIGHT HONORABLE
SIR JOHN TAYLOR COLERIDGE,
THE NEPHEW OF COLERIDGE,
THE FRIEND OF WORDSWORTH,
THE LIFE-LONG FRIEND OF KEBLE,
AND HIS BIOGRAPHER,
IN WHOSE SERENE AGE AND BEAUTIFUL CHARACTER
ANOTHER GENERATION SEES EMBODIED
THE BEST WISDOM OF HIS POET FRIENDS.
PREFACE TO SECOND EDITION.
THE Essays on Wordsworth, Coleridge, and Keble, were, as stated in the former Preface, intended to be in some sort thank-offerings, single stones contributed to their memorial cairns. Another name I feel should have followed, or rather have preceded these. Of Walter Scott and his poetry, the first poetry I knew, it was my wish to have said something in another essay, and to have added it to this series, or perhaps put it in the first, which would have been its proper place. But before this was done, his Centenary had come, during which so much was spoken, and well spoken, on the subject, that this does not seem the time for saying more. But if, adopting Wordsworth's lines, we say
Blessings be with them -and eternal praise,
Of truth and pure delight by heavenly lays! ” to Walter Scott will fall a large share in that benediction.
These Essays are in no sense criticisms of the poets they deal with, at least as that word is generally understood. To take the measure of