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It is intended shortly to publish a Volume of MUSIC adapted to many of the preses in this Collection.


Ir should be premised that the present collection does not aim at furnishing a collection of poetry of an exclusively high-class character. To have attempted this would only have been to add another to the many excellent volumes of the kind already published, and, moreover, would not have attained the object contemplated, which was to supply a selection of pieces that would be intelligible and attractive to a very wide class of readers. In carrying out this design it will readily be seen that the editors have proceeded upon a comprehensive idea, and have here and there admitted pieces which, judged by their own merits, would hardly have claimed a place in the volume. To explain this, it may be mentioned that such pieces have generally been chosen on account of their adaptation to popular and favourite Music; one object of the Volume being to link together two Arts which are now generally looked upon as important instruments in the work of popular improvement.

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