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THE WORKS OF

SIR HENRY TAYLOR.

VOL. I.

PHILIP VAN ARTEVELDE.

CLASSICAL DEPARTMENT
FRO" TIE 113?ARY OF
HERBERT WEIR SMYTH

APRIL 15, 1941

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A DRAMATIC ROMANCE.

IN TWO PARTS.

BY HENRY TAYLOR.

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DRAMATICA POESIS EST VELUTI HISTORIA SPECTABILIS."

Bacon. De Augmentis.

A NEW EDITION,

LONDON:

KEGAN PAUL, TRENCH & CO., I, PATERNOSTER SQUARE,

1883.

(The rights of translation and of reproduction

are

reserved.)

PREFACE.*

are

As this work, consisting of two Plays and an Interlude, is equal in length to about six such plays as are adapted to representation, it is almost unnecessary to say that it was not intended for the stage. It is properly an Historical Romance, cast in a dramatic and rhythmical form. Historic truth is preserved in it, as far as the material events are concerned-of course with the usual exception of such occasional dilatations and compressions of time as required in dramatic composition.

This is, perhaps, all the explanation which is absolutely required in this place : but as there may be readers who feel an inclination to learn something of an author's taste in poetry before they proceed to the perusal of what he has written, I will take the opportunity which a preface affords me of expressing my opinions upon two or three of the most prominent features in the present state of poetical literature ; and I shall do so the more gladly because I am apprehensive that without some previous intimations of the kind, my work might occasion disappointment to the admirers of that highly.

* Dated London, May, 1834.

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