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THE

POETICAL WORKS

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OF

THOMAS CHATTERTON,

WITH

NOTICES OF HIS LIFE,

A HISTORY OF THE ROWLEY CONTROVERSY, A SELECTION
OF HIS LETTERS, NOTES CRITICAL AND EXPLAN-

ATORY, AND A GLOSSARY.

IN TWO VOLUMES.

VOLUME I.

BOSTON:
LITTLE, BROWN AND COMPANY.

NEW YORK: BLAKEMAN AND MASON.

M.DCCC.LXIII.

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In 1803, the Works of Chatterton were collected by Southey and Cottle, and published in three handsome octavos. We are not aware that they were again printed in a form requiring notice until 1842, when the well-known edition in two volumes, (published anonymously, but the work, we are informed, of Charles Wilcox,) appeared at Cambridge, England. From this laboriously executed edition nearly everything in the present has been derived. There are, however, differences in the arrangement, and some omissions. We trust that we have acted discreetly in rejecting many of the variorum notes with which the Cambridge editor has overloaded his pages, and that the Glossary (taken from the edition of 1803) will be found an ample substitute for the very numerous marginal explanations by which the artificial dialect of the Rowley Poems has hitherto been illustrated. The Biographical Memoir has also undergone a slight pruning, and

four or five pages have been dropped at the end. Notwithstanding some defects of taste and judgment, it will be found highly valuable for its completeness, and interesting from the earnestness with which it is written.

By the kindness of J. R. Dix, Esq., we have been furnished with a copy of some farewell verses, never before printed, which were found in Chatterton's pocket-book after his death. They are given in a note towards the end of the Memoir.

JULY, 1856.

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