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Mon Apr 03 02:03:31 2017 1 The Project Gutenberg EBook of A Selection From The Lyrical Poems Of Robert Herrick, by Robert Herrick This eBook is for the use of anyone anywhere at no cost and with almost no restrictions whatsoever.
You may copy it, give it away or re-use it under the terms of the Project Gutenberg License included with this eBook or online at www.gutenberg.org Title: A Selection From The Lyrical Poems Of Robert Herrick Author: Robert Herrick Editor: Francis Turner Palgrave Posting Date: August 22, 2008 [EBook #1211] Release Date: February, 1998 Language: English Character set encoding: ASCII *** START OF THIS PROJECT GUTENBERG EBOOK LYRICAL POEMS *** FROM THE LYRICAL POEMS OF ROBERT HERRICK By Robert Herrick Arranged with introduction by Francis Turner Palgrave PREFACE ROBERT HERRICK - Born 1591 : Died 1674 Those who most admire the Poet from whose many pieces a selection only is here offered, will, it is probable, feel most strongly (with the Editor) that excuse is needed for an attempt of an obviously presumptuous nature.
The choice made by any selector invites challenge: the admission, perhaps, of some poems, the absence of more, will be censured:--Whilst others may wholly condemn the process, in virtue of an argument not unfrequently advanced of late, that a writer’s judgment on his own work is to be considered final.
And his book to be taken as he left it, or left altogether; a literal reproduction of the original text being occasionally included in this requirement. If poetry were composed solely for her faithful band of true lovers and true students, such a facsimile as that last indicated would have claims irresistible; but if the first and last object of this, as of the other Fine Arts, may be defined in language borrowed from a different range of thought, as ’the greatest pleasure of the greatest number,’ it is certain that less stringent forms of reproduction are required and justified.
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