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Select Poetry

Chiefly Devotional

The Reign of Queen Elizabeth.

COLLECTED AND EDITED

FOR

The Parker Society,

BY
EDWARD FARR, Esq.

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PREFACE.

Although some pieces of the religious poetry of the age of Queen Elizabeth have been often reprinted, its great variety and extent are known only to those who have made this department of literature their study. The object of this selection is to present to the members of the Parker Society specimens of the authors of that age who wrote sacred poetry: and it is hoped that the design is satisfactorily accomplished as far as can be expected in such a work.

In making the selection the Editor has kept in view the object for which the Parker Society was founded; that of exhibiting the principles of the Reformation, by the republication of the works of the Reformers, and their immediate successors; and it has been his aim to select pieces which are in accordance with those principles. In one or two instances, where the poems related to the Reformation, they have been printed entire; and the whole may be considered as an illustration of some of the results which the English Re

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