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MAYNARD'S ENGLISH CLASSIC SERIES. — Special Number.

THE VICAR OF WAKEFIELD

BY

OLIVER GOLDSMITH

WITH NOTES AND INTRODUCTION

BY

EDNA H. L. TURPIN

STORIES FROM AMERICAN HISTORY,"
CLASSIC FABLES,” FAMOUS PAINTERS," ETC.

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AUTHOR OF

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Edue. T 34 July, 1907
834.510.570 Harvard University

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Dept of Education Library.

Gift of
Charles & Merrill lo .

ADVERTISEMENT

THERE are an hundred faults in this thing, and an hundred
things might be said to prove them beauties. But it is need-
less. A book may be amusing with numerous errors, or it may
be very dull without a single absurdity. The hero of this piece
unites in himself the three greatest characters upon earth : he
is a priest, an husbandman, and the father of a family. He is
drawn as ready to teach, and ready to obey : as simple in affilu-
ence, and majestic in adversity. In this age of opulence and
refinement, whom can such a character please ? Such as are
fond of high life, will turn with disdain from the simplicity of
his country fireside ; such as mistake ribaldry for humour,
will find no wit in his harmless conversation ; and such as have
been taught to deride religion, will laugh at one, whose chief
stores of comfort are drawn from futurity.

OLIVER GOLDSMITH.

COPYRIGHT, 1906,
BY MAYNARD, MERRILL, & Co.

TRANSFERRED TO
HARVARD COLLEGE LIBRARY

JUN 13 1921

THIS EDITION

IS DEDICATED TO

M. von V.

THE VICAR'S FRIEND

AND MINE

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