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ROSALIND AND HELEN

Of this book five hundred copies have been printed.

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MODERN ECLOGUE

With other poems

BY

PERCY BYSSHE SHELLEY

d TYPE FAC-SIMILE OF THE

ORIGINAL EDITION OF MDCCCXLI

EDITED BY

H. BUXTON FORMAN

LONDON

PUBLISHED FOR THE SHELLEY SOCIETY

BY REEVES AND TURNER

196 STRAND

1888

ADVERTISEMENT.

The story of “Rosalind and Helen” is, undoubtedly, not an attempt in the highest style of poetry. It is in no degree calculated to excite profound meditation; and if, by interesting the affections and amusing the imagination, it awakens a certain ideal melancholy favourable to the reception of more important impressions, it will produce in the reader all that the writer experienced in the composition. I resigned myself, as I wrote, to the impulse of the feelings which moulded the conception of the story; and this impulse determined the pauses of a measure, which only pretends to be regular inasmuch as it corresponds with, and expresses, the irregularity of the imaginations which inspired it.

I do not know which of the few scattered poems I left in England will be selected by

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