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Progress is
The law of life, man is not man as yet.
Nor shall I deem his object served, his end
Attained, his genuine strength put fairly forth,
While only here and there a star dispels
The darkness, here and there a towering mind
O'erlooks its prostrate fellows: when the host
Is out at once to the despair of night,
When all mankind alike is perfected,
Equal in full-blown powers-then, not till then,
.I say, begins man's general infancy.

BROWNING, Paracelsus.

THE

MAKERS OF MODERN ENGLISH

A POPULAR HANDBOOK TO THE

GREATER POETS OF THE CENTURY

BY

W. J. DAWSON

AUTHOR OF
" THE THRESHOLD OF MANHOOD, ""A VISION OF SOULS AND OTHER

BALLADS," QUEST AND VISION," ETC.

FOURTH EDITION

London
HODDER AND STOUGHTON

27, PATERNOSTER ROW

MDCCCXCIII

SJK

D3 1893

Printed by Hazell, Watson, & Viney, Ld., London and Aylesbury,

NOTE TO THE SECOND EDITION.

THIS

'HIS Edition remains substantially the same as the

first, except that dates have been corrected, and certain misquotations rectified. In one instance I have accepted a hint from my critics, and have replaced a quotation by another which better expresses the meaning of the text. Having done my best to rectify any unintentional errors, I trust I may be permitted to put the book itself under Mr. Leslie Stephen's tolerant aphorism: So long as a man says sincerely what he thinks, he tells us something worth knowing.

W. J. DAWSON.

January 21st, 1891.

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