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FROM A PAINTING MADE AT ROME IN 1819 BY MISS CURRAN

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THE

Portical Works

OF

| PERCY BYSSHE SHELLEY

INCLUDING MATERIALS NEVER BEFORE
PRINTED IN ANY EDITION OF THE POEMS

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lead his Practical Works contains all Shelley's

hem and fragments of verse that have hitherto
het. In preparing the volume I have worked
histle on the principle of recognizing the editio
porta primary textual authority. I have not been
selepas Wasi Shelley's recension of 1839, or that of
e t editor of the Poems. The present text is the
sal olation of the early editions; and in every

ante el departure from the wording of those
fa la fiected reading has been subjoined in a foot.
a imeter-as in the case of Julian and Maddalo-

all be good reason for superseding the authority
Terapi, the fact is announced, and the substituted
Saudite, in the Prefatory Note. In the case of a few
TATO ir more versions of debatable authority
eta er tests will be found at the foot of the page ;
skal det for all that this does not pretend to be
an the proper sense of the term-the textual
* It claim to be exhaustive. Thus I have not
besent to cumber the footnotes with every minute

piston introduced by Mrs. Shelley, apparently
perny, into the texts of 1839; nor has it come
ad this edition to record every conjectural
helping et proposed by Rossetti and others in recent

shifted that, up to and including the editions
Bomportant variation of the text has been over-

i mading has been adopted on MS. authority,
particular source has been added below.
any of gratuitous interference with the punc-
and early editions; in this direction, however,

OXFORD: HORACE HART PRINTER TO THE I'NIVERSITY

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undispensable. Even in his most carefully

Shelley under-punctuates', and sometimes
was. In the very act of transcribing his
le strap from the work in hand to higher things;

sul in contemplating those airy abstractions
which alone he greatly cared to sing, to the

at of the merely external and formal element
saj neked little of the jots and tittles of literary
The committed many a small sin against the rules
stanly paid but a halting attention to the

punctuation. Thus in the early editions i plays the part of a semicolon; colons to be employed interchangeably; a semi

and a fons where now bably; a semi

days we should

Lastly, the dash itself becomes a point
3 differently commas, colons, semicolons
mante autograph Hunt MS. of Julian and Maddalo,

Test conservative of editors, finds it necessary
puttuation in no fewer than ninety-four places.

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PREFACE This edition of his Poetical Works contains all Shelley's ascertained poems and fragments of verse that have hitherto appeared in print. In preparing the volume I have worked as far as possible on the principle of recognizing the editio princeps as the primary textual authority. I have not been content to reprint Mrs. Shelley's recension of 1839, or that of any subsequent editor of the Poems. The present text is the result of a fresh collation of the early editions ; and in every material instance of departure from the wording of those originals the rejected reading has been subjoined in a footnote. Again, wherever--as in the case of Julian and Maddalothere has appeared to be good reason for superseding the authority of the editio princeps, the fact is announced, and the substituted exemplar indicated, in the Prefatory Note. In the case of a few pieces extant in two or more versions of debatable authority the alternative text or texts will be found at the foot of the page; but it may be said once for all that this does not pretend to be a rariorum edition, in the proper sense of the term-the textual apparatus does not claim to be exhaustive. Thus I have not thought it necessary to cumber the footnotes with every minute grammatical correction introduced by Mrs. Shelley, apparently on her own authority, into the texts of 1839; nor has it come within the scheme of this edition to record every conjectural emendation adopted or proposed by Rossetti and others in recent

times. But it is hoped that, up to and including the editions I of 1839 at least, no important variation of the text has been over

looked. Whenever a reading has been adopted on MS. authority, a reference to the particular source has been added below.

I have been chary of gratuitous interference with the punctuation of the MSS. and early editions ; in this direction, however, some revision was indispensable. Even in his most carefully finished "fair copy' Shelley under-punctuates', and sometimes punctuates capriciously. In the very act of transcribing his mind was apt to stray from the work in hand to higher things; he would lose himself in contemplating those airy abstractions and lofty visions of which alone he greatly cared to sing, to the neglect and detriment of the merely external and formal element of his song. Shelley recked little of the jots and tittles of literary craftsmanship; he committed many a small sin against the rules of grammar, and certainly paid but a halting attention to the nice distinctions of punctuation. Thus in the early editions a comma occasionally plays the part of a semicolon; colons and semicolons seem to be employed interchangeably; a semicolon almost invariably appears where nowadays we should employ the dash; and, lastly, the dash itself becomes a point Of all work, replacing indifferently commas, colons, semicolons

Thus in the exquisite autograph · Hunt MS.' of Julian and Maddalo, kir. Buxton Forman, the most conservative of editors, finds it necessary to supplement Shelley's punctuation in no fewer than ninety-four places.

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