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as had been published previously, by the arrangement and annotation which they have at length received — any more than that, among the minor poems now for the first time printed, there are several which claim a higher place, as productions of Lord Byron's genius, than any of those with which, in justice to him and to his reader, they are thus interwoven.
Composed entirely of verses written between the ages of fifteen and twenty-three, this volume,
even considered in a mere literary point of view,-must be allowed to stand alone in the history of Juvenile Poetry. But every page of it is in fact, when rightly understood, a chapter of the author's “confessions;" and it is by contemplating these faithful records of the progress of his mind and feelings, in conjunction with those already presented in the prose notices of his life, - which mutually illustrate and confirm each other throughout, - that the reader can alone prepare himself for entering with full advantage on the first canto of Childe Harold.
London, June, 1832.