Excerpt from The Lay of the Last Minstrel
This edition Of The Lay of the Last llfinstret is primarily ih tended to meet the requirements of the University Examinations and Of the higher examinations held by the Education Depart ments of the various Provinces Of the Dominion. ... At the same time the general reader will find interesting material brought together in the form Of a clear text, concise notes, instructive pictures, an appreciative sketch Of the author's life and works, a list of contemporary authors and events, a copious selection Of criticisms, and a number Of pages Of questions and literary exercises founded on the poem. The special contributions Of Dr. 'illiam Clark, Dr. A. H. Reynar, and Mr. Houston deal with important topics Of universal interest.
The text has been made as accurate as possible, and is pre sented in a form that makes ready reference more simple than the usual style of printing it. A large number Of Scott's own tvotes are given in full and many more have been condensed or in corporated in the editor's annotations Of the text. 'here con ciseness is possible the notes are short to the shortest, but they will be found sufficiently minute in detail where Special informa tion is required. The illustrations have been chosen with a view to assist the American reader in realizing some Of the Scottish landscapes, and to understand the numerous architectural, mili tary, and feudal terms that he scattered in profusion throughout the poem.
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