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This volume is published with Mr. Browning's sanction ; but for the choice of the particular pieces he is in no respect responsible.
The rule observed in the Selections has been
to avoid giving mere fragments. Everything is presented, as far as was found practicable, in a complete form.
Mr. Browning's leading poems, “Paracelsus," “Sordello,” and “ Christmas Eve and Easter Day," appear by such portions only as could be so detached that they should possess an independent and intelligible interest. His dramas, “ Strafford,” “ Pippa Passes,” “King