k, though hardly an original one. Indeed, they considered him, chiefly on account of it, 'the glory and admiration of his time': the phrase is that of a careful critic, Winstanley. The work went into many editions; his prose was used and read, while his verse was talked of, and passed lightly from hand to hand. As in the case of Petrarca, whose fine Latin tomes quickly perished, while his less regarded vernacular _Rime_ rose to shine 'on the stretched forefinger of all Time,' so here was a little remainder of lovely English song to embalm an otherwise soon-buried name. Hardly any poet of his poetic day, to be discovered hereafter, can be appraised on a more intimate understanding, or can awaken a more endearing interest. Yet we know that save for one or two of his pieces extant here or there in anthologies; save for a private reprint in 1814 by that tireless scholar and 'great mouser,' Sir Egerton Brydges; save for Mr. A. H. Bullen's valued reproduction of the _Anacreontea_, in 1893, Thomas Stanley's name is
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