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In the present edition of Edmund Spenser's works no attempt has been made
prose Treatise on Ireland, as printed by Sir James W'are, and followed by all recent editors, was found on examination to be very inaccurate and incomplete. It seemed scarcely fair to Spenser's memory to let this single piece of prose remain in so unsatisfactory a state. I have therefore re-edited it from three manuscripts belonging to the library of the British Museum.
• The edition of 1596 and all subsequent ones read
'I will withdraw me to some darksome place,
Or some deere cave.' Some editors have proposed to read dreere for deere, but deepe, the lection of the first edition, ie intelligible enough.
+ The title iteelf as given by Ware is incorrectly stated. All the manuscripts, as well as the entry on the books of the Stationers' Company, read ‘A View of the PRESENT State of Ireland,' bat, curiously enough, the word ‘present' is omitted in all editions that I have seen.
The text itself is from the Additional Manuscript, 22022, the oldest of the
In compiling the Glossary I have endeavoured to make it as complete
In Appendix II. will be found Spenser's Letters to Gabriel Harvey, reprinted
OF THE FAERIE QUEEN, TO VARIOUS