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· A BOOK OF CHRISTMAS VERSE

Oxford University Press
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1926

Printed in England
At the OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS

By John Johnson
Printer to the University

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PUBLISHER'S NOTE

THE

HE original edition of A Book of Christmas Verse

was issued in 1895. At his death in 1919 Dean Beeching left a copy of the book marked with deletions and corrections, and an amount of new matter for insertion. This revision has been carried out, and both deletions and additions have been a little increased. But substantially the book remains the same; its editor's divisions have been preserved, and the omission of his own preface to the first edition is in accord with his markings. A few poems by contemporary writers have been added.

Dean Beeching's acknowledgements for permission to use copyright poems are here reprinted from his notes :

For No. 54 to the authorities of Christ Church, Oxford;

for No. 71 to Messrs. Macmillan ; for No. 112 to Mr. Robert Bridges; for No. 113 to Messrs. Kegan Paul and Trench; for No. 133 to the Chiswick Press; and for No. 114 to Mr. Davidson (with an omission specially sanctioned by him). Nos. 78 and 79 (by Gerard Hopkins and Selwyn Image) appeared for the first time in this book.

For poems now appearing for the first time acknowledgements are due as follows: for No. 77, by Coventry

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