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clear expression of any but a few powerful affections of the mind—any equal amount of knowledge, or any knowledge whatever, of the people among whom they have grown up, could be obtained, must be considered extremely doubtful.
It remains only for the Editor to name here the musical works to which he has had most frequent occasion to refer. These are, for the English tunes, Chappell's Popular Music of the Olden lime; for the Scottish, Thomson's Scottish Songs; for the Welsh, Thomas's Welsh Melodies; and for the Irish, Bunting's Ancient Music of Ireland. Considerable discrepancies exist between many of the airs in the latter work and those bearing the same names in Moore's Irish Melodies: in every instance the version of Bunting has been adopted in preference to that of Moore, as being always the more ancient, and generally the more beautiful. Thus, for the first time, many of these magnificent lyrics will be found in connexion with the airs by which they were professedly inspired.