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Introduction
and published in 1904 by Mr. A. H. Bullen. The copy­right is now held by Messrs. Sidgwick and Jackson, Ltd., who, with what can only be described as extravagant generosity, put the book at my disposal.
To the modern authors herein represented and to their publishers my hearty thanks are due for their permission to include so much. The following have by their courtesy enabled me to offer to my readers not only the best of the older drinking songs but also the best drinking songs of our own day: Mr. Hilaire Belloc and his pub­lishers, Messrs. Duckworth and Co. and Messrs. Thos. Nelson and Sons; Mr. E. C. Bentley; Mrs. Cecil Chesterson, who allowed me to use a ballade of the late Cecil Chesterton; Mr. G. K. Chesterton and his pub­lishers, Messrs. Methuen and Co., Ltd., and Messrs. Burns and Oates; Mr. Gerald Cumberland; Mr. Geoffrey Howard; Mr. John Masefield, whose permission was confirmed by Mr. Elkin Mathews, who also gave per­mission for the reprinting of John Davidson's " Ballade of the Cheshire Cheese," from the " Book of the Rhymers' Club " ; Mr. Alfred Noyes and his publishers, Messrs. Wm. Blackwood and Sons; Mr. John Lane for two poems by John Davidson and two by C. W. Dalmon ; and Mr. T. Michael Pope for a poem and for many valuable suggestions.
I would like to have been able to include an extract from " A Shropshire Lad," but Professor A. E. Hous-man refuses all anthologists; and Mr. Austin Dobson has declined to consent to " The Malt worm's Madrigal " appearing here. I regret both these omissions; still more do I regret the reason (given me by the author) for b                                          17
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