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PREFACE.

In bringing before the publio a subject which, it
remote, has at least the merit of novelty, it is the
translator's pleasant duty to acknowledge the assist-
ance which has done much to smooth for him the
difficulties of an almost untrodden path. From
European sources, indeed, little or no help has been
derived. But to a native man of letters, Suzuki Tsune-
masa, thanks are due for continued aid and counsel
during the preparation of the present versions, while
the necessary preliminary studies would never have
been successfully carried through but for the kind
encouragement of the aged poetess Tachibana-no-
Toseko. Writing at a distance, from England, and
unable personally to supervise the correction of the
proofs, the translator must beg the indulgence of
Orientalists if any errors should have crept into the
spelling of Japanese words. A few of the “Short
Odes" and three or four of tho longer pieces have
already appeared in the pages either of the “ Cornhill
Magazine or of the “Transactions of the Asiatic
Society of Japan," and to the President and Council
of this Society and to the Editor of that Magazine

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