My wish is that the reader should in his own pleasure quite forget the editors labour, which too has been pleasant: that, standing aside, I may believe this book has made the Muses access easier when, in the right hour, they come to him to uplift or to console.
The Oxford Book of English Verse
Chosen and Edited by A. T. Quiller-Couch
From Arthur Quiller-Couchs 1919 Introduction to this extensive collection: For this Anthology I have tried to range over the whole field of English Verse . To bring home and render so great a spoil compendiously has been my capital difficulty. It is for the reader to judge if I have so managed it as to serve those who already love poetry and to implant that love in some young minds not yet initiated.