Excerpt from Percy's Reliques of Ancient English Poetry
Concerning the text and annotations, Shenstone's only fear was lest the edition Should be overweighted with minute scholarship. SO long as there was no deliberate falsification he cared nothing for an accurate text: I believe I shall never make any Objection to such improvements as you bestow upon them, unless you were plainly to contradict antiquity, which I am pretty sure will never be the case. As to alterations Of a word or two, I do not esteem it a point of conscience to particularize them on this occasion. Perhaps, where a whole line or more is altered, it may be proper enough to give some intimation Of it. The italic type may answer this purpose, if you do not employ it. On other occasions. It will have the appearance of a modern toe or finger, which is allowably added to the best Old statues: and I think I should always let the public imagine that they are owing to gaps rather than to faulty passages. (oct. 1.
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