In arranging Longfellow s Courtship of Miles Standish for the amateur stage, the attempt has been made to adhere to the original as closely as possible. We have placed in brackets those portions of the poem which, though not a part of the drama, give Mr. Longfellow sown conceptions of the surroundings and feelings of the actors. We have tried to make our descriptions of costumes historically accurate, and have been actuated throughout by a desire to be truthful to history and to the spirit of the poem. It seems to us that children and grown people are likely to learn more, both from a literary and from an historical standpoint, by becoming familiar with connected portions of a beautiful poem like this than by learning shorter pieces of poetry which, though excellent in themselves, do not form parts of a complete whole. We believe the plot of the play to be so interesting that, for the sake of the story alone, the play will be eagerly listened to at School Exhibitions and Private Theatricals.
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