Excerpt from Lollardy and the Reformation in England, 1908, Vol. 3: An Historical Survey To make this apparent is the task that lies before me; and I must own it is a formidable one, for the demands it makes upon my poor energies. More over, when I look back ou the work already aecom plished, I am almost disheartened by a sense of its defects. Of these, indeed, in some ways, I felt con scious beforehand. But I must frankly own that detached and fragmentary as its very plan was there is a good deal in the execution of my work that requires apology. Not only are large subjects slightly treated, but there is a larger crop of errors than I like the look of. Nor am I desirous that what I have already written should be more highly esteemed than it deserves. For I find that my very errors, when pointed out - as some of them have been - were real hindrances to my general aim; while, on the other hand, there are popular but misdirected criticisms which require a word or two in explanation.
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