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DAY

SUBJECT.

AUTHOR. Page

301. The Clouds . . . . . . . . . . . . . SHELLEY . . . 236

302. Of the Goodness of the Deity . . . . . . PALEY . . . . . 239

303. The Duel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . C. DICKENS . . .

304. Domestic Jars . . . . . . . . . .

LORD STOWELL..

305. Ballads .

VARIOUS . . . .

306. Of Wisdom . . . . . . .

H. TAYLOR . . .

307. An Irish Village .

CARLETON . . . .

308. The Betrothed

CRABBE . . . .

309. The Faithful Minister . · · · · ·

T. FULLER ...

310. The Doctor's Family Feeling

SOUTHEY . . . .

311. Scottish Music

BEATTIE . . . .

312. Scottish Songs

TANNAHILL

313. Art and Nature . . . . . .

BYRON . . . . . 304

314. Absence . . . . . . . .

SHAKSPERE . . . 312

315. Advice to his Son

LORD BURLEIGH . . 316

316. False and True Knowledge ....

SIR J. DAVIES . . 320

317. The Landlord and the Agent .....

MARIA EDGEWORTH . 326

318. Dream of Eugene Aram . . . . . .

HOOD . . . . .

319. The Poet's Year . . . . . . . . .

GOETHE . . . . 338

320. Decision of Character . . . .

J. FOSTER . . . . 342

321. Resolution and Independence . . . .

WORDSWORTH . .

322. A Word to the Wise .....

BISHOP BERKELEY

323. The Influence of the Parental Character .. Rev. R. CECIL .

324. Christmas . . . . . .

VARIOUS . . .

325. The Modern Dramatic Poets, Part I. .... VARIOUS . . . .

367

326. The Canadian Indians · · · ·

Str F. B. HEAD . . 376

327. Songs . . . . . . . . . . . .

VARIOUS... 385

328. Character of Colonel Hutchinson .

MRS. HUTCHINSON

391

329. The Rising of the Waters ......

Galr . . . .

397

330. Hymn on the fativity . . . . . .

MILTON .. .

331. The Death of Lord Hastings . . . . . . . . R. HALL...

332. Christmas in the North of Germany.

COLERIDGE . . .

412

333. The Old and Young Courtier . . .

ANONYMOUS ...

334. Of his own Studies . . . . . . .

MILTON . . . . 419

335. Enigmas . . . . . . . . . . . . .

W. M. PRAED . . 425

336. The Defence of Poesy · · · · · · · · · ·

SIR P. SIDNEY . .

337. Of Fraud ... · · · · · · ·

BISHOP WILSON . .

338. The Modern Dramatic Poets, Part II. . .

VARIOUS ; . . .

339. Of Myself. .

COWLEY ..

340. The Haunch of Venison . . . . . .

GOLDSMITH .. .

341. The Candid Man . . . . . . . . . . .

SIR E. B. LYTTON .

342. The Plague of Florence ...

BOCCACCIO . . . . 468

343. Priam and Achilles . ....

HOMER (Pope's / 472

.. ..

& Hunt's Tr.) Š

344. Che TWays of God .......... John Scott ... 476

345. The Death of Socrates . . . . . . . . . .

Plato ((Taylor's Tr.) 478

346. The Best English People ...

THACKERAY... 482

347. Newstead Abbey · · · · ·

BYRON . . . . . 487

348. Of the Public Good . . . . . . . . . . . A. SIDNEY. . . . 492

349. The Modern Dramatic Poets, Part III.

VARIOUS

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HALF-HOURS

WITH

THE BEST AUTHORS.

263.-LET WINTER COME. WINTER, like every other season, has its appropriate sentiments, but suited to the mood of the poet's mind. It suggests pictures of home comfort:

Let Winter come ! let polar spirits sweep
The darkening world, and tempest-troubled deep!
Though boundless snows the wither'd heath deform,
And the dim sun scarce wanders through the storm,
Yet shall the smile of social love repay,
With mental light, the melancholy day!
And, when its short and sullen noon is o'er,
The ice-chain'd waters slumbering on the shore,
How bright the faggots in his little hall
Blaze on the hearth, and warm the pictur'd wall !

CAMPBELL. Even its gloom has its inspiration of solemn musings, such as Burns has beautifully described :- As I am what the men of the world, if they knew such a man, would call a whimsical mortal, I have various sources of pleasure and enjoyment, which are, in a manner, peculiar to myself, or some here and there such other out-of-the-way person. Such is the peculiar pleasure I take in the season of winter, more than the rest of the year. This, I believe, may be partly owing to my misfors tunes giving my mind a melancholy cast : but there is something even

in the

Mighty tempest, and the hoary waste,

Abrupt, and deep stretch'd o'er the buried earth, VOL. IV.

which raises the mind to a serious solemnity, favourable to every thing great and noble. There is scarcely any earthly object gives me more -I do not know if I should call it pleasure—but something which exalts me, something which enraptures me—than to walk in the sheltered side of a wood, or high plantation, in a cloudy winter day, and hear the stormy wind howling among the trees, and raving over the plain. It is my best season for devotion: my mind is wrapt up in a kind of enthusiasm to Him who, in the pompous language of the Hebrew bard, walks on the wings of the wind.' In one of these seasons, just after a train of misfortunes, I composed the following :

The wintry west extends his blast,

And hail and rain does blaw :
Or the stormy north sends driving forth

The blinding sleet and snaw :
While, tumbling brown, the burn comes down,

And roars frae bank to brae;
And bird and beast in covert rest,

And pass the heartless day.
The sweeping blast, the sky o'ercast,

The joyless winter day,
Let others fear, to me more dear

Than all the pride of May:
The tempest's howl, it soothes my soul,

My griefs it seems to join;
The leafless trees my fancy please,

Their fate resembles mine!
Thou Pow'r Supreme, whose mighty scheme

These woes of mine fulfil;
Here firm I rest, they must be best,

Because they are Thy will !
Then all I want (oh! do thou grant

This one request of mine!)
Since to enjoy thou dost deny,

Assist me to resign."

Winter calls up the personifications of the painter-poets :

Lastly, came Winter clothed all in frieze,
Chattering his teeth for cold that did him chill ;

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