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PENNY READINGS

IN

PROSE AND VERS E.

SELECTED AND EDITED BY

J. E. CARPENTER,

EDITOR OF “SUNDAY READINGS,” “SONGS: SACRED AND DEVOTIONAL,"

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LONDON:
FREDERICK WARNE AND O
BEDFORD STREET, COVENT GARDEN.

LONDON: SATILL AND EDWARDS, PRINTERS, CHANDOS-STREET,

COTENT-GARDEN.

CONTENTS.

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35

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The Battle of Preston-Pans.......... Sir Walter Scott......... 1

The Vanity of Human Wishes.... Dr. Samuel Johnson ..... 13

The Temptations of St. Anthony T. H. S.............

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January Wind........................, Robert Buchanan .....

The Flower of the Forest............ Professor Wilson ..........

The Death of Richard Cour de

Lion ..........

John Edmund Reade .....

Prince Arthur and Hubert.......... Shakspeare...

The Wise Men of Gotham............ W. Porden......

Leonidas............................... Rev. Dr. George Aspinall

The Slave Trade ........

Daniel Webster.

The Peri and the Merchant's Son. By the Editor..

Told at the Inn............

William K. Sawyer.

Wealth versus Enjoyment.. ...... Jeremy Taylor..

The Pauper's Drive ............ Thomas Noel.

The Falcon..

Boccaccio.....

Cunning Tom and the Leprechaun By the Editor ..............

The Cloud...

Percy Bysshe Shelley.

Corporal Crump's Narrative......... John Mills...

Tam o' Shanter..

Robert Burns..

The King of Denmark's Ride...... Hon. Mrs. C. Norton.....

Mynheer Von Wodenblock........ Henry Glassford Bell....

Napoleon's Midnight Review...... Méry and Barthélemy....

Windows in Men's Breasts......... Anonymous .................

Elegy in a London Theatre......... Not by Gray.... ... ... ... ...

Darkness.. ...........

Lord Byron..

129

Richard and Kate....................

Robert Bloomfield ......... 131

The Dean of Santiago............... Anonymous.................. 136

The Child and Hind.......

Thomas Campbell ......... 143

Before and After Marriage.......... Anonymous ................ 145

Priuli and Jaffier......

Thomas Otway ............

Bill Jones: a Sailor's Story ...... Matthew Gregory Lewis. 151

London Churches...................... Lord Houghton, D.C.L... 156

The Girl who Trod upon Bread... Hans Christian Andersen 157

Enoch Arden's Vow.................. Fred. B. Gray ............ 167

The Ploughman and the Poser...... Anonymous ................... 168

“Britannia Rules the Waves ”.... Thomas Sheridan .........

170

Cato and Decius.....................

Joseph Addison.............

Little Lizzie........................... Sheldon Chadwick..... ... 174

The Town and Country Mice...... Alexander Pope........... 176

John Maynard......

Stephen Garman........... 178

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PENNY READINGS.

THE BATTLE OF PRESTON-PANS.

Sir Walter Scotr. In the year 1745 Charles Edward, son of the Pretender James Francis, made his great attempt to recover the crown of Great Britain. James himself had fallen into obscurity ever since the attempt of 1715, and was now sinking into old age ; but his son, who was born 1721, seemed to have all the popular merits that his father wanted. In person he was tall, well-formed, and active; his face was handsome, his complexion fair, his eyes blue; his hair fell in natural ringlets on his neck. His address, at once dignified and affable, was calculated to win attachment; yet his misfortunes had rendered him somewhat jealous of his dignity. He possessed courage, and a romantic sense of honour; he was decisive and resolute, yet, it is generally agreed, without much ability as a leader. In politics and religion, he retained all the bigoted notions of the Stuarts.

His first attempt was made in 1774, with the support of a large French fleet and army, under Marshal Saxe; but the expedition was wrecked by a great storm off Dungeness, and the French Government abandoned the enterprise. Deprived of their support, and even without his father's knowledge, Charles Edward pawned his jewels and borrowed from his father's friends, to purchase arms and ammunition, which he put on board a French ship of war, and embarking himself in a brig, sailed from Belleisle July 2nd, 1745. The ship was

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