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GRAMMAR SOH () () I., READER

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BY

WILLIAM H. ELSON

SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS, CLEVELAND, OHIO

AND

CHRISTINE KECK

PRINCIPAL OF SIGSBEE SCHOOL, GRAND RAPIDS, MICH.

SCOTT, FORESMAN AND COMPANY
CHICAGO NEW YORK

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TABLE OF CONTENTS
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INTRODUCTION . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - * * * * * - - - 9

Part I—Patriotism, Stories, Poems of Nature and Duty

PATRIOTISM :

THE FLAG. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Arthur Macy. . . . . . . . . . . . . 15

HAIL, COLUMBIA. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Joseph Hopkinson . . . . . . . . . 17

OUR COUNTRY. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (Author Unknown). . . . . . . 19

HoHENLINDEN ... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Thomas Campbell. . . . . . . . . 21

EMIGRATION OF THE PILCRIM FATHERS. Edward Everett . . . . . . . . . . 23

ARNOLD WINKELRIED. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . James Montgomery. . . . . . . 25

A LEGEND OF BREGENz . . . . . . . . . . . . Adelaide Procter. . . . . . . . . 29

ONE COUNTRY. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Frank L. Stanton. . . . . . . . . 36

AMERICA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ... Sidney Lanier. . . . . . . . . . . . 38

STORIES :

ABOU BEN ADHEM. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Leigh Hunt. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39

THE BAREFOOT BOY. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . John Greenleaf Whittier. . 40

THE PIED PIPER OF HAMELIN . . . . . . . Robert Browning. . . . . . . . . 44

KENTUCKY BELLE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Constance F. JVoolson . . . . . .54

THE KING OF THE GOLDEN RIVER ...John Ruskin. . . . . . . . . . . . . 60

NATURE :

SoNG ... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Celia Thaarter. . . . . . . . . . . . SS

MY HEART LEAPS UP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . William IV ordsworth. . . . . . 89

THE SPACIOUS FIRMAMENT . . . . . . . . . . Joseph Addison . . . . . . . . . . 90

THE SEA. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ... Bryan Waller Procter..... 92

MARCH . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . William Wordsworth. . . . . . 94

THE VOICE OF SPRING. . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mary Howitt. . . . . . . . . . . . . 95

AN APRIL DAY. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Caroline B. Southey . . . . . . 97

APPLE BLOSSOMs. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . William Wesley Martin... 100

DUTY: 2^

DARE To Do RIGHT. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . George L. Taylor. . . . . . . . . 102

A PSALM OF LIFE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Henry W. Longfellow..... 103

FIND A WAY OR MAKE IT. . . . . . . . . . . John G. Saare. . . . . . . . . . . . 105

BETTER THAN GOLD. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . A learander Smart. . . . . . . . . 107

GRADATIM . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . J. G. Holland. . . . . . . . . . . . 110

IBELLS :

THOSE EvKNING BELLs. . . . . . . . . . . . Thomas Moore. . . . . . . . . . . 111

THE BELLS OF SHANDON. . . . . . . . . . . Francis Mahony. . . . . . . . . . 112

RING OUT, WILD BELLs. . . . . . . . . . . . . Alfred Lord Tennyson. ... 115

CHRISTMAS BELLS. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Henry W. Longfellow . . . . . 118

THE FIR TREE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Hams Christian Andersen . . 119

A CHRISTMAS TREE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Charles Dickens . . . . . . . . . . 126

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INTRODUCTION . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 135

THE STORY OF ACHILLEs. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 138

THE STORY OF ULYSSEs. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 175

THE STORY OF AFNEAS. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 225

"THE STORY OF HORATIUS. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 254

HoRATIUS AT THE BRIDGE. . . . . . . . . . . Thomas Babington Macaulay. 259

Part III—Great American Authors

BIOGRAPHIES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 277

BENJAMIN FRANKLIN

MY ARRIVAL IN PHILADELPHIA. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 283

WASHINGTON IRVING

THE BOBOLINK. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 289

WILLIAM CULLEN BRYANT

MARCH . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 293

THE DEATH OF THE FLOWERs. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 295

THE PLANTING OF THE APPLE TRLE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 296

HENRY WADSWORTH LONGFELLOW

THE VILLAGE BLACKSMITH . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 300

THE OLD CLOCK ON THE STAIRS. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 303

THE BIRDS OF KILLINGWORTH. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 307

RALPH WALDO EMERSON

THE RHODORA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3.18

THE BUMBLEBEE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3.19

NATHANIEL HAWTHORNE

LITTLE DAFFYDOWNDILLY. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 322

JAMES RUSSELL LOWELL

THE FOUNTAIN. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 330

LONGING . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 332

JOHN GREENLEAF WHITTIER

THE PUMPKIN. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 333

ALL's WELL. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . - - - - - - - - - - - - - 335

JLIVER WENDELL HOLMES

LEXINGTON ... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . - - - - - - - - - 336

CONTENTMENT ... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 339

INTRODUCTION

This book is designed to furnish a rich and varied supply of reading matter suited to the interests and needs of children in the early part of the grammar school work. The selections have been made with great care from among the masterpieces of British and American literature. Many familiar old pieces that have stood the test of time are included in the list. They are the songs that will always be sung and the stories that will always be told. The grouping into separate parts will aid both teachers and pupils in classifying the material, indicating at a glance the range and variety of literature offered. Part One includes both poetry and prose. The stirring notes of patriotism with which the book opens find fitting supplement in the charming stories which follow, “The Barefoot Boy” being typical of the entire group. The series of nature poems, the group relating to character and that relating to the music of the bells, complete a collection of literary creations notable for their charm of expression and conspicuous for their beauty of thought and imagery. Part Two contains some of the heroic tales of Greece and Rome. These fine old legends of adventure and heroism, handed down from the dawn of history, have delighted old and young for countless generations. They typify the noblest and best ideals of heroic conduct in ancient times and offer exceptional material for character-building at this impressionable period in the child’s life. These stories are adapted from the stories from Homer and Virgil by Prof. Alfred J. Church. Part Three presents a few of the great American authors, and no apology is needed for the names included in the list offered.

They represent the makers of American literature and the

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