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THE CLASS AND STANDARD SERIES

OF

READING BOOKS

BOOK V.

LONDON: PRINTED BY SPOTTISWOODE AND CO., NEW-STREET SQUARE

AND PARLIAMENT STREET

THE CLASS AND STANDARD SERIES

OF

READING BOOKS

ADAPTED TO THE REQUIREMENTS OF THE REVISED CODE.

BY

CHARLES BILTON, B.A.

BOOK V.

A POETICAL READER

SUITABLE FOR ALL CLASSES OF SCHOOLS.

The poet cometh to you with words set in delightful proportion,
either accompanied with, or prepared for, the well-onekonting skill
of music.'--Sir Philip Sidney.

LONDON:
LONGMANS, GREEN, AND CO.

STANDARD V.

Requirements of the Revised Code.

Reading.-A few lines of poetry from a reading book

used in the first class of the school. Writing.A sentence slowly dictated once, by a few

words at a time, from a reading book used in the

first class of the school. Arithmetic. A sum in compound rules (common

weights and measures).

TOT

LUI

PREFACE.

ALL EXPERIENCED TEACHERS know and appreciate the great utility of a selection of good poetry as a means of forming the taste, cultivating the moral perceptions, exercising the imagination, and awakening and stimulating the desire for the acquisition of knowledge. In our earliest years we are taught, and delight in, the ofttold nursery rhymes; and many volumes of poems have been written for the especial use of children. Miss Aikin has truly said, that the magic of rhyme is felt in the very cradle; the mother and the nurse employ it as a spell of soothing power. The taste for harmonythe poetical ear—if ever acquired, is so almost always during infancy. The flow of numbers easily impresses itself on the memory, and is with difficulty erased. By the aid of verse, a store of beautiful imagery and glowing sentiment may be gathered up as the amusement of childhood, which in riper years may beguile the heavy hours of languor, solitude, and sorrow; may enforce sentiments of piety, humanity, and tenderness; may soothe the soul to calmness, rouse it to honourable exertion, or fire it with virtuous indignation.'

This selection is intended for the use of children in whom the teacher is endeavouring to implant a love of reading for the sake of its uses and pleasures. There is no surer method of doing so than by presenting to

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