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“Thanatopsis,” written by Bryant at twenty-three; the sonnets of the youthful Keats ; extracts from the journal of Longfellow, just out of college ; and “Spartacus to the Gladiators,” written by Elijah Kellogg as a junior declamation.

Great conflicts in legend and history, from the Trojan War to the Franco-Prussian struggle, are recalled in the poetry and eloquence elicited by them. The war of the American Rebellion is still so recent that selections from its literature are difficult; but Sidney Lanier, Timrod, and Grady speak for the South, as do Lincoln, Lowell, and Edward Everett for the North, and their country claims the honor of them all.

These are hints only of what may be found in a study of these volumes. If they develop the love of literature and the habit of storing it in the memory, they will have attained their object and justified their title by offering as food for the mind what Ruskin calls “Bread made of that old, enchanted Arabian grain, the Sesame, which opens doors not of Robbers', but of Kings' Treasuries.”


Editors. OCTOBER, 1890.

The Editors extend their cordial thanks to the following Publishers and Authors whose generous co-operation has made the collection possible, and whose contributions appear in this volume :

To Messrs. Gottsberger & Co., for poems by Rose Terry Cooke; to Messrs. Fords, Howard, and Hulbert, for selections from the writings of Henry Ward Beecher; and to Messrs. Scribner & Co., for poems by Sidney Lanier.

To Reverend Phillips Brooks, Reverend John W. Chadwick, Miss Edna Dean Proctor, Miss Charlotte Fiske Bates, and Mrs. Julia Ward Howe; to Mr. George William Curtis, Mr. Walt Whitman, Mr. Joaquin Miller, Mr. John Hay, Mr. Will H. Thompson, Mr. John Fiske, and Mr. Robert Underwood Johnson; and to the literary executors of Miss Emma Lazarus, Mr. William Cullen Bryant, Mr. Anson Burlingame, and Mr. Henry W. Grady.

Selections from the writings of Longfellow, Emerson, Lowell, Holmes, and Story, are published by business arrangement with Messrs. Houghton, Mifflin, & Co.


Columbus crossing the Atlantic..... .. Arthur Hugh Clough. 319
Commemoration Ode...

.James Russell Lowell. 174
Comparison of George Washington with George the Fourth, called

the First Gentleman of Europe ... William Makepeace Thackeray. 330

Comparison of Washington and Napoleon. François de Chateaubriand. 329

Confederate Soldier, The..

Henry W. Grady. 168


. Arthur Hugh Clough. 5

Crowning of Arthur, The..

. Alfred Tennyson. 239

Dante Alighieri....

.Dante Gabriel Rossetti. 37

Death of Lincoln, The......

.Henry Ward Beecher. 161

Defiance of Hector and Ajax, The.

....Homer. 277

Demeanor of Books, The ...

.John Milton. 88


.James Russell Lowell. 166

Description of the Venus of Milo.... William Makepeace Thackeray. 133

Destiny of our Country, The.....

.Joseph Story. 182

Dost thou look back ?.

. Alfred Tennyson. 59

Duties of the Scholar.

Matthew Arnold. 28

Each and All...

.Ralph Waldo Emerson.

Easter Hymn, An...

Thomas Blackburn. 335

Elegy written in a Country Churchyard.

. Thomas Gray. 71

Elizabeth at Tilbury..

.Francis T. Palgrave. 230

End of the Play, The.

William Makepeace Thackeray. 358

Escurial, The.

Théophile Gautier. 129

Farewell; but whenever you welcome the Hour...... Thomas Moore. 286

Fisher Song...

.John Greenleaf Whittier. 139

Folding of the Flocks..

Beaumont and Fletcher. 144

Free Speech..

. Gerrit Smith. 179


Emma Lazarus. 31

Gladiators, The

Emilio Castelar. 256

Glory of Athens.

Thucydides. 265

Goblet of Life, The.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. 7

Golden Speech, The.

Queen Elizabeth. 227

Good Friday

Girolamo Savonarola. 334

Greatness based on Morality.

.John Bright. 172


Lord Byron. 131

Greenwood, The.

William L. Bowles. 283

Guillotine, The .

Charles Dickens. 250

He giveth His Beloved Sleep.

. Elizabeth Barrett Browning. 15

Henry Fifth at the Siege of Harfleur.

William Shakespeare. 233


Edna Dean Proctor. 153

Heroism in Housekeeping.

.Jane Welsh Carlyle. 302

Hervé Riel...

Robert Browning. 209

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