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PREFACE.

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T the special request of the enterprising Publishers,

who were laudably anxious that a volume designed for a Prize Book in schools of a superior class, as well as a Gift Book for the drawing-room table, should commend itself no less by purity of morals, than by typographical excellence, and by beauty and richness of illustration, I have looked hastily through

the several Hists of this work as they issued from the press. The responsibility of seketing the specimens, and the preparation of brief critical notices öf: the respective writers, have devolved upon a gentleman, whose execution of the task has proved him to be in every way qualified to do it justice. My part is performed, when I have expressed my opinion that the volume is one which may be safely and profitably presented, not only by the instructor to his pupil, but by the father to his daughter, and by the mother to her son.

Had I been consulted in an earlier stage of the work, I might, perhaps, have recommended a chronological arrangement of the several authors, in order that the specimens selected might illustrate the progress of the English language, as well as the gradual development of the mind and heart of Poetry. And I should have done so on

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this ground. It is happily characteristic of the age in which we live, that a competent knowledge of the English language and literature is now recognised as essential to a complete liberal education ; and that, in the competitive examination of candidates for appointments at the disposal of Government, it is no longer held subordinate to the languages of Greece and Rome. If, however, such an arrangement had increased the usefulness, it might have detracted from the interest of the work; and the object I have in view will be in great measure answered by the Chronological Index, which I have for that reason ventured to recommend, and which the Publishers have kindly consented to adopt.

Prefatory remarks are in general so little regarded, and, in respect of a publication like the present, so little required, that I will not detain my readers from the intellectual feast which has been provided for them by any observations on the influence of Poetry in refining, elevating, and expanding the mind of youth. I will only add the expression of my confidence, that nothing in this volume contained will detract from the legitimate and accredited character of Poetry, as the teacher of Virtue, and as the handmaid of Religion.

THOMAS DALE.

Eastbourne, October 2, 1860.

CONTENTS.

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THE PROCESSION OF THE SEASONS ..................... Spenser ...........

HYMN TO DIANA ............................................. Ben Jonson.........

LINES FROM THE “DESERTED VILLAGE”............ Goldsmith ..............

FROM AN ELEGY ON COWLEY ..........................

Sir John Denham .........

SONNET

.................. Shakespeare ..........

SONG OF THE STARS

................ Bryant ..............

“LET ERIN REMEMBER THE DAYS OF OLD” ...... T. Moore ...............

“ WE ARE SEVEN” ........

Wordsworth ..........

THE BETTER LAND

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Felicia Hemans .........

HOHENLINDEN .

.. Campbell ......

RESIGNATION

.................Longfellow ...........

SONG TO CELIA ..........

............. Ben Jonson ........

PARAPHRASE OF THE NINETEENTH PSALM ......... Addison

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THE OLD FAMILIAR FACES ............................... C. Lamb

THE SAVIOUR ..................................................... Kirke White .............

THE KITTEN AND THE FALLING LEAVES ............ Wordsworth

SONG: Blow, BLOW, THOU WINTER WIND ....... Shakespeare .................

A DUNGEON....

.............. S. T. Coleridge ........

THE NEGLECTED CHILD ............. ................. T. H. Bayley ............

THE SLEEPER

......... Edgar A. Poe ..............

ODE FOR AN AGRICULTURAL CELEBRATION ......... W. C. Bryant..............

A MOTHER'S LOVE.........

..James Montgomery .......

TO THE MOON ...............

.Sir Philip Sidney .........

THE SKYLARK ..............

............. Shelley ..........

TRUE LOVELINESS ............

........ Carew ... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ...

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THE FAIRY QUEEN'S CHARIOT ........................ ..Drayton .........

THE YOUNG HERDSMAN

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............ .. Wordsworth ...............

THE MOTHER AND CHILD ............ ........... Rogers

A GARDEN ............

.. Thomson .....

BEAUTIES OF THE EVENING (from “Il Penseroso")... Milton. ........

FORGIVENESS ..

.............. Whittier .................

THE NIGHTINGALE .......

................S. T. Coleridge ...........

THE DEATH OF THE FLOWERS .................... W. C. Bryant............

NIGHT (from “Christabel")

...S. T. Coleridge .......

............... Scott ..............

THE SKYLARK.............

............... Hogg .............

A STORM IN HARVEST ............

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Dryden ..........

BELSHAZZAR'S FEAST ...........

............ Byron ........

TO A BEE...

............. . Southey

TAE SOLDIER'S DREAM .......

. Campbell.

A DIRGE .............

............ Beaumont and Fletcher..

THE VOICE OF SPRING .... ................. Felicia Hemans ...........

THE BURIAL OF SIR John MOORE

Wolfe .....

SONG ON MAY MORNING .......

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..Milton ......

MARIANA .

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Tennyson ..

ODE: How SLEEPS THE BRAVE ............. Collins. .......

YE MARINERS OF ENGLAND ........

Campbell.....

ROBIN HOOD ..............

............. Keats ..............

THE COMPLAINTS OF THE POOR................

. Southey ............

AN EPICEDIUM .....

.Alaric Watts ...

SHE WAS A PHANTOM OF DELIGHT ................... Wordsworth ...........

EXTRACT FROM A LETTER FROM ITALY ............. Addison ...........

THE LAST MINSTREL .........

.............. Scott .............

THE GRANDAME

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.... C. Lamb

THE SPANISH ARMADA ...........

. Macaulay.

THE CASTLE BY THE SEA ................................. Longfellow .................

Sin (from Logau's “ Aphorisms”) ....................... Longfellow .............

MILITARY GLORY (from "The Vanity of Human

{ Johnson ......................

Wishes”)....................

THE BATTLE OF WATERLOO ........................... .. Byron ......................

ON A CERTAIN LADY AT COURT ...................... .. Pope .......................

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THE GRAVE

............ Bernard Barton ...........

MARLBOROUGH (from “ The Campaign") ............. Addison ......................

ELEGY WRITTEN IN A COUNTRY CHURCHYARD... Gray ........................

SWEET MARY.

............... Wolfe ............

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CHARACTER OF ADDISON (from the “ Epistle to?

Pope .... . . . ................

Dr. Arbuthnot”) ...

A PSALM OF LIFE ......

............ .Longfellow .................

SONG ...

.............. Davenant

THE DYING CHRISTIAN TO His SOUL ............... Pope ........

THE ALPINE HUNTER

. Schiller .....

YOUTHFUL DAYS.

............... Cowper .....................

To DAFFODILS ...............

...Herrick ..

LORE-LEY ...................

............. Heine ............................

THE NYMPH'S DESCRIPTION OF HER FAWN ....... Andrew Marvell............

LAMENT FOR JAMES, EARL OF GLENCAIRN

.Burns

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DIRGE IN “CYMBELINE”...

. Shakespeare.........

THE MOTHER (from “ Eleanora”) ..................... Dryden ...........

ON SHAKESPEARE ........

............ Milton ...........

THE Past...

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Professor Wilson ...........

TO ALTHEA: FROM PRISON .............................. Richard Lovelace ..........
FUNERAL DIRGE (from “ The Widow of Nain”)...... Rev. T. Dale ..............

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THE WINTER WALK AT Noon .........

... Cowper

THE MARINER'S WIFE ..............

Mickle...

To BLOSSOMS .......

............. Herrick

MORNING OCCUPATIONS..........

Otway ............

ELEGY ON THE DEATH OF A Mad Dog .............. Goldsmith .........

EVE TO ADAM ............

.. ... ... ... ... ................ . Milton

A SUMMER NOON ...................................... Thomson .........

LORD ULLIN'S DAUGHTER ................................ Campbell.. .............

PORTRAIT OF ISAAC ASHFORD (from “Village Tales”) Crabbe......

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THE VILLAGE CLERGYMAN (from "The Deserted)

& Goldsmith ....................

Village”).

To AUTUMN....

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Keats .......................

SONNET ON HIS BLINDNESS..... .............. Milton........... ............

THE PET NAME ....

Elizth. Barrett Browning

BIRDS...

Wordsworth .................

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