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worn fingers and weary eyes, to join with Jonson in mourning and praising the great fellow-craftsman whom he knew, to watch with Pepys the coronation of the king or hear him piously thank God for the money won at gaming-these are things, it should seem, to arouse the most torpid imagination. If, from excursions of this nature, the student learns that good literature and interesting reading matter meet, that the one is not confined to exalted odes nor the other to current magazine fiction, a very real service will have been done by widening the scope of this volume.
It is obvious that in pursuing the study of such diverse material, no single method will suffice. Sometimes, as has already been hinted, reading is all that is necessary. But when a writer like Bacon, let us say, or Pope, writes with the deliberate purpose of instruction, his work must be studied with close application and may be analyzed until it yields its last shade of meaning. On the other hand, when Keats sings pathetically of the enduring beauty of art and the transient life of man, or when Browning chants some message of faith and cheer, a minutely analytical or skeptical attitude would be not only futile but fatal. And when the various purposes of instruction, inspiration, and æsthetic delight are combined in one work, as in the supreme example of Paradise Lost, the student who hopes to attain to anything like full comprehension must return to it with various methods. and in various moods. It is from considerations like these that the teacher must determine his course. One thing, however, cannot be too often repeated. The most successful teacher of literature is he who brings to it a lively sympathy springing from intimate knowledge, assured that method is of minor moment so long as there is the responsive spirit that evokes response.
For ourselves, we would say that while we have divided the labor of preparing both copy and notes, there has been close coöperation at every stage of the work. We owe thanks for suggestions and encouragement to more friends than we may undertake to name. To Dr. Frederick Klaeber, in particular, of the University of Minnesota, we are indebted for advice upon the rendering of certain passages in Beowulf, and to Professor Lindsay Todd Damon, of Brown University, for a critical vigilance that has worked to the improvement of almost every page. By courtesy of The Macmillan Company the translations which represent Cynewulf have been reprinted from Mr. Stopford A. Brooke's History of Early English Literature; and by a similar courtesy on the part of Messrs. Charles Scribner's Sons, who hold copyrights in the works of Stevenson, we have been able to include the selections which close the volume.
A. G. N.
ANGLO-SAXON CHRONICLE (begun about 850)
The Compleynt of Chaucer to His Purse
TRAVELS OF SIR JOHN MANDEVILLE, From the
(written c. 1356; English trans-
Robin Hood and the Monk (MS. c. 1450). 69
SIR THOMAS WYATT (1503-1542; poems pub-
The Lover Having Dreamed, etc. (Son-
Of His Love that Pricked Her Finger
The Lover Complaineth the Unkindness
HENRY HOWARD. EARL OF SURREY (1517?-
Description of Spring, etc. (Sonnet).
Departure of Eneas from Dido.....
The Faerie Queene. Dedication, and
Edmund Spenser: Amoretti XV, XXXVII,
Sir Philip Sidney: Astrophel and Stella
Samuel Daniel: To Delia LI (1592)
Michael Drayton: Idea LXI (1619)
William Shakespeare: Sonnets XXIX,
Sir Philip Sidney: Astrophel and Stella,
George Peele: Fair and Fair (c. 1581).. 144
Thomas Lodge: Rosalind's Madrigal
Shepherd to His Love (1590)...
Sir Walter Raleigh (?) : The Nymph's
Reply to the Shepherd (1590).. 146
William Shakespeare: Under the Green-
Blow, Blow, Thou Winter Wind (c.
Come Away, Come Away, Death (c.
From Absalom and Achitophel (1681).. 277
A Song for St. Cecilia's Day (1687)
Alexander's Feast: or, The Power of
Lines Printed under the Engraved Por-
Song from The Indian Emperor (1665). 285
The Secular Masque (written for the year
SIR RICHARD STEELE (1672-1729)
Prospectus. The Tatler, No. 1 (April
Memories. The Tatler, No. 181 (June 6,
The Club. The Spectator, No. 2 (March
Sir Roger at Church. The Spectator, No.
Ned Softly. The Tatler, No. 163 (April
Frozen Words. The Tatler, No. 254
A Coquette's Heart. The Spectator, No.
To a Child of Quality Five Years Old
The Poet and the Rose. Fable XLV
Ode on St. Cecilia's Day (written 1708). 305
From the Plan of an English Dictionary
Letter to Lord Chesterfield (1755)
From the Preface to the English Diction-
From the Lives of the English Poets:
From The Life of Samuel Johnson, LL.D.
The Haunch of Venison (written 1771).
The Fail of Constantinople (1788)..... 381
From The Natural History of Selborne
From the Speech at Bristol (1780).
From Reflections on the Revolution in
Light Shining out of Darkness, Olney
On the Loss of the Royal George
The Borough. From Letter I (1810)... 395
Song. How Sweet I Roamed (1783)
WILLIAM WORDS WORTH (1770-1850)
Dear Native Regions (written 1786).
Lines Written in Early Spring (1798)... 416
A Slumber Did My Spirit Seal (1799).. 419
The Prelude; or, Growth of a Poet's
She Was a Phantom of Delight (1804)
I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud (1804).
Lochinvar. From Marmion (1808).
Bonny Dundee (written 1825).
Here's a Health to King Charles. From
It is a Beauteous Evening, Calm and
On the Extinction of the Venetian
SAMUEL TAYLOR COLERIDGE (1772-1834)
Kubla Khan (written c. 1798; printed
The Rime of the Ancient Mariner (1798) 428
Christabel. Part the First (written 1797;
Hymn Before Sunrise in the Vale of Cha-
Night on Lake Leman.
From Childe Harold, Canto IV (1818):
From English Bards and Scotch Re-
Maid of Athens, Ere We Part (1812). 451
The Destruction of Sennacherib (1815).. 452
So We'll Go No More A-Roving (1817).. 452
The Prisoner of Chillon (1816)
From Childe Harold, Canto III (1816):
Alastor, or The Spirit of Solitude (1816). 468
The Indian Serenade (written 1819)
From Prometheus Unbound (1820):
From Endymion, Book I: Proem (1818). 483|
Lines on the Mermaid Tavern (1820).
In a Drear-Nighted December (c. 1818).
La Belle Dame Sans Merci (1819).
Sonnets: On First Looking into Chap-
On the Grasshopper and Cricket (De-
On Seeing the Elgin Marbles (1817). 492
When I have Fears that I may Cease
Bright Star! Would I were Stedfast
LATE GEORGIAN BALLADS AND LYRICS
Robert Southey: The Battle of Blen-
Thomas Campbell: Ye Mariners of Eng-
Charles Wolfe: The Burial of Sir John
A Dissertation Upon Roast Pig.
From The Last Essays of Elia (1833):
WALTER SAVAGE LANDOR (1775-1864)
From Imaginary Conversations: Metel-
Thomas Moore: The Harp that Once
through Tara's Halls (1808). 495
Oft, in the Stilly Night (1815)
Charles Lamb: The Old Familiar Faces
Leigh Hunt: To the Grasshopper and
the Cricket (December, 1816).. 496
Winthrop Mackworth Praed: Letters
Thomas Lovell Beddoes : Dream-Pedlary
Thomas Hood: The Death-Bed (1831
Robert Stephen Hawker: The Song of
The Silent Tower of Bottreau (1831) 500
From Old Mortality. Chapter I, Pre-
From Elia (1822-24): Dream-Children;
From Confessions of an English Opium-
From Suspiria De Profundis (1845):
Levana and Our Ladies of Sorrow..
From Sartor Resartus (1833-1834):
From the French Revolution (1837):
THOMAS BABINGTON, LORD MACAULAY (1800-
From The History of England (1848-
JOHN HENRY, CARDINAL NEWMAN (1801-1890)
WILLIAM MAKEPEACE THACKERAY (1811-1863)
From The English Humourists of the
The Splendour Falls.
From In Memoriam (1850)
In the Valley of Cauteretz (1861)
From Roundabout Papers (1860-63):
ALFRED, LORD TENNYSON (1809-1892)
You Ask Me Why, Tho' Ill at Ease (1842) 574
Of Old Sat Freedom on the Heights
Songs from the Princess (1847, 1850):
Flower in the Crannied Wall (1870)
From Pippa Passes (1841): New Year's
Incident of The French Camp (1842)
The Pied Piper of Hamelin (1842).
How They Brought the Good News from
Home-Thoughts, From Abroad (1845)
Home-Thoughts, From the Sea (1845)
The Charge of the Light Brigade (1854). 589