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La Poésie est le Miroir de la Nature : c'est le cri de l'âme,
un élan vers les cieux.

London :
F. & W. KERSLAKE, 13, BOOKSELLERS' ROW,

STRAND.

1873.

280. n. 9121

Printed by W. DAVY & Son, 8, Gilbert Street, W.

PREFACE.

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We trust the present Selection of English Poetry may prove a useful addition to the many excellent existing works of a similar kind. Our aim has been, not to supersede any of these, but to form “ School Book,

a work suitable for young people in general. It is believed that the selection will be found sufficiently copious and varied for this purpose ; our chief care, however, has been to select pieces that inculcate those solid truths which form the basis of a good education. This task, we are proud to say, is not difficult with regard to our British Poets, and we shall consider ourselves amply rewarded, if our humble efforts be conducive in leading young people to dwell more on the beauty of the sentiment, which elevates the mind, than on the harmonious arrangement of words, which merely captivates the ear, and in teaching them to form their judgment of poetry by its intrinsic worth and excellence.

In order to facilitate the use of this work for tuition, it is divided into two parts. The First, designed for younger children, commences by simple pieces, which lead progressively, as far as possible, to more difficult ones. The Second Part, designed to complete this elementary course of English Poetry, contains Poems of a higher order and selections from our standard Poets arranged chronologically. In each part will be found specimens of our contemporary writers. A short Appendix is given for the sake of including some passages from Milton, Pope, Young, and W. Scott, which, it was at first feared, would have swollen the volume to an inconvenient size.

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Adam and Eve in Paradise, Milton
Adam and Eve Leaving Paradise, Milton ....
Advice to a Son, Shakespeare
Alexander Selkirk, Cowper
Alps at Daybreak, Rogers
Ancient Sages, Keble
Angel in the House, Milnes
Annunciation of B. V. M., Keble
Antony's Funeral Oration, Shakespeare
Autumn, Shelley
Autumn, Southey
Autumn, Thomson
Bashfulness, Cowper
Beauties of Nature, Keble
Bee, to a, Southey
Bees, Shakespeare
Bethlehem, Star of, K. White
Better Land, Hemans
Birthday, My, Moore
Birth of Christ, Tennyson
Blessed are they that Mourn, Bryant ...
Blossoms, Herrick
Boy and Rainbow, Wilkie
Bregenz, Legend of, Procter

ace at Bannockburn, Burns
Bruges, Wordsworth
Builders, Longfellow
Burial of Sir J. Moore, Wolfe
Burns' Daisy, Wordsworth
Butterfly, to a, Rogers
Calm after Storm, Moore
Canute, Wordsworth
Casabianca, Hemans
Cataract of Lodore, Southey
Christian Slave, Oakley
Christmas, Scott

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