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PREFACE.

In compiling “Select Poetry for Children” the Editor's aim was to assist in laying the foundation of a pure and just taste, by interesting the mind, at an early age, in poetry of a superior order-high-toned, beautiful, simple, but not childish. The success which that little volume has met with induces him to believe that the object was, in some degree, appreciated. The present work is intended to supply materials, in the specimens themselves, for the higher cultivation of the youthful taste, and by brief explanatory and critical annotations on particular passages, to develop their spirit and beauty, and to make the learning of poetry in schools—what it has hitherto but rarely been—a valuable auxiliary to the study of our mother-tongue. Such a study as is here indicated involves, however, not merely an acquaintance with the general meaning of words and their grammatical relations, but a nice investigation into their origin and history—the vicissitudes they have undergone, and their present significance and power. Inquiries of this kind cannot, of course, be extensively pursued at school, but it is well to arouse the pupil to a sense of their importance, and thus prepare his mind for that sympathy with noble thoughts displayed in exquisite language, which is productive of some of our purest enjoyments. The more general diffusion, moreover, of good taste by means of early cultivation, would probably so elevate the public standard as to suppress entirely such offences as are frequently committed against it.

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The work now offered to the candid consideration of parents and teachers, is divided into two parts :--the first consisting of miscellaneous poems and extracts; the second of poems and extracts from the highest class of English poets, chronologically arranged, from Chaucer to Burns, showing the progress of the language, and accompanied by short biographical notices and remarks on the spirit and style of each author.

The specimens given in the second part will be found ample and characteristic. Those from Chaucer and Spenser occupy nearly forty pages, and are printed in the original spelling, in order to give a genuine impression of their style. The appended notes will remove every difficulty arising from the obsoleteness of much of the diction.

It is only necessary to add, that the extracts from the works of Campbell, Shelly, and Wordsworth, are inserted by the obliging permission of the proprietors of the respective copyrights. THE MANSION GRAMMAR School, Letherhead, Surrey,

JAN. 30TH, 1845.

INDEX.

PART I.

MISCELLANEOUS POEMS AND EXTRACTS,

PAGE.

19 68 22 209 207 98

2 90 73

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...

Address to an Egyptian Mummy Horace Smith
Alexander Selkirk's Soliloquy

Cowper
Alps at Day-Break, the ...

Rogers Ancient Britain

Cowper
Balloon, the

Darwin
Bees
Boadicea ...

Cowper
Burial of Sir John Moore, the

Wolfe Butterfly, to the

Rogers Calendar of Flora, the

Charlotte Smith Calm Winter's Night, a ...

Shelley Cataract, on a

Coleridge Cataract and the Streamlet, the

Barton Chameleon, the

Merrick Changes

Southwell
Chess

Sir W. Jones
Chevy Chace
Christmas

Walter Scott
Cloud, the

Shelley Cloudland

Coleridge Common Lot, the

Montgomery Comparison, a

Cowper Cottager, the

id. Cruelty to Animals, against

id. Crusade, the

Warton Cuckoo, to the

Wordsworth Daffodils, the

Wordsworth Death of an Infant

Mrs. Sigourney Death's Final Conquest ...

Shirley
Dirge over Fidele's Tomb ...

Collins
Dying Boy, the
Dying Gladiator, the

Byron
Dying Mother and her Babe, the Pollok
Early Rising and Prayer

Vaughan Elegy written in a Country Churchyard Gray Emigrants, the

Marvell England, to ...

Coleridge ...

23 119 178 102

85 164 91 39 135 143 157 10 80 111 178 73 18 118 162

58 225 173 206

33 162

60 169 215

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PAGE.
146
166

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...

168
ib.
ib.
ib.
49
95
187
181
214
199

5
103
215
160

99
138
69
59
111
147
177

25
188

57
149

English Rivers

Milton
Epistle to Joseph Hill, Esq.

Cowper
Epitaphs :-
1. On a Young Lady ...

B. Jonson
2. On the Countess of Pembroke ... id.
3. Intended for Sir I. Newton

Pope
4. For the Tomb of Mr. Hamilton Cowper
Female Names

Lamb
Firmament, the

Habington
Flight of Xerxes

Miss Jewsbury
Flowers of the Field, the

Keble
Friends

Montgomery
Ginevra

Rogers
Glory of God in Creation, the

Addison
God's Watchful Care ...

Cunningham
God, the only Comforter

Moore
Golden Age, the ...

Thomson...
Greece

Byron
Grongar Hill

Dyer
Happy Man, the

Sir H. Wotton.
Helvellyn

Walter Scott ..
Hermit, the

Beattie
Home

Montgomery
Homeric Hexameter exemplified Coleridge
The Horologe of Flora
Hour of Death, the

Mrs. Hemans
Human Frailty

Cowper
Hymn before Sunrise

Coleridge
Idea of a State, the

Sir W. Jones...
Inscriptions

1. For the Entrance to a Wood Bryant
2. For a Column at Truxillo... Southey
3. For a Column at Runnymead Akenside
4. For a Fountain on a Heath Coleridge
5. Fora Statue of Chaucer at Woodstock Akenside
6. For a Natural Grotto
7. For a Natural Spring

Warton
Isaac Ashford ...

Crabbe
Jerusalem before the Siege

Milman
June

Cornelius Webbe
King's College Chapel, Cambridge Wordsworth
Lady with a Rose, to a

Waller
Late Massacre in Piedmont, on the ... Milton
Lavinia

Thomson...
Lion Hunt, the

Pringle

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164

...

127
128
129

ib.
130

ib.
131
155
222

...

84

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184
115
159
93
12

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