Obrázky stránek
PDF
ePub
[graphic]
[merged small][merged small][merged small][merged small][merged small][merged small][merged small][ocr errors][merged small]

“Flowers of all hue, and without thorn the rose.”

LONDON:
G. ROUTLEDGE & CO. FARRINGDON STREET;
NEW YORK: 18, BEEKMAN STREET.

1856.

280. s. 101.


PREFACE.

[ocr errors]

There are certainly many “ Books of Poetry” already before the world ; but the taste of the public is fastidious or capricious : no one volume has ever won universal suffrage, and there still exists a " longing after something unpossessed.” It is this unsatisfied craving which encourages me to cast another little book on the waters.

Fifty years ago, “ Aikin's Poetry” stood unrivalled as a simple, pure, and elegant selection of pieces adapted for youthful minds. But the rapid progress of education in the last half-century has rendered a higher standard of poetry requisite even in the schoolroom ; and the schoolboy, whose father wept over “ The Beggar Man," and enjoyed the mingled humour and pathos of the “ Mouse's Petition,” repeats with delight the bold lyrics of Campbell, or aspires to emulate the glorious lays of Macaulay. The 19th century has been rich in poetic genius; the discoveries of science, the wide diffusion of useful knowledge, have failed to quench the pure and ennobling flame of poetry. A long catalogue of immortal names-Byron,

« PředchozíPokračovat »