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THE

BOOK OF ENGLISH POETRY.

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PART I.-MODERN ENGLISH POETS.

BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES. The peculiar characteristics of the modern school of British Poets may be concisely stated to originate in the abandonment of classical imagery, and the artificial ideas adapted from Greek and Roman mythology, for the more direct subserviency of the muse to truth and nature. All poetry is, indeed, necessarily inspired by the truthful appreciation of nature ; but the choice of subject, and the mode of treatment, are equally affected by the fashions and tendencies of the age, and thus the works of the true poet become the mirror in which the characteristics of his era are reflected and faithfully depicted for other times.

During the latter part of the eighteenth century, names belonging to the modern school of poets began to appear among those singularly fantastic writers, such as Darwin, Hayley, and Weston, who so fitly represented the character of that most formal and artificial period.

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The Pelican Island,

81 The Nightingale,

144

Liberty,

82 Autumn,

147

The Quarrel of Friends,

83 Adonis Sleeping,

148

To a Friend, proposing to do- The Dream of Eugene Aram, 149
mesticate with the Author, 84 Friendship

156

Sonnet,

85 The Genius of Byron,

157

The Sky-Lark,

86 The Deserted Hall,

159

Kilmeny's return from Fairy The Future,

160

Land,

87 The Forsaken,

160

A Mountain Landscape, 88 Sabbath Evening,

161

The Holly Tree,

89 The Couch by Friendship

The Evening Rainbow,

91

Spread,

163

Love,

91 Love and Death,

165

Noontide,

92 The Bride, from “ In Memo-

Scenes of Youth,

93 riam,"

165

To Ianthe,

94 Godiva,

167

Hope triumphant in Death, 96 The Statesman, from "In Me-

Ye Mariners of England,

98 moriam,"

169

Gertrude's Childhood,

100 A Child's First Impression of a

The Last Man,

101

Star,

170

The Soldier's Dream,

104 Spring,

171

Love's Dissensions,

105 To Laura,

172

The Glory of God in Nature, 106 | The Lady's Yes,

174

Jerusalem,

107 Victoria's Tears,

175

To the Bramble Flower, 108 To a Dying Infant,

177

Steam in the Desert,

109 | The Primrose,

181

The Mariner's Song,

110 The Pauper's Death-Bed, 182

Lowliness of Mind,

111 | The Huguenot's Battle-Hymn, 184

My Mother,

112 The Armada,

187

Instability of Human Glory, 112 Moncontour,

191

The Stormy Petrel,

113 A Butterfly at a Child's Grave, 192

The Linden Tree,

114 Napoleon's Return,

192

Address to the Ocean,

115 Flowers,

194

The Lake of Geneva,

117 A Psalm of Life,

196

The Sun,

119 | The Reaper and the Flowers, 198

The Ocean,

119 The Silent Land. From the

The Eve of Waterloo,

122 German of Salis,

199

The Evening Cloud,

124 The Slave's Dream,

200

Moonlight at Sea,

125 The Christian Slave,

202

The Martyr's Funeral Hymn, 126 Our Countrymen in Chains, 204

The Last Day,

127 Lines on reading an account

The Cloud,

128

of the meeting of the Bos-

Lines Written in the Vale of

ton Female Anti-Slavery So-

Chamouni,

131 ciety,

208

The Sky-Lark,

133 | The Covenanter's Dream, 210

Returning Spring,

137 On a Deceased Child,

213

The Burial of Sir John Moore, 138 Hymn of Nature,

215

The Homes of England,

139 Excommunication of the Cid, 217

Evening Prayer in a Girls' Zara's Ear-Kings,

219

School,

140 Spring,

221

Death's Seasons,

142 A Requiem,

222

Loved Ones,

144 | A Reverie,

224

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