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W. & R. CHAMBERS
LONDON AND EDINBURGH

1878

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Edinburgh : Printed by W. and R. Chambers PREFACE,

THESE gleanings from the rich field of English poetry have been compiled with a view to being used both as a class-book in schools and as a repertory for home reading.

It is not intended that the pieces should be used as furnishing exercises in grammar and the meanings of words, but rather so as to foster a taste for reading poetry for the pleasure of reading it; and the object of the notes is merely to explain such unusual words and allusions as might hinder the reader from seizing readily the general meaning of the sentence.

It always adds to the interest of what we read when we know something of the writer, and accordingly brief biographical sketches of the authors of the poems are appended, arranged in alphabetical order.

Thanks are due to Messrs Ward, Lock, & Co., and Messrs Warne & Co., for kindly allowing the insertion of pieces that are still copyright.

EDINBURGH, June 1878.

CONTENTS

PAGE

The Homes of England..................... Mrs Hemans... ...... 7

The Star of Bethlehem..

....H. K. White........... 9

Trust in God and do the Right ............... Norman Macleod.... 9

The Battle of Hohenlinden..................... Thomas Campbell...10

The Wandering Harper....... .............. Scott......................12

Death of 'Little Jim,' the Collier's Child...Farmer. ..............

The Old Arm-Chair...... ............. Eliza Cook...........

Address to the Cuckoo........................... Logan...............

Building on the Sand............................. Eliza Cook ............17

The Village Blacksmith. ................... .Longfellow........

Lucy Gray.......................................... Wordsworth........

Naval Ode.............

.......... ...... Campbell..............

The Orphan Boy's Tale.......................... .Mrs Opie............

The Pilgrim Fathers......

.Mrs Hemans... ...... 25

Rosabelle...... ...........

........ ....Scott....................

She is far from the Land.................. ...... T. Moore...........

Flattery and Friendship................. .... Shakspeare. ........

Soldier, Wake................................... .Scott..................

Soldier, Rest.................................. ..... Scott.................

The Burial of Sir John Moore .................. Wolfe.................

The Good Time Coming.........................Charles Mackay....

Song of Old Time...

Eliza Cook ............37

Mary in Heaven.................................... .Burns ..................38

The Sunbeam .............. .......... ....Mrs Hemans .........39

Never Say Fail !............

...... Unknown..............,40

Boadicea...................................

..Cowper.................41

The Skylark...............

..James Hogg .......... 43

Excelsior...............

..Longfellow ............44

A Shipwreck..........

....John Wilson.........

The Wreck of the Hesperus..................... Longfellow..........

To Blossoms............... .......................Herrick..............

Buttercups and Daisies............................. Eliza Cook............

The Golden Mean........................... Cowper...............

On Himself..

Herrick...............

Work is Holy....................................... Thomas Knox........54

Casabianca............

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.... Mrs Hemans .........55

The Glove and the Lions........................Leigh Hunt............57

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