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hope and joy, the sorrow and despair, the fixed resolve and the unquenchable aspiration of those who have striven and labored and held on high the torch of clear thinking, of high ideals, and of worthy living

Here we behold the dawn of a new literature, the gradual mastery of word and phrase through which artistic perfection of many kinds is attained. Among this distinguished company are the poets, essayists, and novelists who have expressed in lasting form the meaning which they found in the interesting world about them.

The most satisfactory method for any person who wishes to gain the greatest profit and pleasure from literature is to read it, unencumbered with so-called helpsand annotations. Its highest function is not to inform but to delight. We have tried to supply a thread of simple, critical comment, as introductory to the respective sections, to which the reader may turn for assistance in acquiring a connected story of the development of English literature. But we believe this is secondary in importance to the literature itself which is its own best advocate. For the intimate association that attaches to the representation of the writers themselves, we have here reproduced the portraits of some of the best known of English poets, prose writers, and novelists.

We cherish the hope that this book, brought together after many years of pleasurable reading and choosing, may point the way to some of the greatest delights and happiest experiences that can come to those who will to live fully and nobly.

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The Constant Lover.

Cherry-Ripe

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The Bracelet: To Julia

Why so Pale and Wan?.

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THE ROMANTIC POETS

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SAMUEL TAYLOR COLERIDGE (1772–1834)

Pibroch of Donald Dhu .

387

The Rime of the Ancient Mariner .

341

Clarion

387

Christabel .

351 Proud Maisie

387

Kubla Khan

356 Bonny Dundee

388

Frost at Midnight

357 Here's a Health to King Charles

389

France: An Ode

GEORGE GORDON BYRON (1788–1824)

Dejection: An Ode

From Childe Harold's Pilgrimage

WILLIAM WORDSWORTH (1770-1850)

She Walks in Beauty

403

Lines Composed a Few Miles Above

Oh! Snatch'd Away in Beauty's Bloom 403

Tintern Abbey, on Revisiting the

The Destruction of Sennacherib

403

Banks of the Wye During a Tour

362

To Thomas Moore

404

Lucy Gray; or, Solitude

On This Day I Complete My Thirty-

She Dwelt Among the Untrodden Ways 367 Sixth Year .

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Michael

367 The Prisoner of Chillon :

405

My Heart Leaps Up When I Behold

374

The Green Linnet

Percy Bysshe SHELLEY (1792–1822)

374

Resolution and Independence

375

Ozymandias

409

The Solitary Reaper .

Lines Written Among the Euganean

377

To the Cuckoo

Hills

377

409

I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud.

Ode to the West Wind :

377

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Ode to Duty.

The Indian Serenade

416

Ode

Love's Philosophy

To a Sky-Lark

The Cloud

On the Extinction of the Venetian Re-

To a Skylark .

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public

To Night

419

London, 1802 .

A Lament

419

Composed upon Westminster Bridge,

Adonais

419

Sept. 3, 1802

Lines: “When the Lamp Is Shattered"

427

On the Sea-Shore Near Calais

382

John Keats (1795-1821)

The World Is Too Much With Us 383 On First Looking into Chapman's

There Was a Boy

383

Homer

428

Walter Scott (1771-1832)

From Endymion

Hail to the Chief Who in Triumph Ad-

The Eve of St. Agnes

434

vances!.

383 Ode on a Grecian Urn

440

Coronach.

384 Ode to a Nightingale

441

Harp of the North, Farewell !

384

From Hyperion

443

Jock o' Hazeldean

384 To Autumn

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