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PREFACE.

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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 now frequently committed against it.

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, Shelley, and Wordsworth, are inserted by the obliging permission of the proprietors of the respective copyrights.

THE MANSION GRAMMAR SCHOOL,
Letherhead, Surrey,

Jan. 30TH., 1845.

The present Edition has been carefully revised and corrected. A few pieces have been withdrawn, and others of a perior character substituted.

J. P.

DEC. 1855.

INDEX.

PART I,

MISCELLANEOUS POEMS AND EXTRACTS.

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

Couper
Alps at Daybreak, the

Rogers
Ancient Britain

Couper
Bees
Bells, the

Edgar Poe
Boadicea

Couper 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
Changes.

Southwell
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

T. Warton Cuckoo, to the.

Wordsworth Daffodils, the

Wordsworth Death-bed, the

Hood. 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

PAGE

19 68 22 208

98 192

2 90 73 23 119 178 103 164

39 135 143 157 10 80 111 178 73 18 118 160 162

57 224 175 206

33 162

Marvell England, to

Coleridge English Rivers

Milton

60 169 21 146

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Epistle to Joseph Hill, Esq.
Epitaphs
1. Ön a Young Lady.
2. On the Countess of Pembroke .
3. Intended for Sir Isaac Newton

4. For the Tomb of Mr. Hamilton
Eve of the Battle, the
Excelsior
Female Names
Firmament, the
Flight of Xerxes .
Flowers of the Field, the
Friend, to a
Friends
Ginevra .
Glory of God in Creation, the
God's Watchful Care.
God, the only Comforter
Greece
Grongar Hill
Happy Man, the
Haunted House, the
Helvellyn
Hermit, the
Hohenlinden
Home
Homeric Hexameter exemplified
Horologe of Flora, the .
Hour of Death, the .
Human Frailty
Hymn before Sunrise
Idea of a State, the .
Inscriptions

1. For the Entrance to a Wood
2. For a Column at Truxillo
3. For a Column at Runnimede
4. For a Fountain on a Heath
5. For a Statue of Chaucer at Wood-

Pope
Couper
Byron
Longfellow
Lamb
Habington
Miss Jewsbury
Keble.
Hartley Coleridge:
Montgomery
Rogers
Addison.
Cunningham
Moore
Byron
Dyer .
Sir H. Wotton
Hood.
Walter Scott
Beattie
Campbell
Montgomery
Coleridge
Mrs. Hemans
Couper
Coleridge
Sir W. Jones

168
168
168
168
132
52
48
98
188
182
160
214
201

5
104
214
100
138
69
92
58
112

85
147
178

25
189

56
149
164

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6. For a Natural Grotto

7. For a Natural Spring
Isaac Ashford.
Ivry, the battle of
Jerusalem before the Siege
King's College Chapel, Cambridge
Lady with a Rose, to a .
Late Massacre in Piedmont, on the.
Lavinia
Lion Hunt, the
Lodore, the Cataract of .
Lord Bacon
Lucy.

Akenside
T. Warton :
Crabbe
Macaulay
Milman
Wordsworth
Waller
Milton
Thomson
Pringle
Southey.
Couley
Wordsworth

130
131
131
* 155
116
221
185
115
159
96
12
211
131
109

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