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PENNY READINGS

IN

PROSE AND VERS E.

SELECTED AND EDITED BY

J. E. CARPENTER,
EDITOR OF “SUNDAY READINGS," "SONGS: SACRED AND DEVOTIONAL,"

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FREDERICK WARNE AND CO.,

BEDFORD STREET, COVENT GARDEN.

LONDON:

SATILL AND EDWARDS, PRINTERS, CHANDOS-STREET,

COVENT-GARDEN.

CONTENTS.

PAGE

70

The Battle of Preston-Pans... ... ... Sir Walter Scott......

The Vanity of Human Wishes.... Dr. Samuel Johnson ...... 13

The Temptations of St. Anthony T. H. S.......

18

January Wind.......

Robert Buchanan ......... 25

The Flower of the Forest...... Professor Wilson .......... 26

The Death of Richard Cour de

Lion.....

John Edmund Reade ..... 35

Prince Arthur and Hubert...... Shakspeare....

43

The Wise Men of Gotham.. W. Porden..

47

Leonidas.

Rev. Dr. George Aspinall 51

The Slave Trade..

Daniel Webster..

54

The Peri and the Merchant's Son. By the Editor .....

56

Told at the Inn.......

William K. Sawyer. 64

Wealth versus Enjoyment. Jeremy Taylor.....

66

The Pauper's Drive....

Thomas Noel..

68

The Falcon.

Boccaccio...

Cunning Tom and the Leprechaun By the Editor.

75

The Cloud....

Percy Bysshe Shelley.... 82

Corporal Crump's Narrative........ John Mills....

84

Tam o' Shanter....

Robert Burns..

105

The King of Denmark's Ride... Hon. Mrs. C. Norton..... 112

Mynheer Von Wodenblock.. Henry Glassford Bell.... 113

Napoleon's Midnight Review.. Méry and Barthélemy.... 120

Windows in Men's Breasts... Anonymous

122

Elegy in a London Theatre..

Not by Gray..

127

Darkness..

Lord Byron ....

129

Richard and Kate...

Robert Bloomfield...... 131

The Dean of Santiago...... Anonymous......

136

The Child and Hind...

Thomas Campbell 143

Before and After Marriage... Anonymous

145

Priuli and Jaffier...

Thomas Otway

149

Bill Jones: a Sailor's Story Matthew Gregory Lewis. 151

London Churches..

Lord Houghton, D.C.L... 156

The Girl who Trod upon Bread... Hans Christian Andersen 157

Enoch Arden's Vow...

Fred. B. Gray

167

The Ploughman and the Poser.. Anonymous..

168

“Britannia Rules the Waves ". Thomas Sheridan.......... 170

Cato and Decius....

Joseph Addison..... 172

Little Lizzie.....

Sheldon Chadwick... 174

The Town and Country Mice...... Alexander Pope... 176

John Maynard........

Stephen Garman........... 178

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Bryan Waller Proctor.... 197

My Account with Her Majesty ... Andrew Halliday. 201

The Legend of the Forget-Me-Not Anonymous ...,

212

The Three Black Crows.... Dr. Byrom.......

216

The Desolation of Greenland.. James Montgomery..

218

Alone in the World....

Anonymous

221

An Old Man's Idyl

Richard Realf

223

Visit to the Prince of Wales.. Artemus Ward

225

The Horse and the Wolf.... La Fontaine

229

Under Canvas-Wounded.. Owen Meredith

231

Wake not the Dead....

John Oxenford

234

Scene from Every Man in his

Humour"

Ben Jonson.......

236

The Dignity of Labour... Rev. Newman Hall....... 240

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In the year 1745 Charles Edward, son of the Pretender James Francis, made his great attempt to recover the crown of Great Britain. James himself had fallen into obscurity ever since the attempt of 1715, and was now sinking into old age; but his son, who was born 1721, seemed to have all the popular merits that his father wanted. In person he was tall, well-formed, and active; his face was handsome, his complexion fair, his eyes blue; his hair fell in natural ringlets on his neck. His address, at once dignified and affable, was calculated to win attachment; yet his misfortunes had rendered him somewhat jealous of his dignity. He possessed courage, and a romantic sense of honour; he was decisive and resolute, yet, it is generally agreed, without much ability as a leader. In politics and religion, he retained all the bigoted notions of the Stuarts.

His first attempt was made in 1774, with the support of a large French fleet and army, under Marshal Saxe; but the expedition was wrecked by a great storm off Dungeness, and the French Government abandoned the enterprise. Deprived of their support, and even without his father's knowledge, Charles Edward pawned his jewels and borrowed from his father's friends, to purchase arms and ammunition, which he put on board a French ship of war, and embarking himself in a brig, sailed from Belleisle July 2nd, 1745. The ship was

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