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Preface

THE

HE selections contained in this volume are such as

relate to one subject only—that of country life. But this, in itself, is a very wide sphere, and offers in its many different fields, old and new, all the variety that the most capricious spirit could desire. In collecting the different passages, the editor has allowed herself a wide sweep of the net; it has been her aim to bring together many beautiful passages from the best writers, mingled with others interesting rather from their quaintness and oddity, or their antiquity. With this view, not only have the poets of our own tongue, ancient and modern, English and American, been laid under contribution for the reader's amusement, but translations from a dozen different languages have also been included in the volume. Materials for a work of this nature abound, and the editor would have gladly drawn even more largely from the
sources open to her, not only from the older authors,
but from many writers of our own day also. It was
desirable, however, that the volume should not reach
an unwieldy size, as it was intended for pleasant com-
panionship—the summer-seat, under a shady tree, or
the chimney corner in winter-rather than for the
prouder position allotted to the ponderous quarto on
the library shelf. A word of especial apology is per-
haps needed, regarding some of our omissions; “Co-
mus," the “ Allegro and Penseroso," Gray's “ Elegy"
and “Ode to Spring,” with other poems of that class,
though peculiarly fitted for a compilation of this kind,
will not be found in our table of Contents. But they
have already been so often printed and misprinted,
quoted and misquoted !

“ Dono infelice di bellezza, ond’ hai

Funesta dota d' infiniti guai.”

In this instance their very absence will serve to recall
them to the reader's memory.

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Flowers....

Spring-Flowers..

Arrangements of a Bouquet.

Heart's-Ease

The Garland.

To Primroses..

To the Narcissus

The Rose.....

Ancient Servian Song.

To Blossoms

Children's Posies..

Love's Wreath..

To Daffodils

The Lily..

186 Wild Flowers...

186 To the Sweet-Brier

187 The Wild Honeysuckle

138 Wild Flowers..

139 Beau and the Lily

140 Flowers

141 Alpine Flowers...

142 To the Bramble Flower..

142 The Painted Cup....

143 The Wreath of Grasses..

143 Divination..

144 Grass

144 Daffodils.

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Grongar Hill

Letter on Certain Trees.

A Sketch..

An English Peasant's Cottage

Ruth

Simple Pleasures

IX. Medley.

157 From “The Complete Angler"

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161 The Milk-Maid's Song

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162 The Milk-Maid's Mother's Answer... 167

163 The Solitary Reaper..

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163 The Husbandman.

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