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to furnish his pupils with examples to be worked at home or otherwise. They have given a collection of short rules and definitions in order that the pupil may be enabled to refresh his memory,

if necessary, as to the various processes which have been taught in class. In order that the pupil may be enabled to read the lessons with appreciation, the most difficult words and forms of expression in each extract are explained, as far as possible, in the sense in which they are used. These definitions are prefixed to the lesson, and may be advantageously committed to memory by the pupil before he reads it.

The Editors issue the book in the earnest hope that they may become, through it, humble co-workers with those who are engaged in the noble task of opening up the fountains of knowledge to that class of youths and young men who are destined to play so important a part in the future of this country.

They gladly avail themselves of this opportunity of expressing their grateful acknowledgments to the following authors and publishers for their kindness in permitting the use of extracts from the works named below : viz. to

Charles Dickens, Esq. for extracts from the ' Pickwick Papers,' 'Our Mutual Friend,' and ' All the Year Round;' Messrs. Sampson Low, Son, & Márston, for extracts from Captain Maury's Physical Geography of the Sea and its Meteorology;' Messrs. Smith, Elder, & Co. for an extract from Mr. Ruskin's 'Stones of Venice;' Messrs. A. & C. Black, for extracts from Sir J. Herschel's " Physical Geography;' John Murray, Esq. for extracts from the “ Naturalist on the Amazons,' by H. W. Bates, Esq., ' Industrial Biography,' by S. Smiles, Esq., Sinai and Palestine,' by Dean Stanley, History of England,' by Lord Mahon, • Battles of the Peninsula,' by Sir W. Napier, · Letters from High Latitudes,' by Lord Dufferin, Physical Geography,' by Mrs. Somerville; Messrs. Lockwood & Co. for extracts from ‘Curiosities of Science,' by John Timbs, Esq.;

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LITERATURE.

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POETRY.—The Good Parson

Chaucer 26
Sir Lancelott du Lake

Percy's Reliques 27
No Age Content: that of Childhood the Happiest

Earl of Surrey 64
The Means to attain a Happy Life

65
Una and the Lion

Spenser 95
The Horse of Adonis

Shakspeare 96
The Vicissitudes of Life

97
The Golden Age Restored

Ben Jonson 98
Virtue

G. Herbert 99
The Spirit's Epilogue

Milton 132
The Garden of Eden

133
Alexander's Feast

Dryden 134
Protogenes and Apelles

Prior 166
The Battle of Blenheim

Addison 168
The Passion of Hope, &c.

Pope 170
Showers in Spring

Thomson 204
Hassan, or the Camel Driver

Collins 205
Aspirations after the Infinite

Akenside 207
The Bard

Gray 246
The Village Pastor

Goldsmith 249
The Minstrel's Song

Chatterton 250

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