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BIOGRAPHICAL NOTICES OF AUTHORS.
AUTHOR OF THE “NEW STANDARD COPY BOOKS," &c.
This Book has been prepared with the object of providing a selection of Poems adapted to the attainments of the children and younger pupil teachers in Elementary Schools. It will also be found very suitable for teaching the new subject, “ENGLISH," named in the Code of 1882. Many Grammar Schools and Colleges have adopted it as their text-book for English Literature.
COPIOUS NOTES accompany each poem, explaining almost every point of difficulty that occurs. These notes are placed in the margin, and consequently enable the pupil to obtain the explanation required more readily than if they were printed at the foot of the page or at the end of the poem.
SHORT BIOGRAPHICAL NOTICES of all the authors quoted are prefixed to the several poems.
For permission to use copyright pieces, the Compiler has to thank the liberality of Robert Browning, Esq.; Matthew Arnold, Esq.; Messrs. Longman & Co.; and Messrs. Macmillan & Co.
NOTE.—This book has been adopted by the London and many other School Boards, for Reading and Repetition in the Upper Standards, and for the specific subject of Literature.
ABOU-BEN-ADHEM and the Angel,
Leigh Hunt, :
Advice to a Youth,
An April Day,
A Psalm of Life,
J. G. Whittier,
Battle of Blenheim,
Battle of Hohenlinden,
Battle of the Baltic,
David's Lament for Absalom,
N. P. Willis,
Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard, Gray,
: W. C. 'Bennett,
R. W. Emerson,
He never smiled again,
How they brought the Good News from Ghent
King John, Act IV., Scene I.,
Lines addressed to his Mother's Picture,.
Lord Ullin's Daughter,
Love of Country,
Mark Antony's Oration,
Mary, Queen of Scots,
H. G. Bell,
Merchant of Venice, Act IV., Sceno I., Shakspeare.
Ode to the North-East Wind,
On a Distant Prospect of Eton College, :
Paradise and the Peri,
Parting of Marmion and Douglas,
Star and the Water Lily,.
The Burial of Sir John Moore,
The Deserted Village,
The Destruction of Sennacherib's Army,
The Diver, :
The Dying Christian to his Soul, :
The Fire of Drift-wood,
The Forsaken Merman,
The Glove and the Lions, .
The Homes of England,
The Inchcape Rock,
The Isles of Greece,
The Ivy Green,
The Last Minstrel,
The Pet Lamb,
The Saxon and the Gael,
The Scriptorium (Golden Legend),
The Soldier's Dream,
The Song of the Shirt,
The Spanish Champion,
The Universal Prayer,
The Village Blacksmith,
The Wreck of the Hesperus,
To a Field Mouse, .
To a Mountain Daisy,
Vision of Belshazzar,
Youth and Age,
W. C. Bryant,
E. A. Poe,
ABOU-BEN-ADHEM (may his tribe increase),
A chieftain, to the Highlands bound,
All day the low-hung clouds have dropt,
Alone stood brave Horatius,
Attend, all ye who list to hear our noble England's praise,
Bird of the wilderness,
Breathes there the man, with soul so dead,
But pleasures are like poppies spread,
Came the relief. What, sentry, ho!
Come, dear children, let us away, .
Father of all ! in every age,
Friends, Romans, countrymen! lend me your ears,
Good name, in man and woman,
Hark! I hear the tramp of thousands,
Hear the sledges with the bells,
Heat me these irons hot; and look thou stand,
How are Thy servants blest, O Lord !
I bring fresh showers for the thirsting flowers,
If thou should'st ever come to Modena,
I looked far back into other years, and lo! in bright array,
In that delightful land which is washed by the Delaware's waters,
I sprang to the stirrup, and Joris, and he,
It is growing dark! yet one line more,
It is not growing like a tree,
It was a summer's evening,
It was the schooner Hesperus,
John Gilpin was a citizen, .
King Francis was a hearty king, and loved a royal sport,
Learn to be wise, and practise how to thrive,
Men have done brave deeds,
My ear-rings! my ear-rings! they've dropt into the well!
My gentle child, I have no song to give you.
No stir in the air, no stir in the sea,
Not a drum was heard, not a funeral note,
Not far advanced was morning day
Of Nelson and the North, .
Oft I had heard of Lucy Gray,