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English School - Classics

IVORDSWORTH'S EXCURSION

Edited by
FRANCIS STORR, B.A.,

ASSISTANT-MASTER AT MARLBOROUGH COLLEGE, LATE SCHOLAR OF TRINITY

COLLEGE, CAMBRIDGE, AND BELL UNIVERSITY SCHOLAR.

The object of these Volumes is to supply preparatory Schools, and the fourth or fifth forms of larger Schools

, with cheap Annotated Text-books for English reading: It is intended thateach Volume should contain enough for one Term's work.

Fcap. 8vo.

THOMSON'S SEASONS: Winter.

With an Introduction to jhe Series, by the Rev. J. FRANCK
BRIGHT, M.A., late Master of the Modern School at

Marlborough College.
COWPER'S TÁSK.

By FRANCIS STORR, B.A., Assistant Master at Marlborough

College.
BACON'S ESSAYS.

By FRANCIS STORR, B. A., Assistant-Master at Marlborough

College. SCOTT'S LAY OF THE LAST MINSTREL.

By J. SURTEES PHILLPOTS, M.A., Assistant - Master at

Rugby School, formerly Fellow of New College, Oxford. SIMPLE POEMS.

By W. C. MULLINS, M.A., Assistant - Master at Marl

borough College. SELECTIONS FROM WORDS WORTH'S

POEŃS.,
By H. H. TURNER, of Trinity College, Cambridge.
WORDSWORTH'S EXCURSION.

By H. H. TURNER, of Trinity College, Cambridge. * The general Introduction to the Series will be found in THOMPSON'S

Winter.

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LIFE.

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1770, at Cockermouth, on the river Derwent, in Cumberland. The Wordsworths were a family of no great note, but had long held a respectable position, and the father of the poet was a solicitor, and acted as agent to Lord Lonsdale. He had five children, of whom William was the second, and his only ter, Dorothy, the third.

By the banks of Derwent the future poet passed his early childhood. Even then the mountain stream “sent a voice that flowed along his dreams,” and in its waters, when only five years old, he tells us, he made“ one long bathing of a summer's day.”

The wise care of his mother, whom Wordsworth always lovingly remembered, made these pleasant years of infancy full of profit to him. His passionate and earnest nature showed, she tells us, some signs of sullenness, which vanished, however, under her wise training, and which have as their sole counterpart the complete lack of humour which marked his character.

His mother died when he was eight years old, and the following year he was sent, with his elder brother John, to school at Hawkshead, a market village near the lake of Esthwaite.

The one fact of Wordsworth's school-time is that it was only a continuation of his childish freedom. It is the first index of a life singular throughout for its unconven

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