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PREFACE.

In adding another to the numerous Poetical Selections which have already appeared for the use of schools and young persons, the Compiler feels that he is called upon to explain the motives that have induced him to intrude himself on the notice of the public. He would, therefore, briefly state, that in the course of his practice, as an instructor of youth, he has often been led to consider, notwithstanding the popularity several Selections have obtained, that a work, which, while it did not exclude those favourite passages already familiar to general readers, and esteemed as choice subjects for Elocutionary Exercises, at the same time embraced some of the most valuable specimens of our living poets, was still a desideratum. For though the productions of the most admired writers of our age may be read, and appreciated by many, yet from their almost entire omission from our Class-Book Collections, it can hardly be considered that they are nearly as extensively circulated as they deserve. This is more especially the case with the Poems of Thomas Campbell, Esq., and James Montgomery, Esq., from which, it may be observed, many selections appear in the present volume. Justly entitled as these gifted individuals are to the rare praise of hav. ing written “No line, which dying, they need wish to blot,the Compiler has not the vanity to believe that his encomiums can add to their already-acquired Fame; yet, as he has presumed to make such copious Extracts from their Writings, with the view of inducing young persons to seek an acquaintance with the whole of their works, he cannot omit to tender them his best acknowledgments; and to the former especially he would add his heartfelt thanks, for the condescending manner in which he was pleased to accept the proffered dedication of this little work.

Though the Compiler's first design was to supply, what appeared to him a deficiency in school books, and thus furnish his own pupils with the Beauties of English Poetry in every variety of style that might be useful in forming their literary taste; yet he submits the result of his labours to the public, cherishing a hope, that, from the gradational plan pursued, and the suitability of the Pieces for the purpose of Recitation, this Compilation will be found to meet the wants of those Tutors who prefer the use of one Selection to more ; while by others it may be deemed no unacceptable Companion to those Class Books already in use. He would add, in conclusion, that while he has aimed to collect together a Nosegay of the choicest flowers, culled from many a garden, and has plucked here and there a few simples for the sake of variety, he trusts the most scrutinizing eye will detect no poison lurking beneath.

Dane John Academy,

Canterbury, Aug. 1st, 1838.

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ADDISON.

| BURNS.
Confidence in God . .. 76 Man was made to Mourn 74
Cato's Soliloquy on the Im-

To Mary in Heaven, . 149
mortality of the Soul . 245 To a Mountain Daisy . 197
ANONYMOUS.

BYROM.
The Battle of Busaco .. 36

St. Philip Neri and the
The African . .
False Logic .

The Three Black Crows. 156
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Hodge and the Vicar . . 87

BYRON.
The Spectacles . . . .

The Gladiator... 60
To-morrow ...

Greece . . . . . . 110
An Elegy to Pity...

On the Plain of Marathon . 150
The Orphans . . . . 173

The Destruction of Sen-
The Retort . . . . .

nacherib . . . . . 38
Lapsus Linguæ . . . 217

Alp. (The Battle Field). 176
The Answer of the Egyptian

Childe Harold's Song . 195
Mummy

269

The Field of Waterloo . 200
Vat you Please . . . . 281

Farethee well. . . . 259
BARBAULD.

An Alpine Storm . .. 273
AD Address to the Deity. 189

Address to the Ocean . . 293
BARTON.

CAMPBELL.
The Butterfly ,. .. 256

Lord Ullin's Daughter . 13

The Soldier's Dream. .
Farewell . . . . 320

The Battle of Hohenlinden
BEATTIE.

Glenara . . . . . . 68
The Hermit . . . . . 161

The Last Man . . . . 95
On True Dignity . . . 184

To the Rainbow .

The Influence of Hope . . 118
BLACKWOOD's MAGAZINE.

Maternal Hope . . . 127
On visiting a Scene of

On the Downfall of Poland 139
Childhood . . . . 85 Lines written on visiting a
BLAMIRE, Miss.

Scene in Argsleshire. 153
The Soldier's Return . . 202

The Influence of Hope at
the close of Life. . .

154
BLOMFIELD, Rev. James. I Lochiel's Warning .. 287
Instruction sought from the

Lines on the View from St.
Bee . . . . . . 117' Leonard's .. . 316

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CAREY.

Gay.
Ode to Eloquence . 163 The Hare and many Friends 9

The Poet and the Rose . 12
CHINNERY.

The Eagle and the Assem.
The dying Gladiator . . 108

bly of Animals . .

The Sick Man & the Angel
COLERIDGE.

The Two Owls and the
The Dissolution of Friend.

Sparrow . . . .
ship .

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. . . . . 291

The Miser and Plutus ..
COLLINS.

The Butterfly and the Snail
The Passions, an Qde , 296

The Turkey and the Ant.

A Thought on Eternity .
CONDER.

The Painter who pleased
Solitude: (The Remon.

Nobody and Every-body 115
strance) . . . . . 80 GIFFORD.
CORNWALL, Barry.

Farewell to Anna's Grave 106
Address to the Ocean. • 179 | GOLDSMITH.

The Country Clergyman, 64
COTTON.

The Village Schoolmaster
To-morrow . ....

Edwin and Angelina . . 141

The Miseries of the Poor &
COWPER.

the Luxury of the Rich 159
The Rayen

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A Contest between the GRAY.
Nose and the Eyes .

An Elegy, written in a
The Infidel and the Christ.

Country Churchyard , 241
ian · · · · · ·

HEBER.
Boadicea . . . . . .

The Patriot . . . . . 115
The Nightingale and Glow-

Lamentation over Palestine 232
worm • • , . . 105
The Jackdaw . . . .

HEMANS.
On Freedom . . . ,

The Better Land .. . 89
Crazy Kate . . . . 223 The Voice of Spring . . 98
On Slavery ,

234 Casabianca . . . . . 125
On the Receipt of my Mo.

The Palm Tree . . . 128
ther's Picture . . . . 312 The Treasures of the Deep 182
CRABBE.

HERVEY.
The Mourner . . . . 101 The Convict Ship ... 299

HOGG.
CROLY.

The Fate of Macgregor .
Belshazzar . .,.. 215

146

The Marriage of Young
DARWIN.

Kennedy and Matilda. 191
Eliza ....... 80 HOME.

Douglas's Account of Him.
DIMOND.

self . . . . . 199
The Mariner's Dream . • 208 Douglas's Account of the

Hermit . . . . . 237
EDMESTON.

Heavenly Minstrel. . . 186 | Howitt.
Poverty. . . . . 1871 The Conqueror ... 166

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