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The work now offered to the candid consideration of parents and teachers is divided into two parts:the first consisting of miscellaneous poems and extracts; the second, of poems and extracts from the highest class of English poets, chronologically arranged, from Chaucer to Burns, showing the progress of the language, and accompanied by short biographical notices and remarks on the spirit and style of each author.

The specimens given in the second part will be found ample and characteristic. Those from Chaucer and Spenser occupy nearly forty pages, and are printed in the original spelling, in order to give a genuine impression of their style. The appended notes will remove every difficulty arising from the obsoleteness of much of the diction.

It is only necessary to add, that the extracts from the works of Campbell, Shelley, and Wordsworth, are inserted by the obliging permission of the proprietors of the respective copyrights.

THE MANSION GRAMMAR SCHOOL,
Letherhead, Surrey,

Jan. 30th., 1845.

The present Edition has been carefully revised and corrected. A few pieces have been withdrawn, and others of a superior character substituted.

J. P. DEC, 1855.

INDEX.

PART I,

MISCELLANEOUS POEMS AND EXTRACTS.

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Address to an Egyptian Mummy.. Horace Smith ... 19 Alexander Selkirk's Soliloquy . . . Cowper . . . . . . Alps at Daybreak, the . . . . . ..

Rogers . . . ..

22 Ancient Britain . . . . . . . . Cowper . . . . Bees . . . . . . . . . . . . Bells, the . . . . . . . . . . Edgar Poe . . . Boadicea . .

Couper . . . . . Burial of Sir John Moore, the

Wolfe . . . . Butterfly, to the . . . . . . . . Rogers .. Calendar of Flora, the . . . . . .

Charlotte Smith .. Calm Winter's Night, a . . . . . Shelley · · · · ·

119 Cataract. on a

Coleridge . . . .

178 Cataract and the Streamlet, the . . . Barton.

103

... Changes.

164 . . . . . . . .

Southwell

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39 . . . . . Christmas . . . . . . . . . .

Walter Scott .. 135 Cloud, the . . . . . . . . . .

Shelley . . . . Cloudland . . . . . . . . . .

Coleridge Common Lot, the

Montgomery Comparison, a..

Cowper . . . Cottager, the. ;

id. . . . . Cruelty to Animals, against .

id. . . . . Crusade, the.

T. Warton . . . Cuckoo, to the. . . . . . . .

Wordsworth .. Daffodils, the . . . . . .

Wordsworth .. Death-bed, the

Hood . . . . . Death of an Infant . . . . . . .

Mrs. Sigourney.
Death's Final Conquest .

Shirley . . . .
Dirge over Fidele's Tomb . . . . . Collins . . .
Dying Boy, the . . . . . . . .
Dying Gladiator, the . . . . . . Byron . . .
Dying Mother and her Babe, the... Pollok . . .
Early Rising and Prayer ..

Vaughan ..
Elegy written in a Country Churchyard Gray......
Emigrants, the . . .

Marvell .
England, to . . . . . . . . . Coleridge . . .
English Rivers . . . . . . . . Milton . . . . .

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Epistle to Joseph Hill, Esq. . ... Cowper . . . . . 166

: B. Jonson · · · ·
2. On the Countess of Pembroke. . id. . . . . .

168
3. Intended for Sir Isaac Newton . Pope . . . . .

168
4. For the Tomb of Mr. Hamilton. Cowper . . . . . 168
Eve of the Battle, the . . . . . .

Byron . . . . . 132
Excelsior . . . . . . . . . .

Longfellow . . . .
Female Names . . . . . . . Lamb . . . . 48
Firmament, the . . . . .

Habington . . . .
Flight of Xerxes .

Miss Jewsbury . . 188
Flowers of the Field, the ... Keble. . .'. 182
Friend, to a . . . . . . . .

Hartley Coleridge..
Friends . . . . . . . . . . Montgomery.

214
Ginevra . . . . . . . . . . . Rogers . . . . . .

201
Glory of God in Creation, the

Addison . . . . .

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God's Watchful Care,. . .

Cunningham . . . 104
God, the only Comforter

Moore . . . .

214
Greece . .

100
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Byron
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Grongar Hill . . . . . . .

Dyer.

138
Happy Man, the . . . . . . . Sir H. Wotton : 69
Haunted House, the . . .

Hood . . . . .
Helvellyn . . . . . . . . . .

Walter Scott :::
Hermit, the . . . . . . . .

Beattie . . . . .

112
Hohenlinden . . . . . . . . .

Campbell .. .
Home . . . . . . . . . . . Montgomery ...
Homeric Hexameter exemplified . . Coleridge . . . .
Horologe of Flora, the .
Hour of Death, the . .

Mrs. Hemans ...
Human Frailty . . . . . . ..

Cowper . . . . .
Hymn before Sunrise ...

Coleridge . . . .
Idea of a State, the . . .

164
. . .. . Sir W. Jones . . .
Inscriptions-

1. For the Entrance to a Wood .. Bryant . . . . .
2. For a Column at Truxillo . . . Southey . . . .

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4. For a Fountain on a Heath . .. Coleridge .... 130
5. For a Statue of Chaucer at Wood-
stock . . . . . . . . .

Akenside..
6. For a Natural Grotto . . .
7. For a Natural Spring ......

T. Warton . ..... 131
Isaac Ashford . . . . . . . ...

Crabbe . . . . . 155
Ivry, the battle of :::....

Macaulay . . . .

116
Jerusalem before the Siege .

Milman . . . .

221
King's College Chapel, Cambridge .. Wordsworth .. 185
Lady with a Rose, to a . . . . . .

Waller . . . .
Laté Massacre in Piedmont, on the.. Milton . . . .
Lavinia . . . . . . . . . .

Thomson . . .
Lion Hunt, the . . . . . . . . Pringle . . . . .
Lodore, the Cataract of . . . . . . Southey . . . .

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Lyrics from the Older Writers :-
1. The Songs of Birds . . . . .

Lyly . . .

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2. The Fairy's Song .

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Shakspere . . . .

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3. Winter . . . .

id. . . . .

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4. Ingratitude . . . .

id. .

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5. The Reveillé . . . .

id. . . . . 172
6. Ariel's Song . . . .

id. . . . .

172
7. Amien's Song . . . .

id. . . . .
8. Hymn to Diana . .

B. Jonson.

173
9. To Fancy, at Night.

id. . . .
10. To Blossoms

Herrick . .
11. To Daffodils

id. . . . . . .

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Man of Ross, the .

Pope : :

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March .

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Cornelius Webbe.

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Martyrs, the . . . . . .

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May, to . . . . . . . . . .

Wordswortli

225
May Morning · · ·.

Milton .
Medal, the..

Pope, .

220
Memory of the Brave, to the . . . . Collins . . . . 85
Memory of Thomson, to the . . . . Burns . . . . .

154
Messiah, the · · · · · ·

Pope . . . . .

80
Metrical Feet . ..

Coleridge . . .

177
Mitherless Bairn, the . . . . . . Thom . . .

145
Moonlight Night, a . ...

Southey . . . .
Moral Maxims, Épigrams, &c.

228
Mother's Sacrifice, the . . .

Mrs. Sigourney .. 88
Mountain Daisy, to a ...

Burns · · · ·

76
Mouse, to a . . .

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"id. . . . . . .
Music on the Waters . . . . . .

99
New Moon, the . . . . . . . . Bryant . . . . . 165
Night . . . . . . . . . . . Montgomery . . . 161
Nightingale, to the . . . .

Drummond . . . .
Ocean, the . . .

Byron . . . .
Ode on a distant prospect of Eton Col-
lege

Gray. . . .
Ode on the Spring

mms . . . . . . . id. .
Ode to Evening . . . . . .

. . Collins . . . . .
Old Age . . . .

. Waller
Omnipresence of God, the .

Moore . . . . .
“ On the receipt of my Mother's Pic-
ture” .

Cowper . . . .
Ovidian Elegiac Metre Exemplified. Coleridge ....
Palace of Ice, the .

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Cowper . . . . .

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Past, to the ... · · · · · ·
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195
Patriotism ..

.. Walter Scott ... 213
Pleasure arising from Vicissitude, the. Gray. . . . . 204
Pleasures of Retirement, the . . . . Drummond . . . . 224

Cowper . . . . .

227
Poet, on his Blindness, the . . . . Milton .

204
Poet's Plea, the · · · ·

id. . . . . . . 114
Poplars . . . . . . . . . . Couper . . . .
Power of Steam, the . . . . . . Darwin . . . . . 207

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Prayer for Divine Aid . . .

Merrick
Pride and Humility . . . . . . .

: ; . Cowper . . . . 111
Procession of Rivers, the ..

Spenser . . . .

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Providence . . . .

From Filicaja . . .

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Psalm of Life, a . . . . .

Longfellow . ·

51
Rainbow, to the . . . . ... . Campbell . . .
Rival Statesmen, the . . . . . . Walter Scott ... 156
Rule Britannia

Thomson .

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Samson's Lament . . . . . . .. Milton . .

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School Days. . : ,,

Cowper . . . ..

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Sennacherib's Army, the Destruction of Byron . . . . 113
Skylark, to a .

Wordsworth .. 102
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Sleeping Babe, the . . . . . . . Hinds . . . . .
Solemn Music, at a . . . . . . . Milton . . . .
Solitude . . . . .

Byron
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Mrs. Sigourney .
Song for the Wandering Jew .

Wordsworth: . 89
Sonnet on Chapman's Homer.

Keate . . . . .
South African Desert, the... Pringle . . . . . 180
Spanish Armada, the . . . . . .

Macaulay. . . .

183
Spanish Bull-fight, a . . . . .

Byron . . . . .
Spanish Champion, the. ...

Mrs. Hemans . . .
Spring .. .

T. Warton . . . .
star of Bethlehem, the :::.

Kirke white. .
Startled Stag, the . . . . . . .

Walter Scott ..
Stonehenge

T. Warton . .
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Swimming . . . . . . .

Thomson
Tear, on a .

Rogers . . . .
Thames, the

Denham. . . .
Thames and its Tributaries, the .

Pope . . . . .

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Thermopylæ . . . . .

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Byron
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Time's Song

207
Tranquillity of Nature .. Wordsworth :: 222
Traveller's Hymn, the ..... Addison,

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Twilight . . .

Wordsworth

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Vanity of Human Wishes, the .... Dr. Johnson

105
Veni Creator.

Dryden . . . . . 34
Victoria's Tears

Miss Barrett ... 198
War. . . . . . . . . . .

Porteus . . . .
Waterfowl, to a . . . . . . . .

Bryant.
Weathercock, to the. . . . . . .

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Ye Mariners of England ... Campbell .. ...

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