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A POETICAL

READING-BOOK;

SELECTED FOE THE USE OF THE

JUNIOR CLASSES IN SCHOOLS.

WILLIAM M'GAVIN.

GLASGOW:

WILLIAM HAMILTON, 33 BATH STREET;

John Menzies, And Oliver & Boyd, Edinburgh; And

Simpkin, Marshall, & Co., London.

The Editor desires to acknowledge the kindness of the following gentlemen who have permitted him to make use of their copyrights, Kev. Mr. Curwen, Horace Moule, Esq., T. Westwood, Esq., Messrs. Macmillan, Cambridge, and Messrs. Strahan, Messrs. Griffith & Farran, and Mr. A, W. Bennett, London.

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Go forth my heart, thy powers employ, - - - 71

Grasshopper, The -------11

Groves of Lee, The -------43

Hail! beauteous stranger of the grove, - - - 82

Happy insect, what can be- - - - - -11

Happy life, The - - - - - -r -72

Here I come creeping every where, - - - - 27

How brightly and how gaily, ----- 50

How fair is the Rose, - - - - - - -13

How happy is he bom or taught, - - - - 72

I come to earth on the northern blast, - - - 25

I have four sisters beyond the sea, - - - - 10

I knew a boy whose infant feet had trod, - - - 40

In health and vigour waking, ----- 66

In the barn the tenant cock, - - - - - 47

In the young merry time of spring, - - - - 20

Invitation to walk abroad, . - - - - - - 45

Irish Harper and his dog, - - - - - - 25

It is the first mild day of march, - - - - 34

It was a hundred years ago, ----- 61

It was a wondrous gentle host, - - - - - 26

Jackdaw, The - » 52

JackFrost, - .... - - - 25

John Barleycorn, - - - - - - -31

Labourer's welcome, The - - - - - - 16

Lady-bird, lady-bird, fly away home, - - - - 11

Lady-bird, lady-bird, pretty one.stay, - - - - 24

Lady-bird, lady-bird, why do you roam* - - - 60

Lark, To the - 18

LittteBell,- - - - 56

Little bird with bosom red, - - - - - 9

Little brook, The ------- 33

Little-Celandine, The -------14

Little^ inmate full of mirth, - ----- 10

Little lamb, who made thee? ----- 7

Lonely mere, The - - .» ."> - - - 51

Make room for May, - - - '---- 47

May, 'thou month of rosy beauty, - - - - 47

Morning, ~ - - - - - - - - 47

Morning call, The - - - - - - - 48

Morning Song, - - - - .'.- - - - 66

Mountain Shepherd boy, The - - - - - 43

My fair-haired boy! as thus I gaze, - - - - 63

My native land, --------39

Nightingale and Glow-worm, The - - - -61

Nightingale's nest, The - - - - - - . **

Northern Seas, The ...... - 21

Now o'er the drowsy earth still night prevails, - - 65
Now the sun he was taking his journey wide, . -19
O'er the heath the heifer strays, - .... 49

Oh! call my brother back to me, - - . - 41
Oh, ye spring flowers! oh, ye early friends! ... 53
Once there was a little boy, - . . Z - 17
One moonlight Yule-tide, long ago, - - . -22
On the green banks of Shannon, - - . . .25
Open air enjoyment, -"--...71
Orphan boy, The .......... 29

O silent mere! about whose marges spring, - - - 51
Pansies, lilies, king-cups, daisies, - - - -14

Pet lamb, The ---.....3

Pettychap's nest, The -----__ (54

Piped the blackbird on the beechwood spray, - - 56
Poet's resting place, ....... 42

Poor man's day, The - ...... 37

Reapers, The - ... . . . - 45

Remember the poor, .......43

Robin Redbreast, The ....... g

Robin's nest, The .... - . . . - 34

Rose, The - - .- ._* . - 13

Sabbath, - . . . . . . '. .38

Sabbath holy! to the lowly, ..... 37

Said Wine to Water so fine I be, - - - - - 60

She had a secret of her own, .... .34

Sleeping child, To a- - . . . . .63

Slowly creeping o'er the plain, - .... 19

Song of a river, - . . . . . . .33

Song of the bees, .......71

Song of the little stars, ...... 19

Spider and the fly, ....... §7

Spring flowers, ........53

Stay, lady! stay, for mercy's sake, - - - - 29

Summer evening at the Farm, ..... 30

Summer lodging, A - . . . . . .26

Summer longings, .......39

Summer shower, The ------ -70

Sunset, ......... 19

Sun, The .-.-.....50

The dew was falling fast, ...... g

The frost looked forth, ...... is

The gorse is yellow on the heath, .... 66

The last year's leaf its time is brief, - - - - 47

There is a bird of plumage rare, .... 28

There is a bird who by his coatj ..... 52

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