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Matthew Arnold, Emerson, Bret Harte ; as well as from noble women, not a few.

In the belief that the added selections will make this new edition more influential in increasing the rising tide of humane feeling and opinion that marks our day, it is hopefully reissued.

A. F.

BOSTON, January, 1886.

PREFACE.

now

The compiler of this little book has often heard inquiries by teachers of schools, for selections suitable for reading and recitations by their scholars, in which the duty of kindness to animals should be distinctly taught.

To meet such calls, three successive pamphlets of general selections were published, and a fourth consisting of selections from the Poems of Mr. Longfellow. All were received with marked favor by the teachers to whom they became known.

This led to their collection afterwards in one volume for private circulation, and the volume is republished for public sale, with a few omissions and additions.

All who desire our children to be awakened in their schools to the claims of the humbler creatures are invited to see that copies are put in school libraries, that they may be within the reach of all teachers. And this, not for the sake of the creatures only.

As Pope has said, “Nothing stands alone; the chain holds on, , and where it ends, unknown.”

Many readers may be surprised to find how many of the great poets have been touched by the sufferings of

The poems

the “innocent animals,” and how loftily they have pleaded their cause.

in the collection are not all complete, because of their length in some cases, and, in others, because a part only of each was suited to the end in view. A very few, however, like “ Geist's Grave ” and “Don," could not be divided satisfactorily.

To all who have aided in this humble undertaking, heartiest thanks are given, and especially to its publishers who have accorded to it their coveted approval and the benefit of their large facilities for making the volume widely known.

May the lessons of kindness and dependence here taught with so much poetical beauty and with such mingled justice, pathos and humor, find a permanent lodgment in the hearts of all who may read them!

A. F. Boston, Mass., U. S. A., June, 1883.

CONTENTS, IN THE ORDER PRINTED.

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PAGE

PAGE

Introduction, The Bible. ix, x, xi Egyptian Ritual

39

A Prayer

13 Brotherhood.

39

He Prayeth Best

13 A Birthday Address

40

Our Morality on Trial

14 Suffering

41

Never

14 To Lydia Maria Child

41

Sympathy

15 Vivisection

41

Mercy

15 Nobility

42

Results and Duties of Man's Su- Acts of Mercy

42

premacy

16 The Good Samaritan

43

Justice to the Brute Creation 17 | Love

44

Can they Suffer?

18 Children at School.

44

Growth of Human Ideas

19 Membership of the Church . 44

Moral Lessons

19 Feeling for Animals

45

Justice and Generosity

20 | Heroic

45

Duty to Animals not long recog-

Effect of Cruelty

46

nized

20 Aspiration

46

Natural Rights :

21 The Poor Beetle

47

“ Dumb"

22 The Consummation

47

Upward

23 | Persevere

47

Care for the Lowest

23 A Vision

48

Trust

24 Speak Gently

49

Say Not

24 A Giant's Strength

49

See, through this Air

25 Questions.

49

The Right must win

26 Heroes.

50

Animated Nature

27 For the Sake of the Innocent Ani-

Animal Happiness

27

mals.

50

No Grain of Sand

28 Ring Out

52

Humanity, Mercy, and Benevo-

Fame and Duty.

52

lence

29 | No Ceremony

53

Living Creatures

29 True Leaders

53

Nothing Alone

29 Be kind to Dumb Creatures

54

Man's Rule

30 Action .

55

Dumb Souls

30 “In Him we Live"

55

Virtue

31 Firm and Faithful.

56

Little by Little

31 Heart Service

56

Loyalty

32 Exulting Sings

57

Animals and Human Speech 32 In Holy Books

57

Pity.

33 The Bell of Atri

58

Learn from the Creatures

34 Ainong the Noblest

62

Pain to Animals

35 The Fallen Horse

63

What might have been

35 The Horse

64

Village Sounds.

36 The Birth of the Horse

64

Buddhism.

36 To his Horse .

65

Asoka Inscriptions.

37 Sympathy for Horse and Hound 66

Old Hindoo

38 The Blood Horse

66

Truth

38 The Cid and Bavieca

67

Our Pets

38 The King of Denmark's Ride 69

.

.

· 153

Do you know

71

Piccola and Sparrow

141

The Bedouin's Rebuke

72 Little Sparrow

. 143

From "The Lord of Butrago 73 The Swallow.

143

“ Bay Billy"

74

The Emperor's Bird's-Nest 144

The Ride of Collins Graves.

77 To a Swallow building under our

Paul Revere's Ride

78

Eaves

146

Sheridan's Ride

80 The Swallow, the Owl, and the

Good News to Aix .

82 Cock's Shrill Clarion in the

Dying in Harness

84 Elegy"

147

Plutarch's Humanity.

85 The Statue over the Cathedral

The Horses of Achilles

86 Door.

148

The War Horse

87 The Bird let Loose .

149

Pegasus in Pound

87 The Brown Thrush

150

The Horse

89 The Golden-Crowned Thrush 150

From The Foray,

90 The Thrush

151

On Landseer's Picture, “Waiting The Aziola

152

for Master"

90 The Marten

153

Mazeppa's Ride

91 Judge You as You Are

Boot and Saddle

94 Robert of Lincoln

153

Chiquita

95 My Doves.

154

Prince

96 The Doves of Venice

156

Lochinvar.

97 Song of the Dove

157

The Sikhs.

98

What the Quail says

157

Edmund Burke's Horse

98 Chick-a-dee-dee

158

The Horse, by Beecher

99 The Linnet

159

Arab Horse, by W. Scott

100 Hear the Woodland Linnet 160

Morgan Horse

102 The Parrot

161

Virgil

102 The Common Question

162

A Young Ass

103 Why not do it, Sir, To-day 163

The Ride

104 To a Redbreast .

164

The Waterfowl

105 Phæbe

164

Sea-Fowl

106 To the Stork.

166

The Sandpiper

107 The Storks of Delft

167

The Birds of Killingworth

108 The Pheasant

. 168

The Magpie

113 The Herons of Elmwood

169

The Mocking-Bird .

115 Walter von der Vogelweid

170

Early Songs and Sounds

116 The Legend of the Cross-Bill 172

The Sparrow's Note

116 Pretty Birds .

172

The Glowworm.

116 The Little Bird sits

173

St. Francis to the Birds

117 The Living Swan

173

Wordsworth's Skylark

118 | The Stormy Petrel.

174

Shelley's Skylark

119 To the Cuckoo

176

Hogg's Skylark.

120 Birds at Dawn

176

Skylark and Wren.

121 Evening Songs

178

The Sweet-Voiced Quire .

121 Little Brown Bird

178

A Caged Lark

122

Life's Sign

179

The Woodlark

123 A Bird's Ministry

179

Keats's Nightingale

125 Of Birds

181

Lark and Nightingale

125

Birds in Spring

181

Flight of the Birds

126 The Canary in his Cage

183

A Child's Wish .

127 Who stole the Bird's-Nest

184

The Humming-Bird

128 Who stole the Eggs

185

The Humming-Bird's Wedding 129 What the Birds say

187

The Hen and the Honey-Bee 131 The Wren's Nest

188

Song of the Robin .

132 On Another's Sorrow

189

Sir Robin

133 The Shepherd's Home

190

The Dear Old Robins.

134 The Wood-Pigeon's Home

191

Robins quit the Nest

134

The Shag

191

Lost - Three Little Robins 136 The Lost Bird

192

The Terrible Scarecrow and Rob- The Birds must know

194

ins

137 The Bird King

195

The Song Sparrow .

138 Shadows of Birds

195

The Field Sparrow

139 The Bird and the Ship

196

The Sparrow.

140

A Myth

198

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