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Tickell Thomas, (b. 1686,

d. 1740.)

To the Earl of Warwick, on

the Death of Mr. Addison, 100

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Brainard, John G. C. (6. 1796,

d. 1828.)

The Deep

359

The Falls of Niagara

360
Departure of the Pioneer 361

Bryant, William Cullen.

The Murdered Traveller

351

Song of the Stars

352

The Death of the Flowers 353

Dana, Richard H.
Immortality

344
The Buccaneer

345
Dawes, Rufus.
The Spirit of Beauty

362
Doane, G. W.
On the Death of Bishop Ra-
venscroft

388
What is that, Mother?

390
The Raising of Jairus's
Daughter

391
Eckhard, F. S.
The Ruined City

387
Finn, Henry J.
The Funeral at Sea .

376

Halleck, Fitz-Greene.

Marco Bozzaris

355

Twilight .

356

Irving, Washington.
The Falls of the Passaio

393

Longfellow, W. H.

Burial of the Minnisink

363

Hymn of the Moravian Nuns. 364

Earth, with her thousand

voices, praises God

365

Mellen, Grenville.

The Air Voyage, a Vision 377

Mount Washington

378

On seeing an Eagle pass 379

Page

Neal, John.
Day-Break

350
Paulding, James K.
The Backwoodsman

333

Peabody, William B. O.

The Autumn Evening

384

Hymn of Nature

384

The Rising Moon

386

The Disembodied Spirit 386

Percival, James G.
The Coral Grove

346
To the Eagle

347
The Grave of the Indian Chief 348
Pierpont, John.
The Pilgrim Fathers

337
Napoleon at Rest

338
Sands, Robert C.
Yamoyden.

336
Sigourney, Lydia H.
The Coral Insect

334
Death of an Infant

335

Flora's Party

415

Sprague, Charles.

The Winged Worshippers 357

Art

358

Whittier, James G.
The Minstrel Girl

380
The Indian's Tale

382

Wilcox, Carlos, (d. 1827.)

Active Christian Benevolence 339

Vernal Melody in the Forest . 340

The Sudden coming on of

Spring

341

Willis, Nathaniel P.
The Soldier's Widow

367
The Boy

368
Saturday Afternoon

369
The Leper

370
Absalom

373

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PRE FACE.

In making these selections from the works of our best English poets, the Editor has endeavoured to combine several important objects. He has laboured to choose such extracts as convey some useful and moral lesson, and, at the same time, best illustrate the style of the respective writers. He has also been guided in his choice by an anxiety to insert nothing that was beyond the level of a youthful capacity; and, as it was manifestly impossible to find such in every poet's works, he has added notes, explaining obsolete words, and allusions to historical or mythological circumstances, not within the range of a school-boy's reading.

The extracts are arranged in chronological order, and may, therefore, serve to illustrate the progress both of our language and literature. To the collection are prefixed literary notices of the different writers: they are necessarily brief, but they will, perhaps, have the effect of stimulating the student to the exercise of his own taste and his own . judgment.

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The preliminary pieces prefixed to the extracts will be found to contain more information respecting the nature of English poetry than is usually contained in similar volumes. The writer has been as simple and brief as he could; for his object is not to display multifarious learning, but to simplify and condense the elements of knowledge.

Considerable additions have been made to the original selection, particularly from the writings of American Poets, whose works were comparatively unknown in this country until introduced by the Editor of the present

volume.

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