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STANDARD VI.

ADAPTED TO THE REQUIREMENTS OF THE NEW CODE, 1871.

EDITED BY

A FORMER H.M. INSPECTOR OF SCHOOLS.

LONDON:
CHARLES GRIFFIN AND COMPANY,

STATIONERS' HALL COURT.

1872.

PREFACE.

This book is intended as a higher Reading-book, either for the First Class in the School or for Pupil-teachers.

Selections are given from the best authors in prose and poetry, from Bacon and Chaucer to the present time, arranged in chronological order.

In order to make the book complete, both for children in Standard VI. and for Pupil-teachers, suggestions and helps have been given for Composition, Analysis of Sentences, Letter-Writing, Essay-Writing, Paraphrase, and Punctuation. Lessons are also inserted in a few simple Scientific subjects.

The Section devoted to Arithmetic will be found to contain a complete guide to Proportion, Vulgar Fractions, and Decimals, both as regards Rules and Examples.

REQUIREMENTS OF THE NEW CODE, 1871.

READING.—To read with fluency and expression.
WRITING.—A short theme or letter, or an easy paraphrase.
ARITHMETIC.—Proportion, Vulgar Fractions, and Decimals.

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SELECTIONS FROM PROSE WRITERS.

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Francis Bacon, Of Studies... ...
JOHN MILTON, A Speech ... ... ...
EDWARD HYDE, Earl of Clarendon, Adventures of Charles II...
John EVELYN, The Fire of London
SAMUEL PEPYS, The Great Plague... ...
JOHN LOCKE, Practice and Habits... ...
JONATHAN SWIFT, The Spider and the Bee
RICHARD STEELE, Alexander Selkirk
JOSEPH ADDISON, The Mountain of Miseries
BUFFON, The First Man ... ... ... ..
LORD CHATHAM, Speech ... ... ... ...
SAMUEL JOHNSON, Necessity and Luxury ...
David HUME, Character of Queen Elizabeth
LAWRENCE STERNE, The Starling .......
WILLIAM ROBERTSON, Character of Mary, Queen of Scots
GOLDSMITH, A Philosophic Vagabond ... ...
GIBBON, Conquest of Jerusalem ... ... ...
RICHARD B. SHERIDAN, Invective against Warren Hastings
EDMUND BURKE, Panegyric on the Eloquence of Sheridan
COBBETT, Rural Rides ...
SIR WALTER SCOTT, The Siege, 59; A Highland Mansion ...
CHARLES LAMB, Moral Courage ... ...
JANE AUSTEN, The Voluble Lady ... ...
LORD BROUGHAM, Negro Slavery ... ...

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WASHINGTON IRVING, Westminster Abbey, 73.; Rural Life in England

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THOMAS DE QUINCEY, The Mail-coach and the Rail ....
JOHN WILSON, The Snowstorm ... ... ... ... ... ... ...
JAMES F. COOPER, The Ariel among the Shoals ... ... ... ... ...
SIR F. B. HEAD, The Canadian Indians ...
WILLIAM WHEWELL, The Microscope and Telescope
LORD MACAULAY, Trial of the Seven Bishops, 100; On Bunyan, 105: Origin
of the English Nation ... ... ... ...

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HALLAM, Domestic Comfort in the Fifteenth Century ...

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HARRIET MARTINEAU, The Coast of Norway, 111; Willie, the Poor Lost Lad 113
Hugh MILLER, Old Red Sandstone ...

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LORD LYTTON, Vance and Lionel at the Fair, 123; Uncle Jack ... 125
WILLIAM M. THACKERAY, The Last Days of Colonel Newcombe ... 127
CHARLES DICKENS, Death of Paul Dombey, 130; A Coach-drive, 135; Death
of Eittle Nell ...

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DEAN STANLEY, The Passover, 143; The Last View from Pisgah ...... 144
Rev. C. KINGSLEY, The Fir Plantation, 145; The Fox-hunt, 147; Scotch Firs 150
JOHN RUSKIN, Grass, 151; Office of the Mountains, 153; Lichen and Mosses,
155; Mysteries of the Clouds ... ... ... ... ... ... 156

SELECTIONS FROM THE POETS.
EDMUND SPENSER, The Seasons ... ... ... ... ... ... ... 168
CHRISTOPHER MABLOWE, The Shepherd to his Love ... ... ... ... 159

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PAGE MICHAEL DRAYTON, Summer's Eve ... ... ... ...

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... ... RICHARD BARNFIELD, An Ode ...

160 WILLIAM SHAKSPERE, As you Like it, 161; Hamlet's Soliloquy, 162; Mark

Antony's Oration, 163; Cardinal Wolsey and Cromwell, 166; Othello's

Courtship ... ... ... JOHN FLETCHER, Song to Pan

170 FRANCIS BEAUMONT, Melancholy ... ... ...

171 ROBERT HERRING, To Blossoms ... ...

172 GEORGE HERBERT, Peace ... ...

172 ABRAHAM COWLEY, The Swallow ...

174 JOAN Milton, Introduction to Paradise Lost,174; Ldam and Eve's

Morning Hymn, 176; Evening in Paradise, ...
John DRYDEN, Song for St. Cecilia's Day ... ... ...

... 180 ALEXANDER POPE, The Messiah

182 EDWARD YOUNG, Past Hours JAMES THOMSON, Spring Flowers, 186; Rule, Britannia ! ...

187 WILLIAM SHENSTONE, Hope... ... Thomas GRAY, An Elegy ... ...

... ... ... ... 189 OLIVER GOLDSMITH, The Deserted Village, 193; The Village Parson 195 ;

The Schoolmaster... ...
WILLIAM COWPER, My Mother's Picture, 197; My Native Land
ROBERT BURNS, A Daisy ... ... ...

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... ... ... SAMUEL ROGERS, Human Life ... WILLIAM WORDSWORTH, A Peasant Youth, 204; Grace Darling

205 JAMES MONTGOMERY, The Common Eot ... ... ROBERT SOUTHEY, Lodore ... ... ... SIR W. Scott, Helvellyn, 213; Song, 214; Eochinvar ... ... SAMUEL TAYLOR COLERIDGE, From The Ancient Mariner...

216 THOMAS CARLYLE, The Sower's Song ...

217 THOMAS CAMPBELL, The Battle of the Baltic ...

218 BISHOP HEBER, The Passage of the Red Sea

220 LORD BYRON, The Night before Waterloo, 221; The Coliseum by Night 223; Apostrohpe to the Ocean, 224; The Letter H ... ...

226 MRS. SIGOURNEY, Flowers ... ... SHELLEY, To the Skylark ... ...

228 THOMAS HOOD, Past and Present ... ...

231 Mrs. HEMANS, The Voice of Spring ... BBYAN WALTER PROCTOR, The Sea

.... ... 233 LORD MACAULAY, Defence of the Bridge ...

234 ALFRED TENNyson, The Brook ...

238 N.B.-In two or three cases above, where the lives overlap, the order is given according to the date of death instead of that of birth. COMPOSITION. Analysis of Sentences

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247 LETTER-WRITING

251 ESSAY-WRITING ... ... ... ... ... ... ...

254 PUNCTUATION ...

263 SCIENTIFIC SECTION :-Matter, 264; Forces and Motion, 268;

chanical Powers, 270; Heat ... ARITHMETIC... ...

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THE SCHOOL BOARD READERS.

STANDARD VI.
SELECTIONS FROM PROSE WRITERS,

CHRONOLOGICALLY ARRANGED.

FRANCIS BACON:

1561—1626.

Of Studies. From his Essays." STUDIES serve for delight, for ornament, and for ability. Their chief use for delight is in privateness and retiring; for ornament, is in discourse ; and for ability, is in the judgment and disposition of business ; for expert men can execute, and perhaps judge of particulars, one by one; but the general councils, and the plots and marshalling of affairs, come best from those that are learned. To spend too much time in studies is sloth; to use them too much for ornament is affectation; to make judgment wholly by their rules is the humour of a scholar; they perfect nature and .are perfected by experience—for natural abilities are like natural plants, that need pruning by study; and studies themselves do give forth directions too much at large, except they be bounded in by experience. Crafty men contemn studies, simple mer .admire them, and wise men use them; for they teach not their own use ; but that is a wisdom without them, and above them, won by observation. Read not to contradict and confute, nor to believe and take for granted, nor to find talk and discourse, but to weigh and consider. Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested: that is, some books are to be read only in parts; others to be read, but not curiously; and some few to be read wholly, and with diligence and attention. Some books also may be read by deputy, and extracts made of them by others; but that would be only in the less important arguments, and the meaner sort of books ; else distilled books are, like common distilled waters, flashy things.

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