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PENCILLED PASSAGES.

“Let every book-worm, when in any fragment
he discovers a sentence, a story, an illustration that
does his heart good, hasten to give it."

COLERIDGE.

Published for the Benefit of the Asylum for Idiots.

LONDON:

JAMES NISBET AND CO., BERNERS STREET.

1857.

PREFACE.

In the course of more than twenty years' reading, I have been in the habit of pencilling, in the margin of my books, such passages as I have thought either particularly interesting or beautiful, the re-perusal of which has given me pleasure. In the hope that such feeling may extend to others, they are now offered in a collected form; and I take the opportunity to thank those parties who have kindly permitted me to make extracts from their works. I lay no claim to originality, as, in the words of Montaigne, “I have here only made a garland of choice flowers; I bring nothing of my own but the thread that binds them.”

B.S.

FOREST HILL,

June, 1857.

CONTENT S.

PAGE. SPARE Minutes. Anonymous

1 He shall fly away as a Dream. Anonymous

3 The Sabbath. Mrs. Hemans

4 Time. Colton...

5 Night. Rev. R. H. Barham

7 Keepsakes. Noctes Ambrosianæ, from Blackwood's Magazine.. 8 Farewell Bequests. Mrs. Abdy

10 The Bride. Washington Irving..

13 The Child and the Dewdrops.

14 The Grave. Washington Irving

16 The Home of Childhood. Mrs. Ellis

20 The Character of Wilberforce. Anonymous

22 A Butterfly. Rogers

25 Poetry. Calder Campbell

26 London and Country Life. Anonymous

27 The Grave. Bernard Barton....

29 Memory. Rev. H. Melvill

31 The Holly Tree. Southey

33 Antiquities. Grant

36 The Drop of Water. Anonymous

38 Proof of Design. Anonymous.

40 A Thought. Anonymous

45 The Past and Present Times. Macaulay

46 To a Dying Child. R. Shelton Mackenzie, LL.D.

48 Prosperity and Adversity. Lord Bacon...

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