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“Let every book-worm, when in any fragment
Published for the Benefit of the Asylum for Idiots.
JAMES NISBET AND CO., BERNERS STREET.
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.”
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...