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PREFACE.

In adding another to the numerous Poetical Selections which have already appeared for the use of schools and young persons, the Compiler feels that he is called upon to explain the motives that have induced him to intrude himself on the notice of the public. He would, therefore, briefly state, that in the course of his practice, as an instructor of youth, he has often been led to consider, notwithstanding the popularity several Selections have obtained, that a work, which, while it did not exclude those favourite passages already familiar to general readers, and esteemed as choice subjects for Elocutionary Exercises, at the same time embraced some of the most valuable specimens of our living poets, was still a desideratum. For though the productions of the most admired writers of our age may be read, and appreciated by many, yet from their almost entire omission from our Class-Book Collections, it can hardly be considered that they are nearly as extensively circulated as they deserve. This is more especially the case with the Poems of Thomas Campbell, Esq., and James Montgomery, Esq., from which, it may be observed, many selections appear in the present volume. Justly entitled as these gifted individuals are to the rare praise of have ing written "No line, which dying, they need wish to blot,” the Compiler has not the vanity to believe that his encomiums can add to their already-acquired Fame; yet, as he has presumed to make such copious Extracts from their Writings, with the view of inducing young persons to seek an acquaintance with the whole of their works, he cannot omit to tender them his best acknowledgments; and to the former especially he would add his heartfelt thanks, for the condescending manner in which he was pleased to accept the proffered dedication of this little work.

Though the Compiler's first design was to supply, what appeared to him a deficiency in school books, and thus furnish his own pupils with the Beauties of English Poetry in every variety of style that might be useful in forming their literary taste; yet he submits the result of his labours to the public, cherishing a hope, that, from the gradational plan pursued, and the suitability of the Pieces for the purpose of Recitation, this Compilation will be found to meet the wants of those Tutors who prefer the use of one Selection to more; while by others it may be deemed no unacceptable Companion to those Class Books already in use. He would add, in conclusion, that while he has aimed to collect together a Nosegay of the choicest flowers, culled from many a garden, and has plucked here and there a few simples for the sake of variety, he trusts the most scrutinizing eye will detect no poison lurking beneath.

Dane John Academy,

Canterbury, Aug. 1st, 1838.

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CAREY.

GAY.
Ode to Eloquence

163 The Hare and many Friends 9
The Poet and the Rose

12
CHINNERY.

The Eagle and the Assem-
The dying Gladiator

108
bly of Animals

21

The Sick Man & the Angel 28
COLERIDGE.

The Two Owls and the
The Dissolution of Friend.

Sparrow ..

37
ship

291
The Miser and Plutus

43
COLLINS.

The Butterfly and the Snail 57
The Passions, an Ode 296

The Turkey and the Ant. 62
A Thought on Eternity

90
CONDER.

The Painter who pleased
Solitude : (The Remon.

Nobody and Every-body 115
strance)

80

GIFFORD.
CORNWALL, Barry.

Farewell to Anna's Grave 106
Address to the Ocean 179 GOLDSMITH.
COTTON.

The Country Clergyman 64

The Village Schoolmaster 83
To-morrow

247
Edwin and Angelina

141

The Miseries of the Poor &
CowPER.

the Luxury of the Rich
The Raven
26

159
A Contest between the

GRAY.
Nose and the Eyes

53 An Elegy, written in a
The Infidel and the Christ.

Country Churchyard 241
ian

71

HEBER.
Boadicea

104
The Patriot

115
The Nightingale and Glow-

Lamentation over Palestine 232
worm

105
The Jackdaw

109 HEMANS.
On Freedom

205
The Better Land

89
Crazy Kate
223 The Voice of Spring

98
On Slavery
234 Casabianca

125
On the Receipt of my Mo-

The Palm Tree

128
ther's Picture .

312 The Treasures of the Deep 182
CRABBE.

HERVEY.
The Mourner

101
The Convict Ship

299
CROLY.

Hogg.
Belshazzar

The Fate of Macgregor 146
215

The Marriage of Young
DARWIN.

Kennedy and Matilda 191
80 HOME.

Douglas's Account of Him.
DIMOND.

199
The Mariner's Dream

208

Douglas's Account of the
Hermit

237
EDMESTON.

Heavenly Minstrel . 186 Howitt.
Poverty.
187 The Conqueror

166

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