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THE special object of the little work here given to the public must be its apology for adding one more to the already numerous volumes of selections from the poets.
It has been felt of late years that the children of our parochial schools, and those classes of our countrymen which they commonly represent, are capable of being interested, and therefore benefited also, by something higher in the scale of poetical composition than those brief and somewhat puerile fragments to which their knowledge was formerly restricted.
The attempt has been made to form here a selection at once various and unambitious; healthy in tone, just in sentiment, elevating in thought, beautiful in expression. Nothing has been admitted