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POETRY:

SELECTED

For the Use of Schools and families.

FROM

THE MOST APPROVED AUTHORS, ANCIENT & MODERN.

BY

ANNE BOWMAN,

AUTHOR OF “ESPERANZA," ETO. ETO.

“Flowers of all hue, and without thorn the rose.”

LONDON:

G. ROUTLEDGE & CO. FARRINGDON STREET;
NEW YORK: 18, BEEKMAN STREET.

1856.

280. s. 101.

PREFACE.

There are certainly many " Books of Poetry” already before the world; but the taste of the public is fastidious or capricious : no one volume has ever won universal suffrage, and there still exists a " longing after something unpossessed.” It is this unsatisfied craving which encourages me to cast another little book on the waters.

Fifty years ago, “ Aikin's Poetry” stood unrivalled as a simple, pure, and elegant selection of pieces adapted for youthful minds. But the rapid progress of education in the last half-century has rendered a higher standard of poetry requisite even in the schoolroom; and the schoolboy, whose father wept over “ The Beggar Man," and enjoyed the mingled humour and pathos of the “ Mouse's Petition,” repeats with delight the bold lyrics of Campbell, or aspires to emulate the glorious lays of Macaulay. The 19th century has been rich in poetic genius; the discoveries of science, the wide diffusion of useful knowledge, have failed to quench the pure and ennobling flame of poetry. A long catalogue of immortal names-Byron, Scott, Wordsworth, Shelley, Tennyson, &c. &c.—may well form an excuse for remodelling the school-poetry of the day; for mingling with the amaranthine wreath of the elder poets a few of the gorgeous flowers of modern genius.

In my pleasant task, it has been my earnest intent to fulfil an important duty; the most splendid passages have been rejected, which might tend to sully the mind, or develop the latent seeds of evil passions; and I venture to hope my little manual may excite emulation, form the taste, and foster noble and generous feelings, while it inculcates the pure spirit of morality and piety.

A. B.

INDEX.

Mariana

Tennyson Page 1
Patriotism

Scott..

4
Age and Youth

Southey

5
The Waterfowl

Bryant....

6
Ye Mariners of England

Campbell .

8
The Burial of Sir John Moore....... Wolfe

10
Lines written in Richmond Churchyard.. Herbert Knowles .... 11
The Cuckoo..

Logan

14
Wolsey's Advice to Cromwell

Shakspeare

15
The Crucifixion ...

Milman

16
Eve's Lament on her Expulsion Milton..

18
The Ocean

. Byron

19
The Palace of Ice

Cowper..

20
The Daisy

. James Montgomery .. 22
The Garden..

Shelley.

24
How Sleep the Brave

Collins..

25
Insects....

Barbauld..
The Reaper and the Flowers

Longfellow

28
The Sabbath

Moir

29
The Homes of England..

Hemans

30
The War-horse

Dryden's Virgil 31
The Lion..

Young ...

32
The Winter Night.

Shelley.

33
The Shepherd and the Philosopher ...... Gay

34

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