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THE

EXPLANATORY

POETICAL READER.

EDITED BY

W. MOFFATT,

Author of
" VENTAL ARITHMETIC," " ELEMENTARY ALGEBRA," "PRIMARY GEOGRAPHY,"

"SCHOOL AND HOME ARITHMETIC," AND OTHER EDUCATIONAL WORK8.

THIRTY-THIRD THOUSAND.

London:

MOFFATT & PAIGE,
28, WARWICK LANE, PATERNOSTER ROW, E.C.

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Abou Ben Adhém. ........ Hunt .......

Battle of Blenheim . . . . . . . . Southey . . .

Battle of Hohenlinden..

Campbell ..

Battle of the Baltic . . .

Campbell.

Beau's Reply .......... Cowper .....

Beggar Man, The .......

Aikin . ...

Blind Girl's Lament, The ...

Anon. .,.

Broken Friendship ..... Coleridge...

Burial of Sir John Moore ... Wolfe. ...

Casabianca . . . . . . . . . . . Mrs. Henians . . . 29

Cleon and I.

Anon.. ...

Combat, The . . .

Scott .... . . 112

Country Pastor, The . .......

Goldsmith ..

Death of the Warrior King .... Swain ...

Death's Final Conquest. ...

Shirley ...

Destruction of Sennacherib ... Byron ....

Eve of the Battle . ....... Byron ....

Excelsior .........

Longfellow ....

Fire King, The .......

Scott ......

Gentle Reproof. ...... Fletcher . . . . .

Glove and the Lions, The ..... Leigh Hunt ...

Gold . . . . . . . . . . .

T. Hood . ...

Graves of a Household, The ... . Mrs. Hemans . . . 120

Guard the Tongue .....

Anon, .... . . 117

Happiest Land, The . .... .. Longfellow ...

Hermit Warrior, The ....

Home. ....

Hohenlinden, Battle of . .... Campbell ....

Homes of England, The ..... Mrs. Hemans . . . 127

Hound, The . . . . . . . . . . .

.... Anon · · · · · · 23

How they Brought the Good News. . Browning ...

Inchcape Rock, The ....... · Southey ....

John Gilpin . . . . . . . . . . . Cowper . . . . . 46

King Robert of Sicily ...... Longfellow ....

Kittens and the Viper, The ... Cowper . . . .
Lady Clare . . . . . . . .

Tennyson . .

Last Buccanier, The · · · · · · · ·

Kingsley. . .

Late, Late . . . . . . . . . . . Tennyson . . . . 18

Life Boat, The ....... Purday .....

Locust, The ........... Anon.. ..... 45

Lofty Lords, The ......... Moore. ..... 91

Lord Ullin's Daughter ......, Campbell .... 31

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Loss of the Royal George, On the ... Cowper . . . . . 61

Love thy Mother ......... T. Hood ..... 95

Mahmoud . . . . . . . . . . . Leigh Hunt. ..

Men of England . . . . . . . . . Campbell. . . . . 15

Mother's Sacrifice, The ...

Mrs. Sigourney ..

My good Right Hand ...

Mackay ....

My Native Land .....

Scott ..... . 117

Napoleon and the Sailor ... Campbell. ...

Old Cottage Clock, The ....... Swain ....

Olive Tree, The ... ...... Baring-Gould .

On the Loss of the Royal George . . Cowper ....

Palmer, The . · · scott · · · · ·

Scott ....,

Paradise and the Peri....... Moore. ....
Power of God, The ........

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Prince Arthur . . . . . . . . . . Shakespeare . . . 122

Psalm of Life, A ......... Longfellow . .,

Reaper and the Flowers, The ..... Longfellow ...

Report on an Adjudged Case ..... Cowper ....

Romance of the Swan's Nest, The ... Browning ...

Royal George, On the Loss of the ... Cowper ....

Sands o’Dee, The .......... Kingsley ...

Slave's Dream, The ........ Longfellow ...

Soldier's Dream, The ....... Campbell ...

Speak no Ill. . . . . . . . .

Anon. . . . . .

There's a Good Time Coming

Mackay....

Those Evening Bells . ....... Moore...... 11

Three Fishers, The ........ Kingsley ...

Three Warnings, The ....... Mrs. Thrale ..

To a Dog on his Killing a Bird .... Cowper ..... 21

Toad's Journal, The . ....... Jane Taylor ... 37

Trifles . ..... ...... Martin Tupper . . 103

Village Blacksmith, The ..

Longfellow . . .

When I was a Tiny Boy ..

T. Hood . ...
White Man's Foot, The

Lor.gfellow . ..
Wicked Bishop, The . ..

Southey ....
Wind in a Frolic, The ....

Howitt ....

Wreck of the Hesperus, The ..... Longfellow . ...

Young Lochinvar . ........ Scott ...... 78

Examination Questions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 150

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The Editor begs to acknowledge the kind permission to use copyright
works of Messrs. Longmar & Co., Messrs. Macmillan, Alfred Tennyson, Esq.,
Martin Tupper, Esq., and other authors and publishers.

THE

EXPLANATORY POETICAL READER

A PSALM OF LIFE.—Longfellow.

“Be ap and doing.”
Tell me not, in mournful numbers,

“Life is but an empty dream!”
For the soul is dead that slumbers,

And things are not what they seem.
Life is real! Life is earnest !

And the grave is not its goal ;3
6 Dust thou art, to dust returnest,”3

Was not spoken of the soul.
Not enjoyment, and not sorrow,

Is our destined 4 end or way;
But to act, that each to-morrow

Finds us further than to-day !
Art is long, and Time is fleeting, 5

And our hearts, though stout and brave,
Still like muffled drums 6 are beating

Funeral marches to the grave.

I Numbers, verses. 3 Goal, end, aim. 3 See Genesis iii. 14. “For dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.” 4 Destined, appointed. 5 Fleeting, passing quickly away. 6 Muffled drums, drums covered with crape to deaden the sound; used at so'diers' funerals.

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