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JUNIOR BOOK OF POETRY,
SCHOOLS AND FAMILIES.
DR. WILLIAM DAVIS, B.A.
LONDON: SIMPKIN, MARSHALL & CO.;
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2005. f. 34.
Mark Antony's Oration ... 3 Lord William . . . . . . 28
Bolingbroke's Entry into London 7 Bishop Hatto. ...... 32
THE JUNIOR BOOK OF
POETRY FOR SCHOOLS.
BORN at Stratford-on-Avon, in Warwickshire. The house in which he was born still standing. Educated at the Stratford Grammar School. Married when only eighteen years of age, and was compelled, either by the wants of his family or the fear of punishment for deer-stealing, to leave his native town for London, about the year 1586. It is said that he earned his living in London for some time by holding horses at the door of the theatre. However this may be, he soon became one of the proprietors of the theatre, and commenced his unrivalled career as a dramatic writer and poet. He realised a fortune, was specially noticed by Queen Elizabeth, and, having bought a house and land at his native Stratford, he retired there in 1612. Died in 1616, and was buried in Stratford Church. Shakspere's dramatic works are thirty-seven in number, and are usually divided into tragedies, comedies, and historical plays. The great tragedies are, King Lear, Macbeth, Othello, Romeo and Juliet, and Hamlet. The chief comedies are, A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Merchant of Venice, As You Like It, The Merry Wives of Windsor, and All's Well that Ends Well. Among the historical plays, the finest perhaps are, Julius Caesar, Coriolanus, Richard II., Richard III., and Henry VIII.
MARK ANTONY'S ORATION OVER CAESAR'S BODY. I
Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears.
* Caesar's body. Julius Caesar was assassinated, 44 B.C., by a band of conspirators, at the head of whom were Brutus and Cassius. Mark Antony was Caesar's warmest friend.
* Interred, buried.
So let it be with Caesar. Noble Brutus'
1 Brutus, a noble Roman, who, thinking that Caesal aimed at making himself king, conspired to murder him.
2 Ransom, the sum paid for the release of a captive.
* Coffer, a chest for holding money.
4 Lupercal, a place at the foot of Mount Aventine, one of the seven hills of Rome, where festivals called Lupercalia were yearly cclebrated.
* Withholds, forbids.
Oh, masters! if I were disposed to stir
* Cassius, Brutus's brother-in-law, and the originator of the plot against Caesar.
* Parchment, the skin of a goat or sheep prepared for writing on.
* Closet, a small private room.
* Bequeath, to leave by will.
5 Assue, children.
* Aservii, a warlike tribe, who inhabited a part of what is now called Belgium.
7 Casca, one of the conspirators, and the one who gave the first blow.