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As was intimated in the Preface to the Sixth Reader of this Series, the Literary Reader has been prepared as a companion volume to the Fifth and Sixth Readers, and contains classical extracts in prose and verse, which are intended to furnish the Teacher with the means of cultivating the higher attributes of good reading.
Many of the extracts are new, but a good extract was not rejected simply because it had appeared in some other collection. If all such extracts were to be rejected, the field of choice would be very narrow indeed.
A few biographical and other Notes have been inserted, with the view of enabling the Scholar more easily to grasp the meaning. The non-biographical Notes deal almost exclusively with the allusions.
T. M. GLASGOW, December, 1880.
· Baroness Nairn,
THE BELL OF THE
THE SOLDIER'S DREAM,
A MAN'S A MAN FOR A' THAT,
THE BATTLE OF MORGARTEN,
DEATH'S FINAL CONQUEST,
BUSY, CURIOUS, THIRSTY FLY,
ASPIRATIONS OF YOUTH,
YAP ROW STREAM,
THE BLIND CHILD,
LODGINGS FOR SINGLE GENTLEMEN,
THE LAND O' THE LEAL,
LUCY GRAY, .
THE GLOVE AND THE LIONS,
THE BRIDGE OF SIGHS,
HAIL TO THE CHIEF,
MARK ANTONY'S ORATION OVER THE DEAD
BODY OF CÆSAR,
THE RAVEN, .
THE OUTLANDISH KNIGHT, .
THE PRIEST AND THE MULBERRY TREE,
THE LADY TURNED SERVING-MAN,
ELEG Y WRITTEN IN A COUNTRY CHURCHYARD,
THE EVENING CLOUD,
THE CATARACT OF VELINO,
THE ISLES OF GREECE, .
THE LAMENT OF OUTALISSI, .
HAMLET AND HORATIO,
FUNERAL OF THE DUKE OF WELLINGTON,
DAVID'S LAMENT FOR ABSALOM, ·
SATAN'S ADDRESS TO THE SUN,
THE PRATRIE ON FIRE,
THE NATURAL BRIDGE OF VIRGINIA,
ICEBERGS IN THE ATLANTIC,
THE CAVE OF DAHRA,
THE MOSAIC VIEW OF CREATION,
THE ESCAPE ON THE CLIFFS,
ROBIN HOOD AS A POPULAR HERO,
THE OLD SOLDIER,
QUEEN ELIZABETH'S ADDRESS TO AER ARMY,
JUNIUS TO HIS GRACE TAE DUKE OF BEDFORD, .
SPEECH OF LORD CHATUAM,
THE RED DEER OF SCOTLAND,
SUNRISE AND SUNSET IN THE WOODS,
A SUNDAY IN THE COUNTRY,
MARIA-PART I., .
CHARACTER OF GEORGE WASHINGTON,
POPE TO BISHOP ATTERBURY IN THE TOWER,
PUNISHMENT OF A SPY,
A HURRICANE IN AMERICA,
MARIE ANTOINETTE, QUEEN OF FRANCE,
THE ORIGIN OF ROAST PIG, .
THE CHARACTER OF NAPOLEON BONAPARTE,
EXECUTION OF ARCHBISHOP CRANMER,
JAMES WATT AND THE STEAM-ENGINE,
VALUE OF ATTENTION,
THE RISING OF THE WATERS,
SPEECH ON NEGRO SLAVERY,
THE BROKEN HEART,
J. Fenimore Cooper, 129
Elihu Burritt, 133
Douglas Jerrold, 139
Hugh Miller, . 145
Allan Cunningham, 157
Jeremy Taylor, 166
HUMAN LIFE. [SAMUEL ROGERS, born 1763, was a banker in London. His best
known work is the “Pleasures of Memory,” published in 1792. Besides this poem, he is the author of “ Poems," published in 1812, and Italy,” published in 1822. He
died 18th December, 1855.]
1. The lark has sung his carol in the sky;
The bees have hummed their noontide lullaby ;
Still in the vale the village-bells ring round,
Still in Llewellyn-hall the jests resound;
For now the caudle-cup is circling there,
Now, glad at heart, the gossips breathe their prayer,
And, crowding, stop the cradle to admire
The babe, the sleeping image of his sire. 2. A few short years—and then these sounds shall bail
The day again, and gladness fill the vale;
So soon the child a youth, the youth a man,
Eager to run the race his fathers ran.
Then the huge ox shall yield the broad sirloin,
The ale, new brewed, in floods of amber shine.
And, basking in the chimney's ample blaze,
'Mid many a tale told of his boyish days,
The nurse shall cry, of all her ills beguiled,
"'Twas on these knees he sat so oft and smiled.”
3. And soon again shall music swell the breeze ;
Soon, issuing forth, shall glitter through the trees Vestures of nuptial white; and hymns be sung, And violets scattered round; and old and young,