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THE

BOOK OF POETRY

FOR

SCHOOLS AND FAMILIES.

BY

WILLIAM DAVIS, B.A.,

AUTHOR OF

The Complete Book of Arithmetical Examples ;" The Complete Eng-
lish Spelling and Dictation Book ;Examples and Exercises in
English Parsing, Syntax, and Analysis ;" Editor of
Euclid's Elements of Plane Geometry,"

etc., etc.

LONDON : LONGMANS & CO.
EDINBURGH: OLIVER & BOYD.
And through all Booksellers.

1869.

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Butler & Tanner, The Selwood Printing Works,

Frome, and London.

PRE FACE.

In this “ BOOK OF POETRY FOR SCHOOLS AND FAMILIES," the extracts are arranged in the chronological order of the poets.

Brief notes are given of the life and principal works of each writer; and it is hoped that these notes will be as useful to others as they have been to the Editor, in forming the groundwork of short lessons on Poets and Poetry

Many of the “Gems" given at the end of the volume (or at least portions of them) are household words with all well-read people ; and in giving them a place here, the Editor trusts he may be, in some degree, instrumental in familiarizing the young of both sexes, not only with these household words, but with their sources, and, in most instances, with the passages of which they form a part.

ERRATUM.

After the words " in the service," on page 147, read" of the crown."

CONTENTS.

23

The Character of the Earl of Shaftesbury

24

The Character of Villiers.

25

POPE.

Ode on Solitude

26

The Dying Christian to his Soul

27

Man should study himself, and not pry into God. 27

A Lesson of Thankfulness

28

The Universal Prayer

29

THOMSON.

A Hymn on the Seasons

31

Rule, Britannia .

32

GRAY.'

Elegy written in a Country Churchyard

33

Ode on a Distant Prospect of Eton College

37

* These verses are ascribed to Milton, but on doubtful authority.

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