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PREFACE.

This collection was first published in 1857, and has now for the second time been carefully revised and enlarged. Some two hundred poems, mostly modern, are now for the first time included in its pages; and, while a number that were included in the previous editions have been omitted, it is not believed that any one which can justly be described as of the very highest quality will be missed.

The public approbation of the work having been evinced, not only in the popular favor with which it has been received, but in the numerous other collections which have been more or less modelled upon it, the original purpose and arrangement have been carefully preserved in preparing it in the present more comprehensive form.

This purpose is, to comprise within the bounds of a single volume whatever is truly beautiful and admirable among the minor poems of the English language. In executing this design, it has been the constant endeavor of the editor to exercise a catholic as well as a severe taste, and to judge every piece upon its artistic merits solely, without regard to the name, nationality, or epoch of its author. An especial effort has also been made to give every poem entire and unmutilated, as well as in the most authentic version which could be procured ; though the earliest edition of an author has sometimes been preferred to a later one, in which the alterations have not always seemed to be improvements.

The arrangement of the book may be thought somewhat peculiar, but it is hoped that it will be found convenient for the reader, and not altogether devoid

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of æsthetic congruity. The editor also flatters himself that, in classifying so many immortal productions of genius according to their own ideas and motives, rather than according to their chronology, the nativity or sex of their authors, or any other merely external order, he has exhibited the incomparable richness of our language in this department of literature quite as successfully as if he had followed the methods more frequently adopted in such compilations.

That every reader should find in these pages every one of his favorite poems, is perhaps too much to expect; but it is believed that, of those on which the unanimous verdict of the intelligent has set the seal of indisputable greatness, none of any epoch, whether of English, Scottish, Irish, or American origin, will be found wanting. With these remarks, this new edition of the work is submitted to the public, in the confident hope that, like its predecessors, it may be admitted as the familiar friend of many households, and become a daily companion both of young and old.

November, 1882.

INDEX OF TITLES.

POEMS OF NATURE.

Afar in the Desert.

Pringle Afternoon in February. Longfellow.. Airs of Spring....

Carew Angler, The

Chalkhill. Angler's Trysting-Tree, The. Stoddart. Angler's Wish, The

Walton.. Angling, Verses in Praise of . Wotton. April

Keble Arab to the Palm, The. B. Taylor Arethusa

Shelley Autumn

Hood...
Autumn

Keats
Autumn
A Dirge

Shelley
Autumn Flowers..

Mrs. Southey. Autumn's Sighing..

Read. Belfry Pigeon, The

Willis Birch Tree, The.

Lowel Birds of Killingworth, The. Longfellow. Black Cock, The.

Bailie Blood Horse, The.

Cornwall.
Blossoms, To.

Herrick
Blow, Blow, thou Winter Wind.. Shakespeare.
Bobolink, The....

HUL
Bramble Flower, The.

Elliott Brier, The

Landor. Broom Flower, The.

Mary Howitt.. Bugle Song

Tennyson Chambered Nautilus, The.. 0. W. Holmes Chiquita ...

Bret Harte... Chorus of Flowers...

Hunt.. Cloud, The

Shelley. Come to these Scenes of Peace.. Bowles. Coral Grove, The..

Percival. Cornfields

Mary Horitt. Cricket, To&.

W. 0. Bennett.. Cricket, The.

Vincent Bourne. Cuckoo, The.

Locker.. Cuckoo, The..

Logan Cuckoo, The..

Wordsworth Cuckoo and Nightingale, The... Chaucer.. Daffodils, To..

Wordsworth.. Daffodils

Herrick.. Dandelion, The.

Lowell.. Death of the Flowers..

Bryant.. Description of Spring.

Surrey Dirge for the Year.

Shelley. Doubting Heart, A..

A. A. Procter. Drifting

Read... Drinking.

Anacreon Drop of Dew, A..

Marvell. Evening

Tennyson. Evening, Ode to..

Collins..

PAGE

PAGE 59 Evening Star, The,

Campbell... 107 Evening Wind, The.

Bryant

96 3 Evening in the Alps

Montgomery

98 13 Fancy

Keats.

104 13 Fidelity.

Wordsworth

81 14 Flowers.

Longfellow..

86 14 | Fly, The.

Oldys. 5 Folding the Flocks.

Beaumont and Fletcher 36 56 Forsaken Garden, A

Swinburne.

91 24 Fringed Gentian, The.

Bryant

82 Garden, The..

Marvell.

45 86 Garden, The.

Cowley:

46 87 Glory of Motion, The.

Tyrwhitt

61 83 Grasshopper, The..

Lovelace..

53 93 Grasshopper, The..

Anacreon (Cowley). 52 Grasshopper, The.

Anacreon (Cowper). 54 51 Grasshopper and Cricket. Hunt.. 21 Grasshopper and Cricket. Keats.

54 21 Grasshopper, Chirping of W. Harte

54 61 Greenwood, The

Boules.

44 30 Grongar Hill..

Dyer.

94 105 Gulf-Weed.

Fenner.

69 15 Hampton Beach

Whittier

72 Harvest..

Hutchinson

79 Harvest Moon, The

H. K. White

100 82 Holly-Tree, The

R. Southey

105 96 Humble-Bee, The.

Emerson

55 72 Hunter of the Prairies, The.. Bryant

85 60 Hunter's Song, The..

Cornwall..

86 35 Husbandman, The.

Sterling

82 63 Hymn in the Vale of Chamouni. 8. T. Coleridge. 110 44 Hymn to Pan

Keats.

50 71 Hymn to the Flowers

H. Smith. 83 Hymn to the Spirit of Nature... Shelley.

109 102 Influence of Natural Objects. Wordsworth

109 102 Inscription in a Hermitage.. Warton ..

48 16 Invocation to Rain in Summer.. W. C. Bennett

62 16 Ivy Green, The

Dickens.

93 16 July

Clare

43 17 Lark, The

Hogg.

12 30 Last Rose of Summer, The. T. Moore.. 30 Latter Rain.

Very.

92 33 Lion and Giraffe, The.

Pringle

58 84 Lion's Ride, The..

Freiligrath..

57 3 Little Beach-Bird, The.. Dana.

70 108 Little Streams

Mary Howitt.

25 103 March

Wordsworth

5 73 May

Percival..

7 64 Meadows

Herrick

81 6 Midges Dance aboon the Burn.. Tannahin.. 97 Midnight Wind, The...

Motherwel.

105 97 Midsummer.

Trowbridge.

43

37

80

PAGE

PAGE
Moonrise

E. Jones.

99 Song for September, A..... Parsons.

Morning.

Shakespeare..

10 Song for the Seasons, A Cornwall..

108

Morning in London.

Wordsworth

9 Song - On May Morning Milton

6

Mountain Daisy, A

Burns

28 Song - Phæbus, arise

Drummond

7

My Heart 's in the Highlands Burns

85 Song to May.

Thurlow.

8

Nature...

Very...

31 Song - The Lark

H. Coleridge

12

Night is nigh Gone

A. Montgomery.. 9 Song

Pack Clouds away.. Heywood...

12

Night...

Shelley...

99 Song of the Brook.

Tennyson.

26

Night

J. Blanco White.. 101 Song of Spring

Youl

31

Nightingale, Address to the... Barnfield.

38

Song

- The Greenwood Tree Shakespeare..

44

Nightingale, To the...

Milton

38 Song - The Owl...

Tennyson

101

Nightingale, The

S. T. Coleridge.. 40 Second Song - To the Same Tennyson.

101

Nightingale's Departure, The... C. Smith.

42 Sonnet-Autumn Moon, Thurlow.

100

Nightingale, Ode to the Keats..

89 Sonnet-To a Bird that haunted

Night Song,

Claudius..

100 the Waters of Lake Laaken... Thurlow.

107

North Wind

Mulock-Craik
106 Sonnet-Die down, O dismal day! David Gray...

108
November

H. Coleridge
94 Spice-Tree, The..

Sterling...

56

Oasis of Sidi Khaled.

Blunt .:..

58 Spring

Anacreon

6

Owl....

Anonymous.

102 Spring

Beaumont and Fletcher 7

Pan..
Beaumont and Fletcher 51 Spring

Tennyson.
Peel Castle

Wordsworth
70 Still Day in Autumn, A.

S. H. Whitman.
Philomena.

M. Arnold

40
Storm Song..

B. Taylor..
Primroses, with Morning Dew .. Herrick..

29 Stormy Petrel, The.

Cornwall

67

Question

Shelley.

27 Summer Longings.

McCarthy..

8

Rain on the Roof

Kinney

62 Summer Months..

Motherwell.

9

Redbreast, To the

Drummond.

107 Tacking Ship..

Mitchell..

66

Retirement

Cotton...

49 Tiger, The.

Blake

57

Return of Spring

Ronsard.

3 Trailing Arbutus

Mrs. R. T. Cooke. 31

Rêve du Midi.

Mrs. R. T. Cooke. 50 Twilight...

Longfellow..

68

Revisiting the Banks of the Wye. Wordsworth

78 Violet, The

Story

34

Rhodora, The..

Emerson..

31 Violets

Herrick.

29

Robin Redbreast..

Allingham

80

Voice of the Grass

Roberts

42

Rose, The

E. Waller.

34 Wandering Wind, The.

Hemans.

64

Sabbath Morning

Leyden.

9 Waterfowl, To a.

Bryant

42

Sand-Piper, The..

Thaxter
71 Water ! The Water..

Motherwell.

26

Sea, At.

Trowbridge.

68 West Wind, Ode to the

Shelley..

65

Sea, The

Cornwall

66 Wet Sheet and a Flowing Sea... Cunningham

67

Seaweed.

Longfellow..

69 When the Hounds of Spring Swinburne.

4

Seneca Lake, To.

Percival

Willow Song...

Hemans...

52

Sensitive Plant, The.

Shelley..

87 Windy Night, The.

Read..

104

Skylark, The

Shelley..

Woods in Winter

Longfellow

106

Sleep.

Martin

103 Yarrow Unvisited..

Wordsworth

74

Small Celandine, The..

Wordsworth

28 Yarrow Visited.

Wordsworth

775

Snow-Storm, The..

Emerson ..

107 | Yarrow Revisited.

Wordsworth

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