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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
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.
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
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.
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..
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..
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
Anacreon Drop of Dew, A..
Tennyson. Evening, Ode to..
PAGE 59 Evening Star, The,
Campbell... 107 Evening Wind, The.
96 3 Evening in the Alps
98 13 Fancy
104 13 Fidelity.
81 14 Flowers.
86 14 | Fly, The.
Oldys. 5 Folding the Flocks.
Beaumont and Fletcher 36 56 Forsaken Garden, A
91 24 Fringed Gentian, The.
82 Garden, The..
45 86 Garden, The.
46 87 Glory of Motion, The.
61 83 Grasshopper, The..
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
44 30 Grongar Hill..
94 105 Gulf-Weed.
69 15 Hampton Beach
79 Harvest Moon, The
H. K. White
100 82 Holly-Tree, The
105 96 Humble-Bee, The.
55 72 Hunter of the Prairies, The.. Bryant
85 60 Hunter's Song, The..
86 35 Husbandman, The.
82 63 Hymn in the Vale of Chamouni. 8. T. Coleridge. 110 44 Hymn to Pan
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
93 16 July
43 17 Lark, The
12 30 Last Rose of Summer, The. T. Moore.. 30 Latter Rain.
92 33 Lion and Giraffe, The.
58 84 Lion's Ride, The..
57 3 Little Beach-Bird, The.. Dana.
70 108 Little Streams
25 103 March
5 73 May
7 64 Meadows
81 6 Midges Dance aboon the Burn.. Tannahin.. 97 Midnight Wind, The...
105 97 Midsummer.
99 Song for September, A..... Parsons.
S. H. Whitman.
29 Stormy Petrel, The.
Cradle Song, A..
For Charlie's Sake.
114 On a Distant Prospect of Eton.. T. Gray
116 Philip, my King.