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CLASSIC READER

BOOK FOUR

For Eighth Grade

EDUCATIONAL PUBLISHING COMPANY

BOSTON
NEW YORK

CHICAGO

SAN FRANCISCO

588553

С

COPYRIGHT, 1914

BY

EDUCATIONAL PUBLISHING COMPANY
FOREWORD

Standard Classic Reader Book Four follows the plan of Book Three. The selections given in each part have been carefully chosen with regard to their fitness for eighth grade pupils.

As in Book Three, Part I of this volume aims to furnish selections of the best literature in poetry and prose, while Part II supplies material designed to give the pupil a clearer understanding of the myths and legends of the ancients, because it furnishes the foundation upon which much of our later literature and history is built.

The chief aim of the teacher in the study of the selections in Part I should be an endeavor to inculcate in the pupil a taste for good reading and to develop in him an appreciation of the beauty of the literature of the English speaking people.

Part II, while somewhat more didactic in character, is nevertheless presented in well chosen language, where beauty of thought, imagery, simile and metaphor furnish abundant material for the teacher to continue to cultivate in pupils the power to enjoy good reading and to use a discriminating judgment in their selection of reading material in later years.

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PART I

Horatius

Thomas B. Macaulay ... 7

Speech at the Dedication of the National

Cemetery at Gettysburg

. Abraham Lincoln

29

Snow-Bound

.John Greenleaf Whittier 33

Thanatopsis ..

William C. Bryant

The Gladness of Nature

Wil iam C. Bryant

63

Farming

.Ralph Waldo Emerson 65

The Chambered Nautilus..

.Oliver W. Holmes.

67

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

Washington Irving

70

Shakespeare and Queen Elizabeth Sidney Lanier

109

The Builders ..

Henry W Longfellow 119

Autumn

.Henry W. Longfellow 121

Lyric of Action

Paul Hamilton Hayne.. 123

Selection from The Lady of the Lake. . Sir Walter Scott

125

Selection from The Vision of Sir Launfal. . . James R. Lowell

130

Hervé Riel

Robert Browning

134

The Great Stone Face

Nathaniel Hawthorne 141

A Noble Revenge

Thomas De Quincey

165

Marco Bozzaris

Fitz-Greene Halleck 168

Bruce's Address

Robert Burns

172

Scotland

Robert Burns

174

Song of the Mystic

Rev Abram J. Ryan 175

A Mother's Care

.John Ruskin..

179

Madam Washington at the Peace Ball Mary V. Terhune

181

The Plowman

.Oliver W. Holmes.

183

The Ride of Jennie McNeal

Will Carleton

184

Two Great Commanders

William P. Trent.

190

The Well of St. Keyne

Robert Southey

193

Love of Home

Henry W. Grady

196

Break, Break, Break

. Alfred Tennyson

199

Four National Anthems

My Country, 'Tis of Thee

.Samue' F. Smith

201

God Save the King

.Henry Carey

203

The Marseillaise

Rouget de Lisle

204

The Watch on the Rhine

Max Schneckenburger 206

The Evils of War...

.Henry Clay

208

The Story of Hamlet

212

Hamlet's Soliloquy

William Shakespeare 216

The Story of the Merchant of Venice.

218

Mercy

William Shakespeare 222

Written in March

William Wordsworth 223

Opportunity

.John L. Spalding, D. D. 225

Footsteps of Angels

Henry W. Longfellow 231

Spartacus to the Gladiators

Elijah Kellogg

233

Modern Gallantry

Charles Lamb

238

Regulus

Charlotte Yonge

244

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