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LONDON: R. CLAY, PRINTER, BREAD STREET HILL. PREFACE.

It is the proper and laudable custom in most schools, whether of boys or girls, to give to the pupils, at least once a week, a poetic task, to be committed by them to memory.

The choice is sometimes difficult; and if it be made from the “Speaker," or any other expensive work, the injury done to those books by the learner in a few hours, is greater than would be many months' use of them for reading in only. On this account, a cheap manual of sterling poetry, to be used principally as a Poetic Task Book, has hitherto been a desideratum in our schools; which it is hoped this new school-book will supply.

The following Selection contains many blossoms of native genius, most of them of recent growth, that are well worthy to be transferred to memory by British youth ; and which, to the latest period of life, may afford a pleasing reminiscence. Some effusions of the American poets have also contributed to enrich the collection.

It is to be regretted that the names of the writers cannot in every instance be ascertained; but sometimes only their initials are given ; and when these are wanted, the word anonymous or its abbreviation anon. will be supplied.

July, 1849.

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Melancholy . . . . . . . . . . Neele . . . . . .

England's merry Bells . . . . . . . Mrs. Jameson . . . 38

An Italian Song . . . . .

Rogers . . . . .

Human Frailty . . . . . . .

Cowper . . . . .

The Sunshine on the Wall .

. . W. S. Ridpath . .

Ye Mariners of England. ..

Home . . . . . . . . . . . .. Anon. .....

We are growing old together . . . J. E. Carpenter . .

The First Grief . . . . . . . . ..

. Mrs. Hemans . .

Time's Takings and Leavings. . Bernard Barton.

Stanzas, . . . . . . . . .

Bowles ....

Those Evening Bells ....... Moore .....

Against Slander . . . . . . .

. . Anon. .

Miriam's Song . . .

... Moore . . . .

Time . . . . . . . .

Dr. Knox ...

The ruined House . . . .

. Charles Swain.

I've pluck'd the Berry . . . . . . . Motherwell . . . .

Destruction of Sennacherib. . . . . Lord Byron. . . .

Saturday Afternoon.-Boys at Play. N. P. Willis ...

Stanzas . . . . . . . . . . . . Bishop Heber .,. .

The World a fleeting Show .;... Thomas Moore ..

Sonnets :-To the River Trert .... Henry Kirke White .

Sonnet II. . . . . . . .

To April . . . . . . .

The Spring Journey . .

. . Heber . . . . .

Prayer . . . . . . . . . . . . James Montgomery.

The Father is coming . . . .

... Mary Howitt...

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The Greek Boy . . . . . . . . . W. C. Bryant .

Strive on . . . . . . . . .

. . E. T. Frier. . .

The Gladness of Nature . . .

. . W. C. Bryant. .

The Poor Man's Child . . . .

Elizabeth Hoy. ..

The Graves of the Household .. . . Mrs. Hemans . . .

Hope . . . . . . . . . . . . . John Clare. ..

To Autumn ..........

The Feast of Life ....

Lætitia E. Landon.

The Homes of England ... . Mrs. Hemans. ..

Go to the Fields . . . . . .

. . J. A. Langford . .

The Use of Flowers . . .

Mary Howitt ... 67

The Dying Storm . . . . .

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The Orphan Beggar-boy . . . .

W. Milliner ... 68

The Monkey ..

. Mary Howitt...

The Departure of the Swallow. ... William Howittı.

Evening . . . . . . . . . .

. Ellen T.. . . .

The Mother . . . . . . . . . . Mrs. Sigourney ..

To-morrow. .

. . . . . . . . J. H. R. Bayley. 72

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