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EDITED BY MAURICE PATERSON, B.A., ETC.,

Rector of Moray House Training College, Edinburgh.

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LONDON:
BLACKIE & SON, 49 & 50 OLD BAILEY, E.C.;

GLASGOW, EDINBURGH, AND DUBLIN

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PREFACE.

THE Sixth READER is specially adapted for the Highest Standards of the New Code. It will also be found to be serviceable in the Junior Sections of Higher Class Schools.

In the Editor's judgment the most important and valuable feature of the Reader is that, without at all sacrificing the simplicity and interest which are essential in a School Reading Book, he has been able, by the generous kindness of the publishers of the great modern Histories, to furnish a sufficient number of extracts from the writings of men like Macaulay, Alison, Arnold, Freeman, Carlyle, Prescott, Bancroft, and others. The pupils will thus have an opportunity of knowing their mother-tongue as it has been used by some of the best English writers, whilst the interest which the extracts will show to attach to their treatment of historical personages and events may induce them to peruse these and similar works for themselves.

In the selection of Poetical pieces the Editor has been guided by the same principles. He desires that the Reader, while furnishing all the needful material for school work, may prove a help and encouragement to the study and enjoyment of the great Poetical Literature in which our country is so rich.

For Elocutionary purposes a few passages of a more Rhetorical character have been introduced.

As the best preparation for the after use of a Dictionary the meanings of difficult or unusual words have been arranged in the form of a Vocabulary at the end of the Book, and not, as in the earlier Readers, in connection with the several lessons in which they

occur.

A short course of Etymological Lessons has been added as in the Fifth Reader.

CONTENTS.

The poetical extracts are marked by an asterisk (*).

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The Coronation of the Conqueror,

Edward A. Freeman, .

7

* England,

William Shakespeare,

11

The Mocking-bird,

Alexander Wilson,

13

The Bloom on Character,

Henry W. Beecher,

16

*Under the Violets,

0. W. Holmes,

18

William of Normandy,

Edward A. Freeman,

19

The Empire of Japan,

Compiled,

23

“The Nightingale,

S. T. Coleridge,

26

Vegetable Cells,

Compiled,

30

The Benefits of Pain,

Quarterly Review,

33

The Execution of Lady Jane Grey,

David Hume,

36

*Human Life,

Samuel Rogers,

40

Palmyra in its Glory,

William Ware,

44

*The Fall of Wolsey,

Shakespeare,

47

Scenes in Palmyra,

William Ware,

53

America,

Edmund Burke,

55

*Hope,

Thomas Campbell,

57

Roots of Plants,

Compiled,

*The Earliest English Tragedy,

Do.

64

The Spectator. -Part I.,

Lord Macaulay,

67

*The Poet's Books,

R. Southey,

69

The Spectator. - Part 11.,

Lord Macaulay,

71

* Emelie,

Geoffrey Chaucer, .

72

Leaves,

Compiled,

74

The Retired Citizen,

Addison,

77

Oliver Cromwell: Dismissal of “The Rump,Thomas Carlyle,

81

*The Golden Age,

Bishop Hall,

86

Flesh-eating Plants,

Asa Gray,

88

* Loch Katrine,

Sir Walter Scott,

93

The Stem of Plants,

Compiled,

97

The Visit to the Exchange,

Addison,

102

*The Parson, .

Chaucer,

. 106

*Dream of Summer,

John Greenleaf Whittier, 109

The Greatest Sailor since the World Began :-

Part I.-Battle of "Cape St. Vincent,". Sir Archibald Alison,

Part II.-Nelson's Career,

Do.

115

Part III.-The Death of Nelson,

R. Southey,

118

The Prince Consort,

B. Disraeli (Lord Beaconsfield), 125

The Faerie Queen,

Compiled,

128

*The Car of Lucifera or Pride,

Edmund Spenser,

. 133

* Angels, .

Do.

*The Pleasure from Vicissitude, .

Thos. Gray,

138

Babylon,

Compiled,

140

The Fall of Babylon,

Do.

143

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* Babylon's Destroying Angel,

H. H. Milman,

147

Needless War,

John Bright,

149

*The Castaway,

William Cowper,

152

Froissart and his Chronicles,

Rev. Jas. White,

156

Our English Tongue,

George Perkins Marsh, 159

*L'Allegro-Mirth,

John Milton,

161

Shakspeare—“The Chief of All Poets," Thomas Carlyle,

165

The Earthworm,

Compiled from Darwin, &c., 170

Murder of Julius Cæsar,

Plutarch,

174

*After the Murder,

Shakespeare, :

A Day in London :-

Part I.-St. Paul's and St. James' Park, Bayard Taylor,

182

Part II.-Westminster Abbey,

Do.

Part III.- The Thames Tunnel,

Do.

188

*On the Tombs in Westminster Abbey, Beaumont,

188

*The Way,

Thomas Buchanan Read,

189

Poetry, .

Sir Richard Steele,

191

The Vastness of the Universe,

Adapted from Whewell, 195

*The Song of the Angels,

Paradise Lost,

198

William III. of England,

Lord Macaulay,

200

Nature Unsubdued. - Part I.,

Prof. James D. Dana, . 204

Nature Unsubdued. -Part II.,

Nature Subdued, :

Do.

209

*Nature,

John Milton,

213

*An Alpine Thunderstorm,

Lord Byron, .

213

Battle of Killiecrankie,

Lord Macaulay,

216

The Torrid Zone, .

Malté Brun,

220

*The Murdered Pilgrim,

Mrs. Radcliffe,

224

The Valley and City of Mexico,

William Hickling Prescott, . 225

*Green River,

William Cullen Bryant, 229

*Written in Early Spring,

William Wordsworth, 232

Charles II. in the Oak Tree,

Clarendon,

233

Pompeii. The Buried City Recovered, Compiled,

238

*Pompeii,

Lyrical Gems,

The Last Day of Pompeii,

Kotzebue's Travels,

242

*Faithful Friend and Flattering Foe, . Richard Barnefield,

245

* Devouring Time, .

William Shakespeare, 247

The North-east Passage,

Compiled,

248

*To Mary Unwin, .

William Cowper,

251

*Morning Orisons in Paradise,

Paradise Lost,

251

On Wit and “ Bulls,”

Sydney Smith,

*Ode to the West Wind,

P. B. Shelley,

257

The “Challenger” Expedition, .

Compiled,

261

Crossing the Alps :-

Part I.-The French Army Crosses, M. Thiers,

265

Part II. - Bonaparte Crosses,

Do.

268

*My Psalm,

John Greenleaf Whittier, 271

Discovery of the Mississippi River :-

Part I.-Explorations and Discovery, George Bancroft, .

273

Part II.-Death of De Soto the Discoverer,

Do.

277

*Richard II., Extract from,.

William Shakespeare,

Church-Vassals in the Middle Ages, . Scott,

*The Peasantry,

Oliver Goldsmith, :

287

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