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PREFACE.

NINE years ago this month this work was commenced, principally to while away the long winter evenings, which threatened to hang heavy on the Editor's hands, and, though often laid aside for months at a time, it has been a labor of love ever since; and now it is with feelings akin to those felt at parting with an old and valued friend that he pens these prefatory lines, which mark the completion of his task.

It has been his aim to present a comprehensive collection-an ENCYCLOPÆDIA, in fact—of the poetry of the English language, one that will be a welcome companion at every FIRESIDE; and which, while representing all that is best and brightest in our poetic literature, should contain nothing that would tend to undermine any one's faith or destroy a single virtuous impulse.

Fully aware of the danger of trusting to the caprices or fancies of any individual judgment, the Editor has diligently consulted the works of the best critics and reviewers, and has not hesitated to accept such pieces as have received their united commendation, or such as, through some peculiar power, have touched the popular heart. Each poem has been given complete, and great care has been taken to follow the most authentic and approved editions of the respective authors; and though the quantity of space assigned to each and the selections made may not, and probably will not, satisfy every judgment, it is believed that none of the most famous minor poems of the English language will be found missing from these pages.

At the very outset it was deemed best to discard the chronological arrangement followed by most compilers, and to adopt the plan of classifying each poem according to its subject-matter, originated by Mr. Charles A. Dana in his excellent Household Book of Poetry. In many cases this has been found exceedingly difficult; as often, under-currents so run in opposite directions as to threaten the entire foundation upon which the title of a poem is based ; and in many poems the “moral” is dwelt on at greater length than the tale itself, so that the Editor has often been sorely tempted to end his perplexity by throwing them into those convenient “olla podridas,Poems of Sentimentand Moral and Didactic Poetry.But with all these drawbacks the advantages of the system are so great that there has been no hesitation in adopting it. By it, every taste may be gratified, all moods and humors the better served.

“Psalms and Hymns and Spiritual Songs” for Sunday reading, Poems of Home Life and Domestic Bliss for the cold winter nights when the logs are blazing brightly on the cozy hearth, Poems on Nature for the bloom

Here are

ing Spring-time and melancholy Autumn, Poems for the lover, and Historical Poems, Old Legends, and Ballads for all. From the days when

“ Adam delved and Eve span” to the present, human nature has been ever the same. Kingdoms have risen and been forgotten, languages been formed and fallen into disuse, but love, patriotism, sorrow and death, are the same in all ages and climes. The language may be different and the allusions seem strange to our ears, but the same old, old story was told by gallant knight to high-bred dame in the good old days of Queen Bess as is now whispered into the ear of rustic beauty or ball-room belle.

“Each heart recall’d a different name, but all sang ‘Annie Laurie.'” The same impulses animated Horatius as he faced Lars Porsena's army on the banks of the Tiber centuries ago, as actuated the brave boys who flocked to their country's standard during the late civil war; while the parent even now mourns for his erring child in the same language of the heart as did the sweet Singer of Israel for his erring Absalom. For, though long cycles have intervened between Shakespeare and Tennyson, Sir Walter Raleigh and Longfellow, Herrick and Burns, Herbert and Whittier, rare Ben Jonson and Mrs. Browning, one animating purpose breathes alike through the voices of the poets of the past and the present.

As many poems are founded upon some historical fact or some interesting incident or legend, a knowledge of which greatly aids the reader in his appreciation of them, Explanatory and Corroborative Notes have been appended at the end of the volume. This plan has been adopted in preference to placing the notes at the bottom of the page; as many readers, who are familiar with their substance, naturally object to such an arrangement as distracting their attention and marring the continuity of the poem.

The compiler would express his thanks to the various authors and pubJishers who have so kindly permitted him to use the copyright poems contained in this collection, and especially to Messrs. Houghton, Osgood & Co., who, notwithstanding that they publish excellent works of a similar character, generously granted the use of the various poems by Longfellow, Whittier, Emerson, Lowell, Holmes, Bret Harte, Saxe, Bayard Taylor, Stedman, Stoddard, Trowbridge, Thomas Bailey Aldrich, Parsons, Lucy Larcom, Julia Ward Howe, and Phæbe Cary, the brightest galaxy of names ever collected together by any American publishing-house. He would also acknowledge his obligation to Mr. N. Clemmons Hunt for the assistance rendered in the selection and arrangement of many of the poems in this work.

Originality cannot be claimed for a work of this character, notwithstanding the labor and thought bestowed upon it; all the glory, all the praise, belongs to the poets themselves. In the words of Montaigne: “Here is a nosegay of culled flowers, to which I have brought nothing of my own but the thread that ties them."

H. T. C. PHILADELPHIA, October 18th, 1878.

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INDEX OF THE NAMES OF THE POEMS

ALPHABETICALLY ARRANGED.

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Page ABBOT M‘Kinnon, The .............James Hogg. 878 Angler, The ......................John Chalkhill. 468 Abide with Me......... .Henry F. Lyte. 557 | Angler's Trysting-Tree, The.. T. T. Stoddart. 469 Abou Ben Adhem..

Leigh Hunt. 664 | Angler's Wish, The............. Isaak Walton. 467 Abraham Lincoln...... Tom Taylor. 280 Annabel Lee.......

. Edgar A. Poe. 410 Absence.................. Frances Anne Kemble. 101 Annie Laurie........... .Author Unknown. 199 Absent Wife, To an......... George D. Prentice. 14 Antony and Cleopatra....... William H. Lytle. 290 Addison, To the Earl of Warwick on the Arab's Farewell to his Horse, The..C. Norton. 492 Death of .........

Thomas Tickell. 242 Arethusa ......... Percy Bysshe Shelley. 460 Address to Certain Gold-Fishes..H. Coleridge. 469 Ariel's Songs ............... William Shakespeare. 794 Address to the Mummy in Belzoni's Exhibi- Armstrong's Good Night..... Author Unknoon. 656 tion..........

Horace Smith. 744 Arsenal at Springfield, The..H. W. Longfellow. 521 Address to the Soul............... A. M. Toplady. 596 Art of Book-keeping, The....... Thomas Hood. 951 Address to the Toothache ......... Robert Burns. 953 Art thou Weary ? ..................John M. Neale. 577 Adelgitha.........

Thomas Campbell. 145 As by the Shore at Break of Day...T. Moore. 363 Adonais.....

Percy Bysshe Shelley. 253 Ask me no More................ Alfred Tennyson. 192 Afar in the Desert............ Thomas Pringle. 490 Ask me no more where Jove bestows.. T. Carew. 192 After Death in Arabia...........Edwin Arnold. 681 At Dieppe...

W. W. Story. 518 After the Ball........ ......... Nora Perry. 786 At Sea

...........J. T. Trowbridge. 465 Age and Song ...........Algernon C. Swinburne. 741 At Setting Day and Rising Morn..A. Romsay. 195 Aged Man-at-Arms, The........... George Peele, 751 At the Church-Gate........ Wm. M. Thackeray. 211 Aged Oak at Oakley, The....... ..... H. Alford, 458 Auf Wiedersehen...............James R. Lowell. 217 Age of Wisdom, The......... W. M. Thackeray. 87 Auld Lang Syne............. Robert Burns. 81 Agincourt, The Ballad of.... Michael Drayton. 298 Auld Robin Gray.......... Lady Anne Barnard. 137 Ah, how Sweet it is to Love !....John Dryden. 97 Autumn, A Dirge .........Percy Bysshe Shelley. 436 A-Hunting We Will Go ..... Author Unknown. 493 Autumn, To........

..........John Keats. 435 Airs of Spring, The........... Thomas Carew. 431 Aux Italiens........ Robert B. Lytton. 180 Alexander Selkirk, Verses supposed to be Awakening of Endymion....L. E. L. Maclean. 172 Written by

Wm. Couper. 679 Alexander's Feast...

.John Dryden. 724 BABE, The....... .......... Sir William Jones. 50 Alice Brand...... Sir Walter Scott. 838 Babie, The..

......J. E. Rankin. 41 Allen-a-Dale....... ......... Sir Walter Scott. 186 Baby Bell.

T. B. Aldrich. 30 All Quiet Along the Potomac...Ethel L. Beers. 349 Baby Louise.....

Margaret Eytinge. 29 Almond-Blossom .. Edwin Arnold. 457 Baby May

W. C. Bennett. 29 Alnwick Castle....... .Fitz-Greene Halleck. 513 Baby's Début, The.......... ...... James Smith. 940 Alonzo the Brave and the Fair Imogine,

Bachelor's Dream, The........... Thomas Hood. 902

Matthew G. Leicis. 871 Bachelor's Hall........... .......John Finley. 960 Alpine Sheep, The..............

Maria W. Lowell. 638 Ballad of Agincourt, The..... Michael Drayton. 298 Althea, To, from Prison..... Richard Lovelace. 124 Ballad of Bouillabaisse, The.. W.M.Thackeray. 89 A Man's a Man for a' That...... Robert Burns. 704 Ballad of Chevy-Chace, The.. Author Unknoion. 299 America ........

Samuel F. Smith. 354 Ballad of the Tempest.........James T. Fields. 38 American Flag, The...........Joseph R. Drake. 353 Banks o' Doon, The............ Robert Burns. 170 Amynta.......... ....... Sir Gilbert Elliot. 200 Bannockburn............

.... Robert Burns. 295 Ancient Mariner, Rime of the......Coleridge. 855 | Baptismal Hymn.......... Henry Alford. 563 Angel in the House, An............. Leigh Hunt. 743 Barbara Allen's Cruelty..... Author Unknown. 417 Angels of Buena Vista, The....J. G. Whittier. 345 Barbara Frietchie.............John G. Whittier. 350 Angels' Whisper, The............. Samuel Lover. 33 | Bard, The................ ..... Thomas Gray. 293

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