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PREFACE.

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Vise years ago this month this work was commenced, principally to while away the long fall and winter evenings, which threatened to hang heavy on the Editor's hands, and, though 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 ENCYCLOPEDIA, 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, I 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 Sentiment” and "Joral 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. Here are " Psalms and Hymns and Spiritual Songs ” for Sunday reading, Poems of Home Life and Domestic Bliss for the cold winter nights when the lungs are blazing brightly on the cozy hearth, Poems on Nature for the bloom

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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 publishers 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.

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

OF THE NAMES OF THE POEMS,

ALPHABETICALLY ARRANGED.

PAGE ABBIT M'Kinxox, The ..............James Hogg. 878 Abide with Me.......

.Henry F. Lyte. 557 Abou Ben Adhem....

.Leigh Hunt. 664 Abraham Lincoln..

Tom Taylor. 280 Addison, To the Earl of Warwick on the Death of.......

Thomas Tickell. 242 Address to Certain Gold-Fishes..H. Coleridge. 469 Address to the Mummy at Belzoni's Exhibition...........

Horace Smith, 746 Address to the Soul.............A. M. Toplady. 596 Address to the Toothache......... Robert Burns, 951 Adelgitha.........

Thomas Campbell. 145 Adonais.........

Percy Bysshe Shelley. 253 Alar in the Desert.... Thomas Pringle. 488 After the Ball..

Nora Perry. 788 Age and Song ...........Algernon C. Swinburne. 743 Age i Man-at-Arms, The.......... George Peele. 753 Aged Oak at Oakley, The..... 11. Alford. 460 Aze of Wisdom, The........ W. M. Thackeray. 87 Agincourt, The Ballad of..... Michael Drayton. 300 Ah, how Sweet it is to Love !....John Dryden. 99 Alexander Selkirk, Verses supposed to be

Written by.......... Wm. Couper. 679 Alerander's Feast.. .....John Dryden. 726 Alice Brand..

Sir Walter Scott. 838 Alleluia.

..John M. Neale. 546 Allen-a. Dale..

„Sir Walter Scott. 186 Almood-Blossom

Edwin Arnold. 459 Anwick Castle....... Fitz-Greene Halleck. 513 Ain the Brave......... Matthere G. Lewis. 871 Alpine Sbeep, The............. Maria W. Lowell. 638 Althea, To, from Prison.... Richard Lorelace. 124 America....

Samuel F. Smith. 354 American Flag, The ...........Joseph R. Drake. 353 Amyota .......

.. Sir Gilbert Elliot. 200 Accient Mariner, The Rime of...S.T.Coleridge. 855 Angel in the House, An............ Leigh Hunt. 745 Angel of Buena Vista, The...J. G. Whittier. 344 Angele' Whisper, The............ Samuel Lorer. 24 Atzler, The.......

...John Chalkhill, 468 Angler': Trysting-Tree, The... T. T. Stoddart. 469 dager's Wisb, The......... ..Izaak Walton, 467 Annabel Lee.....

.Edgar A. Poe. 179 Actie Laurie....

Author Unknown. 199 An: ag and Cleopatra ...... William H. Lytle. 292

PAGE Arab's Farewell to his Horse, The...C. Norton, 490 Arethusa.......... Percy Bysshe Shelley. 462 Ariel's Songs.... William Shakespeare. 794 Armstrong's Good Night.... Author Unknown. 656 drsenal at Springfield, The.. H. W. Longfellow. 520 Art of Book-keeping, The...... Thomas Hood. 949 Art thou Weary ? .................John M. Neale. 577 As by the Shore at Break of Day..... T. Moore. 786 Ask me no More................ Alfred Tennyson. 192 Ask me no more where Jove bestows.. T. Carev. 192 At Dieppe.......

W. W. Story. 518 At Sea .......

..J. T. Trowbridge. 785 At Setting Day and Rising Morn. A. Ramsay. 195 At the Church Gate........ Wm. M. Thackeray. 211 Auf Wiedersehen ..., ......James R. Lowell. 217 Auld Lang Syne.... ..... Robert Burns. 83 Auld Robin Gray.... .Lady Anne Barnard. 137 Autumn, A Dirge.........Percy Bysshe Shelley. 436 Autumn, To.......

..John Keats. 435 Autumn Flowers .... Caroline Southey. 419 Aux Italiens......... Robert B. Lytton. 180 Awakening of Endymion, The

L. E. L. Maclean. 172

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BABY, The..........

Hugh Miller. 29 Baby Bell...

...T. B. Aldrich. 21 Baby Louise....

Jargaret Eyringe. 20 Baby May.....

W. C. Bennett. 20 Baby's Début, The........ ....James Smith. 938 Bachelor's Dream, The ........... Thomas Hood. 900 Ballad of Agincourt, The... Michael Drayton. 300 Ballad of Bouillabaisse, The. W. M. Thackeray. 89 Ballad of Chevy-Chace, The. Author Unknown. 301 Bannockburn .......

Robert Burns, 297 Baptismal Hymn.... Henry Alford, 563 Barbara Allen's Cruelty...... Author Unknown. 417 Darbara Frietchie.............John G. Whittier. 318 Bard, The...........

Thomas Gray. 295 Baron's Last Banquet, The...... A. G. Greene. 621 Battle-Field, The........... William C. Bryant. 676 Battle-Hymn of the Republic..Julia W. Howe. 354 Battle of Blenheim, The....... Robert Southey. 677 Battle of Fontenoy, The............B. Dowling. 322 Battle the Baltic, The... Thomas Campbell. 311 Baucis and Philemon...........Jonathan Sicift. 897

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