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HE subject of Poetry has perhaps been discussed by a greater number of

thinkers than any other connected with letters; but no one has as yet succeeded in defining the term to the satisfaction of his brother critics. To

attempt that wherein so many of skill and experience in the expression of ideas have so signally failed, would be the part of one who has not even studied the subject sufficiently to know where the difficulty lies. It will then, perhaps, be better to be contented with an effort to explain the principles underlying the arrangement of the selections in the following pages; trusting that the reader may discern that not only the verses, but the prose extracts likewise herein given, have been chosen because they possess this same indefinable property which we call Poetry.

The most obvious theme for a writer to choose is either a description of what he perceives, or what he feels. Taking first the Emotions as the moving spring, as the power which urges him to expression, the natural question arises : What kind of feelings? Is he to speak of joy or of sorrow? Is he to touch upon the ties that bind him to others? Is ho to put into words the highest aspirations of which man is capable? All these form fitting subjects for the writer, whether he put himself, or some imaginary self, into his pages; and Joy and Sorrow, The Affections, and Religion have for ages been the themes upon which our best and brightest minds have loved to think.

But emotion is passive; there is the result of it which follows naturally as the fruit succeeds the blossom. From mere feeling, deepened and strengthened, comes Passion, and passion produces Action. The man of letters, then, who has sounded the depths of feeling, turns naturally to its outgrowth, and depicts the stronger powers that control the human soul; painting, with the utmost contrast of light and shade, the image of doing.

Turning now to the other subject which has been mentioned as likely to be chosen at first, we can readily perceive the divisions into which the productions of the pen will fall. He may write of Beauty, as it is manifested in nature and art; of Characters, Persons, and of Places. The last group, it must be understood, comprehends not only the “few, the immortal names,” but the various types of character with which we daily meet, and which are the study of the philosopher. Here too may be considered those creations of the mind which have

impressed the world of readers with their personality; for when savants gravely discuss the question of Hamlet's sanity, surely we must acknowledge that there may be real men and women who have never trod the earth.

But there is more than the expression of emotion and perceptions to deal with; there is the realm in which Thought holds the higher place. In this division, there is, first and foremost, Reflection, or the application of the results of feeling and experience of externals to the inner life, thus affecting the outer life as well. The mind manifests itself in another, and totally different way, next; no longer grave and wise, it gives itself up to the wildest dreams; and in these, when canningly imbued with that “drop of human blood” which is necessary to give interest, we have the pleasing flights of Fancy. Finally, the mental powers, having thus far relaxed their grave efforts, resolve to throw care to the winds, and give themselves up to Wit and the more kindly Humor.

Such is the theory upon which the arrangement of the selections which follow is based. In practice, however, the classification is often extremely difficult. The broad lines which have here been marked out as dividing the varieties of mental effort are often obliterated in a single page; and the writer will, in the course of a few paragraphs or stanzas, pass from description of beautiful scenes, , to the persons who beheld them, and to the emotions aroused in the breasts of these men and women to whom he thus gives existence.

Without, then, proposing the arrangement herein adopted as perfect, or even the best that could possibly be made, it is submitted to the reader as the best of which the editor is capable; trusting that the kindliness excited by the sight of so many representatives of favorite authors may lead him to more enjoyment than fault-finding.

M. K. DAVIS.

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Nature and Song..... .........M. K. Davis... COVER It Never Comes Again.........R. H. Stoddard...39

Alone

.E. A. Poe............40

Nature and Books......... .M. K. Davis..... FLY The Baby,..

..G. McDonald.......41

LEAF At the King's Gate. .Anonymous..

Preface.

.M. K. Davis.......... V Keys ........

.B. Chandler..........41

Contents .....

........ vii Maidenhood........... .H.W. Longfellow 42

List of Illustrations........

.xviii The City of the Living. .E. A. Allen........... 43

List of Portraits .......

xxiv Beyond the Gate..... ...K. M. Rice........... 43

List of Autograph Fac-

Rest

.........A. J. Ryan...........44

Similes........

xxvi The World Goes Up and the

Good News, or Bad ?...... ..G. Weatherly 29 World Goes Down............C. Kingsley.........44

Sunlight and Sbade... .G. Weatherly... ...29 Song, “When the dimpled

Under My Window........ .T. Westwood 30 water slippeth' ..........J. Ingelow..........44

Little Bell...........

.T. Westwood....... 30 Sonnet: “Come, Sleep, O

Babie Bell's Coming... .T. B. Aldrich....... 31 Sleep, the certain knot” ....Sir Philip Sidney...45

Companionship with Chil.

A Dream......

A. A. Procter......45

dren......

.......N. Hawthorne..... 31 Driving Home the Cows........K.P. Osgood .......46

The Gambols of Children......G. Darley ........... 32 The World's Indifference...... W. M. Thackeray 46

Mother Nature ...... .C. Young..... 33 Waiting

Anonymous ..47

The Merry Heart......... .H. H. Milman..... 33 The Lady's Dream........ .T. Hood......... .48

The Romance of the Swan's

Auld Robin Gray... .Lady Ann Lindsay 49

Nest ......

...... .E. B. Browning... 33 Ode to Adversity

.T.Gray...............50

Sonnet: “Care-charmer Sleep,

Rock Me to Sleep.. E. A. Allen..........51

son of the sable Night”......S. Daniel............ 35 Oft in the Stilly Night... ..T. Moore.. ..........51

Some Murmur When Their

Affliction........

.Louise DeLa Rame 51

Sky is Clear....................

......R. C. Trench......... 35 Weariness.....

H. W. Longfellow 52

Sonnet; “Life, joy and

Song, from “The Prin-

splendor with the year

... A. Tennyson. .......53

awake”.....

......Anonymous ........ 35 Enoch's Return

..A. Tennyson........53

Selections from “The Prin.

Complaint............ .J. G. Holland.......55

cess

A. Tennyson.........36 To The "Eve" of Powers......H. T. Tuckerman..55

The House of Clay......... . Anonymous.........36 Ode to An Indian Gold

A Ballad upon a Wedding... Sir John Suckling 37 Coin .....

......J. Leyden............55

On the Threshold......... .Anonymous ..38 Break, Break, Break............A. Tennyson.........56

Invocation to Sleep........ ..Beaumont and The Old Familiar Faces........C. Lamb............57

Fletcher 39 The Barefoot Boy................J. G. Whittier.....67

A Question ...... ..........M. Arnold..........39 Sleeping and Watching.......E. B. Browning.....59

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The Moneyless Man.............H. T. Stanton.......60 Dirge for a Young Girl.........J.T. Fields. ... .....94

Songs of Seven....... ...J. Ingelow..........61 Song: “If I had thought

The Return of Rip Van

thou could'st have died ”... C. Wolfe............ 94

Winkle.........

.W. Irving............67 To Mary in Heaven........ R. Burns.............96

A Song of Long Ago ..........J. W. Riley..........71 A Farewell..........

.M. E. Cook... .95

Down on The Suwannee

The Three Fishers..... ..C. Kingsley... .....97

River........... ......... S. C. Foster........71 Sonnet: “What doth it serve

Beautiful Snow....... ..... Anonymous.........71 to see sun's burning". .W. Drummond.....97

“Oh, that this too, too solid

The Sack of Baltimore....... .T. Davis........ 97

flesh would melt" .W. Shakspere......72 The Dead Mariper... .G. D. Prentice.....98

Song: from “As You Like

The Picket Guard........ .E. L. Meers........99

... W. Shakspere......73 My Child...

..J. Pierpont...... ..100

“ On This Day I Complete

Selections from “In Memo-

My Thirty-sixth Year”.. Lord Byron........73 riam"..

.......A. Tennyson......101

Lines Written by One in the

“Softly

away

her

Tower, Being Young and

Breath".

...B. W. Procter. ..103

Condemned to Die..............C. Tychborn........73 Parting and Death............. ..H. W. Longfel-

Juliet Taking the Opiate....... W. Shakspere......74

low...... ...104

The Mitherless Bairn...... .W. Thorn...... .75 The Phantom........

.B. Taylor...........104

Desolation of Balclutha........J. Macpherson......75 Sonnet: “Sweet Spring, thou

The Song of the Shirt..... ..T. Hood

..77 turn’st with all thy”. .W. Drummond...105

Life......

...T. Hood........... .78 Death of Gabriel....... .H. W. Longfel-

Parting

..Anonymous....

low....... .106

Barbara's Song...

.W. Shakspere......78 There Is No Death.... .Bulwer Lytton.... 107

Secret Sorrows....

George Eliot.........78 The Bridge of Sighs........ .T. Hood............ 108

Saturn and Thea........ ..J. Keats...............79 Olden Memories....... .C. Cist...............109

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.W. W. Story........80 The Death of the Babe

Annabel Lee.........

.E. A. Poe....... .....81 Christabel......... ...G. Massey .........110

Florence Vane......... .P. P. Cooke..........81 Mourning.

.W. Sbakspere.....110

“ Homo they brought her

Death of Ophelia....... .W. Shakspere... .111

warrior dead".

.A. Tennyson ..82 “Oh! snatched

The Old Arm Chair.... .E. Cook......... ..82 beauty's bloom”.

.Lord Byron........111

Lucy

.W. Wordsworth...83 Grandmother's Sermon..... .Anonymous.......111

Longing for Denth......

.P. Massinger. ..83 Found Dead.......... .H. Jackson.........112

Somebody's Darling...... .M. R. Lacoste......83 “I have been a happy man N. Hawthorne....112

Vanished Blessings..

.G. Wither...........83 Death at the Goal.

.B. Miller............113

The Blind Old Milton.... E. L. Howell....... 85 Remembrance.......

.A. M. F. Robin-
Migration
E. M. Thomas......85

118

Dirge.......

.F. D. Hemans......85 “Sweet by-and-by”. .E. J. Hall..........115

The High Tide on the Coast

Loss........

..J. Ruskin....... 116

of Lincolnshire........... .J. Ingelow...........87 The Georgia Volunteer.. ..Anonymous. .116

The Death Bed......... .T. Hood..............88 In Watches of the Night....... W. Winter.........116

Lines.........

.W. D. Gallagher..90 Spoken After Sorrow....

.J. C. Marsh........

.116

The Voice of the Waves .... .C. Dickens...........90 In Time to Come....... .Anonymous.. 117

The Disappointed......... ..E. W. Wilcox......91 “When shall we three meet

The Apples are Ripe in the

again ?"

....Anonymous....... 117

Orchard...... ......... W. Winter..........91 The Long Ago........... ...Lord Houghton...117

Misshapen Lives...... .George Eliot

..91 Sea Ventures.....................

..Anonymous.. 118

The Sands of Dee......... .....C. Kingsley .........93 Annie's Dream.... ... A. Tennyson...... 118

Beyond the Veil........... ...H. Vaughan.........94 The First Snowfall ...............J. R. Lowell......119

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On the River.......... .........J. A. Blaikie......122 Better Moments....................N. P. Willis......123

The Mother's Vigil...... .....F. J. Fargus......123 A Mother's Love..................F. Johnson .........124

Etude Realiste......... ......C. A. Swinburne..123 Little Children............ ......... A. Boies........125

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Sundered Friends......... ..N. Perry........ .125 "Is She Biding?”.

.S. M. Peck.........150

The Bridge of Snow....... .Anonymous........125 She Walks in Beauty.. .....Lord Byron ....150

A Mother's Love.............. .T. Burbidge........126 My Own Shall Come... ..Anonymous .......161

“ He that loves a rosy cheek” T. Carew......... ..127 Through the Meadow............ W. D. Howells....151

Woman, the Home-Maker..... T. Campbel........127 Cupid Defied.............. .... W. Shakspere.....151

What It Is to Love......... .C. Swain............127 Yesterday....

.M. M. Forrester..153

To a Child Embracing His

Why Not?....

.R. H. Stoddard ...153

Mother..........

......... T. Hood........

....128 The Interpreter ........ ...E. M. Thomas.....153

A Woman's Forgiveness........ Sir W. Scott...... 129 To the Evening Star.............J. Leyden.......... 154

Rosalind's Madrigal ...... .T. Lodge............129 My Only Jo and Dcarie 0......R. Gall..............154

The Flower o' Dumblane......R. Tannahill.. 129 Sonnet: “The forward violet

The Gift..........

A. Webster.........130 thus did I chide”.......... .W. Shakspere.....154

Lullaby..

..A. Tennyson...... 130 Song: “Tell me, where is

"Oh, merry, merry, bethe day!" J. H. Perkins......130 fancy bred?”.

.... W. Shakspore.....154

The Flower's Name.......... .R. Browning ...... 131 Your Coming..

...D. R. Goodale....155

Song: “Where wind and

Qua Cursum Ventus........ ..A. H. Clough.....156

water meeting made" .W. Motherwell...131 The Chess Board............. Owen Meredith...156

The Mother's Hope.......... .L. Blanchard......133 Take, oh, take those lips

Description of Castara........... W. Habington....133 away".

.W. Shakspere ....156

The Angel's Whisper.... S. Lover....... .134 The Doorstep.......

E. C. Stedman....157

My Nell..........

..S. Doudney... .135 Music and Love....... .W. Shakspere.....159

The Minstrel's Call..... ..S.T. Coleridge... 135 From “The Song of the

Love's Burial Place... .S.T. Coleridge...135 Camp”...

B. Taylor...........159

All June I Bound the Rose in

The Lily Pond................. ...G. P. Lathrop....160

Sheaves.......

.. R. Browning.......137 Balcony Scene, from “Romeo

“This is a Spray the Bird

and Juliet”.. .......... W. Shakspere..... 161

Clung to"

..R. Browning.......137 Treu und Fest.....

.Anonymous .161

On Her Birthday........ ..Anonymous .......137 The Blue-Eyed Lassie...........R. Burns............161

The Iniuence of Woman......

..Beaumont & Flet A Madrigal......

.P. H. Hayne......163

cher..... .137 “0, had my love ne'er smiled

Sonnet to a friend........ .W. Shakspere.....137

on me".

.R. B. Sheridan....163

Beauty Robtruut...... .G. Meredith.......138 Serenade..

.Sir W. Scott ......163

Sonnet to Love.......... .W. Shakspcre.....139 Love.........

..H. B. Stowe........163

Love's Sweet Memories..... .S. J. Clarke........139 When Stars are in the Quiet

A Holiday Idyl......... . Anonymous ...

Skies.........

.Bulwer-Lytton... 164

To *

..... P. B. Shelley......140 The Sweet Neglect...... .B. Johnson.........164

From the Dedication to "The

Do you remember how we

Revolt of Islam”..........

......P. B. Shelley.. .140

used to pace".

.T. Westwood.......165

Boyhood.......

W. Allston.........140 Jeanie Morrison..... .W. Motherwell.. 165

My Letter.....

Anonymous.

.......141 Come into the Garden, Maud..A. Tennyson......166

The Land of Love.......... ..J. B. A. Karr .....142 Who is Love........

....J. Miller.............167

Home Happiness..... C. Swain ............143 Song: “She is not fair to

Love is a Sickness............. .S. Daniel............143 outward view".

.H. Coleridge ......167

Ballad : "I'll never love thee Marquis of Mon “Don't be sorrowful, darling"..R. Peale........

more".

.144 A Woman's Question............A. A. Procter.....168

My Saint......

..Anonymous .......

.144 The Coquette.......

.C. Swain............168

Lochaber No More........... .A. Ramsay.. 144 How Do I Love Thee....... ... E. B. Browning ..169

When the Kye Come Hame...J. Hogg.. .145 Love's Impress ......

E. Hinxman.......169

Her Letter ........

.B, Harte............146 To Celia........

.B. Johnson.........169

From "The Day is Done”.

.......H. W. Longfel Othello's Defense..... .W. Shakspere.....171

148 Lochinvar ....

Sir Walter Scott. 171

Love's Ghost......

.P. B. Marston.....148 A Glimpse of Love...... .T. B. Read.........172

Concealed Love........... ... W. Sbakspere.....149 Absence.....

.T. Campbell.. ..172

Go Sit by the Summer Sea.....J. Shirley .149 Ruth .....

.T. Hood............172

Song: "Soft pity never leaves

Song: “Why so pale and

thc gentle breast" .R. B. Sheridan....150 wan, fond lover" .............. Sir J. Suckling...173

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