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But the range of the work is wider still. The book is, indeed, a sort of History of Literature. Here, accordingly, will be found, in the form of Notes, numerous original sketches of literary character, brief, though comprehensive, as the space requires, but all in the spirit of truth and fairness; while longer sketches, drawn by the ablest hands, and tracing with precision the subtle shades of literary mcrit, find place, as well they may, among the Exercises to be read in regular course. These sketches-even the best of them-are not, of

course, exhaustive. They mark the main points, however, and cannot fail-even the poorest of them—to awaken that interest which always attends the perusal of a piece whose author is known to the reader by something more than the mere announcement of his name. They show how, as in the case of Cowper, labor imparts a finish which no time can wear off, and how, as in the same beautiful example, wit, humor, and gayety may be found in close alliance with all that is pure in sentiment and refined in language; how worth, in spite of obstacles, rises slowly, it may be, but surely, to its own proper level; how the walls of a prison, as in the case of Bunyan, and even total blindness, as id that of Milton, seem rather to quicken than to hinder the free movements of genius; how even genius itself, however tran. scendent, without the salutary check of goodness, is, after all, only what the ignorant deem of a comet—a mighty messenger of mischief; and how, in short, opportunities, the best and the worst, are alike unavailing, if the disposition be wanting to reach honorable achievement.

With these few words respecting the plan, purpose, matter, and execution of the work, the Union RHETORICAL READEB is respectfully submitted to the judgment of teachers

NEW YORK, Sept. 1862.

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6. The Angel in the Thunderstorm,

Joan Wilson,

60

7. Roprecht the Robber, .

Abridged from Souther, 62

8. Scene from Hadad,

JAMES A. HILLHOUSE, 71

9. The Proud Miss Macbride,

John G. SAXE,

76

10. The Ettrick Shepherd,

ROBERT CHAMBERS, 83

11. Queen Mary's Landing,

JAMES HogG,

87

12. Death of Mary Queen of Scots,

John LINGARD,

92

13 Toleration-An Apologue,

JEREMY TAYLOR,

96

14. Address to the Heavenly Bodies,

HENRY WARE, JR., 97

15. The Shepherd and the Philosopher,

John Gay,

98

16. The Prodigal Son-A Parable,

LUKE, Chap. XV., 101

17. The Vase and the Pitcher,

JANE TAYLOR,

103

18. Cowper the Poet,

THOMAS CAMPBELL,

105

19. Passages from Cowper:-

God observed in Nature

108

Love of Liberty .

108

Love of Country

108

Wisdom and Knowledge

109

The true Freeman

109

Affectation in the Pulpit

110

The Positive Talker

110

20. The Senate of Rome and the American

Louis KOSSUTH,

111

Congress,

21. The Men to make a State,

Geo. W. DOANE,

112

22. The Diver,

From the German of

Schiller by BULWER,

116

23. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow,

New Am. CYCLOPÆDIA, 122

24. The Song of Hiawatha,

LONGFELLOW,

123

25. Hiawatha's Wooing,

LONGFELLOW,

125

26. The Eleventh Commandment-An Anecdote, Anon.,

130

27. Without Charity all Gifts are as nothing, 1 Cor. Chap. xiii., 133

28. Sketch of Shakspeare,

SAMUEL JOHNSON, 134

29. Character of Hamlet,

William HAZLITT,

138

30. Scene from Hamlet,

SAAKSPEARE,

140

31. Scene from Hamlet (continued),

SHAKSPEARE,

145

32. The Fate of Macgregor,

JAMES HOGG,

150

33. Charade on the Name of Campbell the Poet, W. M. PRAED,

154

34. Charade on the word Blockhead,

W. M. PRAED,

155

Charade on Dr. Barnard,

SAMUEL JOHNSON,

156

35. The Spirit of British Liberty,

Sir James MACKINTOSA, 157

36. Letter to the Duke of Bedford,

Junius,

159

37. Men of One Idea,

J. G. HOLLAND,

162

38. Imagination, .

BARRY CORNWALL, 167

39. Sketch of Lord Brougham,

T. Noon TALFOURD, 169

Demosthenes, translated

10. Reply to the Party of Philip,

by LORD BROUGHAM, 171

41. Ode to Rain,

SAMUEL T. COLERIDGE, 175

12. Why does your Hair turn White ?

W. Hunis,

177

43. Epitaphs,

179

On the Countess of Pembroke,

Ben Jonson,

180

On a Lady famed for her Caprice, ROBERT Burns,

180

On Himself,

8. T. COLERIDGE,

180

Punning Epitaph on Joseph Blackett, BYRON,

181

On Samuel Johnson,

WILLIAM COWPER,

181

On Charles II.,

ROCHESTER,

182

Sir Isaac Newton,

РОРЕ,

182

A Living Author's Epitaph,

COWLEY,

182

On a Miser,

ANONYMOUS,

183

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44. Nothing but Leaves,

ANONYMOUS,

183

45. The Story of Le Fevre,

STERNE,

184

46. Laugh on, Laugh on, to-day!

W. M. PRAED,

193

47. Hymn of Boyhood,

A. CLEVELAND Core 195

48. Spiritual Freedom—What is it?

CHANNING,

199

The Present Age,

CHANNING,

200

49. Speech of Lord Mansfield on Privilego,

203

50. Sleep, Mr. Speaker !

W. M. PRAED,

205

51. Parental Ode to my Little Son,

Tuomas Hood,

206

52. Song of the Shirt, .

Thomas Hood,

208

53. Man's Works shall follow him,

John G. WHITTIER,

212

213

the Living,

55. The Bell at Greenwood,

ARTHUR MORRELL, • 216

56. New Year's Eve,

CHARLES LAMB, .

57. Ring out the Old Year,

TENNYSON,

220

58. Passages from Pollok :

Friends,

221

The Miser, :

222

Fame,

222

Fate of Byron,

223

The Want above all other Wants,

223

59. The Dead Mother,

ANONYMOUS, .

224

60. Dirge,

CHARLES G. EASTMAN, 226

61. Overthrow of Belshazzar,

BARRY CORNWALL, 227

62. Excerpts from the Autocrat of thu Break-Oliver Wendell Holmes,

fast Table, .

228

63. Not on the Battle-Field,

joan PIERPONT,

232

64. Scene from the Honey-Moon,

John TOBIN,

235

65. The Lord of Burleigh,

TENNYSON,

242

66. Last Moments of Mozart,

246

67. Our One Life,

HORATIUS BONAR,

248

68. A Rill from the Town Pump,

HAWTHORNE,

250

69. Sonnets :

Sonnet upon Sonnets,

WORDSWORTH,

254

On his own Blindness

Milton.

254

To Milton,

WORDS W RTH,

255

To Sleep,

WORDSWORTH,

255

The Moon's Mild Ray,

Joan H. BRYANT,

256

Upon a Primrose,

John CLARE,

256

Sabbath Morn,

Joan LEYDEN,

257

Shakspeare,

HARTLEY COLERIDGE, 257

On Beauty,

SJAKSPEARE,

258

Dwellings of the Dead,

Blackwood's MAGAZINE,258

70. Cicero against Mark Antony,

Translated by BROUGHAM,259

71. Richard the Third and Macbeth,

WILLIAM HAZLITT,

261

72. Scene from Macbeth,

SAAKSPEARE,

263

73. Scene from Richard III.,

SAAKSPEARE,

267

74. Richard of Gloster,

John G. SAXE,

268

75, Chateaubriand and Sir Walter Scott, Alison,

271

76. No Religion without Mysteries,

CHATEAUBRIAND,

274

276

Cavalier,

78. Saladin and Malek Adhel,

NEw Mon. MAGAZINE, 282

79. The Life of a Naturalist,

JOAN JAMES AUDUBON, 288

80. The Ministry of the Doves,

SUSAN FENIMORE COOPER,290

81. The Church at Belem,

T. Noon TalFOURD, 292

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