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For the Use of Schools and families.
THE MOST APPROVED AUTHORS, ANCIENT & MODERN.
AUTHOR OF “ESPERANZA," ETO. ETO.
“Flowers of all hue, and without thorn the rose.”
G. ROUTLEDGE & CO. FARRINGDON STREET;
280. s. 101.
There are certainly many " Books of Poetry” already before the world; but the taste of the public is fastidious or capricious : no one volume has ever won universal suffrage, and there still exists a " longing after something unpossessed.” It is this unsatisfied craving which encourages me to cast another little book on the waters.
Fifty years ago, “ Aikin's Poetry” stood unrivalled as a simple, pure, and elegant selection of pieces adapted for youthful minds. But the rapid progress of education in the last half-century has rendered a higher standard of poetry requisite even in the schoolroom; and the schoolboy, whose father wept over “ The Beggar Man," and enjoyed the mingled humour and pathos of the “ Mouse's Petition,” repeats with delight the bold lyrics of Campbell, or aspires to emulate the glorious lays of Macaulay. The 19th century has been rich in poetic genius; the discoveries of science, the wide diffusion of useful knowledge, have failed to quench the pure and ennobling flame of poetry. A long catalogue of immortal names-Byron, Scott, Wordsworth, Shelley, Tennyson, &c. &c.—may well form an excuse for remodelling the school-poetry of the day; for mingling with the amaranthine wreath of the elder poets a few of the gorgeous flowers of modern genius.
In my pleasant task, it has been my earnest intent to fulfil an important duty; the most splendid passages have been rejected, which might tend to sully the mind, or develop the latent seeds of evil passions; and I venture to hope my little manual may excite emulation, form the taste, and foster noble and generous feelings, while it inculcates the pure spirit of morality and piety.
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