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CONTENTS.

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Hamlet's Soliloquy on Death .. .. .. .. .. .. .. Shakespere. 147

The Spectre Pig .. .. .. .. .. ..

0. TV. Holmcs. 148

Address to a Mummy..

.. .. H. Smith. 151

The Cold Water Man.. .. .

.. ., J. G. Saçe. 153

The Fearless De Courcy .. .. ..

.. Anon. 155

Shall I, Wasting in Despair? ...

G.JVither. 159

Ginevra .. .. .. .. .. ..

S. Rogers. 161

The Uncle .. .. .. ..

.. H. G. Bell. 163

The Seven Ages of Woman

.. .. Anon. 167

What is that, Mother?

. Doane, 169

The Natural Bridge

Elihu Burritt. 170

Clerical Wit ..

.. .. .. Anon. 173

The Bells.. .. .. .. .. ..

.. E. A, Poe. 174

The Wife's Appeal .. .. ..

.. .. W. C. Bennett. 177

Bernardo del Carpio .. .. .. ..... Mrs. Hemans. 178

Mr. Simpkinson's Misadventures at Margato .. Rev. R. H, Barham. 181

The Cause of Temperance., .., , .... ... B. Gough. 185

The Last Days of Herculaneum .. .,

. Atherstone. 187

The Raven .. .. .. .. .. "

K. A. Poe. 191

Patent Brown Stout .. .. .. ..

.. .. Anon. 195

Melnotte's Visionary Home ..

.. .. Lord Lytton. 107

Brutus and Cassius ..... .,

..... Shakespere. 198

The Ladder of St. Augustine ..

.. .. .. Longfellow, 201

Come and Go.. .. .. ..

.. .. R. S. Sharpe. 202

The Diver .. .. .. .

.. .. .. Schiller. 203

Mr. Orator Puff ., ..

...Thomas Moore. 208

The Ruined Cottage .. .,

Mrs. Maclean (L. E. L.) 209

Billy Dip, the Dyer . ., ,

.. .. .. Anon. 211

King Robert of Sicily

.. .. .. .. .. Longfellow. 212

Beautiful Child ., . .,

Author of "Beautiful Snow,” 217

Benedick on Love .. ..

.. .. .. Shakespere. 219

Beautiful Snow .. ..

.. Author of "Beautiful Child." 220

Alexander and Diogenes .. .. .. .. .. .. .. W. M. Praed. 222

The Living Tombstone .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. Anon. 224

The Dying Sailor.. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. Crabbe. 227

Maud Müller.. ..

.. .. J. G. Whittier. 228

A Woman of Mind .. .. ..

.. .. .. Anon, 232

The Worn Wedding Ring.. ..

W. C. Bennett, 234

Fitz-James and Roderick Dhu

.. Sir W. Scott. 236

The Fakenham Ghost.. .. ..

.. .. R. Bloomfield. 239

The Gambler's Wife .. .. ..

.. .. Coates. 242

Mary and Lady Mary .. ..

.. .. Chas. Mackay. 243

Seeing's not Believing ..

.. .. T. H. Bayley. 245

Virginia .. .. .. ..

.. Lord Macaulay. 248

A Pious Editor's Creed

.. ". R. Lowell. 256

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FERGUSON'S

READINGS AND RECITATIONS.

AMERICA TO GREAT BRITAIN.

ALL hail ! thou noble land,

Our fathers' native soil !
O stretch thy mighty hand,

Gigantic grown by toil,
O'er the vast Atlantic wave, to our shore,

For thou, with magic might,
Canst reach to where the light
Of Phæbus travels bright

The world o’er.
The genius of our clime,

From his pine-embattled steep,
Shall hail the great sublime ;

While the Tritons of the deep,
With their conchs, the kindred league shall proclaim.

Then let the world combine-
O'er the main our naval line,
Like the milky-way shall shine,

Bright in fame.
Though ages long have passed

Since our fathers left their home,
Their pilot in the blast,

O’er untravelled seas to roam ;
Yet lives the blood of England in our veins

And shall we not proclaim
That blood of honest fame,
Which no tyranny can tamo

By its chains ?

POLONIUS'S ADVICE TO HIS SON LAERTES.

While the language free and bold

Which the bard of Ayon sung,
In which our Milton told

How the vault of heaven rung,
When Satan, blasted, fell with his host;

While thus with reverence meet
Ten thousand echoes greet,
From rock to rock repeat

Round our coast;

While the manners, while the arts,

That moved a nation's soul,
Still cling around our hearts,

Between let ocean roll,
Our joint communion breaking with the sun :

Yet, still from either beach
The voice of blood shall reach,
More audible than speech,
“We are one !"

Washington Allston.

POLONIUS'S ADVICE TO HIS SON, LAERTES.

Give thy thoughts no tongue, Nor any unproportioned thought his act; Be thou familiar, but by no means vulgar. The friends thou hast, and their adoption tried, Grapple them to thy soul with hooks of steel; But do not dull thy palm with entertainment Of each new-hatch'd, unfledg'd comrade. Beware of entrance to a quarrel; but, being in, Bear it, that the opposer may beware of thee. Give every man thine ear, but few thy voice; Take each man's censure, but reserve thy judgment. Costly thy habit as thy purse can buy, But not express'd in fancy; rich, not gaudy; For the apparel oft proclaims the man; And they in France, of the best rank and station, Are most select and generous, chief in that. Neither a borrower nor a lender be;

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