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poem is learned, and “in the air," so that it may be recited in concert, or different verses by individuals or classes, to afford variety. Everybody is awake with pleased interest, and surprised to find himself, it may be without having looked at a book, recit. ing from memory a choice thing which a brief hour before was utterly unknown. Has the hour been well spent which brings gain of thought and enjoyment for a life-time?

The white pebbles that the hero of the nursery tale shrewdly put into his pocket when he heard that he and his little brothers were to be taken off into the forest and lost, and which he dropped along the way from home to guide himself and them on their return, may stand for these key-words in orderly succession.

This exercise is a fine drill in attention, without which little can be done in school or out of it. What is imperfectly remembered must be repeated accurately, read again and again, until it is “ letter perfect" and one's own. An authority upon this subject says: " If the first impression is not deep, and the record has become obliterated, the remedy is not to attempt by sheer force of will to revive it, but simply to repeat the impression until it becomes indelible.". Clear, sharp, definite memory work is needed. The teacher who does it, choosing the best there is in the Bible and in general literature, grows and grows day by day; his pupils grow with him, and feel the old truth, " It is good for us to be here!"

We have done this work for some years, and know how much gratification there is in it to all parties. Mnemonics is no doubt helpful to many people, but, having tried various systems, we have come to regard the matter of committing to memory as so much work to be done, in which advantage may be taken of any help to be had from the order of words, or phrases, or rhymes, or length of lines in the poem ; or strong words, striking thoughts, or number of lines in the paragraph; always trying to project the picture of the verse or paragraph, the poem or prose, so as to look at it, see its parts, and, as it were, read it from the air. The question of the great gain which results from this work—which should be done everywhere in the schools and out of them-cannot here be discussed. Something is said as to this in Good Memory Work (p. 540) and The Better Way (549) in the present volume.

The copyrighted poems of Longfellow, Lowell, Whittier, Holmes, Emerson, Bret Harte, Lucy Larcom, Mrs. Stowe, Mrs. Sangster, and others, found in this book, are used by permission of, and by special arrangement with, Messrs. Houghton, Mifflin & Co., publishers of the works of these authors. We are indebted also to Charles Scribner's Sons for poems of J. G. Holland and others ; to the Macmillan Company for“After All," from“Wanderers," by William Winter; to Parke Godwin, for “ The Flood of Years," by Bryant; to the Century Company for “ Dear Country Mine ;' to the Lippincott Company for “ The Brave at Home ; to Scott, Foresman & Company, for poems of B. F. Taylor; and to Prof.W. H. Venable and others, both authors and publishers,-to all of whom we are grateful for courtesies extended,

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TABLE OF CONTENTS.

Hugh Miller. 474

Francis Mahony. 539

W. R. Spencer. 302

Alexander Smart. 449

7. P. McCaskey. 549

Francis Wayland. 536

Caroline E. Norton. 105

Anonymous. 284

Mary Howitt. 282
Theodore O'Hara. 270

John Fawcett. 314
Wm. Wordsworth. 338

F. M. Finch. 562
Ellen H. Flagg. 369
Emily ti. Miller. 280

Um. Cowper. 423
Robert Burns. 356

Robert Southey. 216

Walter Scott. 371

N. P. Willis. 194

0. W. Holmes. 235

T.B. Read. 272

Alfred 7'ennyson. 411

H. W. Longfellow. 62

Reginald Heber. 417

Anonymous. 569

Bernard Barton. 384

Anonymous. 281

Wm. Shakspeare. 147

Alfred Tennyson. 411

Ć. F. Alexander. 422

Charles Wolfe. 271

William Wirt. 327
Reginald Heber. 313

E. R. Sears. 415

Joseph Addison. 55

B. F. Taylor, 269

0. W. Holmes. 496

Wm. Robertson. 525

Alfred Tennyson. 268

Anonymous. 404

H. B. Stowe. 223

Charles Kingsley. 407

W.B. Bradbury. 359

Anonymous. 396

Mrs. E. R. Charles. 567

George Eliot. 500

7. G. Holland. 416

Anonymous. 54

P. B. Shelley. 196

Geo. D. Prentice. 479
David T. Shaw. 91

Isaac Watts. 319
Philip Sidney. 172
Thomas Moore. 317
Edward Brooks. 405

Jane Taylor. 359
7. G. Percival. 28

Walter Scott. 175
E. B. Browning. 264

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CRADLE SONG,

CRIMINALITY OF DUELLING,

CROSSING THE BAR,

CROSSING THE RUBICON,

CROWDED STREET,

CUBES AND SPHERES,

CYNIC, THE,

DAFFODILS, THE,

Day is DONE, THE, .

DEAD CALM AT SEA,

DEAR COUNTRY MINE,

DEAREST SPOT,

DEATH OF COLERIDGE,

DEATH OF JOHN QUINCY ADAMS,

DEATH OF THE FLOWERS,

DEFINITE TRAINING,

DESTRUCTION OF SENNACHERIB,

DICKENS IN CAMP,

DIRGE, .

DIRGE FOR ONE WHO FELL IN BATTLE, .

DIRGE FOR THE SOLDIER,

DISAPPOINTMENT,

DISTRUST OF LIBERTY,

DIVIDED,

DOING FOR OTHERS, .

DOUGLAS, TENDER AND TRUE,
DOUGLAS' ACCOUNT OF HIMSELF,
DOUBTING,
DREAM OF CLARENCE,
DREAM POWER,
DRIVING HOME THE Cows,
DRUMMER BOY,
DRUNKARD,
DYING GLADIATOR.
EACH AND ALL,
ELEGY IN A COUNTRY CHURCHYARD,
ELEGY ON MADAM BLAIZE,
ELEMENT OF JUSTICE,
ENDURING INFLUENCE,
ENID'S SONG,
E PLURIBUS UNUM,
EULOGY ON PRESIDENT GARFIELD,
EVENING,
EVENING BRINGS Us HOME,
EVENING WIND,
EVERLASTING MEMORIAL,
EXCELSIOR,
EXHORTATION TO PRAYER,
EXPLOIT OF HECTOR,
EXPOSTULATION AND REPLY,
FABLES FROM ÆSOP: TWENTY-FOUR FABLES
FALL FASHIONS,
FALL OF WOLSEY,

Alfred Tennyson. 414

Eliphalet Nott. 44

Alfred Tennyson. 176

7. S. Knowles. 20

W. C. Bryant. 203
0. W. Hoimes. 199

H. W'. Beecher. 378
Wm. Wordsworth. 340
H. W. Longfellow. 59
S. 1'. Coleridge. 576

R. W. Gilder. 371
W. T. Wrighton. 354

Charles Lamb. 241

1. E. Holmes. 387
W.C. Bryant. 205
John Ruskin. 393
Lord Byron. 277

Bret Harte. 512
H. W. Gilbert. 117
7. W. Parsons. 367
George H. Boker. 272

J. R. Lowell. 178

7. B. Macaulay. 477

Jean Ingelow. 189

E. Schaeffer. 18

D. M. Craik. 353

John Home. 41

G. M. Downey. 129

Wm. Shakspeare. 127

H. R. Haweis. 402

Kate P. Osgood. 132

Anonymous. 231

7. O. Rockwell. 145

Lord Byron. 465

R. W. Emerson. 107

Thomas Gray, 441

Oliver Goldsmith. 146

G. W. Curtis. 438

Anonymous. 395

Alfred Tennyson. 410

G. W. Cutter. 94

James G. Blaine. 89

George Croly. 173

Anonymous. 236

W. C. Bryant. 204

Horatius Bonar. 538

H. W. Longfellow. 56

Margaret Mercer. 306

Homer. 424

Wm. Wordsworth. 340

450

Anonymous. 258

Wm. Shakspeare. 388

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Wm. Cowper. 309

7. R. Lowell. 169

7. G. Whittier. 514

Wm. Shakspeare. 375

E. H. Chapin. 427

Wm. Wordsworth. 200

S. T. Coleridge. 574

7. P. McCaskey. 540

Anonymous. 380

John Keats. 172

Lord Byron. 430

Fitz-Greene Halleck. 457

F. Hopkinson. 93

Wm. Shakspeare. 261

7. R. Lowell. 181

Lucy Larcom. 456

Anonymous. 33

Alexander Pope. 438

Chas. Wesley. 415
E. B. Browning. 82
Jean Ingelow. 286

7. R. Lowell. 160
Jean Ingelow. 521
Reginald Heber. 311

M. S. Pike. 353
Anonymous. 358

7. H. Payne. 350

T. B. Macaulay. 266

Wm. Shakspeare. 69

Felicia Hemans. 461

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