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selected portions of the best literature, the virtue of which has been approved by long consent. These selections, besides merit in point of literary form, should possess as general human interest as possible, and should be specially chosen with reference to the culture of the imagination.

The imagination is the supreme intellectual faculty, and yet it is of all the one which receives least attention in our common systems of education. The reason is not far to seek. The imagination is of all the faculties the most difficult to control, it is the most elusive of all, the most far-reaching in its relations, the rarest in its full power. But upon its healthy development depend not only the sound exercise of the faculties of observation and judgment, but also the command of the reason, the control of the will, and the quickening and growth of the moral sympathies. The means for its culture which good reading affords is the most generally available and one of the most efficient.

To provide this means is the chief end of the HEART OF OAK series of Reading Books. The selections which it contains form a body of reading, adapted to the progressive needs of childhood and youth, chosen from the masterpieces of the literature of the English-speaking race. For the most part they are pieces already familiar and long accepted as among the best, wherever the English language is spoken. The youth who shall become acquainted with the contents of these volumes will share in the common stock of the intellectual life of the race to which he belongs; and will have the door opened to him of all the vast and noble resources of that life.

The books are meant alike for the family and the school. The teacher who may use them in the schoolroom will find in them a variety large enough for the different capacities and interests of his pupils, and will find nothing in them but what may be of service to himself also. Every competent teacher will already be possessed of much which they contain ; but the worth of the masterpieces of any art increases with use and familiarity of association. They grow fresher by custom; and the love of them deepens in proportion to the time we have known them, and to the memories with which they have become invested.

In the use of these books in the education of children, it is desirable that much of the poetry which they contain should be committed to memory.

To learn by heart the best poems is one of the best parts of the school education of the child. But it must be learning by heart; that is, not merely by rote as a task, but by heart as a pleasure. The exercise, however difficult at first, becomes easy with continual practice. At first the teacher must guard against exacting too much; weariness quickly leads to disgust; and the young scholar should be helped to find delight in work itself.

It will be plain to every teacher, after brief inspection, that these books differ widely from common School Readers. Their object is largely different. They are, in brief, meant not only as manuals for learning to read, but as helps to the cultivation of the taste, and to the healthy development of the imagination of those who use them, and thus to the formation and invigoration of the best elements of character.

C. E. N.

TABLE OF CONTENTS.

PAGE

Thomas Moore 20

Passages from the Note-Book of

.Nathaniel Hawthorne 21

The Poet

. Ralph Waldo Emerson 31

Maud Muller

.John Greenleaf Whittier 31

The Groves of Blarney ..

Richard Alfred Milliken 36

Lines printed under the Engraved Portrait of Milton..John Dryden 38

The Burial of Sir John Moore..

.. Charles Wolfe 38

The Ballad of Agincourt.

Michael Drayton 39

Rip Van Winkle

Washington Irving 44

The Chronicle of the Drum.... William Makepeace Thackeray 66

The Charge of the Light Brigade.

Alfred, Lord Tennyson 80

Hervé Riel ....

. Robert Browning

82

A Report of the Fight about the Azores. Sir Walter Raleigh 88

The Revenge....

Alfred, Lord Tennyson 100

Pibroch of Donald Dhu

Sir Walter Scott 106

Coronach.

Sir Walter Scott 107

The Despairing Lover...

William Walsh 108

A Dirge, Fear no more the Heat o' the Sun... William Shakespeare 110

Annabel Lee

. Edgar Allan Poe 111

Fair Helen of Kirconnell

112

The Bugle Song .

Alfred, Lord Tennyson 114

To Celia, Drink to me only with Thine Eyes

Ben Jonson 115

Harold's Song..

Sir Walter Scott 116

Auld Robin Gray.

. Lady Anne Lindsay 118

Allen-a-Dale

Sir Walter Scott 119

0, Brignall Banks are wild and fair

Sir Walter Scott 120

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Barbara Allen's Cruelty

122

Alice Brand......

Sir Walter Scott 125

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

Washington Irving 130

Hester ...

Charles Lamb 167

The Rime of the Ancient Mariner. Samuel Taylor Coleridge 168

The Story of Argalus and Parthenia.

Sir Philip Sidney 192

An Adventure of the Knight of the Red Cross. Edmund Spenser 209

Ulysses and the Siren

Samuel Daniel 220

Stanzas written between Florence and Pisa

.Lord Byron 223

La Belle Dame sans Merci .

.John Keats 224

I wandered lonely as a Cloud

William Wordsworth 226

She was a Phantom of Delight.

William Wordsworth 227

Names

Samuel Taylor Coleridge 228

Highland Mary

Robert Burns 228

Charis, her Triumph .

Ben Jonson 230

Go, Lovely Rose.

Edmund Waller 231

Serenade, Who is Silvia

William Shakespeare 232

Still to be Neat...

Ben Jonson 232

Song, She is not Fair to Outward View.

Hartley Coleridge 233

County Guy

Sir Walter Scott 234

To a Child of Quality.

Matthew Prior 234

She walks in Beauty

Lord Byron 236

O Nightingale, thou surely art

William Wordsworth 236

Recollections of Christ's Hospital

Charles Lamb 237

The Jewish Cemetery at Newport.... Henry Wadsworth Longfellow 252

She dwelt among the Untrodden Ways. William Wordsworth 254

Three Years she grew.

William Wordsworth 255

On his Mistress, the Queen of Bohemia

Sir Henry Wotton 256

Hesperus’ Song...

Ben Jonson 257

Orpheus with his Lute made Trees..

William Shakespeare 258

Hark! hark! the Lark at Heaven's Gate sings. William Shakespeare 259

Under the Greenwood Tree .

William Shakespeare 259

Blow, blow, thou Winter Wind.

William Shakespeare 260

Modern Gallantry

Charles Lamb 261

To Daffodils

. Robert Herrick 266

To the Dandelion

.James Russell Lowell 267

The Humble-Bee

. Ralph Waldo Emerson 269

The Garden .....

. Andrew Marvell 271

The Birch-Tree...

.James Russell Lowell 274

Shah Mahmúd's Luck

. Edward Fitzgerald 275

Yacub's Sigh ....

Edward Fitzgerald 276

The Shah and the Stoker.

. Edward Fitzgerald 277

.James Russell Lowell 332

The Forsaken Merman.

Matthew Arnold 333

Epitaph on Shakespeare

.John Milton 338

On Lucy, Countess of Bedford ...

Ben Jonson 339

Epitaph on the Countess of Pembroke.

Ben Jonson 340

An Epistle to George William Curtis .James Russell Lowell 340

Self-Reverence, Self-Knowledge, Self-Control

Alfred, Lord Tennyson 341

Life's Measure...

Ben Jonson 342

NOTES

INDEX OF WRITERS..

343

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