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The work, we believe, will be not only instructive, but also interesting to the general reader. The field of literature represented is so large and so various that there will be selections in it suited to almost every taste. One author belongs to distant lands or ancient days; another represents the Middle Ages; while yet another, of our own country or of Europe, has reached distinction in our own days. The subjects treated and the styles of authorship also differ. From one writer we have an essay; from another a scientific · or an historical article; while another is represented by a poem or a story,—thus yielding that variety which gives both pleasure and instruction.

In order to aid the student and the careful reader in the study of literature, we have thoroughly indexed the work. There is an index of contents for each volume, and at the end of the last volume an index of authors, of forty-one pages, double column, giving the places where the writers or orators were born, and the dates of their birth and death ; also the titles of the selections taken from each one.

This index of itself furnishes a fund of most valuable information. More than fifteen hundred authors and orators are represented in the work, which will contain, when completed, over three thousand royal octavo pages.

To those who may desire to acquire a library this collection will be found very valuable, as through it they may become acquainted with numerous authors, and thus be enabled to select judiciously the writings of such as may suit their own taste and that of their family. To persons also who have not had an opportunity of becoming conversant with literature the work will be invaluable, as it will enable them, when in society, to converse intelligently on authors and authorship.

The following continents countries islands, ancient cities and ancient places are represented in this work:

AFRICA.
ALEXANDRIA.
AMERICA.
ANDES.
AQUINÇM.
ARABIA.
ARCADIA.
ARMENIA.
Asia.
Asia MINOR.
ATHENS.
ATTICA.
AUSTRALIA.
AUSTRIA,
BACTRIA.
BELGIUM.
BERMUDA,
BOHEMIA.
BURDIGALA.
CANADA.

CARTHAGE.
CASTILE.
CENTRAL AMERICA.
CHINA.
COLONUS.
CORINTH.
CORSICA.
CRETE.
CUBA.
CYPRUS.
CYRENE.
DEMERARA,

(British Guiana.)
DENMARK.
EGYPT.
ENGLAND.
EUROPE.
FAYAL.
FINLAND.
FLANDERS.

FRANCE.
GERMANY.
GRANADA.
GREECE.
GREENLAND.
HAYTI.
HOLLAND.
HUNGARY.
ICELAND.
INDIA.
IONIA.
IRELAND.
ITALY.
JAPAN.
JERUSALEM.
JUDEA.
LESBOS.
LEXA.
LYDIA.
MECCA.

MEXICO.
NEW BRUNSWICK.
NEWFOUNDLAND.
NEW ZEALAND.
NORWAY.
Nova SCOTIA.
PALESTINE.
PERSIA.
POLAND.
PORTUGAL.
RHODES.
ROME.
RUGEN.
RUSSIA.
SALAMIS.
SANDWICH ISLANDS.
SCOTLAND.
SERVIA.
SICILY.
SMYRNA.

SOUTH AMERICA.
SPAIN.
SPARTA.
STAGEIRA.
SWEDEN.
SWITZERLAND.
SYRACUSE.
SYRIA.
TARTARY.
TASMANIA.
TEZCUCO.
THRACIA.
TURKEY.
UMBRIA.
UNITED STATES.
VASSUS IN THE TROAD
VENUSIUM.
VERONA.
WALES.
WEST INDIES.

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS.

In presenting this work, we desire to return our thankful acknowledgments to all the authors and publishers who have so kindly permitted the use of selections from their works and publications. In no case has our request been met with refusal.

We are indebted to Messrs. Putnam & Co. of New York for “Stratford-on-Avon," from the Sketch-Book of Washington Irving; to George Bancroft, Esq., and Messrs. Little, Brown & Co. for "Lexington and Concord,” from Bancroft's History of the United States, and to Mr. William Everett and the same publishers for Edward Everett's Dudley Observatory speech on the “ Uses of Astronomy;" to Messrs. G. W. Carleton & Co. for the translation of “The Convict and the Good Bishop" in their English version of Hugo's Les Misérables.

To Messrs. Houghton, Mifflin & Co. of Boston for the following pieces: " How the Old Horse Won the Bet" and "The Tread-Mill Song," by Dr. O. W. Holmes; “ The Day is Done" and “Hiawatha's Wooing, ” by H. W. Longfellow; “An Order for a Picture," "The Bridal-Veil,” “ Pictures of Memory," and "Coming Home,” by Alice and Phæbe Carey; “Her Letter,” “ His Answer to 'Her Letter,'” and “ The Society upon the Stanislaus," by Bret Harte; “Jim Bludso” and “Little Breeches,” by John Hay; “ Lake Saratoga," by John G. Saxe ; “ Eternal Goodness” and “ Barbara Frietchie," by J. G. Whittier; “The Silurian Beach," by Professor Louis Agassiz; “Repression,” from Mrs. Harriet Beecher Stowe's Little Foxes ; “ Baby Bell,” by T. B. Aldrich ; " The Vision of Sir Launfal” and “Longing," by James Russell Lowell; “Storm-Song," by Bayard Taylor.

To Messrs. Harper & Brothers for “ Betsey and I are Out," " How Betsey and I Made Up," and "Gone with a Handsomer Man," from Farm Ballads; also “ The First Settler's Story,” by Will Carleton ; a selection from Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ, by Lew Wallace ; “ Through the Dark Continent,” by Henry M. Stanley ; translation of “Story of a Gun," from '93, by Victor Hugo; and for “ What was It?" We also have to thank the executors of the late John Lathrop Motley and the same publishers for “ The Fire-Ships," from The History of the United Netherlands.

We have availed ourselves of the courtesy of Mrs. Henry Armitt Brown by publishing “ The Congress of 1774," an oration pronounced by her late distinguished husband in Carpenters' Hall, Philadelphia, on the one hundreth anniversary of the first meeting of the First Continental Congress.

We feel ourselves under obligation, also, to the Baltimore Publishing Company for the following selections from the poems of Father Ryan: “Out of the Depths," "Rest," "Song of the Mystic," “Sword of Robert Lee” and “The Conquered Banner;" to the J. B. Lippincott Company for “Sheridan's Ride," by Thomas Buchanan Read; “Mexican Mythology," from Prescott's Conquest of Mexico, “ The Battle of Nancy,” from John Foster Kirk's Charles the Bold, and also for the poems “ Outgrown” and “Margery Gray,” by Miss Julia C. R. Dorr; to Messrs. T. B. Peterson & Brother for "Farmer Brown," from Beautiful Snow, and Other Poems, and " The Battle of the Store," from The Oritcast, and Other Poems—both by J. W. Watson; to Mr. Benson J. Lossing and his publisher, Henry Johnson, for “ The Battle of New Orleans; to Messrs. Charles Scribner's Sons for “The Pearl of the Philippians” and “The Stork and the Ruby,” from the poems of Richard Henry Stoddard; to Mr. Samuel L. Clemens (Mark Twain) for “ Baden-Baden and “The Centre of the Earth and the Tomb of Adam ;" to Messrs. Dodd, Mead & Co. for “ Ismael Pacha," from A Confederate Soldier in Egypt; to Mrs. E. A. Allen (Elizabeth Akers) for “Rock Me to Sleep, " “Loved too Late," "Skeletons” and “The Shadow;" to Messrs. D. Appleton & Co. for “The Church of St. Isaac's," from Loubat's Narrative of the Mission to Russia of the Hon. G. A. Fox; to Professor H. H. Boyesen and the Century Company for “ Briar Rose,” from St. Nicholas; to Mr. Charles E. Warburton of Philadelphia for his translation of “The Suttee," by Jules Verne; to Messrs. James R. Osgood & Co. and B. A. Hinsdale for the address made by the late President James A. Garfield at the Morse memorial celebration; to Mrs. U. S. Grant and her publishers, Charles L. Webster & Co., for “Appomattox CourtHouse," from Personal Memoirs of U. S. Grant; and to the Hon. George H. Boker for selections from his poetical works.

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Abou ben Adhem

Leigh Hunt

397

Acknowledgments

Editor .

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Affliction.

David Mallet

92

Age of Wisdom, The .

William Makepeace Thackeray

52

All Houses will be open to You (From the German of Berthold Auer-

bach). .

Trans. Lady Wallace

444

All the World's a Stage .

. Shakespeare

311

All's Well

Harriet McEwen Kimball

397

Alone

James Hedderwick

274

Alonzo the Brave and the Fair Imogine

Matthew Gregory Lewis

395

American Religious Liberty

James Gibbons, D. D. (Archbishop Gibbons) 306

Anatomy of Melancholy

Robert Burton

332

Ancient Castles

Sir John Dean Paul

33

Ancients' Theories of Astronomy, The (From "The System of the

World") ...

Sir Isaac Newton .

150

Angel in the House, An

Leigh Hunt

114

Art of Writing, The

Roger Ascham

263
At Beauty's Bar

. George Gascoigne.

193

At Last.

Rose Terry ·

401

Battle of Leipzig, The (From the German of Ernest Moritz Arndt) Trans. John Robert Seeley, M. A.

421

Beauty

John Keats .

38

Beauty

. Shakespeare

311

Beginning the World

Alexander Whitelaw.

206
Beth-Gelert

William Robert Spencer

318

Beware, ye Debtors

John Philips :

461

Black Hole of Calcutta, The .

Lord Mahon

68

Bridal, The

Frederick Tennyson

462

Bring Back the Chain

Caroline E. S. Norton

111
Brothers, The (From the Plays of Publius Terentius Afer)

Trans. George Colman .

459
Cæsar's Lamentation over Pompey's Head

Beaumont and Fletcher

53
Cape Cottage at Sunset

W. B. Glazier

132

Caste in India.

B. B. Nagarkar, of India .

498

Change, The .

Thomas Brydgson

115
Character more Desirable than Wealth (From the Greek of Xenophon) Trans. J. S. Watson .

69
Charmed Maiden, The

William Gilmore Simms

63
Child of the Flaxen Locks, The

Mrs. M. Abdy

267
Chivalry (From “View of the State of Europe during the Middle Ages ") Henry Hallam

342
Church of the Holy Sepulchre, The . .

J. T. Bannister .

260
Circuit, The (From "Sam Slick the Clockmaker”)

Judge Thomas Chandler Haliburton 28

Comfort in the Middle Ages (From “ History of the Middle Ages”) · Henry Hallam

46

Common Doom, The

James Shirley

307
Confucian Analects (From the Chinese)

Trans. James Legge, D. D.

154
Conscience

Frederic W. Farrar (Archdeacon Farrar) 442
Contentment

Thomas Nash

189
Coronach (From "The Lady of the Lake”)

Sir Walter Scott

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Countess of Pembroke, The .

Ben Jonson
Courts at Athens in the Olden Times, The .

John Potter, D. D. (Archbishop of Canterbury) 420
Crooked Stick, The . .

Anna Maria Fielding (Mrs. S. C. Hall) .

371
Curfew Must not Ring 'To-Night, The

Rosa Hartwick Thorpe

423
Death and War

Thomas Sackville (Earl of Dorset)

467
Death-Bell, The .

Thomas Heywood.

95
Death of Agrippina, the Mother of Nero (From the Latin of Caius
Cornelius Tacitus)

Trans. George Long

151
Death of Pliny the Elder

Pliny the Younger

443
Deceitful Marriage, The (From the Spanish of Miguel de Cervantes
Saavedra).

Trans. Anon.

402
Description and Conquest of Babylon

George Grote

137
Description of the Person and Character of Richard III.

Sir Thomas More .

333
Deserted Village, The

Oliver Goldsmith

101
Desert- Thirst, The .

Robert Southey

158
Dies Iræ (From the Latin of Thomas of Celano)

Trans, John A. Dix .

91
Difference between Good-Will and Friendship, The (From the Greek
of Aristotle)

Trans, R. Pearson

369
Dilemma, The

Henry Glasford Bell

302
Dirge of Alaric the Visigoth .

Edward Everett.

326
Distance

Mary Clemmer

100
Dream, A

William Allingham .

277
Drink to Her

Thomas Moore

35
Drunkard's Daughter, The

Anon.

35
Early Inhabitants of Mexico, The (From Friedrich Heinrich Alexander,
Baron von Humboldt)

Trans. John Black

315
Early Love

Samuel Daniel

359
Egyptian Serenade

George William Curtis.

224
English and Scottish Life One Hundred and Forty Years Ago . Tobias George Smollett .

54
Euthanasy

Henry Peterson.

92
Execution of Criminals in Spain (From the French of Eugène Sue). Trans. Routledge

70
Existence (From the French of Rene Descartes)

Revised Trans. Prof. Macdougall

415
Fair Wyoming

Thomas Campbell

467
Fame.

Robert Pollok

401
Far in the Woods

James Grahame

133
Father and Child, The

Dean Henry Alford .

70
Finite and the Infinite, The

Robert C. Winthrop

494
First Love's Recollections .

John Clare

164
Fisherman's Cottage, The (From the German of Heinrich Heine). Trans. Charles G. Leland

219
Flight of Love

. Percy B. Shelley .

39
Fly as a Hart to the Mountain

Thomas J. Reid

195
Flying Head, The

Charles Fenno Hoffman.

220
Fontenoy

Thomas Osborne Davis
Franklin's Journey from Boston to Philadelphia

Benjamin Franklin

145
Gibbons, The

Thomas H. Huxley

418
Golden Ringlet, The

Amelia B. Welby

272
Go, Happy Rose

Robert Herrick

277
Good Samaritan

Ambrose Curtis .

276
Grandfather and Grandchild (From the German of the Brothers Grimm) Trans. Matilda Louisa Davis .

283
Great Man, The

George Wither

359
Greenwood Shrift, The .

Robert and Caroline Southey

391
Harvey Birch

J. Fenimore Cooper

231
Helen of Greece

Christopher Marlow .

320
Heroisin and Humanity of Sir Richard Herbert

. George L. Duyckinck

178
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Hindoo Faith, The . .

Swami Vivekananda, of India .
History and Poetry (From the Greek of Lucian)

Trans. Thomas Francklin
Hope .

Thomas Campbell .
Hour too Late, An .

Paul H. Hayne .
How Pope Gregory became Interested in the Conversion of England
to Christianity

Venerable Bede.
Humility .

John Selden
Hunted Deer, The

Michael Drayton
Hunting Song .

Paul Whitehead
I am not Old

Park Benjamin.
I am Pleased, and yet I'm Sad .

Henry Kirke White .
I Glance into the Harvest-Field

J. Dalei
I'll Love no More

W. Partridge
Imagination

Fulke Grevile (Lord Brooke)
Imitation of Cato's Speech in Lucan

Horace Walpole
In Vain you Tell

Matthew Prior .
Industry

Sir Joshua Reynolds
Inhabitants of the Black Hills in 1846, The (From the “ Oregon Trail") Francis Parkman .
Iron Shroud, The (From the Italian)

Trans. William Mulford
Isabella Markham

John Harrington
Isis, The Epitaph of

Diodorus Siculus
Jaffar

Leigh Hunt
Japanese Lyrical Odes, compiled by Sadaihe, a Poet Priest

Trans. H. V. Dickens, M. B.
Jealousy

Robert Greene
Jealousy

Thomas Middleton
Judge and the Culprit, The (From "Nature and Art”)

Elizabeth Simpson (Mrs. Inchbald)
Just, The

Jean Baptist Massillon
L'Amour Timide

Sir John H. Moore
Last Days of Chivalry, The . .

Jean Henri Merle d'Aubigne .
Last Days of Cyrus, The (From the Greek of Xenophon)

Trans. Maurice Ashly Cooper
Last Hour of Dr. Faustus

Christopher Marlow .
Last Serenade (From the German of Ludwig Uhland)

Trans. Alfred Baskerville
Last Time I Came ('er the Moor, The

Allan Ramsay
Last Word, A (From the French of Alfred de Musset)

Trans. Hurd & Houghton .
Last Words of John Quincy Adams

William H. Seward .
"Laugh, like Me, at Everything"

G. M. Fitzgerald
Lawyer's Farewell to his Muse ,

Sir William Blackstone .
Legend of Santarem, The (From the Portuguese of Luis de Sousa) Trans. Blackwood
Letter to Hiram King of Tyre

King Solomon
Letter to King Solomon

King Hiram
Liberty of Conscience (A Dialogue)

Sir IWilliam Petty
Life

Ann Lætitia Barbauld
Life Book, The

Home Journal
Life of Terence, The

George Colman
Light of Knowledge, The .

Elihu Burritt
Lincoln's Love of the Muses (From Six Months at the White House”)F. B. Carpenter
" Line for Line, Sir, like That!"

G. P. R. James ,
Lines on Henry Kirke White

Lord Byron
Lines Written in Richmond Churchyard, Yorkshire

Herbert Knowles
Living and the Dead, The . .

James Withers
Long have I Loved

Bernard Barton
Look Aloft

Jonathan Lawrence
Love

Samuel Butler
Love.

Nathaniel Lee

186
282
195
424
109
161
391
269
393
376
115
266
492
428
393

28
114
502
188
115
84
63
191
382

80
267
335
307
189
266
198
159
321
40
40
483
314

36
458

47
450

67
161
273
308
317
130
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