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The Lake EnglishClassics

General Editor
LINDSAY TODD DAMON, A.B.
Professor of English in Brown University

ADDISON-Sir Roger de Coverley Papers-ABBOTT
ADDISON AND STEELE-Selections from The Tatler and The Spec-

tatorABBOTT
ÆNEID OF VIRGIL-ALLINSON
AUSTEN--Pride and Prejudice
BROWNING-Selected Poems-REYNOLDS
BUILDERS OF DEMOCRACY-GREENLAW
BUNYAN-The Pilgrim's Progress-LATHAM
BURKE-Speech on Conciliation with Collateral Readings—WARD
BURNS-Selected Poems and CARLYLE-Essay on Burns-MARSH
CHAUCER-Selections-GREENLAW
COLERIDGE-The Ancient Mariner

1 vol.--MOODY LOWELL-Vision of Sir Launfal COOPER-The Last of the Mohicans- LEWIS COOPER-The Spy-DAMON DANA-Two Years Before the mast--WESTCOTT DEFOE-Robinson Crusoe-HASTINGS Democracy Today-GAUSS DE QUINCEY-Joan of Arc and Selections-MOODY. DE QUINCEY-The Flight of a Tartar Tribe- FRENCH DICKENS-A Christmas Carol, etc.--BROADUS DICKENS-A Tale of Two Cities--BALDWIN DICKENS—David Copperfield-BALDWIN DRYDEN-Palamon and Arcite-COOK EMERSON-Essays and Addresses-HEYDRICK English Poems-From POPE, GRAY, GOLDSMITH, COLERIDGE, BYRON

MACAULAY, ARNOLD, and others-SCUDDER English Popular Ballads-HART Essays-ENGLISH AND AMERICAN-ALDEN Familiar Letters-GREENLAW FRANKLIN-Autobiography-GRIFFIN. French Short Stories-SCHWEIKERT. GASKELL (Mrs.)-CranfordHANCOCK GEORGE ELIOT—Silas Marner-HANCOCK GEORGE ELIOT-The Mill on the Floss- WARD GOLDSMITH-The Vicar of Wakefield-MORTON HAWTHORNE--The House of the Seven Gahles-HERRICK HAWTHORNE-Twice-Toid Tales-HERRICK AND BRUERE HUGHES-Tom Brown's School Days-DE MILLE. IRVING-Life of Godsmith-KRAPP IRVING--The Sketch Book-KRAPP IRVING-Tales of a Traveller--and parts of The Sketch Book-KRAPP

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LAMB-Essays of Elia-BENEDICT
LONGFELLOW-Narrative Poems-POWELL
LOWELL-Vision of Sir LaunfalSee Coleridge
MACAULAY-Essays on Addison and Johnson-NEWCOMER
MACAULAY-Essays on Clive and Hastings-NEWCOMER
MACAULAY-Goldsmith, Frederic the Great, Madame D'Arblay-NEW-

COMER
MACAULAY-Essays on Milton and Addison-NEWCOMER
MILTON-L'Allegro, Il Pensetoso, Comus, and Lycidas-NEILSON
MILTON Paradise Lost, Books I and II-FARLEY
Old Testament Narratives—RHODES
One Hundred Narrative Poems-TETER
PALGRAVE-Golden Treasury-NEWCOMER
PARKMAN-The Oregon Trail-MACDONALD
POE-Poems and Tales, Selected—NEWCOMER
POPE—Homer's Nad, Books I, VI, XXII, XXIV-CRESSY AND MOODY
READE-The Cloister and The Hearth-DE MILLE
RUSKIN-Sesame and Lilles-LINN
Russian Short Stories-SCHWEIKERT
SCOTT-loanhoe-SIMONDS
SCOTT-Quentin Dutward—SIMONDS
SCOTT–Lady of the Late-MOODY
SCOTT-Lay of the Last Minstrel—MOODY AND WILLARD
SCOTT-Marmion-MOODY AND WILLARD
SHAKSPERE-The Neilson Edition-Edited by W. A. NEILSON,
As You Like It

Macbeth
Hamlet

Midsummer-Night's Dream
Henry V

Romeo and Juliet
Julius Caesar

The Tempest

Twelfth Night
SHAKSPERE-Merchant of Venice-LOVETT
SOUTHEY-Life of Nelson-WESTCOTT
STEVENSON-Inland Voyage and Travels with a Donkey-LEONARD
STEVENSON-Kidnapped-LEONARD
STEVENSON-Treasure Island-BROADUS
TENNYSON-Selected Poems-REYNOLDS
TENNYSON-The Princess-COPELAND
THOREAU-Walden-BOWMAN
THACKERAY-Henry Esmond-PHELPS
THACKERAY-English Humorists—CUNLIFFE AND WATT
Three American Poems-The Raven, Snow-Bound, Miles Standish

GREEVER
Types of the Short Story~HEYDRICK
Washington, Webster, Lincoln-DENNEY

SCOTT, FORESMAN AND COMPANY CHICAGO: 623 S. Wabash Avo. NEW YORK:8 East 34th Street REVISED EDITION WITH HELPS TO STUDY

THE SIR ROGER
DE COVERLEY PAPERS

FROM

THE SPECTATOR

EDITED FOR SCHOOL USE

BY

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PROFESSOR OF ENGLISH, SMITH COLLEGE

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PREFACE

There is perhaps no humor in literature more likely to appeal to a girl of sensitive tastes than the delicate strokes of Addison; there is certainly no period in English life so likely to appeal to a boy of masculine tastes as the brilliant and intensely human age of Queen Anne. The humor of Addison must be left to disclose itself; it is never improved by the officiousness of an editor. Much can be done, however, to illustrate and make graphic the age for which and in which Steele and Addison wrote. This is the especial purpose of this volume. In the Introduction, I have not restricted myself to such a brief account of Queen Anne's time as a boy or a girl might read off-hand at a sitting. On the contrary, I have attempted to gather historical material from which the teacher may draw as occasion calls in the class-room. The teacher is urged, however, not to stop here; the pupils need to be set tasks of research for themselves. With this in view, he should, if possible, secure for them access to a com

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