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Readings from Shakespeare's Historical

Plays, and from Milton,
For STANDARDS V., VI., and VII.

EDITED BY

THOMAS MORRISON, LL.D.,

RECTOR, FREE CAURCH TRAINING COLLEGE, GLASGOW.

Enlarged Edition

GALL & INGLIS. London: I Edinburgh: 25 PATERNOSTER SQUARE. I 20 BERNARD TERRACE.

3984. f. 84

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The Literary Header, constructed to meet the requirements of Standards V. VI. and VII. of the New Code, contains classical extracts in prose and verse, intended to furnish the Teacher with the means of cultivating the higher attributes of good reading.

A very considerable portion of the volume consists of Headings from Shakespeare's Historical Plays and from Milton. These Headings are accompanied by a running commentary, which will enable the pupil to understand the portions selected, and their connection with the play or poem from which they are taken.

A few biographical and other Notes have been inserted, dealing

mainly with the allusions, and with matters that do not lie on the

surface.

T.M.

Glasgow, May, 1882.

PART I.

HUMAN LIFE.

[samuel Eogers, born 1763, was a banker in London. His bestknown work is the "Pleasures of Memory," published in 1792. Besides this poem, he is the author of " Poems," published in 1812, and "Italy," published in 1822. He died 18th December, 1855.]

1. The lark has sung his carol in the sky;

The bees have hummed their noontide lullaby;

Still in the vale the village-bells ring round,

Still in Llewellyn-hall the jests resound;

For now the caudle-cup is circling there,

Now, glad at heart, the gossips breathe their prayer,

And, crowding, stop the cradle to admire

The babe, the sleeping image of his sire.

2. A few short years—and then these sounds shall hail The day again, and gladness fill the vale;

So soon the child a youth, the youth a man,
Eager to run the race his fathers ran.
Then the huge ox shall yield the broad sirloin,
The ale, new brewed, in floods of amber shine.
And, basking in the chimney's ample blaze,
'Mid many a tale told of his boyish days,
The nurse shall cry, of all her ills beguiled,
"'Twas on these knees he sat so oft and smiled."

3. And soon again shall music swell the breeze;
Soon, issuing forth, shall glitter through the trees
Vestures of nuptial white; and hymns be sung,
And violets scattered round; and old and young,

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