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But the range of the work is wider still. The book is, indeed, a sort of History of Literature. Here, accordingly, will be found, in the form of Notes, numerous original sketches of literary character, brief, though comprehensive, as the space requires, but all in the spirit of truth and fairness; while longer sketches, drawn by the ablest hands, and tracing with precision the subtle shades of literary mcrit, find place, as well they may, among the Exercises to be read in regular course.

These sketches—even the best of them—are not, of course, exhaustive. They mark the main points, however, and cannot fail—even the poorest of them—to awaken that interest which always attends the perusal of a piece whose author is known to the reader by something more than the mere announcement of his name. They show how, as in the case of Cowper, labor imparts a finish which no time can wear off, and how, as in the same beautiful example, wit, humor, and gayety may be found in close alliance with all that is pure in sentiment and refined in language; how worth, in spite of obstacles, rises slowly, it may be, but surely, to its own proper level; how the walls of a prison, as in the case of Bunyan, and even total blindness, as in that of Milton, seem rather to quicken than to hinder the free movements of genius; how even genius itself, however transcendent, without the salutary check of goodness, is, after all, only what the ignorant deem of a comet—a mighty messenger of mischief; and how, in short, opportunities, the best and the worst, are alike unavailing, if the disposition be wanting to reach honorable achievement.

With these few words respecting the plan, purpose, matter, and execution of the work, the Union RHETORICAL READEB is respectfully submitted to the judgment of teachers

New YORK, Sept. 1862.

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6. The Angel in the Thunderstorm, · · · · JOHN WILSON, ..

7. Roprecht the Robber, . . . . . . . . Abridged from Souther, 62

8. Scene from Hadad, . . . . . . . . JAMES A. HILLHOUSE, 71

9. The Proud Miss Macbrido, . . . . . .

John G. SAXE, .. 76

10. The Ettrick Shepherd, . . . . . . .

ROBERT CHAMBERS, .

11. Queen Mary's Landing, . . . . . .

JAMES HOGG, . . .

12. Death of Mary Queen of Scots, ... JOAN LINGARD, . . . 92

13 Toleration-An Apologue, . . . . . . JEREMY TAYLOR, .. 96

14. Address to the Heavenly Bodies, .

HENRY WARE, JR., . 97

15. The Shepherd and the Philosopher, . ... John Gay, ...

16. The Prodigal Son-A Parable, . . . . LUKE, Chap. XV., . . 101

17. The Vase and the Pitcher, . . . . . . JANE TAYLOR, ...

18. Cowper the Poet, . . . . . . . . . THOMAS CAMPBELL, . 105

19. Passages from Cowper:-

God observed in Nature . . . . . . . . . . . . .

108

Love of Liberty . .

108

Love of Country .

. 108

Wisdom and Knowledge.

. 109

The true Freeman

. . . . . . . . . . 109

Affectation in the Pulpit. .

.... . . . . . . . 110

The Positive Talker . .. ... . . . .. . . 110

20. The Senate of Rome and the American Lor

an Louis Kossuti, ..

Congress, ..... .......s

21. The Men to make a State, ... ... Geo. W. DOANE, . ..

From the German of

22. The Diver, ... · · · · · · · · Schiller by BULWER,

23. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, . . . . New Am. CYCLOPÆDIA, 122

24. The Song of Hiawatha, . . . . . . . LONGFELLOW, . . . 123

25. Hiawatha's Wooing, . . . . . . . . LONGFELLOW, ... 125

26. The Eleventh Commandment-An Anecdote, ANON., · · · · ·

130

27. Without Charity all Gifts are as nothing, . 1 Cor. Chap. xiii., . . 133

28. Sketch of Shakspeare, . . . . . . .

SAMUEL JOHNSON, . . 134

29. Character of Hamlet, . . . . .

WILLIAM HAZLITT, 138

30. Scene from Hamlet,...

SAAKSPEARE,

140

31. Scene from Hamlet (continued), ..... SHAKSPEARE, . . .

32. The Fate of Macgregor, . . . . . . . JAMES Hogg, . .. 150

33. Charade on the Name of Campbell the Poet, W. M. PRAED, . . . 154

34. Charade on the word Blockhead, . . . . W. M. PRAED,... 155

Charade on Dr. Barnard, . . . . . .

SAMUEL JOHNSON, . . 156

35. The Spirit of British Liberty, · · · · ·

SIR JAMES MACKINTOSA, 157

36. Letter to the Duke of Bedford, . . .. Junius, . . . . . 159

37. Men of One Idea, · · · · · · ·

J. G. HOLLAND, .. 162

38. Imagination, . . . . . . . .

BARRY CORNWALL, . 167

39. Sketch of Lord Brougham, . ... T. Noon TalFouRD, . 169

S Demosthenes, translated

10. Reply to the Party of Philip, ..

• 1 by LORD BROUGHAM, 171

41. Ode to Rain, . . . . . . . . . . SAMUEL T. COLERIDGE, 175

12. Why does your Hair turn White i : : : W. Hunis,

43. Epitaphs, :::::::::...

On the Countess of Pembroke,... Ben Jonson,. . . . 180

On a Lady famed for her Caprice, . . ROBERT BURNS, . . . 180

On Himself, . . . . .

S. T. COLERIDGE, ...

180

Punning Epitaph on Joseph Blackett, BYRON, . . . .

. 181

On Samuel Johnson, • • • • • •

WILLIAM COWPER,. .

On Charles II., . . . . . . . .

ROCHESTER, . . . .

Sir Isaac Newton,

Pope, . . . . . .

182

A Living Author's Epitaph, .... COWLEY, . . . . . 182

On a Miser, . . . . . . . . . ANONYMOU8,. . . . 183

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44. Nothing but Leaves, . . . . . . . . ANONYMOUS,. .. 183

45. The Story of Le Fevre, ........ STERNE, . . .

184

46. Laugh on, Laugh on, to-day!..... W. IM. PRAED,

193

47. Hymn of Boyhood, . . . . . . . . A. CLEVELAND COXE 195

48. Spiritual Freedom—What is it? . . . . CHANNING, . . . 199

The Present Age, ...

CHANNING,

200

49. Speech of Lord Mansfield on Privilege, .::

203

50. Sleep, Mr. Speaker! . . .

. W. M. PRAED, ... 205

51. Parental Ode to my Little Son, .... Tuomas Hood,... 206

52. Song of the Shirt, . . . . . . . . THOMAS Hood,.. 208

53. Man's Works shall follow him, .

John G. WHITTIER, 212

54. Resting-Places for the Dead interesting to

JUDGE STORY, ...

the Living, · · · · · · · · ·

55. The Bell at Greenwood, · · · · ·

ARTHUR MORRELL, . . 216

56, New Year's Eve, . ·

216

· · · · · ·

CHARLES LAMB,. ..

57. Ring out the Old Year, ....

TENNYSON, .... 220

58. Passages from Pollok :

Friends, . . . . . . . . . . .

221

. . . . .

The Miser,. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

222

Fame, . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

222

Fate of Byron, . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

223

The Want above all other Wants, . ...

223

59. The Dead Mother, · · · · · · ·

ANONYMOUS,. .

224

60. Dirge, . . . . . . . .

CHARLES G. EASTMAN, 226

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61. Overthrow of Belshazzar, . . . .

BARRY CORNWALL,

227

62. Excerpts from the Autocrat of the Break-, Oliver Wendell HOLMES,

fast Table,. . . . . . . . .)

228

63. Not on the Bat

john PIERPONT, . .

64. Scene from the Honey-Moon, . . . . . John TOBIN, . . . .

235

65. The Lord of Burleigh, . . . . . .

TENNYSON, . . .

242

66. Last Moments of M

rt, .

246

67. Our One Life, .

HORATIUS BONAR, .

68. A Rill from the Town Pump,

HAWTHORNE,

250

69. Sonnets :-

Sonnet upon Sonnets, . . . . . . WORDSWORTH, . . . 254

On his own Blindness . . . . . . MILTON. . . . . .' 254

To Milton, . . . . . . . . . . WORDS W WRTH, ... 255

To Sleep, ..

WORDS WORTH, . .

255

The Moon's Mild Ray,

John H. BRYANT, ... 256

Upon a Primroso, · · · · ·

JOIN CLARE, . . . 256

Sabbath Morn, . · · · · · · ·

Joan LEYDEN, ... 257

Sbakspearo, · · · · · · ·

HARTLEY COLERIDGE, 257

On Beauty,

SHAKSPEARE, .

258

Dwellings of the Dead, . . . . . BLACKWOOD's MAGAZINE,258

70. Cicero against Mark Antony, . . . . . Translated by BROUGHAM,259

71. Richard the Third and Macbeth,. ..William Hazlitt, : 261

72. Scene from Macbeth, · · ·

SAAKSPEARE, .

73. Scene from Richard III., . . . . . . SHAKSPEARE, . . . 267

74. Richard of Gloster, . . . . . . . . John G. SAXE, . . . 268

75. Chateaubriand and Sir Walter Scott, . . Alison, . . . . . 271

76. No Religion without Mysteries, ..... CHATEAUBRIAND, . . 274

77. The Christian Knight and the Saracen SiR WALTER Scott.. 276

Cavalier, . . . . . . . . . .

78. Saladin and Malek Adhel, ...... NEw Mon. MAGAZINE, 282

79. The Life of a Naturalist, . . . . . . JOAN JAMES AUDUBON, 288

80. The Ministry of the Doves, . . . . . Susan Fenimore COOPER,290

81. The Church at Belem, . . . . . T. Noon TALFOURD, . 292

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82. Short Antithetical Passages :-

The Spiritual and the Natural,. .I Cor. Chap. XV., . . 294

The Bible adapted to all, ..... Mrs. SARAI S. ELLIS, 295

Tact versus Talent, . . . . . . . LONDON ATLAS, . . . 295

Rolla to the Peruvians, . .

SHERIDAN, . . . .

Catiline's Forces in Contrast with tho I

Cicero, .....

Roman Army, . . . . . .

Contrasts in Man, . . .

Young, .... 297

The true Critic, . . . . . . . .

POPE, . .

Chivalry and Puritanism, . . . .

BANCROFT, .

298

Homer and Virgil, · · · · · · ·

POPE, . . . . .

298

83. War Song, . . . . . . . . . . .

Sir WALTER Scott, 299

84. Hunting Song, . . . . . . . . .

SIR WALTER Scott, 301

85. Song of Peace, . . . . . . . . .

CowPER, . . . .

302

86. Sketch of Webster, . . . . . . . . E. P. WHIPPLE, ..

303

87. Importance of the Union, .

• WEBSTER,. . .

307

88. Life intended to be Happy, . . . . . L. H. GRINDON, . . 309

89. The American Flag, . . . . . . . . J. RODMAN DRAKE, . 312

90. Words from Holy Writ:

Whence cometh Wisdom? ... . JOB Xxviii., ....

Confidence in God, ......Psalm xxiii., . . 314

Maxims and Observations, . . . . PROVERBS xxvii., . 315

Call to Faith and Repentance, ... ISAIAH lv., . .. 315

Deeds, not Words, . . . . . . . JEREMIAA vii., . . 315

Seek first the Kingdom of God, .. MATTHEW vi.,.. 316

Duties enjoined, . . . . . . . . ROMANS xii., . . . 316

General Exhortation, . . . . . . PHILIPPIANS iv., . . 317

The Tongue an unruly Member, .. James iii., ....

$1. Coronation of Napoleon, ...... MADAME Junot, . . 318

92. Sketch of Bonaparte, . . . . . . . CHARLES PHILLIPS, . 321

93. Eulogy on Frank

MIRABEAU, . . . .

324

94. Trial of Baxter, · · · · ·

JAMES STEPHEN, .

325

95. Filial Piety, . .. • • • •

. . SHERIDAN, . . . . 328

(Miss FANSHAWE and 329

96. Enigmas, . . . . . • • • • JANE TAYLOR, .

330

97. The Coral Insect, . . . . . .

Mrs. SIGOURNEY, . . 331

98. The Aim of Don Quixote, . . . . . . GEORGE TICKNOR, . . 333

99. Don Quixote and Sancho Panza,

CERVANTES, . . . . 336

100. The Fatal Charge, · · · · · · · ·

CHAPMAN AND SAIRLEY, 339

101. The Reign of Terror, . . . . . . . MACAULAY, . . . . 346

102. Ultimate Triumph of Public Opinion,. . WEBSTER,. . . . . 348

103. Scene from Pickwick, Mr. Pickwick *} CAARLES DICKENS, . 349

Dilemma, . ::::::::::,:

104. Another Scene from Pickwick, -Sam Wel. í

CHARLES DICKENS, . 354

ler as a Witness, . . . . . . .

· 105. The Blind Boy's Speech, ...... PARK BENJAMIN, . . 358

106. Duty of the Government in the Present

} Geo. D. PRENTICE, . 360

Crisis, . . . . . . . . . .

107. Lines on a Skeleton, .. .

ANONYMOUS,. . . 364

108. Sketch of Wordsworth,. . . . . . . CHAMBERS, .... 365

109. Intimations of Immortality, ..... WORDSWORTA, . .

367

10. Prospects of the Republic, . . . . . EDWARD EVERETT, . 370

111. The Widow and her Son, . . . . . . WASHINGTON IRVING, .

372

112. Eulogy on Washington, ... ... Francis C. GRAY, . . 377

113. Washington's Solicitude for the Union, . WEBSTER, .... 379

114. The Mill, . . . . . . . . . . . . M. ELVA WOOD, . . 382

115. Hagar in the Wilderness, . . . . . . N. P. WILLIS, . . . 384

116. Sketch of Samuel Johnson, . . . . . Thos. B. Shaw, . . 388

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