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THE

PEERAGE OF POVERTY;

OR,

LEARNERS AND WORKERS

IN

FIELDS, FARMS, AND FACTORIES.

BY

EDWIN PAXTON HOOD,

Author of Bye-Path Meadow," "Wordsworth, a Biography," "The Earnest Minister,"

"Blind Amos," "Self-Formation," " Lamps, Pitchers, and Trumpets."

Fifth Edition, Rebised and Enlarged.

LONDON: S. W. PARTRIDGE & CO., 9, PATERNOSTER ROW.

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CONTENTS.

CHAPTER I.

PAGE

THE ORDER OF VAGABONDS, AND THE TRIUMPHS OF POVERTY. A Philosophic Cheap Jack-Holbein's Painting-Monu

ments of Poverty — The Good Goddess of Poverty-
Giotto the Shepherd-boy-Albert Durer-Illustrious
Painters-Old Crome- Dr. Henderson--A Noble
Mother--Life in China

I-24

CHAPTER II.

JOHN CLARE.

A Lunatic's Death-Gifford's Admiration for Clare-A

Peasant Poet-An Excursion into Cloudland-Education-Two First Loves—Pilgrimage for a Book-First Efforts at Verse-Cottage Criticisms-No Poetry without Grammar-An Ambition to be an Author-A Good Prophet-A Visit to Holywell Park— Visit to the Marquis of Exeter—Visit to London-Visited by Great Folks-Two Elm Trees-A Poor Proud Peasant-A Poet's Wanderings-Singular Verdict--Last Verses—Musings in a Madhouse_“I want to go Home”- Poetical Illustrations—The Poetry of Nature-Home Happiness--Poetry of the Fen Country.

25-78

CHAPTER III.

THE DIVINITY OF LABOUR.

Possessions of Humble Genius—The Lowly Order of

Poets-Letters and Labour-David the Psalmist-
False Ideas concerning Literature-Divine Life in the
Workshop-Labour and Poetry-Poetry of the Hand

- What is it Labour does ?-A Vision of Workshops
-Hammer and Ploughshare.

79-91

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