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CONTENTS.

SHAKSPEARE, WILLIAM: 1564-1616.

Henry V. (Act IV., Sc I.)
Hamlet's Instructions to the Players

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BROUGHAM, HENRY (LORD): 1778.

Negro Slavery
CHANNING, WILLIAM ELLERY : 1780—1842.

Poetry and its Uses

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IRVING, WASHINGTON: 1783–1859.

Voyage across the Atlantic in a Sailing Vessel
Love for the Dead
Christmas

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MACAULAY, THOMAS BABINGTON (LORD): 1800—1859.

Liberty

The Progress of England

The Origin of the English Nation

The Acquittal of the Bishops

MILLER, HUGH: 1802–1856.

The Mosaic View of Creation

The Fossil Pine-tree

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Richard Cobden

REPETITION AND READING BOOK.

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PART I.-POETRY.

NAPOLEON AND THE SAILOR.

Napoleon's banners at Boulogne

Armed in our island every freeman;
His navy chanced to capture one

Poor British seaman.
They suffered him—I know not how-

Unprisoned on the shore to roam;
And aye was bent his longing brow

On England's home.
His eye, methinks, pursued the flight

Of birds to Britain half-way over,
With envy; they could reach the white

Dear cliffs of Dover.
A stormy midnight watch, he thought

Than this sojourn would have been dearer,
If but the storm his vessel brought

To England nearer.
At last, when care had banished sleep,

He saw one morning-dreaming—oting,
An empty hogshead from the deep

Come shoreward floating ;
He hid it in a cave, and wrought

The livelong day laborious; lurking
Until he launched a tiny boat
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By mighty working.

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Heaven help us ! 'twas a thing beyond

Description wretched ; such a wherry
Perhaps ne'er ventured on a pond,

Or crossed a ferry.
For ploughing in the salt sea-field,

It would have made the boldest shudder; Untarred, uncompassed, and unkeeled,

No sail-no rudder.

From neighbouring woods he interlaced
His
sorry

skiff with wattled willows; And thus equipped he would have passed

The foaming billows. —
But Frenchmen caught him on the beach,

His little Argo sorely jeering ;
Till tidings of him chanced to reach

Napoleon's hearing.
With folded arms Napoleon stood,

Serene alike in peace and danger ;
And in his wonted attitude,

Addressed the stranger. • Rash man, that would'st yon channel pass

On twigs and staves so rudely fashioned ; Thy heart with some sweet British lass

Must be impassioned.' "I have no sweetheart,' said the lad;

• Butabsent long from one anotherGreat was the longing that I had

To see my mother.' "And so thou shalt,' Napoleon said,

“Ye've both my favour fairly won; A noble mother must have bred

So brave a son!'

He gave the tar a piece of gold,

And with a flag of truce commanded He should be shipped to England Old,

And safely landed.

NAPOLEON AND THE SAILOR.

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Our sailor oft could scantly shift

To find a dinner plain and hearty; But never changed the coin and gift

Of Bonaparte.

Campbell.

THE BATTLE OF THE BALTIC.

Of Nelson and the North
Sing the glorious day's renown,
When to battle fierce came forth
All the might of Denmark's crown,
And her arms along the deep proudly shone ;
By each gun the lighted brand,
In a bold determined hand,
And the Prince of all the land
Led them on.-
Like leviathans afloat,
Lay their bulwarks on the brine,
While the sign of battle flew
On the lofty British line :
It was ten of April morn by the chime:
As they drifted on their path,
There was silence deep as death ;
And the boldest held his breath,
For a time.
But the might of England flush'd
To anticipate the scene;
And her van the fleeter rush'd
O'er the deadly space between.
Hearts of oak !' our captains cried; when each gun
From its adamantine lips
Spread a death-shade round the ships,
Like the hurricane eclipse
Of the sun !
Again ! again ! again!
And the havoc did not slack,
Till a feebler cheer the Dane
To our cheering sent us back :

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