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finds the hearts of all men out. Two hundred and twenty of our countrymen and countrywomen, taken, as it were, at random from amongst us, expecting nothing so little as such a trial, and exposed beforehand to fatigues and dreadful weather such as might break the strongest down, have sent us the lesson over the seas, that it is not so terrible to die.' The secret of the effect which this tory is producing is, that every feature of it is so intensely simple. It wants no sailor's craft to make out the scenes from beginning to end; little or nothing is left to the imagination. A week ago passengers and crew were with us, and now they are buried with the stately, ship in the Bay of Biscay, or they float upon the wide Atlantic. But we know the interval as if we had witnessed it; and taking all things together, we are aware of no narrative of the sea that has more human interest than that which records the foundering of this stately ship. No writer of fiction will ever invent a picture of more concentrated anguish than that which was real, veritable, and visible eight days ago in the hapless vessel. Who cannot see her with her decks swept, her stern gaping, and the mad sea breaking over and into her at every third billow, as she lay that Thursday morning? Who cannot call up a sigh of pity for the passengers grouped in the saloon, worn out by the storm, and feeling by the lifeless wallow of the ship and the manner of the sailors that the end is coming? And then the captain enters, as helpless now as the little ones who wonder why their mothers are so pale and their fathers so silent; and be sure he bared his brave head before the ladies, and spoke to all in a tender and quiet tone, as he told them that there was no more hope, except from God, and that very soon they would all be before Him. What followed then? We could guess it if we did not know; but it is better to know. There was a great silence, broken only by the waves finishing their work ; and then crew and passengers mingled together to die; no ranks no servant or master any more; and some knelt with the clergy-' man and prayed, some opened the Bible which tells how the winds and the waves obey Him ;' and others, just as fitly, just as patiently, held hands with their loved ones, and waited meekly for the pang and the change. No screams or fainting, they tell us, among the women-no disgraceful rush after brandy to drug death withal among the men. Very nobly our brothers and sisters took the message of their doom from the good captain; how should they not, being, as many were, stout-hearted squatters, or wives and sons of squatters, accustomed to master their blood, and all of them

English ? Still it is pleasant to know that this prosperous age has not killed the calm manhood of Englishmen, nor taken from Englishwomen their sweet patience in peril and death. Quietly they gave their souls to God, and when His savage sea had done its mission, we think it did but send them, by a brief anguish, to a better port than that which the good ship’ London ’ foundered in striving to reach.

Daily Telegraph, Jan 19, 1866.

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Acquittal of the Bishops, The

Macaulay
Adam and Eve's Morning Hymn

Milton
Address to Light .

Milton.
Address to the Mummy in Belzopi's Exhibition H. Smith
Allegory on Criticism

Johnson
Apostrophe to the Ocean

Byron.
Armada, The

Macaulay
Arthur and Hubert

Shakspeare
Banquet Scene in Macbeth

Shakspeare
Battle of Flodden

Scott
Battle of the Baltic

Campbell
Bells, The

E. A. Poe
Camp at Night, The

Shakspeare
Cardinal Wolsey and Cromwell

Shakspeare
Car-travelling in Ireland

Thackeray
Chameleon, The

Merrick
Cataract of Lodore, The

Southey
Character and Appearance of Mr. Pecksniff Dickens
Character of Hannibal

Arnold.
Character of Scipio

Arnold.
Christmas

Washington Irving
Clarence's Dream .

Shakspeare .
Cloud, The

Shelley
Cobden, Richard

The Times
Coliseum, The

Dickens
Coliseum by Night, The

Byron
Conquest of Britain by the Romans .
Conquest of Jerusalem by the Crusaders

Gibbon.
Contention of a Bird and a Musician

Ford
Conversation of the Two Disciples
going to Emmaus, The

Cowper.
Country Life

Kingsley
Criticism

Pope
Death of De Boune, The

Scott
Death of Gawtrey the Coiner

Bulwer Lytton
Death of Le Fevre

Sterne
Death of Little Nell

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Defence of the Bridge against

the Tuscan army
Description of Auburn
Dora
Elegy written in a Country Churchyard .
Fallen Angels in the Burning Lake, The.
Fir Plantation, The
First of May, The .
Fossil Pine-tree, The
Foundering of the Steamer 'London

in the Bay of Biscay
Fox-hunt, The
French Peasant's Supper, A
Grace Darling
Grass
Hamlet's Instructions to the Players
Helvellyn
Henry V. (Act IV. Scene I.)
Henry V. to the Earl of Westmoreland

before the Battle of Agincourt
History and Biography
Home of a Great Painter
Introduction to Paradise Lost
Ivry
Lake of Geneva, The
Landor, Walter Savage
La Riccia_Sunlight after Storm
Last View from Pisgah, The
Liberty
Lichen and Mosses
Light-house, The
Love for our Native Land
Love for the Dead
Mark Antony's Oration over

the Dead Body of Cæsar
Mayor of Plymouth, The
Messiah, The.
Military Exercises of the Romans
Miseries of Royalty, The
Morning Dream, The
Mosaic View of Creation, The
Music
Mysteries of the Clouds
Napoleon and the Sailor
Negro Slavery
Night before Waterloo, The
Office of the Mountains
Origin of the English Nation, The
Othello's Account of his Court-

ship of Desdemona
Panegyric on Fox-hunting .
Parting of Douglas and Marmion

at Tantallon Castle, The

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Dryden.
Ruskin.
Milton.
Macaulay
Byron,
Daily Telegraph
Ruskin.
Stanley.
Macaulay
Ruskin .
Longfellow
Cowper
Washington Irving
Shakspeare .
Kingsley
Pope
Gibbon.
Shakspeare
Cowper.
Hugh Miller
Shakspeare
Ruskin
Campbell
Brougham
Byron
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Macaulay
Shakspeare.
Wilson.

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Passover, The
Poetry and its Uses
Pride of Knowledge
Prince Henry and his Father
Progress of England, The
Prometheus and Epimetheus
Quarrel of Brutus and Cassius
Queen Katharine and Griffith
Recollections of Schooldays
Scene from 'As You Like It'
Scene in an Indian Forest
Scene in the Bowling-Green behind the

Pelican Inn, Plymouth, 19th July, 1588)
Schoolmaster, The
Scotch Firs
Sea and Railroad
Shipwreck, The
Siege of Quebec, The
Skylark, To a
Slave's Dream, The
Slave-ship, The
Snowstorm, The
Socrates .
Speech against the Employment of

Indians in the War with America/
Speech of Chatham on being

taunted with his Youth
Subjects for Architectural Ornament
Sunlight after Storm
Tales in Conversation .
Thunderstorm, A.
Tom Pinch's Journey to London
Ulysses
Uncle Jack
Vance and Lionel at the Country Fair
Village Preacher, The .
Voyage across the Atlantic

in a Sailing Vessel
Water-babies
Wreck of the Hesperus, The

Goldsmith
Kingsley
Kingsley
Byron
Warburton
Shelley.
Longfellow
Ruskin,
Wilson
'Quarterly Review'
Earl of Chatham

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Earl of Chatham
Ruskin.
Ruskin
Cowper.
Kingsley
Dickens
Tennyson
Bulwer Lytton
Bulwer Lytton
Goldsmith
Washington Irving
Kingsley
Longfellow

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