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30. 6. 01.

Pott 8vo. 277 Pages. Price, 25. 6d,

A FIRST

POETRY BOOK

COMPILED BY

M. A. WOODS

London
MACMILLAN AND CO., LIMITED

NEW YORK: THE MACMILLAN COMPANY

EXTRACT FROM PREFACE.

My apology for adding another school poetry book to the many in existence must be the usual one, that I have found nothing quite suited to my purpose. The best are too ambitious, or, at least, contain too much that is difficult, to be really fitted for little children fresh from the nursery or kindergarten, craving food, but quite unable to assimilate strong meat. It may be a mistake to "write down" to them, but it is, I think, a still greater mistake to force good things upon them prematurely, and so create
a disgust which it is difficult, in after years, to remove. Poetry intended
for their use should appeal to their childish fancies, their fondness for
flowers and animals, their delight in story, their mingled love of sentiment
and fun. It should be simple in form, and simple in what I may call
outward meaning. Some of it will unfold deeper meanings as the years go
on; some will be discarded as the mind outgrows it; but all may be good
of its kind, and all possess something of that quality of suggestiveness
which makes it, in the best sense of the word, educational.

Trial alone can show how far the present selection fulfils the conditions
I have laid down. It is intended for children from seven to ten or eleven,
i.e. for those comprised in the Lower or Preparatory Division of High
Schools. It will be found to contain (as every selection must that does not
sacrifice soundness to novelty) a large number of familiar pieces, but also, I
think, an unusually large number that are unfamiliar. The parts are
graduated, and intended to be used simultaneously, the second being
specially adapted to class reading and recitation. I may add that, though
compiled in the first instance for Girls' Schools, there is nothing in the
volume to unfit it for use in a Preparatory Boys' School or private school-

room.

CONTENTS

PART I.-Grace for a Child, R. Herrick. Birdie and Baby, Lord Tennyson.
The Lamb, W. Blake. A Child's Prayer, M. Betham-Edwards. Dolly and
Dick, E. Coxhead. Little White Lily, G. MacDonald. What became of them,
Anon. Sympathy, M. Johnson. What does it matter, G. C. Boase. Seven
Times One, J. Ingelow. The Yellow Fly, J. H. Ewing. Rimes from
Shakspeare, W. Shakspeare. The Walrus and the Carpenter, Lewis Carroll.
A Winter Window, "A." The Spider and the Fly, M. Howitt. The Song of
the Wood, F. E. Weatherly. Flopsy, Anon. The Bluebell of Scotland, Old
Song. Daisy's Lesson, Anon. Answer to a Child's Question, S. T. Coleridge.
Robin Redbreast, W. Allingham. The Lost Doll, C. Kingsley. Spring, T.
Nash. The Echoing Green, W. Blake. Baby, G. MacDonald. Going
a-Maying, J. H. Ewing. The Pond, Jane Taylor. The Little Boats, "A."
The Child's Wish in June, Gilman. A Night with a Wolf, Bayard Taylor.
Willow the King, E. E. Bowen. The Fairies of the Caldon-Low, M. Howitt.
Infant Joy W. Blake. September, M. Howitt. Lullaby of an Infant Chief,
Sir W. Scott. The Gray Doves' Answer, F. E. Weatherly. Rocking and
Talking, A. Keary. A Winter's Tale, F. E. Weatherly. My Dove, J. K’eats.

The Fairles, W. Allingham. The Coming of Spring, M. Howitt. The Useful

Plough, Old Song. Sweet and Low, Lord Tennyson. Away from Home, S.

T. Coleridge. Fairy Men, A. Keary. Nurse's Song, W. Blake. We are

Seven, W. Wordsworth. Ophelia's Songs, W. Shakspeare. Meg Merrilies,

J. Keats. A Slumber Song, E. O. Cooke. The Court of Fairy, M. Drayton.

The Mountain and the Squirrel, R. W. Emerson. The Last Day of Flowers,

A. Keary. The Owl, Lord Tennyson. The Dead Bird's Song, F. E. Weatherly.

The Broom Flower, M. Howitt. False Friends-like, W. Barnes. The Cow

and the Ass, Jane Taylor. The Fairy Queen, Old Ballad. Three Worlds,

Anon. A Hunting-Song, Sir W. Scott. My Baby, F. E. Weatherly. Sister

and Brother, Anon. A Dream, W. Blake. A Song of “Willow," W. Shak-

speare. Lucy Gray: or, Solitude, W. Wordsworth. The Horned Owl, Barry

Cornwall. The Fiftieth Birthday of Agassiz, H. W. Longfellow. London

River, F. E. Weatherly. The Lark's Grave, Westwood. A Spring Song, R.

Burns. The Child's First Grief, F. Hemans. The Little Bird's Complaint to

his Mistress, Jane Taylor. The Pet Lamb, W. Wordsworth. A Winter Song,

R. Burns. Casabianca, F. Hemans. My Heart's in the Highlands, R. Burns.

The Village Blacksmith, H. W. Longfellow. The Little Black Boy, W. Blake.

To a Bee, R. Southey. The Wreck of the Hesperus, H. W. Longfellow.

Good-Morrow, T. Heywood. Ariel's Songs, W. Shakspeare. Twilight, H.

W. Longfellow. The Fairies' Nest, “A." The Use of Flowers, M. Howitt.

The Night-piece, R. Herrick. The Fountain, J. R. Lowell. Flower Fancies,

Anon, Private Wealth, R. Herrick. How's my Boy, S. Dobell. Barthram's

Dirge, R. Surtees. A Storm Song, Bayard Taylor. Robin Good-Fellow, Old

Ballad. Nose and Eyes, W. Cowper. Ye Mariners of England, T. Campbell.

Bonnie George Campbell, Old Ballad. July, S. H. Swett. A Fairy Song,

Michael Field. The Knight's Leap, C. Kingsley. Walter von der Vogelweide,

H. W. Longfellow. Gathering Song of Donald the Black, Sir W. Scott.

Violets, R. Herrick. The Loss of the Royal George, W. Cowper. The

Nightingale, R. Barnefield. The Charge of the Light Brigade, Lord Tennyson.

A Gipsy Song, Ben Jonson. The Lark and the Nightingale, Hartley Coleridge.

The Sands of Dee, C. Kingsley. The Poet's Song, Lord Tennyson. Don

José's Mule, Jacintha, M. Betham-Edwards. The Redbreast and the Butterfly,

W. Wordsworth. Ye Carpette Knyghte, Lewis Carroll. After the Accident,

Bret Harte. The Burial of Sir John Moore, C. Wolfe. There's nae Luck

about the House, W. J. Mickle. The Boy and the Angel, R. Browning. A

Farewell, C. Kingsley.

Part II.-Mabel on Midsummer Day, M. Howitt. The Diverting History
of John Gilpin, W. Cowper, Hynd Horn, Old Ballad. Stories from Hiawatha,

W. Longfellow. The Ch in the Wood, Old Ballad. The Pied Piper
of Hamelin, R. Browning. The Angel's Story, A. Proctor. The Golden Bee,
M. Betham-Edwards. Scenes from Fairyland, W. Shakspeare. Noah's Ark,
M, Drayton.

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