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BY

J. W. SEARSON PROFESSOR OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE, KANSAS STATE AGRICULTURAL COLLEGE.

MANHATTAN

AND

GEORGE E. MARTIN
SUPERINTENDENT OF CITY SCHOOLS,

NEBRASKA CITY, NEBRASKA

THE UNIVERSITY
PUBLISHING C2

Chicago and Lincoln THE UNIVERSITY PUBLISHING COMPANY

HARVARD
UNIVERSITY
LIBRARY

COPYRIGHT, 1910, 1911, 1912 THE UNIVERSITY PUBLISHING COMPANY

All Rights Reserved

The Lakeside Press
R. R. DONNELLEY & SONS COMPANY

CHICAGO

PREFACE

READING with appreciation is a fine art. It is the

modest purpose of this volume to afford the means whereby the reader may gain a more intelligent appreciation of some of the inspiring short poems of the language. The poems selected cover a wide range and appeal to every grade and variety of emotion.

Each study consists of an introduction, the poem, suggestive questions for study, and a list of references to other helpful selections. The introduction brings the reader's mind into the right attitude, or atmosphere, to appreciate the poem. The questions afford him means of deepening and intensifying that appreciation. The references, if followed, permit him to widen his appreciation into other fields. With such directed effort he can read the selection with genuine appreciation. He is taught how to study, and through directed study, how to appreciate and to express the best thought and feeling of the race. All methods, devices, and helpful exercises usually employed in teaching reading are supplemented and brought to bear fruit a hundred-fold when reinforced by such directed study.

The authors desire to acknowledge their indebtedness to the school men and women who have tried and proven these studies in the school-room practice. Especial thanks are due to Superintendent Carroll G. Pearse, Milwaukee, Superintendent W. M. Davidson, Omaha,

Superintendent A. H. Waterhouse, Fremont, Nebraska, for helpful suggestions and criticisms; and to ex-State Superintendent W. K. Fowler for expert care, criticisms, and corrections in the preparation of this volume.

J. W. SEARSON.
GEORGE E. MARTIN.

CONTENTS

PAGE

ABOU BEN ADHEM

Leigh Hunt 1

What Do THEY SAY?

Selected 3

AMERICA

Samuel Francis Smith 4

OUR NATIVE LAND

C. T. Brooks 7

PAUL'S SPEECH ON MARs Hill

The Bible 8

ANNABEL LEE

Edgar Allan Poe 12

THE BAREFOOT Boy :

John Greenleaf Whittier 15

BATTLE HYMN OF THE REPUBLIC

Julia Ward Howe 20

THE LADY OF THE GREY ISLE

N. A. Crawford 24

A Man's Task

Robert Louis Stevenson 31

BIVOUAC OF THE DEAD

Theodore O'Hara 32

No LAND LIKE OURS

James Gates Percival 36

THE BLIND MEN AND THE ELEPHANT

John G. Saxe 37

NONE OF His BEAUTY IS WASTED

Wm. A. McKeever 40

THE BLUE AND THE GRAY

Francis Miles Finch 41

THE GRASSHOPPER AND THE CRICKET

John Keats 44

BREAK, BREAK, BREAK

Alfred Tennyson 45

THE BUGLE SONG

Alfred Tennyson 47

THE INFLUENCE OF MUSIC

William Shakespeare 50

THE BUILDERS

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow 51

NATURE'S SONG

Madison Cawein 53

BURIAL OF SIR JOHN MOORE

Charles Wolfe 54

PRAYER

Alfred Tennyson 57

THE RETURN OF REGULUS

Elijah Kellogg 58

I SHALL Not Pass This WAY AGAIN

Selected 64

THE CAPTAIN'S DAUGHTER

James T. Fields 65

THE CHAMBERED NAUTILUS

Oliver Wendell Holmes 69

OLD OCEAN

George Gordon Byron 73

THE CHARGE OF THE LIGHT BRIGADE Alfred Tennyson 74

A CHRISTMAS CAROL

J. G. Holland 78

COLUMBUS

Joaquin Miller 82

CONCORD HYMN

Ralph Waldo Emerson 87

IT IS A BEAUTEOUS EVENING, CALM AND FREE

William Wordsworth 89

SCULPTURE AND EDUCATION

Joseph Addison 89

THE CONQUERED BANNER

Abram Joseph Ryan

90

JUNE

James Russell Lowell 93

THE NOBLE NATURE

Ben Jonson 93

DAFFODILS

William Wordsworth 94

THE ECHO IN THE HEART

Henry Van Dyke

OF Books

John Ruskin 97

THE DESTRUCTION OF SENNACHERIB George Gordon Byron 104

LIFE

107

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