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Country Scenes in Olden Days
The Country Life
STRAFFORD, THOMAS, EARL OF.
A Last Farewell ...
Death's Final Conquest...
A Morning Song
My Mind to me a Kingdom is ...
Hymn on the Nativity
Introduction to Paradise Lost
Fallen Angels, The, in the Burning Lake
Creator, Hymn to the
The Girl describes her Fawn ...
The Dying Christian to his Soul
The Universal Prayer
The Town and Country Mico ...
Restoration of Jerusalem
A Lesson of Thankfulness
A Hymn on the Seasons
Elegy, written in a Country Churchyard
From the Deserted Village
On the Receipt of his Mother's Picture
Love for our Native Land
An English Peasant
The Land of Dreams
To Mary in Heaven
Lines Left in a Reverend Friend's House
A Perfect Woman
SCOTT, SIR WALTER.
Marmion entering Norham Castle
Marmion and Douglas
The Battle of Flodden Field and Death of Marmion
COLERIDGE, SAMUEL TAYLOR.
Hymn before Sunrise in the Valley of Chamouni
Kailyal is borne to Indra's Paradise
Ye Mariners of England
Battle of Hohenlinden
Battle of the Baltic
'Paradise and the Peri
to a Mummy
BARHAM, R. H. D. (Ingoldsby Legen 13).
New Made Honour
The Night before Waterloo
The Death of Mary
The Burial of Sir John Moore
SHELLEY, PERCY BYSSHE.
Autumn: a Dirge
HEMANS, FELICIA DOROTHEA.
The Treasures of the Deep
LOCKHART, JOHN GIBSON.
The Bridal of Andalla
The Song of the Shirt
The Battle of Naseby
The Ivy Green
How they Brought the Good News from Ghent to Aix
To-day and To-morrow
The Last Buccaneer
The Last Journey
GEOFFREY CHAUCER –Born in London, 1328; Died, 1400.
Geoffrey Chaucer is the first English poet of high rank. He lived through the reign of Edward III. in a good position in society. He is best known by bis “Canterbury Tales," from which the following piece is taken. Many words in his day had still the Norman-French pronunciation-a fact to be remembered in reading his poetry.
A TRUE good man there was there of religiòn,
Pious and poor—the parson of a town.”
But rich he was in holy thought and work.
And thereto: a right learned man; a clerk
That Christ's pure gospel would sincerely preach,
And his parishioners devoutly teach.
Benign he was, and wondrous diligent,
And in adversity full patient;
As proven' oft. To all who lack'd a friend -
Loth for his tithes to ban or to contende —
At every need, much rather, was he found,
Unto his poor parishioners around
Of his own substance and his dues' to give;
Content on little, for himself, to live.
Wide was his cure;1o the houses far asunder;
Yet never failed he, orl for rain or thunder,-
Whenever sickness or mischance might call,-
The most remote to visit, great or small,
And, staff in hand, on foot, the storm to brave.
This noble ensample to his flock he gave,
That, first, he wrought,12 and, afterwards, he taught
The word of life he from the Gospel caught;
And well this comment added he thereto,
“If that gold rusteth what should iron do!
And if the priest be foul, on whom we trust,
What wonder if the unlettered layman rust ?
And shame it were in him the flock should keep,
To see a sullied shepherd, and clean sheep.
For sure a priest the sample ought to give
By his own cleanness how his sheep should live.”
5 benign, gracious, kind.
6 patient, pronounce pa ti ent.
proven, still used, as in “not
9 dues, as parish priest.
cure, the parish for which he