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hope and joy, the sorrow and despair, the fixed resolve and the unquenchable aspiration of those who have striven and labored and held on high the torch of clear thinking, of high ideals, and of worthy living
Here we behold the dawn of a new literature, the gradual mastery of word and phrase through which artistic perfection of many kinds is attained. Among this distinguished company are the poets, essayists, and novelists who have expressed in lasting form the meaning which they found in the interesting world about them.
The most satisfactory method for any person who wishes to gain the greatest profit and pleasure from literature is to read it, unencumbered with so-called “helps” and annotations. Its highest function is not to inform but to delight. We have tried to supply a thread of simple, critical comment, as introductory to the respective sections, to which the reader may turn for assistance in acquiring a connected story of the development of English literature. But we believe this is secondary in importance to the literature itself which is its own best advocate. For the intimate association that attaches to the representation of the writers themselves, we have here reproduced the portraits of some of the best known of English poets, prose writers, and novelists.
We cherish the hope that this book, brought together after many years of pleasurable reading and choosing, may point the way to some of the greatest delights and happiest experiences that can come to those who will to live fully and nobly.
THE ELIZABETHANS AND JACOBEANS
Sir Francis Drake on the Pacific Coast 81 Fashionable Ladies
THOMAS DEKKER (c. 1570-c. 1641)
86 How a Gallant Should Behave Himself
88 Sir Walter RALEIGH (1552 ?-1618)
88 The Last Fight of the Revenge
CAPTAIN JOHN Smith (1580-1631)
PHILIP STUBBES (c. 1555-c. 1610)
CHRISTOPHER MARLOWE (1564-1593)
The Passionate Shepherd to His Love
WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE (1564-1616)
112 Blow, Blow, Thou Winter Wind
115 It Was a Lover and His Lass
I21 Take, O Take Those Lips Away
When to the sessions of sweet silent thought
Like as the waves make toward the pebbled shore
That time of year thou may'st in me behold
Let me not to the marriage of true minds
Thomas DEKKER (c. 1570-c. 1641)
Age, Wrinkles, Ruin, and Death
On the Late Massacre in Piedmont
The Lady Puritan and the Preachers 142
On Feathers, Muffs, and Swords
EDWARD, LORD HERBERT OF CHERBURY
Oxford Dedicates the Theatre .
Christian's Fight with Apollyon
Hymn on the Morning of Christ's Na-
To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time 189
The Constant Lover.
The Bracelet: To Julia
Why so Pale and Wan?.
To a Child of Quality Five Years Old . 290
Introduction from Songs of Innocence
On the Receipt of My Mother's Picture 291
On the Loss of the Royal George . 293
Of A' the Airts the Wind Can Blaw
Ode on a Distant Prospect of Eton Col-
297 My Heart's in the Highlands
Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard 298 John Anderson My Jo.
SOME EIGHTEENTH CENTURY LETTERS
FRANCES BURNEY (MADAME D'ARBLAY)
To the Countess of Pomfret
To the Countess of Bute
322 William COWPER (1731-1800)
To His Grace the Duke of Bedford
SAMUEL TAYLOR COLERIDGE (1772–1834)
The Rime of the Ancient Mariner .
357 Here's a Health to King Charles
GEORGE GORDON BYRON (1788–1824)
From Childe Harold's Pilgrimage
WILLIAM WORDSWORTH (1770-1850)
Lines Composed a Few Miles Above
Oh! Snatch'd Away in Beauty's Bloom 403
Tintern Abbey, on Revisiting the
The Destruction of Sennacherib
Banks of the Wye During a Tour
On This Day I Complete My Thirty-
She Dwelt Among the Untrodden Ways 367 Sixth Year .
My Heart Leaps Up When I Behold
Percy Bysshe SHELLEY (1792–1822)
Lines Written Among the Euganean
On the Extinction of the Venetian Re-
Composed upon Westminster Bridge,
Lines: “When the Lamp Is Shattered"
The World Is Too Much With Us 383 On First Looking into Chapman's
Hail to the Chief Who in Triumph Ad-