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This volume, READINGS IN ENGLISH PROSE, forms the prose part of READINGS IN ENGLISH LITERATURE. The poetical part is also published separately, under the title of READINGS IN ENGLISH POETRY.

Both volumes are designed as Reading-Books for upper classes in Schools, while the complete work forms a suitable companion to such manuals as the History of the English Language and Literature in Chambers's Educational Course.*

The introduction to the present volume contains a series of short specimens from English writers, în prose and poetry, from the earliest times to ' 1558 A:D. The value of these, as shewing the progress of the English language, will not fail to be appreciated by the Teacher. The Readings are arranged in chronological order, and are introduced by a short biographical notice of each author. The foot-notes contain explanations

Edited by

* History of the English Language and Literature. R. Chambers, LL.D. 304 pages, price 28.

of difficulties in the text, and meanings of words not found in a school-dictionary.

A detailed Table of Contents, an Index of Prose Writers classified, and an Alphabetical Index of Writers, are prefixed to the volume.

** The Publishers beg to return their best thanks to the different Publishers and Authors, proprietors of the copyright extracts that occur in this volume, for their kindness in allowing them to appear.

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Anglo-Saxon Period.

Geoffrey Chaucer : 1328—1400.

A.D. 449–1066.

The Ploughman. From The Can-

terbury Tales,..

Cædmon: died A. D. 680.

The Miller. From


Extract from The Creation,

bury Tales,

Extract from The Tale of Melibeus,

King Alfred : 849—901.

Extract from his translation of John Gower : 1325—1408.

Boethius's work on the Consola-

Rosiphele. From The Confessio

tion of Philosophy, . . . 2 Amantis, . . . .

Alfric: died 1006.

John De Wycliffe : 1324—1384.

Extract from his Paschal Homily, 2 The Magnificat. From his Trans-

lation of the Bible, . .

John Barbour : died 1395.

Apostrophe to Freedom. From

The Bruce, . . . . 8

Semi-Saxon Period.

King James I. of Scotland : 1394—1437.


Extract from The King's Quhair,

The Saxon Chronicle : 1154.

John Lydgate: about 1430.

Extract from, · · · · 3 Description of a Sylvan Retreat.

From The Destruction of Troy,

Layamon : between 1155 and 1200.

Account of the Proceedings at William Dunbar : 1465—1520.

King Arthur's Coronation. From

Ire. From The Daunce of the

his translation of Wace's Brut

Seven Deadly Sinnis, . . 10

d'Angleterre, . . . .

Gavin Douglas : 14741522. -

Sunrise. From his Translation

of Virgil's Æneid, . .

Old-English Period.

Sir Thomas More : 1480—1535.


Letter to Lady More, . . . 11

Proclamation of Henry III. : 1258. Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey : 1517–1547.

Extract from, .

. .

Description of Spring, . . 12

Robert of Gloucester.

William Tyndale : died 1536.

Extract from his Rhyming Chronicle, 4

The Magnificat. From his Trans-

lation of the New Testament, . 12

Robert Longlande: about 1360.

| Hugh Latimer : died 1555.

Extract from The Vision of Pierce

The Shepherds of Bethlehem, 13

Plowman, . . . . 5

Roger Ascham: 1515-1568.

Sir John Mandeville : 1300—1372.

Anecdote of Lady Jane Grey.

Extract from his Travels,

5! From The School Master,


PROSE WRITERS: 1649–1689.

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Death and Character of Edward VI.

Praise of Poetry and Music. From

From The History of the Refor-

Essay on Poetry, . .

51 1 mation, .

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