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OF

ELEMENTARY READING BOOKS.

THE

FIFTH “STANDARD' READER;

OR,

Poetry and Joventure.

BY

J. S. LAURIE,

EDITOR OF "THE GRADUATED SERIES OF READING-LESSON BOOKS," ETC.

LONDON:
LONGMAN, GREEN, LONGMAN, AND ROBERTS.

1863.

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READING.--A few lines of poetry from a reading-book used in the PREFACE.

first class of the school. Writing.—A sentence slowly dictated once, by a few words at a

time, from a reading-book used in the first class of the school. ARITHMETIC.—A sum in compound rules (common weights and measures).

The chief object aimed at in the present volume is to introduce the pupil to puetry-poetry in the literal and true sense of the term. An endeavour of this kind is of 80 peculiar a character as to call for a word of explanation. The young reader is not suddenly launched into a field of literature in which he will find the language or the ideas entirely new to him. From the earliest stage of his progress his ear has been accustomed to rythm in a variety of forms ; in the shape of easy rhymes, pictorial versification, simple ballads and lyrics, and fables in verse. Again, in the third and fourth books of this series an effort has been made to render him familiar, by little and little, with figurative expressions, and other artifices of poetic diction. To the present volume the transition will thus be found easy and gradual. The first sections of it-namely, Miscellaneous Poems, Poems on Animals, Poems on Nature and the Affectionsconsist almost entirely of lyrical pieces ; and they have been selected not so much on account of their absolute merit (though also on that account) as because they are interesting, short, and not too highly pitched for the period of mental growth for which they are intended.

At the same time it is important to observe that to imbue a pupil at so early a stage with a love of poetry is no easy task. He cannot but meet with some perplexities of speech which he will of himself be unable to solve, or phases of imagery which will transcend his experience; and it will therefore be the more imperative on the teacher to come to his aid and clear away stumbling-blocks. In addition to the careful selection of the pieces themselves, the explanations which have been occasionally inserted as foot-notes will, it is hoped, render those unavoidable difficulties as few and as slight as possible.

As poetical lessons will necessarily occupy a much larger portion of the teacher's time than prose ones, it has not been thought advisable to restrict the volume to poetry alone. A full half of it, however, is devoted to that department, and only every alternate sheet of thirtytwo pages consists of prose. The species of prose lesson which has been chosen-tales of adventure—is that which appears best calculated to relieve the tedium of continuous reading in poetry.

The fourth poetical section chiefly consists of poems adapted for recitation.

*** Although the greater part of the materials have long been independently collected, the Editor has pleasure in acknowledging his obligations to the Golden Treasury,the Children's Garland,and Poetry for Children,for the mechanical facilities which these compilations have afforded him in preparing the present volume.

CONTENTS.

18

11

MISCELLANEOUS POEMS.
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The Way for Billy and Me . 7 Mary Ann's Child . ..

The Beggar Man. . . . . 8 The Sands o’ Dee . .

The Palmer

The Fountain . . . .

The Old Man's Comforts, and The Mysteries of Providence.

How he Gained Them . . 10 The Three Fishes . ..

The Bag of the Bee ... 11 Ye Mariners of England .

The Blind Boy · · · · ·

How's my Boy . . . . .

Cheerfulness

Napoleon and the Sailor.. 23

The Pauper's Death-bed .. The Sailor . . . . . .

The Little Scarecrow Girl . 13 The Sailor's Song . . . .

Little White Lily . . . . 14 The Wreck of the Hesperus ..

Death-bed Remembrances . 15 The Sower's Song · · · ·

My Father's at the Helm . . 16 Lullaby · · · · · · ·

To the Robin ····

TALES OF ADVENTURE.-I.

The Esquimaux Dog ... 33 | Stalking the Ourebi—S. Africa 57

Journey over the Frozen Sea . 38 | Serpent Charming . . . . 62

Story of a Cabin Boy . . . 46 Singular Story of a Whale Ship 63

A Wreck-Australia .. 54

POEMS ON ANIMALS.

The Child and the Piper, , 67 | The Parrot

The Last of the Flock . . . 67 The Chaffinch's Nest at Sea . 84

The Romance of the Swan's To a Hedge Sparrow . . ..

Nest . . . . . . . .

70 The Dead Sparrow . . . .

The Wren's Nest . . . . The First Swallow . . . . 87

The Kid . · · · · · ·

Epitaph on a Tame Hare . . 87

The Parrot. .

The Nautilus . . . . . 89

75 The Silkworm .

To a Dog on his Killing a Bird To the Crow returning Home 91

Beau's Reply

The Grasshopper . . . . 91

Incident in the Life of a Pet To the Cuckoo . . . . . 92

Dog . . . . . . . . Ode to the Cuckoo . . . . 93

To Flush, my Dog .... 80 The Nightingale ... 94

On my Dove . . . . . . 81 To a Skylark . . . . . 94

Invitation to Birds .... 82

TALES OF ADVENTURE.—II.

Drake's Voyage Round the John Rutherford ... 116

World . .

La Perouse . . . . . . 120

Adventures of Robinson Crusoe The Mutiny of the Bounty · 123

among the Moors . ... 101 | Pitcairn's Island . . .. . 127

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