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Seeing that he should lose the prize,
“Stop!” to his comrade, Walter cries-
He stopped with no good will:
Said Walter then, “Your task is here,
'Twill baffle you for half a year.

“ Cross, if you dare, where I shall cross-
Come on, and in my footsteps tread!”
The other took him at his word,
And followed as he led.
It was a spot which you may see
If ever you to Langdale go;
Into a chasm a mighty block
Hath fallen, and made a bridge of rock:
The gulf is deep below;
And in a basin black and small,
Receives a lofty waterfall.

With staff in hand across the cleft
The challenger pursued his march;
And now, all eyes and feet, hath gain'd
The middle of the arch,
When list! he hears a piteous moan-
Again !-his heart within him dies-
His pulse is stopp'd, his breath is lost,
He totters, pallid as a ghost,
And, looking down, espies
A lamb, that in the pool is pent
Within that black and frightful rent.

The lamb had slipt into the stream,
And safe without a bruise or wound
The cataract had borne him down
Into the gulf profound.
His dam had seen him when he fell,
She saw him down the torrent borne,

And while, with all a mother's love,
She from the lofty rocks above
Sent forth a cry forlorn,
The lamb, still swimming round and round,
Made answer to that plaintive sound.

cry; I

When he had learn'd what thing it was,
That sent this rueful

ween,
The boy recover'd heart, and told
The sight which he had seen.
Both gladly now deferr'd their task;
Nor was there wanting other aid-
A poet, one who loves the brooks
Far better than the sage's books,
By chance had thither stray'd ;
And there the helpless lamb he found
By those huge rocks encompass'd round.

He drew it gently from the pool,
And brought it forth into the light:
The shepherds met him with his charge,
An unexpected sight!
Into their arms the lamb they took,
Said they, “He's neither maim'd nor scarr'd.”
Then up the steep ascent they hied,
And placed him at his mother's side;
And gently did the bard
Those idle shepherd boys upbraid,
And bade them better mind their trade.

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Joshua Sylvester,

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Homer,

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Carlos Wilcox,

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Anna Letitia Barbauld, 91
Edward Young,
Thomas Campbell,

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Richard Savage,
Ben Jonson,

213
Thomas Moore,

278
Robert Southey,

273
Samuel Rogers,

259
John Ogilvie,

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Giles Fletcher,
Penny Magazine,

180
Beilby Porteus,
Giles Fletcher,
Letitia Elizabeth Landon, 292
John Milton,

32
Allan Cunningham,
Thomas Moore,

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Murk Akenside,

73
William Knox,

154
William 0. Peabody, 187
James Grahame,

392
Anonymous,

192
Mark Akenside,
Robert Southey,

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Anna Letitia Barbauld, 93
William H. Drummond, 309

Ditto,
Thomas Moore,

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A CONTENTED Mind,
Abode of Calypso, the,
Active Christian Benevolence the Source

of Sublime and Lasting Happiness,
Address to the Deity, an,
Address to the Deity, an,
Address to Sceptics,
Advantages of Adversity,
Advice to a Reckless Youth,
Affection, Instability of,
Affliction, Benefits of,
Age,
Ai Creatures called on to praise God,
Allegorical Figures of Ambition and Vain.

Glory,
Alpine Horn, the,
Ambition,
Ambition' and 'Vain-glory, Allegorical Fi.

gures of,
Amelioration and the Future, Man's Noble

Tasks,
Angels, Worship of the,
Apostrophe to Nature,
Approaching Storm, the,
Aspirations after the Infinite,
Atheist, the,
Autumn Evening, the, :
Autumn Sabbath Walk,
BEACON, the,
Beneficence,
Benefits of Affliction,
Benevolence and Compassion,
Benevolence of the Good Man extends even

to the Inferior Animals,
Benevolence, Pleasures of,
Birth-day, my,
Blessed are they that have not seen, and

yet have believed,
Blessings of Instruction,
Blindness, on his own,
Body and the Soul, the,
Bower, the,
Breaking up of the Children's Dance,
Burial Anthem, the,
Burial Hymn,
CALYPSO, the Abode of,
Character of True Valour,
Charities of the Poor,
Charity,
Charity,
Charity,

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Charity to Man,

William Drennan,

130
Charms of a Country Life, the,

Virgil,

423
Child and the Dew-drops,

J. E. Carpenter,

317
Child and the Stars,

Ditto,

. 318
Child, to a,

Anonymous,

331
Child's Hymn for the Close of the Week, James Hogg,

112
Child's Evening Prayer,

Samuel Taylor Coleridge, 112
Child's First Impression of a Star, Nathaniel P. Willis, 327
Children,

Letitia Elizabeth Landon, 291
Children, Hymns for,

Henry Neele,

136
Children's Dance, Breaking up of the, John Wilson,

413
Children's Dance, the,

Ditto,

412
Christian's Enjoyment of the works of
Nature, the,

William Cowper,

346
Christian's Progress, the,

Henry
Kirke White,

125
Churchyard Scene,

John Wilson,

410
Churchyard, Sun-dial in a,

William Lisle Bowles, 257
City Child's Complaint, the,

Mrs. E. Hawkshaw, 313
Close of the Week, a Child's' Hymn for the, James Hogg,

112
Comforter, God the only,

Thomas Moore,

117
Complaint of Nature, the,

John Logan,

95
Condition of Kings Human,

Philip Massinger,
Conscience,

Robert Southwell,

7
Consolation,

Thomas Dale,

165
Consolation of Early Death,

Beaumont and Fletcher, 215
Consolations of Religion to the Poor, James Gates Percival, 189
Contentment,

Alexander Pope,

855
Contentment, Hymn to,

Thomas Parnell,

52
Convict Ship, the, .

Thomas K. Hervey,
Cooper's Hill,

Sir John Denham,

376
Cottage Garden, the,

George Crabbe,
Country Life, Charms of a,

Virgil,
Country Life, Female Picture of a, Joanna Baillie,
Country Life, Happiness of a,

James Thomson,
Country Life, Praise of a,

Sir Henry Wotton,
Country Life, Retirement of,

Edward Young,
Country Sports,

Alexander Pope,

381
Country, Virtue and Happiness in the,

Michael Bruce,

252
Creation, Description of the,

Abraham Cowley,

378
Creation, Hymn on the,

Reginald Heber,

121
Creation, the,

Isaac Watts,

. 49
Creation, the Days of,

Krummacher, :

176
Creation, the Visible,

James Montgomery,

106
Creative Wisdom, Song to,

Isaac Watts,

50
Creator, Hymn to the,

John Milton,

30
DANCE, the Children's,

John Wilson,

412
Dawnings of Genius,

John Clare,
Days of Creation, the,

Krummacher,
Dead Friend, the, .

Robert Southey,

114
Death,

Robert Blair,

63
Death,

Robert Nicoli,

158
Death,

Beilby Porteus,

86
Death,

William Shakspeare,
Death, Hope Triumphant in,

Thomas Campbell,

275
Death of a Good Man an Incentive to
Virtue,

Edward Young,

57
Death, Soliloquy on,

James Shirley,

27
Death's Final Conquest,

Ditto,

26
Deity, an Address to the,

Anna Letitia Barbauld, 91
Deity, the Omnipresence of the,

Robert Montgomery,

148
Delight in God only,

Francis Quarles,

21
Delights of Virtue, the,

Robert Fergusson,

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Dependence on Providence,

Nathaniel Cotton,
Dependence on Providence,

James Thomson,

68
Descriptiou of Albert's Home,

Thomas Campbell,

402
Description of Cleopatra sailing down the
Cydnus,

William Shakspeare,

370
Description of the Creation,

Abraham Cowley,

378
Descriptive Sketch,

William Brown,
Desert, Steam in the,

Ebenezer Elliot,
Destruction of Sennacherib's Host at Jeru-
salem,

Lord Byron,

126
Devotion- A Vision,

Gerald Griffin,

140
Dew-drops, the Child and the,

J. E. Carpenter,

317
Dignity of Man, the,

Sir John Davies,

211
Dirge, the,

Henry King,

20
Domestic Scene, a,

Felicia Hemans,

131
Dove, the,

Thomas Moore,

. 117
Dying Christian to his Soul, the,

Alexander Pope,

61
Early Death, Consolation of,

Beaumont and Fletcher, 215
Early Rising, an Incentive to,

Hannah More,

94
Early Rising and Prayer,

Henry Vaughan,

37
Earth and Heaven,

Isaac Watts,

228
Eastern Scene, an,

Thomas Moore,
Eden, the Garden of,

John Milton

373
Education,

Robert Southey,

272
Education, Love, Hope, and Patience in, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, 271
Education of the Poor the Duty of the State, William Wordsworth, 265
Emblem of Life, an,

Caroline Norton,
Emigrants' Sacred song, the,

Andrew Marvel,

36
Emptiness of Riches, the,

Edward Young,

. 230
Eternal Providence,

John Langhorne,

89
Eternal Wisdom, to the,

Sir Edward Sherburne, 36
Eternity, a Thought on,

John Gay,

62
Eve's Lamenton herExpulsion from Paradise John Milton,

34
Evening Hour, the,

Anonymous,

194
Evening Hymn,

Henry Keble,

145
Evening Hymn,

Thomas Ken,

42
Evening Prayer, child's,

Samuel Taylor Coleridge, 112
Evening Repose,

John Milton,

374
Excursion, the Family,

Ebenezer Elliot,
Exercise, Health Promoted by,

John Armstrong,

237
FALLEN Greatness,

William Shakspeare, 204
Family Excursion, the,

Ebenezer Elliot,

362
Family Worship, a Hymn for,

Henry Kirke White,
Fancied Happiness,

Sir Walter Scott,
Farewell to the Vanities of the World, Sir Henry Wotton, . . 210
Fate of Poverty in London,

Samuel Johnson,
Favour of Princes, the,

William Shakspeare, 207
Feats of Death,

Lucretia Maria Davidson, 188
Female Friendship,

William Shakspeare,

208
Female Picture of a Country Life,

Joanna Baillie,
Field of the World, the,

James Montgomery,

. 266
Final Judgment, the,

Christopher Smart, 77
Flattery and Friendship,

William Shakspeare, 209
Flowers,

Wm. Henry Longfellow, 183
Flowers, Reflections on,

John Keble,

147
Folding the Flocks,

Beaumont and Fletcher, : 432
Friendship,

Robert Blair,
Funeral Hymn,

Reginald Hebei, :
GAP of Dunloe, Killarney, the,

Robert Patterson,

414
Garden of Eden, the,

John Milton,

373

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