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WERNER, CARL (1873). Born at Stittville, New York. He was educated at the public schools and at seventeen entered the newspaper business in Watertown, New York, going later to New York City. He has written a number of poems about children and articles about boys. He is the author of Bringing Up the Boy and The Land of Let's Pretend. He was one of the contributing editors to the Standard Dictionary. In 1900, he married Mary Wilson Norris, of Ogdens. burg, New York. His home is in Brooklyn.

WHITTIER, JOHN GREENLEAF (1807-1892). Born at Haverhill, Massachusetts, coming of Quaker stock. His youth was passed on a farm; later he became interested in journalism. He was active in local politics, being a strong champion of the anti-slavery cause. In 1836 he began to publish his poems, many volumes appearing in the following years.

Edmund Gosse, the English critic, said of Whittier : He is filled with moral enthusiasm as a trumpet is filled with the breath of him who blows it. His Quaker quietism concentrates itself until it breaks into a real passion storm of humanity, and when Whittier is roused he sings with the thrilling sweetness of a woodthrush."

WITHER, GEORGE (1588-1667). Born at Bentworth, Hants, England. Entered Oxford, but left it after three years, and studied law at Lincoln's Inn, London. In the Civil War he served as a major-general on the Parliamentary side. His writings are many, consisting for the greater part of poems and political tracts.

WOLFE, CHARLES (1791-1823). Born in Dublin, Ireland. Educated at Dublin University. He became an Anglican clergyman. He suffered from ill-health during his last years, and died at the age of thirty-two. His most famous poem is The Burial of Sir John Moore, which gave title to his only volume of verse. WOODWORTH,

SAMUEL (1785-1842). Born at Scituate, Massachusetts. He received a scant education in the miserable common schools of the day and region, but some juvenile verses that he wrote attracted the attention of the village clergyman, who taught him the classics. In 1823 he and George P. Morris founded the New York Mirror. He wrote operatic pieces and ber of popular songs, of which “The Old Oaken Bucket" is by far the best.

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WORDSWORTH, WILLIAM (1770-1850). Born at Cockermouth, Cumberland, England. Educated at Cambridge. He travelled abroad and then returned to live with his sister. They resided in various parts of England, finally settling at Grasmere, among the Cumberland lakes. Wordsworth was the centre of a group of poets, including Coleridge and Southey, and called the “Lake Poets." Wordsworth succeeded Southey as Poet Laureate. With the exception of a few books descriptive of natural scenery, Wordsworth's works are poetical.

By some of the greatest minds of the age Wordsworth is revered as the greatest English poet since Shakespeare and Milton. John Burroughs, the natural. ist, gives the following reason for this worship: “He stands for a particular phase of human thought and experience and his service to certain minds is like an initiation into a new order of mysteries. He is not, and can never be, the world's poet, but the poet of those who love solitude and solitary communion with nature."


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.L. Hunt 188

. Anon. 400

.S. F. Smith 300
American Flag, The.

.J. R. Drake 97
Angels of Buena Vista, The.

.J. G. Whittier 351
Angry Anarchist, An..

. Anon. 402
Annie Laurie..

.W. Douglas 95
Antony and Cleopatra.

.W.H. Lytle 224
Are the Children at Home?. .M. E. Sangster 285
Arrow and the Song, The.. .H. W. Longfellow 200
Auld Lang Syne..

.R. Burns 43
Barefoot Boy, The..

.J. G. Whittier 356
Baron's Last Banquet, The.

.A. G. Greene 143
Battle-Hymn of the Republic.

.J. W. Howe 187
Beautiful Gate, The.....

. Anon. 374
Before the Beginning of Years. .A.C. Swinburne 310
Bells, The...

.E. A. Poe 253
Bingen on the Rhine.

.C. E. S. Norton 245
Bivouac of the Dead, The.

T. O'Hara 249
Blue and Gray...

Anon. 376
Blue and the Gray, The.

.F. M. Finch 120
Boys, The......

.O. W. Holmes 167
Boys That Run the Furrow, The.. .F. L. Stanton 302
Break, Break, Break.

.A. Tennyson 313
Breathes There the Man.

W. Scott 296
Bridge of Sighs, The.

.T. Hood 175
Bugle, The.....

.A. Tennyson 314
Burial of Sir John Moore.

..C. Wolfe 368

Buried Treasure..

.E. Dean 88


Calf-Path, The.

.S. W. Foss 122
Charge of the Light Brigade, The. . A. Tennyson 315
Children's Hour, The.

.H. W. Longfellow 201
Christmas at Sea...

R. L. Stevenson 306
Come, Rest in This Bosom..

T. Moore 236
Congressman Jones..

. Anon. 378
Court Lady, A.

.E. B. Browning 24
Crossing the Bar.

.A. Tennyson 317

Death of the Flowers, The.. .W.C. Bryant 32
Departed Friend, The.

.R. L. Stevenson 309
Dirge for a Soldier..

.G, H. Boker 21
Diverting History of John Gilpin, The...W. Cowper 74
Doorstep, The.....

.E. C. Stedman 304
Do Ye Think of the Days That Are Gone?.. Anon. 379

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Elegy on Madam Blaize....

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Elegy on the Death of a Mad Dog.. .0. Goldsmith 134
Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard.... T. Gray 138
Elizabeth Barrett Browning.

N. B. Carson 59
Enchanted Shirt, The...

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Evelyn Hope..

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Experience and a Moral, An.

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Eyes of the Christ, The.

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