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Chaucer's Canterbury Tales (perhaps in Morris's

edition ; or, if expurgated, in C. Clarke's, or

Mrs. Haweis's)
Shakespeare
Milton's Paradise Lost, Lycidas, Comus, and the

shorter poems
Dante's Divina Commedia
Spenser's Fairie Queen
Dryden's Poems
Scott's Poems
Wordsworth (Mr. Arnold's selection)
Pope's Essay 'on Criticism

Essay on Man

Rape of the Lock
Burns
Byron's Childe Harold
Gray
Tennyson

Herodotus
Xenophon's Anabasis and Memorabilia
Thucydides
Tacitus's Germania
Livy
Gibbon's Decline and Fall
Hume's History of England
Grote's History of Greece
Carlyle's French Revolution
Green's Short History of England
Lewes's History of Philosophy

Arabian Nights
Swift's Gulliver's Travels
Defoe's Robinson Crusoe
Goldsmith's Vicar of Wakefield
Cervantes's Don Quixote
Boswell's Life of Johnson
Molière
Schiller's William Tell
Sheridan's The Critic, School for Scandal, and

- The Rivals
Carlyle's Past and Present

Bacon's Novum Organum
Smith's Wealth of Nations (part of)
Mill's Political Economy
Cook’s Voyages
Humboldt's Travels
White's Natural History of Selborze
Darwin's Origin of Species

Naturalist's Voyage
Mill's Logic

Bacon's Essays Montaigne's Essays Hume's Essays Macaulay's Essays Addison's Essays Emerson's Essays Burke's Select Works Smiles's Self-Help

Voltaire's Zadig and Micromegas
Goethe's Faust, and Autobiography
Thackeray's Vanity Fair

Pendennis
Dickens's Pickwick
- David Copperfield
Lytton's Last Days of Pompeii
George Eliot's Adam Bede
Kingsley's Westward Ho!
Scott's Novels

CHAPTER V

THE BLESSING OF FRIENDS

"They seem to take away the sun from the world who withdraw friendship from life ; for we have received nothing better from the Immortal Gods, nothing more delightful." CICERO.

Most of those who have written in praise of books have thought they could say nothing more conclusive than to compare them to friends.

All men, said Socrates, have their different objects of ambition-horses, dogs, money, honour, as the case may be; but for his own part he would rather have a good friend than all these put together. And again, men know “the number of their other possessions, although they might be very numerous, but of their friends, though but few, they were not only ignorant of the number, but even when they attempted to reckon it to such as asked them, they set aside again some that they had previously counted among their friends; so little did they allow their friends to occupy their thoughts. Yet in comparison with what possession, of all others, would not a good friend appear far more valuable ?”

i The substance of this was delivered at the London Working Men's College.

“As to the value of other things," says Cicero, “most men differ; concerning friendship all have the same opinion. What can be more foolish than, when men are possessed of great influence by their wealth, power, and resources, to procure other things which are bought by money — horses, slaves, rich apparel, costly vases—and not to procure friends, the most valuable and fairest furniture of

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