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POETIC GEMS:

Partly Original;

BUT CHIEFLY SELECTED FROM THE

BEST AUTHORS:

DESIGNED TO

ENRICH THE MEMORIES AND FORM THE TASTE

OF

YOUNG PERSONS OF BOTH SEXES.

BY S. BLACKBURN, A. M.

MASTER OF THE ACADEMY, SIR ISAAC'S WALK, COLCHESTER.

Colchester:

PRINTED BY AND FOR G. DENNIS;

AND

SOLD BY SIMPKIN AND

MARSHALL, DARTON AND SON, AND H. WASHBOURNE,
LONDON; AND BY MOZLEY AND SON, DERBY.

1833.

Having stated the faults of other Collections of Poetry for Schools, it is hardly necessary to say I have endeavoured to avoid them. No piece of an objectionable tendency will be found in the following pages: consequently the whole is available for the purposes for which Poetical Works are used in Schools. My object has been to furnish the Heads of Seminaries and Private Teachers with a little Work which they may with confidence place in the hands of their Pupils; and my hope is, that these "Poetic Gems" will enrich their memories and form their taste for the writings of our best Poets, at an age when the mind most readily receives and tenaciously retains whatever is presented to it through the medium of verse.

Sir Isaac's Walk Academy,

Colchester, June, 1833.

S. BLACKBURN.

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