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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.

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.

S. BLACKBURN.

Sir Isaac's Walk Academy,

Colchester, June, 1833.

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Female Benevolence...

Dr. Aikin. 51

On my Mother's Picture

Cowper. 52

On visiting a Scene of Childhood

Anon. 55

The World we have not seen

. Anon. 56

The Sin of War

Mellen. 57

Retaliation.

Anon. 59

Elijah fed by Ravens

Grahame. 60

The Bees

Mrs. Hemans. 61

The Dervise and his Garden

W. Shoberl. 62

A Forest Scene

. Miss Mitford. 63

Childhood and Manhood

Crabbe. 63

The Balloon and the Eagle

.. Anon, 65

Lullaby

. . Anon. 66

The Frailty of Beauty

.. Rev. C. Wolfe. 67

Human Life compared to the Seasons

.. Anon. 68

The School Boy.

..R.V. 69

Youth ...

.. Anne, 71

Burial of Sir John Moore .

Rev. C. Wolfe. 72

Voltaire compared with a Cottager

Cowper. 73

The Little Graves ...

. Anon. 74

Slavery injurious to Man and offensive to God .. Cowper. 76

To the Clouds

B, Barton. 78

To my Daughter, on her Birth-Day

. Byron. 79

Mary, the Maid of the Inn

. Southey. 82

Mercy

. Shakspeare. 86

The Orphan Boy

Thelwall. 87

The Studious Mechanic...

Miss J. Taylor. 89

The Voice of Nature

... Anon. 91

Divine Providence...

Cowper. 92

Llewellyn's Dog

.. Anon. 94

Gipsies

. Cowper. 97

An Enigma..

Miss Fanshawe. 98

To-Morrow

.. Anon. 99

The Three Warnings

Mrs. Thrale, 100

The Blasphemer Punished.

. Cowper. 103

Fidelity

Wordsworth, 105

Elegy written in a Country Churchyard. ..Gray. 107

Love of Country

.Sir W. Scott. 112

Where is He?

H. Neele, 112

Recollections of Boyhood.

Couper. 113

Sabbath Morning..

Grahame. 114

The Clock and the Sun-Dial..

De la Motte, 116

The Muffled Drum.

. Mayne. 117

To-morrow

Cotton. 118

Report of an Adjudged Case.

Cowper. 119

Negro Woman

Pleasures of Memory

Rogers. 122

The Needless Alarm

Cowper. 123

Henry the Fourth's Soliloquy on Sleep . Shakspeare. 127

Cardinal Wolsey's Lamentation on his Fall . ditto. 128

On a Distant Prospect of Eton College ..Gray. 130

Ode to Poverty

W. Park. 133

The Solitary

Cowper, 136

On the New Year..

Mrs. Wakeford. 138

The Power of Music

Collins. 139

The Aged Beggar

W. P. Brown. 143

Address to a Mummy

. Anon. 145

The Butterfly

Original. 147

The Negro's Complaint

· Cowper. 148

First Inquiries

Anon. 150

The Byron Oak..

Byron. 151

Childhood

R. Howitt. 133

Human Life.

. Rogers. 154

To the Memory of a Favourite Dog

Delta. 155

The Homes of England

Mrs. Hemans. 158

An Epistle to a Friend

Cowper. 159

Maternal Solicitude..

· Rogers. 161

The Wild Boy..

.C. W. Thompson, 163

To the Rainbow

.T. Campbell. 164

Sonnet to a Fountain

Anon, 166

Conscience

167

William the Thresher

Holloway, 168

Twilight ·

.J. Montgomery. 169

Birds' Nests

W. Howitt. 170

The First Grief

Mrs. Hemans. 172

The Illuminated City

..ditto. 173

The Spring Journey

Bishop Heber. 175

Christmas Morn

Carrington, 175

To a Butterfly, on giving it liberty . Miss Taylor. 177

The First Wanderer

.J. Montgomery. 178

Tyre

Mary Howitt. 180

The Glow Worm

Mrs. C. Smith, 181

On Planting a Tulip Root

.J. Montgomery. 182

The Traveller at the Source of the Nile.... Mrs. Hemans. 183

The West Indian Slave Owner ...J. Montgomery. 185

Motion for a New Trial, in the Cause of Nose v.

Eyes

The Cotton Factory

Wordsworth. 188

On the Death of an Infant

..Miss J, Taylor, 189

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