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cles—The Play of St. Catherine-The Blessed Sacrament–The lar-

rowing of Hell—The Townley, Coventry, and Chester Collections

-Morality Plays—John Skelton's Magnificence-Interludes-John

Heywood-Ralph Roister Doister, by Nicholas Udall-Gorboduc, by

Norton and Sackville-Damon and Pythias-Theatres in London-

George Peele-Robert Greene—Christopher Marlowe-Doctor Faus-

tus-John Lyly-Thomas Kyd-Thomas Nash-William Shakspeare

- IIis Plays--Classification- Merchant of Venice-King Lear-Corio-

lanus-IIamlet-The Genius of Shakspeare-Ben Jonson-Cynthia's

Revels-Masques-The Masque of Beauty-The Sad Shepherd-

Beaumont and Fletcher-Philip Massinger-John Ford-John Web-

ster-Minor Dramatists of the Elizabethan Age-Puritan Influence-

Prynne's Ilistrio-Mastix-Milton's Comus-Suppression of the Thea-

tres—Drama of the Restoration-Dryden's Comedies and Tragedies

-Rhyming Tragedies-William Davenant—The Rehearsal, by the

Duke of Buckingham-Milton's Samson Agonistes-Wycherly, Con-

greve, Vanbrugh, and Farquhar—Thomas Otway–The Orphan

- Venice Preserved-Nicholas Rowe--The Fair Penitent--Thomas

Southern–Oroonoko–Dryden's Essay on Dramatic · Poesy-Rymer

on Tragedy-Jeremy Collier-Gradual Improvement of the Drama-

Steele's The Conscious Lovers-Arthur Bedford vs. the Drama—The

Beggar's Opera-Polly—Political Comedies—The Shakspearian Re-

vival-David Garrick-Goldsmith's She Stoops to Conquer-R. B.

Sheridan-Addison's Cato-Irene, by Dr. Johnson-Home's Douglas

– Byron's Tragedies-Shelley's Prometheus and The Cenci—Bulwer

Lytton-Robert Browning-Tennyson-Swinburne's Tragedies . . . 203



Definition- Essential Qualities of the Epic Poem-Great Epies-John

Milton-His Life-His Learning-Paradise Lost-History of its Pro-


Definitions-Classification-Ballads- Ballads of Robin Hood–The Bal-

lad of Chery Chase-Scotch Ballads— Waly, Waly!—The Braes of

Yarrow-Noteworthy Collections of Ballads-Hymns and Religious

Poems - IIymns not always Poetry - George Herbert's Temple-

Crashaw's Steps to the Temple-Henry Vaughan, Milton's Hymn

on the Nativity-A Christmas Hymn, by Alfred Dommet-Christ's

Victory and Triumph, by Giles Fletcher—The Hymns of Dr. Isaac

Watts-Pope's Messiah, Dying Christian, and Universal Prayer:

Charles Wesley—Moore's Sacred Songs, Byron’s Hebrew Melodies

Henry Hart Milman's IIymns for Church Service-John Keble--The

Christian Year-Love-Lyrics-The Songs of the Troubadours-The

Sonnet-Wyatt, Spenser, Sidney, Shakspeare, Drayton, Drummond,

Milton, Wordsworth--Mrs. Browning's Sonnets from the Portuguese-

Wyatt's Love-Songs-Marlowe’s Passionate Shepherd- The Nymph's

Reply, by Raleigh-England's IIelicon—Sir John Suckling-Robert

Ilerrick-The Mistress, by Cowley- The Love-Lyrics of Robert Burns

--A Fond Kiss and then We Part- Moore’s Love-Lyrics-Genevieve,

and Love, by Coleridge-Songs of Patriotism-Rule Britannia !

Smollett's Poems-Scott on Patriotism-Burns-Scots Wha hae wi’

Wallace Bled-James IIogg-Moore's Irish Melodies-Ye Mariners

of England-Gray's Bard-Byron and Shelley - American Patriot-

ism--Montgomery and Goldsmith on Patriotism-Battle-Songs- Lau-

rence Minot-Scott's Battle-Scenes-Macaulay-Tennyson and Dray-

ton-Oles-- Dryden and Pope on St. Cecilia’s Day-Other Famous

Odes - Elegies -- Spenser's Astrophel — Milton's Lycidas -- Shelley's

Adonais-Tennyson's In Memoriam-Ode on the Death of the Duke

of Wellington-Gray's Elegy-Pope's Elegy on an Unfortunate Lady

- The Dirge in Cymbeline-Collins's Dirge in Cymbeline--Other

Elegies-- Miscellaneous Lyrics-- Drummond's Poems-Ramsay-Fer-

gusson-Burns--William Blake-Songs of Innocence— Whittier-



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English literature includes all that has been written in the English language,-whether by Englishmen or by Americans,--and which from the excellence of its character has been deemed worthy of preservation. The literature of no other people is so interesting or so complete; none have written on such a variety of subjects or with greater care and skill. “It is rare to find,” says M. Taine, “a people with a literature so grand. There are few nations

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