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twenty-eighth quarto volume, and is not yet out of the fourteenth century. No one in England seems to dream of anything of this kind. Yet the older universities could easily supply as many men as were needed,-men in the prime of life and full of geniality and latent power,—who, if once set to work, would quickly remove from us the reproach of imperfectly knowing and estimating our own literature. It is not capacity, nor zeal for letters, that is wanting, but organisation. Oxford and Cambridge, intent on examinations and athletic exercises, and still without constituted faculties, are wearing out the patience of the country, and letting the time of grace slip by. If they do not bestir themselves, this great work will eventually be taken out of their hands, and done,not well nor genially, but still done,- by the non-conformists and the Victoria University.

A volume of extracts published by Messrs. Longmans in 1882 as a companion volume to the 'Manual,' under the title of English Poetry and Prose,' is everywhere referred to in the notes to this work as 'Extract Book.'

DUBLIN: November 1884.

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Riming Chroniclers ; Lagamon, 81 ; Robert of Gloucester, 84; Robert
Manning, 85 ; Religious Poems; Ormulum,' 86 ; •Proverbs of Hen.
dyng’; Cursor Mundi'; Hampole's • Pricke of Conscience.' Oc-
casional Poems, 91 ; • Battle of Lewes,” • Owl and Nightingale,' Moral
Poem.- Early English Prose, 94 ; • Ancren Riwle,' 'Ayenbite of

PAGES 20-82




Latin and French Compositions, 1-7; Froissart, Elmham, Avesbury,

Knyghton, Walsingham, Fordun, Bradwardine, Wyclif, Walden.
Growth of the English Language and Literature, 8; Alliterative
Poems, 9–20; Sainte Marherete,' Joseph of Arimathie,' William
of Palerne,' Geste Hystoriale,' • Clannesse,' • Pacience,' 'Plowman's
Crede’; connection between alliteration and irregularity of versifica-
tion, 16; Langland's Vision of Piers the Plowman,' 17.—Chaucer,

Sketch of his life, 21; authenticity of his writings, 22-27 ; Chrono-
logy of his writings, 28. His Early Poems, 29–35; Romaunt of the

Rose ’; the new style; ' Assembly of Foules,' • Boke of the Duchesse,'
Quene Anelyda,' • Chauceres A B C.-Poems of Middle Life, 36-40;
* Troylus and Cryseyde,' • Court of Love,' • House of Fame,' • Pala-
mon and Arcite '--His Later Poems, 41-64; •Legende of Good
Women’; ballads and other short pieces, 43; Canterbury Tales';
their order, 45 ; Prologue, 46 ; •Knightes Tale,' Milleres Tale,' &c.
-Gower, 65, 66 ; Occleve; Lydgate, 68-72; Minot.-SCOTTISH
POETS, 74; Barbour, James I., Wynton.-- PROSE WRITERS, 75;

ndevile, Chaucer, Wyclif, Trevisa; • Promptorium Parvulorum,'
77; Lyndewode




Decline of Literature; invention of Printing, 2 ; Caxton and his work ;

foundation of Schools and Universities.- POETRY AND ROMANCE, 3 :
Hardyng, Shirley, Burgh, Malory, Hawes, Dame Berners, Barclay,
Skelton, Surrey, Wyat; the Mirrour for Magistrates;' first Poet
Laureate.-SCOTTISH POETS, 12-17: Henryson, Blind Harry, Dunbar,
Gawain Douglas, Lyndsay.--LEARNING, 18-28; Renaissance move-
ment; Grocyn; Linacre; Colet ; Lilye's Grammar; Archbishop
Warham; More; the Humanities; state of the Universities.—PROSE
WRITERS, 29-39; Pecock, Fortescue, Caxton, · Paston Letters,' Le-
land, More; his Utopia.' Chroniclers, 33 : Polydore Virgil, Mair,
Capgrave, Fabyan, More, Hall, Grafton; Bale's 'Summarium.
Theological Writers, 34: Latimer, Tyndale; More, 36-7; Roger
Ascham; Lord Berners, Elyot


Brilliant Period of our Literature; connected with the Social Prospe-

rity of the Country.--POETS, 3-24; Spenser, Harvey, the · Faerie

Queene,' 5; shorter poems, 6, 7; Shakspere's Poems, 8; Southwell,

Hall, Constable, Warner, Daniel, Drayton, Donne, Davies, Lodge,

Chapman, Marston, Gascoigne, Sidney, Dyer, Tusser, Marlowe,

Raleigh, Lord Brooke.- TRANSLATORS, 24; Rise and Progress of the

English Drama, 25–58; Miracle-plays; Coventry Mysteries ; Towneley

Mysteries ; Moralities, 27; Earliest Comedies, 28–9; Heywood's

Interludes; earliest Tragedy, 31 ; Plays of Marlowe; Kyd; Dramatic

Unities; Greene's Pamphlet. Shakspere, 33; sketch of his life; his

Comedies, 37–8; his Tragedies, 39, 40; his historical Plays, 41-2;

• Pericles,' 43; Titus Andronicus'; Doubtful Plays, 44. Ben Jonson,

45; Beaumont and Fletcher, 46; Greene, Peele, Nash, Massinger,

Ford, Webster, Marston, Chapman, Dekker, T. Heywood, Middleton,

Rowley, Tourneur, Randolph, Shirley ; ‘Histriomastix;' Suppression

of the Stage, 58.-LEARNING; the Universities; Sir H. Savile, Sir

T. Bodley; Bodleian library, 580.-PROSE WRITERS, 59: Novels;

Lodge; Lyly's • Euphues'; Sidney's · Arcadia,' 62 ; Hall. Books of

Travel, 61; Hakluyt, Purchas. Essays, 65; Bacon, Burton, Over-

bury; Criticism, 67; Gascoigne, Webbe, Puttenham; Sir Philip

Sidney. Earliest Newspaper.-HISTORIANS, 69-75: Holinshed,

Stow, Campion, Knox, Camden, Bacon, Speed, Knolles, Raleigh ;

Foxe's Martyrs.'- THEOLOGIANS, 76-80 : Jewel, Harding, Parker,

Hooker, The Mar-Prelate' controversy, Parsons, Stapleton, Harps-

field, James I., Andrewes; Translation of the Bible.-PHILOSOPHY,

82: Francis Bacon ; explanation of his Method ; his Philosophical

Works, 84-5. Lord Herbert's De Veritate,' 85a. Political Science,

86; Buchanan, Bellenden, Spenser, Raleigh : R. Scot. PAGES 183-264

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Sketch of the leading Political Events : * Eikon Basilike' and its

authorship, 2a.--POETRY BEFORE THE RESTORATION, 4-28: Jonson;
the Fantastic School; Cowley, 6-8; Waller, Crashaw. Song-writers,
10. Herbert, Sandys, Wotton, Corbet, Randolph, Carew, Drummond,
Cleveland, Suckling, Cartwright, Herrick, Lovelace, Denham, Ha-
bington, Quarles, K. Philips, Vaughan. Milton, 20-26 : Sketch of
his literary life; Wither, Marvell, lines on Charles I. attributed to
him. POETRY AFTER THE RESTORATION, 29-39: Dryden: Sketch
of his literary life; Roscommon, 37; Butler; Davenant, Poyle,
Oldham, Rochester, Dorset. THE DRAMA, 40-51: Heroic Plays :
Dryden, Otway, Lee, Shadwell, Settle, Crowne, Behn. Comedy of

Historical Sketch ; general characteristics.-POCTRY FROM 1700 to

1745, 3-32: Pope, 4–12: Sketch of his literary life ; ` Essay on Man,'

9; his politics, 11 ; Addison, Gay, Granville, Hughes, Sheffield, Par-

nell, Swift, Thomson, Prior, Congreve, Montague, Garth, Blackmore,

Defoe, Rowe, Tickell, Savage, Dyer, Lady M. Wortley Montagu,

A. Philips, J. Philips, Blair, Watts, Ramsay. - THE DRAMA, same

period, 33-8: Addison, Rowe, Thomson, Young, Southern, Steele;

Prose Comedy: Farquhar, Vanbrugh, Cibber, Centlivre, Gay, Brooke.

-LEARNING, same period, 39: Bentley, Lardner, Hearne, Tanner.-

PROSE WRITERS, same period : Novelists, 41 : Swift, Defoe. Pamph-

leteers, 43 : Swift; : Drapier's Letters :' Arbuthnot. Periodical Mis-

cellany, 45 : Tatler, Spectator, Guardian, &c. Satirical Works, 47;

Swift's Tale of a Tub.'-HISTORIANS: Burnet, Rapin, Kennett,

North, Strype.- POETRY, 1745-1800, 50-68 : Johnson, Gray, Young,

Churchill, Macpherson's 'Ossian,' 60; Goldsmith, Cowper, Burns;

minor Poets; the “Rolliad,' Hannah More.—THE DRAMA, same

period, 69-71 : Home, Johnson, Goldsmith, Sheridan, and others.-

LEARNING: Porson, Lowth, Horsley.-PROSE WRITERS, same period :

Novelists, 73; Richardson, Fielding, Smollett, Sterne, Johnson, Gold.

smith, Miss Burney, Beckford, Godwin, &c. --Oratory, 78: Chatham,

Burke, &c. Pamphleteers, 79: Junius, Johnson, Burke, Horne Tooke.

-Essayists, 82; Johnson.-Historians, 83: Hume, Robertson, Gibbon,

&c.; Warton, Sharon Turner.—Biographers: Boswell, &c.—THEO-

LOGY, from 1700 to 1800, 86-92: Sacheverell; the English Deists;

Bentley, Berkeley, Butler's • Analogy,' Warburton; Methodism ;

Middleton, Challoner; Prideaux, Paley.--PHILOSOPHY, same period,

93: Berkeley, Shaftesbury, Hume, Reid, Butler, Paley, &c.-

Political Science, 97; Bolingbroke, Hume, Burke, Godwin, Paine.

Political Economy, 98; Adam Smith.--Criticism : J. Warton, Burke,

Reynolds, &c. Chesterfield's • Letters'



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