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A POETICAL

READING-BOOK;

SELECTED FOR THE USE OF THE

JUNIOR CLASSES IN SCHOOLS.

BY

WILLIAM M'GAVIN.

GLASGOW:
WILLIAM HAMILTON, 33 BATH STREET;
JOHN MENZIES, AND OLIVER & BOYD, EDINBURGH; AND

SIMPKIN, MARSHALL, & Co., LONDON.

THE Editor desires to acknowledge the kindness of the following gentlemen who have permitted him to make use of their copyrights, Rev. Mr. Curwen, Horace Moule, Esq., T. Westwood, Esq., Messrs. Macmillan, Cambridge, and Messrs. Strahan, Messrs. Griffith & Farran, and Mr. Ą, W. Bennett, London.

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A gold and silver cup upon a pillar green,
Ah! my heart is weary waiting,
A nightingale who all day long,
Around the fire one wintry night,
Bee, To a
Before all lands in east or west,
Before the bright sun rises over the hill,
Before the stout harvesters falleth the grain,
Beggarman, The
Bramble flower, To the
Brothers, I have done my best,
Buttercups and daisies,
Celandinē, The little
Children and the bells, The
Children in the wood, The
Cockatoo, The
Come to the woods away,
Corn Fields, The
Cradle Song,
Cricket, The
Crocus, The
Cuckoo, The
Daisy, The
Daisy, The
Description of night,
Don't kill the birds,
Down in my solitude under the snow,
Down the deep and miry lane,
D'ye know the little wood-mouse,
Dying boy, The
Evening,
Evening parting, The
First day of March, The
First grief, The
First Swallow, The
Four Sisters, The
Frog and toad, The
Garland of Spring-flowers,
Gently flow through sun and shadow,
Get up little sleeper, the morning is bright,

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Gleaner, The
Go forth my heart, thy powers employ,
Grasshopper, The
Groves of Lee, The
Hail! beauteous stranger of the grove,
Happy insect, what can be
Happy life, The
Here I come creeping every where,
How brightly and how gaily,
How fair is the Rose, -
How happy is he born or taught,
I come to earth on the northern blast,
I have four sisters beyond the sea,
I knew a boy whose infant feet had trod,
In health and vigour waking,
In the barn the tenant cock,
In the young merry time of spring,
Invitation to walk abroad,
Irish Harper and his dog,
It is the first mild day of march,
It was a hundred years ago,
It was a wondrous gentle host,
Jackdaw, The
Jack Frost,
JohaBarleycorn,
Labourer's welcome, The
Lady-bird, lady-bird, fly away home,
Lady-bird, lady-bird, pretty one-stay,
Lady-bird, lady-bird, why do you roama
Lark, To the
Little Bell, -
Little bird with bosom red,
Little brook, The
Little Celandine, The
Little inmate full of mirth,
Little lamb, who made thee?
Lonely mere, The
Make room for May,
May, thou month of rosy beauty,
Morning,
Morning call, The
Morning Song,
Mountain Shepherd boy, The
My fair-haired boy! as thus I gaze,
My native land, -
Nightingale and Glow-worm, The
Nightingale's nest, The

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Northern Seas, The
Now o'er the drowsy earth still night prevails,
Now the sun he was taking his journey wide,
D'er the heath the heifer strays, -
Oh! call my brother back to me,
Oh, ye spring flowers! oh, ye early friends!
Once there was a little boy,
One moonlight Yule-tide, long ago,
On the green banks of Shannon,
Open air enjoyment,
Orphan boy, The
o silent merel about whose marges spring,
Pansies, lilies, king-cups, daisies,
Pet lamb, The
Pettychap's nest, The -
Piped the blackbird on the beechwood spray,
Poet's resting place,
Poor man's day, The
Reapers, The
Remember the poor,
Robin Redbreast, The
Robin's nest, The
Rose, The
Sabbath,
Sabbath holy! to the lowly,
Said Wine to Water so fine I be,
She had a secret of her own,
Sleeping child, To a
Slowly creeping o'er the plain,
Song of a river,
Song of the bees,
Song of the little stars,
Spider and the fly,
Spring flowers,
Stay, lady! stay, for mercy's sake,
Summer evening at the Farm,
Summer lodging, A
Summer longings,
Summer shower, The
Sunset,
Sun, The
The dew was falling fast,
The frost looked forth,
The gorse is yellow on the heath,
The last year's leaf its time is brief,
There is a bird of plumage rare,
There is a bird who by his coat,

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