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THE STUDY OF LITERATURE,

VOCAL CULTURE

AS INDISPENSABLE TO AN -ESTHETIC APPRECIATION
OF POETRY*

BY

HIRAM CORSON, A.M.,

EDITOR OF "CHAUCER'S LEGENDS OF GOODE WOMEN;" PROFESSOR OF RSETOEIO AND

OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE IN ST. JOHN'S COLLEGE,

ANNAPOLIS^; LATE PROFESSOR OF MORAL SCIENCE, HISTORY,

AND RHETORIC) IN GIRARD COLLEGE, PHILADELPHIA*

PHILADELPHIA:
CHARLES DESILVER,

1229 CHESTNUT STREET.
CUSHINGS & MEDAIRY, BALTIMORE.
WOODHOUSE & PARHAM, RICHMOND, VA.
1867*

Entered, according to Act of Congress, in the year 1864, by

CHARLES DESILVER,

In the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the United States for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

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TO MY PUPIL!

THIS BOOK

IS DEDICATED.

H. C.

(iii)

CONTENTS.

FAQE.

On The Study Of Literature And On Vocal Culture

Hiram Corson, 15

What is Literature? Thomas De Quincey. 49

On the refining and elevating influence of Poetry

William Ellery Channing. 57

The Church of Brou Matthew Arnold. 61

Description of a Country Gentleman of the Seventeenth

Century Thomas Babington Macaulay. 69

A Rill from the Town Pump Nathaniel Hawthorne. 73

The Wreck of the Hesperus.....He/iry Wadsworth Longfellow. 78

Squire Bull and his son Jonathan James Kirke Paulding. 82

The Alpine Sheep Mrs. Maria White Lowell. 86

Spring JST. P. Willis. 88

Best method of Reading Henry Reed. 89

A literary Criticism ..Joseph Dennie. 91

The height of the Ridiculous Oliver Wendell Holmes. 100

Gibbon's Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

Edward Gibbon. 101

Gibbon's First Love Edward Gibbon. 104

The Blind Preacher ....William Wirt. 107

The Sea and the Mountains Oliver Wendell Holmes. 112

My Kate Elizabeth Barrett Browning. 114

Literature and Learning in the reign of Charles II

Thomas Babington Macaulay. 116

The Human Voice Oliver Wendell Holmes. 126

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