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CHOICE SPECIMENS

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ENGLISH LITERATURE.

SELECTED FROM THE CHIEF ENGLISH WRITERS, AND
ARRANGED CHRONOLOGICALLY.

By THOMAS B. SHAW, M.A.,

AUTHOR OP THE 'STUDENT^ MANUAL ENGLISH LTTERATUHE.

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EDITED, WITH ADDITIONS,

By WILLIAM SMITH, LL.D.,

CLASSICAL EXAWKER IH THE UNIVERSITY OF LONDON.

LONDON:
JOHN MUERAY, ALBEMAELE STREET.

1864.

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THE STUDENT'S MANUAL OF ENGLISH LITERATURE.

By THOMAS B. SHAW, M.A.

ElJirKU, WITH NOTKS AND ILLUSTRATIONS,

By WILLIAM SMITH, LL.D.

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LONDON: l'HINTED BY W. CLOWKS AND SONS, STAUFOKD sTRKKT, AND CHARING CROSS.

PREFACE.

Thk following extracts from the Chief English Writers were selected by the late Mr. Shaw to accompany his History of English Literature, and are divided into the same number of chapters, that they may be read with the biographical and critical account of each author. They present Specimens of all the chief English Writers from the earliest times to the present century. In making these Selections two objects have been chiefly kept in view: first, the illustration of the style of each Writer by some of the most striking or characteristic specimens of his works; and, secondly, the choice of such, passages .as are suitable, either from their language or their, matter,' to be read in schools or committed to memory. / > - .

^irtiV- W. S.

Novemrer, 1864.

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CONTENTS.

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5. The Ormulum

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C. Old English.

6. Proclamation of Henry III. In

A.d. 1258 5

7. King Alisaunder 6

8. Havelok 6

9. Robert of Gloucester 7

10. Robert Mannyng or Robert of

Brunne 1

The Doctor of Physick ..

The Miller

14. John Barbour, d. 1396. Apo-

strophe to Freedom

15. Chaucer (Prose). Tale of Meli-

bceus, from the Parson's Tale:

Counsel of Prudence

16. Sir John de Mandeville,

1300-1371

17. Wicliffe, A.d. 1324-1384. The

EighthChapterofSt. Matthew

From The Death Of Chaucer To The Age Of Elizareth, A.d. 1400-1553.

A. Scottish Poets.

18. James I., 1394-1437. On his

Beloved 21

19. William Dunbar, about 1465-

1520. Ire, Pride, and Envy .. 22

20. Sir David Lyndsay, 1490-1557.

Meldrum's Duel with the

English Champion Talbart .. 23

B. English Poets.

21. John Skelton, d. 1529. Attack

upon Wolsey 25

22. Sir Thomas WyaLt, 1503-1541.

To his Beloved 26

23. Earl of Surrey, 1517-1547.

A Prisoner in Windsor Castle,

he reflects on Past Happiness 26

24. Description of Spring .. .. 28

25. Thomas, Lord Vaux. Upon his

White Hairs 28

C. English Prose.

26. Caxton, d. 1491. Introduction

to the Morte d'Arthur .. .. 29

27. Lord Berners's Froissart.. .. 29

28. Tyndale, d. 1536. Matthew's

Gospel, Chap. VIII 30

29. Hugh Latimer, d. 1555 .. .. 31

30. Sir Thomas More, 1480-1535.

Description of Richard III. .. 3?

31. Roger Ascham, 1515-1568 .. 32

D. Ballads.

32. The Ancient Ballad of Chevy

Chase 33

33. The more modern Ballad of

Chevy Chase 36

34. Sir Patrick Spens 39

35. The Two Corbies .. .. .. 40

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