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SELECTED FROM THE CHIEF ENGLISH WRITERS, AND
By THOMAS B. SHAW, M.A.,
AUTHOR OP THE 'STUDENT^ MANUAL 0¥ ENGLISH LTTERATUHE.
EDITED, WITH ADDITIONS,
By WILLIAM SMITH, LL.D.,
CLASSICAL EXAWKER IH THE UNIVERSITY OF LONDON.
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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.
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.
5. The Ormulum
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
The Doctor of Physick ..
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,
17. Wicliffe, A.d. 1324-1384. The
From The Death Of Chaucer To The Age Of Elizareth, A.d. 1400-1553.
A. Scottish Poets.
18. James I., 1394-1437. On his
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
32. The Ancient Ballad of Chevy
33. The more modern Ballad of
Chevy Chase 36
34. Sir Patrick Spens 39
35. The Two Corbies .. .. .. 40