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EDITED BY THE
REV. HENRY TWELLS, M.A.
HEAD MASTER OF THE GODOLPHIN FOUNDATION SCHOOL, HAMMERSMITH
LONGMAN, GREEN, LONGMAN, ANI) ROBERTS
A VERY few words will suffice to explain the
principles upon which this little volume has been compiled, and which will, perhaps, secure its favourable reception in schools where larger and more elaborate Selections have been found to have their disadvantages.
1. The pieces are, one and all, by well-known and approved writers; and among them are to be found many of the most beautiful short poems and extracts in the English language.
2. Great pains have been taken to select those pieces which seem most likely to arrest the attention, and dwell in the memory of young persons.
3. The Editor has carefully-excluded every thing which appeared to him of a mischievous or even of a doubtful tendency, and has kept constantly in view the benefit as well as the gratification of those into whose hands the book may be placed.
4. The pieces are not arranged according to any stiff and methodical classification, but in