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OXFORD

PREFACE.

This is the last volume of the series of New National Reading Books ; it is, therefore, more difficult than its predecessors both in subject. matter and in literary style.

In its compilation our aim has been to cultivate the pupil's love of reading, and to direct the course of that reading into wholesome channels. We have, therefore, selected such lessons as are interesting and Instructive, and likely to whet the appetite for further reading. Where we could conveniently do so we have taken extracts from the works of well-known English authors, and we hope that in this way we shall bring under the notice of our readers some useful books of which they might otherwise long remain ignorant. We have not overlooked the fact that books of general literature are not often adapted to the intelligence of school children. We have, therefore, carefully revised the extracts given in this book, in order to remove from them such difficulties of expression and such allusions as require for their comprehension a wider reading and a more developed intelligence than our readers are likely to possesso

The bulk of the poetry has been taken from the works of Shake. speare and Scott, the reason being that we have thought it desirable to concentrate the attention of the pupils upon these two authors rather than to distract it by the introduction of extracts taken indiscriminately from a larger number of poetical writers.

We would here ind the teacher that, in order to give life to the readings in geography, it will be necessary that he should make constant use of such maps and diagrams as are at his disposal.

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The Death of Marmion

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The Minstrel.

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The Death of Samson • 270
Bear and Forbear

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Sleep

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The Rainbow
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The Fop and the Wearied
Soldier

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A good old Servant

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AThunderstorm in the Nighlands 19
Crabs

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The Young Geologist

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The Natural Bridge

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On Beauty in Manufactures 68
A Village of Nailmakers 76
My Zulu Servant.

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Chamois-Hunting in the Alps. 150

Eagle-Nesting

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Ball-Play of the Indians. 236

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(CARISBROOK CASTLE.] 1. In the Isle of Wight there are many things that are beautiful, and many that are interesting; of the latter the Castle of Carisbrook is among the chief. In Norman times any favourable spot that was surrounded by water was likely to become the site of a castle, and this was especially the case when, as in the Isle of Wight, the neighbouring lands were fertile, and the baron who held them was rich, and therefore powerful.

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