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LONDON:

SAVIL AXD EDWARDS, PRINTERS, CNANDOS STRIBT,

CCVENT GARDEX.

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CONTENTS.

PAGE

The Death of the Conqueror...... Charles Knight

1

A Winter Wreath

Mrs. Wm. Hey

7

The Pilgrims and the Peas Dr. John Wolcott

9

The Mourning Mother of the
Dead Blind

Mrs. E. B. Browning..... 10

Little Charlie.

Rev. Dr. Geo. Aspinall... 13

A Scene from the Honeymoon... John Tobin

17

The Music Grinders

0. W. Holmes

22

A Human Skull...

Frederick Locker.

25

The Frenchman in a Fix; or, a

New Map of London

D. Jerrold....

27

Ode for Music on St. Cecilia's

Day.

Alexander Pope

29

About Husbands

J. G. Saxe

33

On Negro Emancipation Lord Brougham........

34

To a Skylark

Percy Bysshe Shelley. 39

How Commodore Trunnion went

to get Married....

Tobias Smollett

43

Virginia

Lord Macaulay

51

How Pleasant it is to have Money Arthur Hugh Clough...... 59

Mary, Queen of Scots

Henry G. Bell......

63

Scenes from the School of Re-

form.....

Thomas Morton

70

The Last Man

Thomas Campbell

79

To Parents and Guardians Frederick Locker..

81

Yorick's Death

Lawrence Sterne....... 83

The Bishop Orders his Tomb at

St. Praxed's Church

Robert Browning

85

Speech of Horace Walpole

88

Mr. Pitt's Reply.....

87

Mrs. Brown and Mrs. Green... G. Linnæus Banks

91

The Factory Girl's Holiday. J. E. Carpenter

94

The Home Stream....

Alsager Hay Hill, LL.B. 95

A Marriage in High Life... John George Watts......... 99

The Image-breakers of the Ne-

therlands...

John Lothrop Motley 102

A Scene from Bertram

Rev, R. C. Maturin ........ 111

The Forging of the Anchor Samuel Ferguson, Q.C. 116

Echo and the Rich Man............ James Bruton

120

PAGB

To a Mosquito.......

William Cullen Bryant... 121

The Sailor's Lassie

John Franklin ...

124

Two Loves and a Life

Jilliam Sawyer

126

Abou Ben Adhem and the Angel Leigh Hunt......

128

Kossuth's Farewell to his

Country

129

The Enchanted Net

Francis Edward Smedley 132

The Fall of Marie Antoinette... Edmund Burl:c....... 139

Alexander's Feast; or, the Power

of Music

John Dryden........

140

Back from the Holidays George Bennett

145

Sir Rupert the Red ....

Edmund H. Yates 147

The Interview Between Parsons

Adams and Trulliber........ Henry Fielding

157

Cleopatra's Barge

Shakspeare

165

My Old Hat

Anonymous

166

The Old Man in the Wood... Anonymous

168

The Sands of Deo......

Rev. Charles Kingsley..... 170

Tho Alma

Right Rev. R. C. Trench 171

The Spectre Pig

0. IV. Holmes

172

A Scene from the Martyr of Very Rev. H. H. Milman,

Antioch

D.D., Dean of St. Paul's 176

Influence of Beauty

John Keats

179

Barbara Frietchie

John Greenleaf Whittier 182

Tom Brown's Pilgrimage to the

Doctor's Tomb

Thos. Hughes, M.A., M.P. 184

In a Gondola..

Arthur Hugh Clough...... 191

The Farmer's Wife and the

Gascon

Horace Smith

193

The Wreck of the Hesperus...... H. W. Longfellow

195

The Confederate Spy..

J T. Trowbridge.......

198

The Lutist and the Nightingale John Ford

20

The Poet and the Rose... John Gay......

To the Poppy....

Georgiana, Duchess

vonshire

The Death of the First-Born...... Alaric A. "

Time's Changes

IV. M.

A Bachelor's Complaint.... H. G

To a Drop of Dew...

V

Mr. Simpkinson's Misadventures

at Margate

Right Development of

Faculties..........

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PENNY READINGS.

THE DEATH OF THE CONQUEROR.

CHARLES Knight,

[If we were asked to proclaim the man who has done most for the cause of popular education and the enlightenment of the middle and working classes, we should not hesitate to name Charles Knight; and it is not only from his character as a projector and producer of cheap and good literature, but as an elegant and perspicuous writer of history, a careful and con. scientious editor, and an antiquary, that his high and enduring position in English literature has been established.

Mr. Knight was born at Windsor, in 1791, his father being a bookseller in the royal borough. . In 1811, in partnership with his father, he established the "Windsor and Eton Express. In 1820, 1821, and 1822, he edited, in connexion with the late Mr. Locker, Commissioner of Greenwich Hospital (and father of Fredk. Locker the poet), "The Plain Dealer,” the first attempt to produce cheap literature of a high character.

In 1822 Mr. Knight removed to London, and started, at Pall Mall East, "Knight's Quarterly Magazine,” to which Macaulay was a contributor.

In 1827 he became associated with the Useful Knowledge Society, and edited many of its publications. “The Penny Magazine," which he commenced in 1832, was continued for eleven years; and in 1838 “The Penny Cyclopædia” made its first appearance. During the course of this work Mr. Knight expended upon it forty thousand pounds in original contributions. This, in addition to his own valuable matter. Among his other works his “Shakspeare," "Pictorial History of England,” “London," and the series of " Shilling Volumes,”—bear testimony to his genius and industry,

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