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Odwin F. Sargent,

Dec. 25, 1905,
From Mothers

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BOSTON AND NEW YORK :
HOUGHTON, MIFFLIN AND COMPANY.
Che Riverside Press, Cambridge.

1897.

MARVARD COLLEGE LIBRARY

GRATIS

Copyright, 1880,
BY HOUGHTON, OSGOOD & Co.

All rights reserved.

PREFACE.

This collection is intended for boys and girls between the ages of twelve and eighteen, in our public and private schools, and especially in the former. This class of readers, I need hardly say, covers not only a wide variety of age, capacity, and disposition, but a still wider range of opportunity and association, from children who have every advantage, both at home and in school, to obtain books and know about literature, to those who unfortunately have books only in school and must go, for more extended reading, without a guide to our public libraries. The poem which will appeal without explanation to one child is dumb to another, and it is for this reason that this collection ranges from the “Soldier from Bingen” and the “Old Sergeant” to Milton's “ L'Allegro" and the Songs of Shakespeare. If children will read the former, or can be induced to do so, there is no reason why they cannot be led on through all the intervening stages to the highest kind of poetry.

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