POEMS Chosen by Boys and Girls - Book II
Arranged by Fowler Wright
and Crompton Rhodes
Broad Street, Oxford
... Again, the dream is true:
Again, to each, the well-worn path is new.
The poems in these little books of verse have been chosen, not by a man or a woman, but by ten thousand boys and girls. This needs some explanation. They are the result of an appeal in Poetry for the assistance of those teachers who love poetry, and who have conveyed their love of poetry to their boys and girls. The appeal at once received the cordial sympathy and support of the entire educational press, and the response was a large number of essays containing lists of poems which were received from teachers in every type of school, public and private, urban and rural, primary and secondary. The poems in each list were those which had appealed most to scholars, which had given them the deepest joy, the highest delight. With singular generosity these lovers of poetry placed at the disposal of the editors the wisdom and experience of years, often with hundreds of children, in many schools. Ten thousand is, indeed, too low a figure to cover the number of collaborators, and to those teachers who contributed these most valuable essays the warm thanks of the publishers and the editors are tendered.
Apart from the arranging of the poems into books and negotiating copyrights, the editors' work has been, and been only, the ensuring that the poems chosen are those which, under the guidance of lovers of poetry, have carried their beauty into the hearts of the boys and girls - the real collaborators of these books.
S. F.W. & R. C. R.
THE Editors wish to thank Miss G. Blades, B.A., assistant editor of Poetry, for her assistance in transcription and collation, and in the work of analysis entailed by the essays.
Acknowledgments for permission to reprint are due to Messrs. Macmillan (for T. E. Browne), to Eric Pinker and Son (for Walter de la Mare), R. C. Lehmann, Esq. Sir William Watson, Messrs. Angus and Robertson of Sydney (for Will H. Ogilvie), and to Lady Newbolt (for Sir Henry Newbolt).
|From 'In Memoriam'||Lord Tennyson|
|Flower in the Crannied Wall||Lord Tennyson|
|A Musical Instrument||Elizabeth Barrett Browning|
|Young Lochinvar||Sir Walter Scott|
|My Garden||Thomas Edward Brown|
|Trees||Walter de la Mare|
|Silver||Walter de la Mare|
|To the Cuckoo||William Wordsworth|
|The Jackdaw of Rheims||Richard H. Barham|
|On a Favourite Cat, Drowned|
|in a Tub of Gold Fishes||Thomas Grey|
|The Pedlar's Caravan||E. Rand|
|The Private of the Buffs||Sir Francis Hastings Doyle|
|Ye Mariners of England||Thomas Campbell|
|Elegy on the Death of a Mad Dog||Oliver Goldsmith|
|The Slave's Dream||Henry Wadsworth Longfellow|
|To Rufus, a Spaniel||R. C. Lehmann|
|The Graves of a Household||Felicia Hemans|
|Break, Break, Break||Lord Tennyson|
|The Ballad of Semmerwater||Sir William Watson|
|To Blossoms||Robert Herrick|
|The Lesser Celandine||William Wordsworth|
|To Daffodils||Robert Herrick|
|The Daffodils||William Wordsworth|
|From the Gulf||Will H. Ogilvie|
|The Wreck of the Hesperus||Henry Wadsworth Longfellow|
|Sailor's Song||Thomas Lovell Beddoes|
|The Forsaken Merman||Matthew Arnold|
|The Diverting History of John Gilpin||William Cowper|
|The Bugle||Lord Tennyson|
|Langley Lane||Robert Buchanan|
|Incident of the French Camp||Robert Browning|
|To the Daisy||William Wordsworth|
|Vitai Lampada||Sir Henry Newbolt|
|Drake's Drum||Sir Henry Newbolt|
|The Burial of Sir John Moore at Corunna||Charles Wolfe|
|Canadian Boat-Song||Thomas Moore|
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