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ANGEL COURT, SKINNER STREET,

CONTENTS OF VOL. I.

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SUBJECT.

AUTHOR. Page

1. A Good Man's Day.......... BISHOP HALL..

2. The Influence of Science on the Well Being and Pro-2 Sep

being and fro-SIR W. HERSCHEL . 5

gress of Society. . . . . . . . . . .

3. The Piteous Death of the Son of Gaston de Foix : FROISSART ...

4. Scenes from the City Madam · · · · · · · :

MASSINGER . . .

Hart's LIFE OF Gus- ?

5. The Sack of Magdeburg ......

TAVUS ADOLPHUS. S

6. A Tale of Terror . . . . . . . . . . .

COURIER . . .

7. The Opening Year. ........... Various ...

8. Sermon upon the Government of the Tongue. .

BUTLER

44

9. Roger Ascham and Lady Jane Grey . . . . LANDOR . . .

10. Dejection; an Ode. ...

COLERIDGE . .

11. Apophthegms.—I.

VARIOUS . . .

12. Speech at Plymouth in 1823

CANNING . . .

13. Sir Roger de Coverley.-I.. .

ADDISON . . .

14. Of the Jealousy of Trade . .

HUME. . .

15. The Measures and Offices of Friendship ... JEREMY TAYLOR

16. The History of Perkin Warbeck .. .

Bacon. . .

96

17. The Ancient Mansion . . . . . . . . . . CRABBE . . . . 110

18. The Spider and the Bee . . . . . . . . . . SWIFT.

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19. Civilization . . . . . . . . .

Guizot..

20. The Barometer .

ARNOTT ... 125

21. A Complaint of the Decay of Beggars in the Metropolis C. LAMB , ..

22. Nature's Law . . . . . . . . . . . . . HOOKER . . . . 138

23. The Good Lord Clifford . . . . . . . . . .

WORDSWORTH .. 144

24. The First Man. . . .

BUFFON . . . . 151

25. Struggling with Adversity

BASIL HALL . . 155

26. Omens

SIR H. Davy .. 158

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27. The Present Age ...

CHANNING . . . 162

28. Classical Education ..

DR. ARNOLD . . 167

29. Sunday. . . ·

(iro. HERBERT ..

30. Sir Alexander Ball .. .

COLERIDGE ... 173

31. Faustus.

GOETHE [ANSTER). 183

32. The British Hirundines . .

GILBERT WHITE. 191

33. Hymn of Heavenly Beauty . . . .

SPENSER . . . . 201

34. Character of James Watt . . . .

JEFFERY . . . .

211

35. Apophthegms.-II. .......

VARIOUS . . . . 215

36. The Industry of a Gentleman .....

BARROW . .

224

37. Flowers :

VARIOUS . . . .

38. Account of the Great Fire of London.

EVELYN . .

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39. Sir Roger de Coverley.-11.. ..

ADDISON . .

250

40. Scenes from the Duchess of Malfi, ..

WEBSTER . . . .

259

41. The Inconvenience of Greatness . ..

MONTAIGNE. ... 274

42. The Literature of the Age of Elizabeth . . . . . HAZLITT ..... 271

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3 . Religious Knowledge . . . . . . · · ·

ROBERT HALL.. 289

4 . Instinct . . . . . . . . . . . .

GREEN . . . . . 296

5 . The Red Fisherman . . . . . . . . . . .

PRAED . . ... 301

46. Progress of the Mechanical Arts.

. . . DANIEL WEBSTER 309

47. Authors of Eighty Years ago. . .

SMOLLETT... 313

48. On the Inherent Pleasure of the Virtuous, and Misery

CHALMERS ... 322

of the Vicious Affections . . . . . . . . )

49. Death of Cæsar ... ... ..... : PLUTARCH (LONG'STR.)330

50. The Strange Contrarieties discoverable in Human

PASCAL. . . . . 338

Nature . . . . . . . . . . . . . )

51. Lady Fanshawe . . . . . . . . . . .

AUTOBIOGRAPHY. . 344

52. The Nut-Brown Maid. . . . . . . .

ANONYMOUS ,. 350

53. The Old English Admiral ...

E. H. LOCKER... 356

54. The Koran ....

CAMPBELL . . . . 365

55. Dr. Johnson and his Times . .

MACAULAY ..368

56. Poor Richard . . . . . . .

FRANKLIN, . 376

57. St. Paul at Athens . . . . . .

MILMAN ..., 384

58. Birds . . . . . . . . . .

VARIOUS ... 388

59. Gifford's Account of his Early Days

AUTOBIOGRAPHY.

60. The Story of Richard Plantagenet .

F. Thos, BRETT. 408

61. Imitation of Horace . . . . . . .

POPE ..... 411

62. Columbus . . . . . . . . . . .

W, IRVING , 416

63. Criticism on Don Quixote

HALLAM..

64. Che Sermon of the plough .......

LATIMER , ..

65. May . . . . . . . . .

. . VARIQUS . , .

66. The Progress of the Great Plague of London

S. PEPYS, ... . 437

67. The Insect of a Day....

ANONYMOUS

444

68. The Schoolmaster . . .

VERPLANCK .

446

69. Apophthegms.-III. ..

VARIOUS

449

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70. Characters

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.: JEFFERSON

456

Napoleon Bonaparte ·

ANONYMOUS .. 458

71. On the New Testament.

..DODPRIDGE ... 461

72. Sir Roger de Coverley.-III.....

ADDISON ... 471

73. Work . . . . . . . . .

CARLYLE , ,

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74. May Games'.

VĄRIQUS . . . . 481

75. Scenes from the Alchemist . . . . . . . . . BEN JONSON , . .486

76. The Fall of the Marquis of Montrose . . . . . . CLARENDON . . . 499

77. Bunyan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

MACAULAY

507

78. The Imitation of Christ . . . . . . . .

BEVERIDGE

513

79. Aurengzebę . . . .

BERNIER. .

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80. Sir Dudley North . . . .

Roger NORT! . . 528

81. The Chemical Philosopher . . . . . .

Sir H. Davy, . 532

82. Of Great Place . · · · · · · · · · ·

BACON, ...

539

83. Adventure in a Forest . . . . . . .

SMOLLETT , , , 542

84. Scene from Old Fortunatus . . . . . .

DEKKER . . . 548

85. To all Readers ...si . . . .

BISHOP HALL , . 554

86. Sir Roger de Coverley.-IV. .. .

ADDISON .... 556

87, Death of Cardinal Wolsey ... ... ... CAVENDISH ...

88. Morning and Evening .

569

. . , , , , , , , VARIOUS ....

577

89. What is Poetry ? . . . . . . . . LEIGH HUNT. .016

oks. i,..,.,,,,,,,, RICHARD DE BURY . 582

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HALF-HOURS

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THE BEST AUTHORS.

1.-A Good Man's Day.

BISHOP Hall. JOSEPH HALL, Bishop of Norwich, was born at Ashby-de-la-Zouch, in Leicestershire, on the 1st July, 1574. He received his academical education at Emmanuel College, Cambridge. In 1597, he published a volume of Satires, which gave great offence, but which remain to the student of English poetry as amongst the most masterly productions of their class. Pope held them to be the best poetry and the truest satire in the English language. In 1617, he was preferred to the Deanery of Worcester; in 1627, was made Bishop of Exeter; and in 1641 was translated to Norwich. His earnest piety and professional zeal rendered him obnoxious to the charge of puritanism ; but he was a vigorous defender of the Church in its times of tribulation and danger, and was a sufferer for his conscientious opinions. The revenues of his bishopric were sequestrated in 1642, and he spent the remainder of bis life in great poverty, residing at Higham, near Norwich, where he died in 1656. His theological works are very numerous; and though many of them are controversial, others will remain as durable monuments of masterly reasoning, eloquent persuasion, and touching devotion. The piece which we first select, as an opening to this book, is from an Epistle to Lord Denny.]

Every day is a little life: and our whole life is but a day repeated : whence it is that old Jacob numbers his life by days; and Moses desires to be taught this point of holy arithmetic, to number not his years, but his days. Those, therefore, that dare lose a day, are dan

VOL. I.

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gerously prodigal; those that dare mis-spend it, desperate. We can best teach others by ourselves; let me tell your lordship: how I would pass my days, whether common or sacred, that you (or whosoever others, overhearing me,) may either approve my thriftiness, or correct my errors : to whom is the account of my hours either more due, or more known. All days are His, who gave time a beginning and continuance; yet some He hath made ours, not to command, but to use.

In none may we forget Him; in some we must forget all, besides Him. First, therefore, I desire to awake at those hours, not when I will, but when I must; pleasure is not a fit rule for rest, but health; neither do I consult so much with the sun, as mine own necessity, whether of body or in that of the mind. If this vassal could well serve me waking, it should never sleep; but now it must be pleased, that it may be serviceable. Now when sleep is rather driven away than "leaves me, I would ever awake with God; my first thoughts are for Him, who hath made the night for rest, and the day for travel ; and as He gives, so blesses both. If my heart be early seasoned with His presence, it will savour of Him all day after. While my body is dressing, not with an effeminate curiosity, nor yet with rude neglect, my mind addresses itself to her ensuing task, bethinking what is to be done, and in what order, and marshalling (as it may) my hours with my work; that done, after some whiles meditation, I walk up to my masters and companions, my books, and, sitting down amongst them with the best contentment, I dare not reach forth my hand to salute any of them, till I have first looked up to heaven, and craved favour of Him to whom all my studies are duly referred: without whom, I can neither profit nor labour. After this, out of no over great variety, I call forth those which may best fit my occasions, wherein I am not too scrupulous of age ; sometimes I put myself to school to one of those ancients whom the Church hath honoured with the name of Fathers; whose volumes I confess not to open without a secret reverence of their holiness and gravity; sometimes to those later doctors, which want nothing but age to make them classical; always to God's Book. That day is lost, whereof some hours are not improved in those divine monuments : others I turn over out of choice; these out of duty. Ere I can have sat unto weariness, my family, having now overcome all household distractions, invites me to our common devotions ; not without some short preparation. These, heartily performed, send me up

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