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POÈTES FRANÇAIS;

OR,

Selections

FROM

THE BEST FRENCH AUTHORS

With an Introduction of Easy Pieces,

ARRANGED IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER,
FROM THE AGE OF LOUIS XIV. TO THE PRESENT DAY,

WITH

BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES

BY

LÉON CONTANSEAU,

PROFESSOR OF THE FRENCH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE AT THE ROYAL INDIAN MILITARY COLLEGE, ADDISCOMBE ; AUTHOR OF A PRACTICAL

DICTIONARY OF THE FRENCH AND ENGLISH LANGUAGES, BTC.

SEVENTH EDITION

LONDON:

LONGMAN, GREEN, LONGMAN, AND ROBERTS.

1862.

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PREFACE.

In studying a language, it is essential to have correct and elegant examples for imitation; and the examples must be such as offer both interest and entertainment to the pupil, in order that his attention may be awakened and maintained.

Keeping this object in view, my aim in forming the present compilation has been to present to the youth of England a series of extracts from the most eminent writers who have adorned French literature, from the age of Louis XIV. to the present period. The greater part of these extracts have been selected from authors belonging to the present century, for the purpose of making the student acquainted with the French language as it is now spoken and written; and their arrangement in a chronological order will serve to demonstrate the great idiomatic changes which the language has undergone within the last thirty or forty years, as may be perceived in the writings of Châteaubriand, Lamartine, Victor Hugo, Dumas, and others.

This compilation begins with a selection of more simple and easy pieces for beginners, to serve as an introduction to the body of the work.

A few scenes from the best of Molière's Comedies have been added, with the view of familiarizing the student with idiomatic expressions; and the volume closes with a selection from the best French poetry, intended for the use of persons who have already attained some knowledge of the language. These extracts may be used for recital with great advantage, as being undoubtedly one of the most efficient means of acquiring a correct pronunciation and accent.

I hope it is almost needless to mention, that in the selection of extracts care has been taken to introduce none into this volume but such as have a good moral tendency.

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DIX-SEPTIÈME SIÈCLE. Bossuet, Notice

FÉNELON – continued. Condé à la bataille de Rocroi ib. Télémaque visite les Champs Les Romains

41 Élysées

MASSILLON, Notice FÉNELON, Notice 45

De l'existence de Dieu La ville de Tyr et les Phé- Destinée de l'homme ... niciens

ib. De la vie humaine

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54 ib. 56 57

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DIX-HUITIÈME SIÈCLE. VOLTAIRE, Notice 58 BUFFON, Notice Bataille de Narva

Le Chien

ib. ib. Défaite de Charles XII à Pul

Le Cygne

78 63 J. J. ROUSSEAU, Notice 81 Charles XII à Bender

67
Le Duel

ib. Guillaume III et Louis XIV 73

Bonheur de J. J. dans la soli

83

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