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These annotations are fitly supplemented by the articles "AUTHORSHIP" and "CRITICISM" (under which last will be found 170 quotations).

II. "MORNING."—One of the finest compositions in the writings of the late Daniel Webster is a letter on the morning, written to Mrs. J. W. Paige, and dated at Richmond, April 29, five o'clock A.M., 1847. (See Private Correspondence of Daniel Webster, 1857, ii. 240.) "Beautiful descriptions of the 'morning' abound in all languages. . . . Milton has fine descriptions of morning, but not so many as Shakespeare, from whose writings pages of the most beautiful images, all founded on the glory of the morning, might be filled," etc. Under this title 152 extracts, from 38 authors, will be found.

III. "RIVERS."-In his very interesting Recollections of Past Life (1872, chapter ii.), Sir Henry Holland remarks, "Much more I could say of rivers, as giving to travel the greatest charm of landscape, while affording lessons in geology and physical geography invaluable to science. Even the simple brook, followed step by step to its course, illustrates, in the windings of its channel, its depths and deposits, and the sections which its banks disclose, many of the grandest phenomena and conclusions of geology. In the poetry of every age the flow of river-waters has been a favourite theme,-one symbol of the life and destinies of man." The reader will find 94 quotations under this head.

"BIRDS" are celebrated in 260 passages by 45 authors; "LAW" contains 194, "LOVE" 565, "POLITICS" 157, "SLEEP" 242, "WOMAN" 291, and "YOUTH" 227 quotations. In the whole (as stated on the title-page) 435 subjects are illustrated, by 550 authors, in 13,600 quotations, which may be read in course, or consulted separately, as occasion serves.

S. AUSTIN Allibone.

PHILADELPHIA, February 8, 1873.





Since she must go, and I must mourn, come night,

Environ me with darkness whilst I write.



Short absence hurt him more, Winds murmur'd through the leaves your short And made his wound far greater than before; delay, Absence not long enough to root out quite All love, increases love at second sight. THOMAS MAY: Henry II. Short retirement urges sweet return.

And fountains o'er their pebbles chid your stay:

But, with your presence cheer'd, they cease to


And walks wear fresher green at your return.

Oh! couldst thou but know
With what a deep devotedness of woe
I wept thy absence, o'er and o'er again
Thinking of thee, still thee, till thought grew



Forced from her presence, and condemn'd to And memory, like a drop that night and day
Falls cold and ceaseless, wore my heart away!
MOORE: Lalla Rookh.

She vows for his return with vain devotion pays.

Unwelcome freedom, and unthank'd reprieve.


Where'er I roam, whatever realms to see,
My heart, untravell'd, fondly turns to thee:
Still to my brother turns, with ceaseless pain,
And drags at each remove a lengthening chain.
GOLDSMITH: Traveller.


And every little absence is an age.

DRYDEN: Amphytrion.
His friends beheld, and pity'd him in vain,
For what advice can ease a lover's pain?
Absence, the best expedient they could find,
Might save the fortune, if not cure the mind.
DRYDEN: Fables.
His absence from his mother oft he'll mourn,
And, with his eyes, look wishes to return.
DRYDEN: Juvenal, Sat. II.

Ye flowers that droop, forsaken by the spring; Love reckons hours for months, and days for Ye birds that, left by summer, cease to sing, Ye trees that fade, when autumn heats remove, Say, is not absence death to those who love? POPE.

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