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WITH BIOGRAPHICAL NOTICES, CRITICAL AND EXPLANATORY

NOTES, &c.

By the

REV. HUGH G. ROBINSON, M.A., Cantab.,
Incunibent of Bolton Abbey; Canon of York; late Principal of the Pork and

Ripon Training School.

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LONDON:
T. NELSON AND SONS, PATERNOSTER ROW;

EDINBURGH ; AND NEW YORK

1867.

PREFACE.

HIS volume is the first of a Series, the design of

which is to encourage and assist the Study of

English Literature as an essential and systematic part of a liberal education. Hitherto very little bas been done to make the standard and classical authors of our country available in this way. In schools of the higher grades, the study of the Classics has simply meant the study of the languages and literatures of Greece and Rome ; and in the majority of these schools no other study has been more than barely tolerated. In middle class schools, on the other hand, the course of instruction has generally been confined to Arithmetic, History, Geography, something that passed for English Grammar, a smattering of Science, and other odds and ends of knowledge, supplied by such authors as Magnall and Pinnock. There are indications, however, of an improvement in this respect. English Literature is receiving more attention, and it is beginning to be felt that the study of it may be made an effective instrument of mental training and refinement. In order, however, that it may serve this end, the language and literature of our country must be taught thoroughly, and with some degree of method and science. The mere super

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