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ERIC, OR LITTLE BY LITTLE. A Tale of Roslyn School,

By FREDERIC W. FARRAR, Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge. Fourth
Edition. Crown 8vo, 6s. 6d.

BOTANY AND RELIGION, or Illustrations of the Works

of God in the Structure, Functions, Arrangement, and General Distribution of Plants. By J. H. BALFOUR, A.M.M.D., Regius Keeper of the Royal Botanic Garden and Professor of Botany in the University of Edinburgh. New Edition. With upwards of 260 Wood Engravings 12mo, 6s. 6d.

GULLIVER'S TRAVELS TO LILIPUT. With a sketch

of the Life of the Author. Fcap. cloth, gilt edges, 1s. 6d.

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TALES OF GOOD AND GREAT KINGS. By M. F.

TYTLER, fcap., cloth, 5s.

THE LIFE OF MARY STUART, QUEEN OF SCOTLAND.

By ALPHONSE DE LAMARTINE. With Portrait. Crown 8vo, cloth, 5s.

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ROBINSON CRUSOE. New Edition. Illustrated by C. A.

Doyle. Small quarto, cloth, gilt, 5s.

KITTO'S HISTORY OF PALESTINE. From the Patri

archal Age to the present time, with upwards of 200 Illustrations. Crown 8vo, cloth, plain, 6s.; or cloth, gilt edges, 6s. 60.

THE HORSE AND THE HOUND; their various Uses and

Treatment, in-doors and out, including Practical Instructions in Horseman-
ship. By NIMROD. With numerous Illustrations on Wood and Steel, after
Drawings by Cooper, Alken, Barenger, Harrison, Weir, and Ferneley, of
Melton Mowbray. Post 8vo, 10s. 6d.

EDINBURGH: ADAM AND CHARLES BLACK.

A

CLASS-BOOK

OF

ENGLISH PROSE

COMPREHENDING

SPECIMENS OF THE MOST DISTINGUISHED PROSE WRITERS

FROM CHAUCER TO THE PRESENT TIME,

WITH

BIOGRAPHICAL NOTICES, EXPLANATORY NOTES, AND INTRODUCTORY

SKETCHES OF THE HISTORY OF ENGLISH LITERATURE.

BY ROBERT DEM AUS, M. A.,

FELLOW OF THE EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTE OF SCOTLAND,

WEST END ACADEMY, ABERDEEN.

EDINBURGH:
ADAM AND CHARLES BLACK, NORTH BRIDGE,

BOOKSELLERS AND PUBLISIERS TO HER MAJESTY.

MDCCCLIX.

270, C, 83.

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PREFACE.

THE “Class-Book of English Prose” is intended as a companion volume to Scrymgeour's “Class-Book of English Poetry," and has been compiled upon similar principles.

Our prose literature, it will be seen, has been divided in the present work into four periods, for reasons which will be found explained in the Introductory Note. In accordance with this division the extracts are arranged in periods, broadly distinguished by obvious diversities of style, and not simply separated by some arbitrarily assumed chronological epoch. In the respective periods, the authors have been classed according to priority of date; in the case, however, of writers who were contemporary or nearly so, this principle has been somewhat relaxed, so as to allow of the extracts being varied in their character. It has also been the Editor's aim to give as general a representation as possible of the literature of each period : he has therefore introduced writers of all classes except those on strictly scientific subjects: divines, historians, critics, moralists, travellers, novelists, politicians, and philosophers,—writers who prepared carefully for the press, and writers whose manuscripts were not designed for the public eye. In selecting these extracts, care has been taken to choose such as may give

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