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To the Memory of My Beloved Master, William Shakespeare, and What He Hath Left Us by Ben Jonson 

The seventh of ten volumes of poetry edited by Canadian poet laureate Bliss Carman (1861-1929). This collection, the first of two parts, contains a variety of odes, elegies, addresses, epitaphs and dedications that praise, mourn and remember some of history’s greatest and most memorable statesmen (such as Napoleon Bonaparte, George Washington and Abraham Lincoln) and writers (such as William Shakespeare, John Milton, Charles Dickens and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow). The collection also includes an introductory essay by author and poet Richard Le Gallienne (1866-1947). – Summary by Tomas Peter

Genre(s): Anthologies, Elegies & Odes

Language: English

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What’s the Use of Poetry? by Richard Le Gallienne00:25:20
To the Spring: From ‘Hymnes of Astræa, in Acrosticke Verse’ by Sir John Davies00:01:22
To Mary Stuart by Pierre de Ronsard00:03:10
To the Lord-General Cromwell by John Milton00:01:25
O, Breathe Not His Name! (Robert Emmet) by Thomas Moore00:00:59
Charles XII: From ‘The Vanity of Human Wishes’ by Dr. Samuel Johnson00:02:22
Napoleon by Victor Hugo00:02:41
Napoleon: From ‘Childe Harold,’ Canto III by Lord Byron00:06:02
On the Monument erected to Mazzini at Genoa by Algernon Charles Swinburne00:02:36
George Washington by Anonymous00:00:43
Washington by James Russell Lowell00:07:36
Daniel Webster by Oliver Wendell Holmes00:03:14
William Lloyd Garrison by James Russell Lowell00:03:26
Henry Ward Beecher by Charles Henry Phelps00:02:05
Abraham Lincoln (Foully Assassinated April 14, 1865) by Tom Taylor00:05:38
O Captain! My Captain! by Walt Whitman00:02:15
On the Life-Mask of Lincoln by Richard Watson Gilder00:01:19
The Hand of Lincoln by Edmund Clarence Stedman00:02:59
Abraham Lincoln: From the Harvard Commemoration Ode, July 21, 1865 by James Russell Lowell00:04:23
Albert, Prince Consort of England: From ‘Idyls of the King’ by Alfred, Lord Tennyson00:03:41
To Virgil by Alfred, Lord Tennyson00:02:46
In a Copy of Omar Khayyám by James Russell Lowell00:01:15
To Madame de Sevigné (Playing Blind-Man’s Buff) by Mathieu de Montreuil00:00:46
George Sand by Elizabeth Barrett Browning00:01:19
To Victor Hugo by Alfred, Lord Tennyson00:01:14
On a Bust of Dante by Thomas William Parsons00:03:09
Hans Christian Andersen (1805–1875) by Edmund Gosse00:03:08
Sir Philip Sidney: From ‘An Elegy on a Friend’s Passion for His Astrophill’ by Matthew Roydon00:01:34
To the Memory of Ben Jonson by John Cleveland00:01:22
Ode to Ben Jonson by Robert Herrick00:01:18
On the Portrait of Shakespeare by Ben Jonson00:00:59
To the Memory of My Beloved Master, William Shakespeare, and What He Hath Left Us by Ben Jonson00:04:28
Shakespeare: From ‘Prologue’ by Dr. Samuel Johnson00:01:10
An Epitaph on the Admirable Dramatic Poet, W. Shakespeare by John Milton00:01:33
Shakespeare by Hartley Coleridge00:01:18
Guilielmus Rex by Thomas Bailey Aldrich00:01:15
Hierarchy of Angels by Thomas Heywood00:01:04
Under the Portrait of John Milton (Prefixed to ‘Paradise Lost’) by John Dryden00:00:55
To Milton (‘London, 1802’) by William Wordsworth00:01:27
Walton’s Book of Lives: From ‘Ecclesiastical Sonnets,’ Part III by William Wordsworth00:01:23
The Sonnet by William Wordsworth00:01:14
Camp-Bell (Charade) by Winthrop Mackworth Praed00:01:45
To Thomas Moore by Lord Byron00:01:22
Shelley by Alexander Hay Japp00:01:19
Memorabilia by Robert Browning00:01:08
Byron: From ‘The Course of Time,’ Book IV by Robert Pollok00:03:06
Macaulay as Poet by Walter Savage Landor00:01:19
On the Departure of Sir Walter Scott from Abbotsford, for Naples by William Wordsworth00:01:23
To the Memory of Thomas Hood by Bartholomew Simmons00:02:03
Burns (A Poet’s Epitaph) by Ebenezer Elliott00:01:42
Burns (On Receiving a Sprig of Heather in Blossom) by John Greenleaf Whittier00:05:43
To Benjamin Robert Haydon by John Keats00:01:10
On a Portrait of Wordsworth (By B.R. Haydon) by Elizabeth Barrett Browning00:01:22
The Lost Leader by Robert Browning00:03:47
Memorial Verses (April, 1850) by Matthew Arnold00:04:46
From ‘Wordsworth’s Grave’ by William Watson00:02:00
In Memory of Walter Savage Landor by Algernon Charles Swinburne00:02:52
A Welcome to ‘Boz’ (On His First Visit to the West) by W.H. Venable00:04:44
Dickens in Camp by Bret Harte00:02:35
Dickens by Algernon Charles Swinburne00:01:24
To Thackeray by Richard Monckton Milnes, Lord Houghton00:01:03
Tennyson by Thomas Bailey Aldrich00:01:52
Lachrymæ Musarum (6th October, 1892) by William Watson00:08:10
Robert Browning by Walter Savage Landor00:01:23
The Burial of Robert Browning by Michael Field00:02:32
Joseph Rodman Drake (Died in New York, September, 1820) by Fitz-Greene Halleck00:01:37
Fitz-Greene Halleck by John Greenleaf Whittier00:03:12
Poe’s Cottage at Fordham by John Henry Boner00:02:41
On the Death of Thomas Carlyle and George Eliot by Algernon Charles Swinburne00:01:20
Carlyle and Emerson by Montgomery Schuyler00:01:08
Emerson (Concord) by Sarah Chauncey Woolsey (Susan Coolidge)00:03:31
Lowell on Himself: From ‘A Fable for Critics’ by James Russell Lowell00:01:13
Out from Behind This Mask: To Confront His Own Portrait for ‘The Wound Dresser’ in ‘Leaves of Grass’ by Walt Whitman00:02:47
Myself: From ‘The Song of Myself’ by Walt Whitman00:01:26
Hawthorne by Edmund Clarence Stedman00:01:54
Hawthorne by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow00:02:19
Harriet Beecher Stowe by Paul Laurence Dunbar00:01:18
To Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (On His Birthday, 27th February, 1867) by James Russell Lowell00:02:48
Longfellow (In Memoriam) by Austin Dobson00:01:33
House by Robert Browning00:02:31
Art Criticism by Walter Savage Landor00:01:12
Anne Hathaway (To the Idol of My Eye and Delight of My Heart, Anne Hathaway) by Anonymous00:02:59
The Poet’s Friend (Lord Bolingbroke): From ‘An Essay on Man,’ Epistle IV by Alexander Pope00:01:51
A Bard’s Epitaph by Robert Burns00:01:50
Chopin by Emma Lazarus00:04:18
The Prayer of Agassiz by John Greenleaf Whittier00:04:38
Kane (Died February 16, 1857) by Fitz-James O’Brien00:06:06

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