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The Blue Poetry Book

Edited by Andrew Lang
Illustrated by Henry Ford and Lancelot Speed

Andrew Lang's famous colored Fairy Books were in fact only part, rather less than half, of a larger series of storybooks for children. Among the lesser-known books of the series is The Blue Poetry Book.

Children, and some adults, often think that they don't like poetry. Usually this is because they have been reading the wrong kinds, either free verse that isn't fun to read, or high-flown raptures about nature that use a lot of long words to say very little. Neither of those kinds of bad poetry are in this book.

Here, instead, are stories about knights and ladies, fairies and ghosts, soldiers and sailors, Greeks and Romans; or else about the seasons and holidays, or cats and dogs, or ordinary people: men and women, boys and girls. Anything, in fact, that a normal story can be about, a poem can be about too. No matter what kind of stories you like, you're sure to find them in The Blue Poetry Book.

371 pages. 8.5" by 5.5"
101 illustrations

A full list of children's books edited by Andrew Lang can be found here.
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Full contents:
 A Red, Red Rose 
 Annan Water    
 Cherry Ripe    
 Helen of Kirkconnel    
 Lawlands of Holland    
 Lyke-Wake Dirge    
 Sir Hugh
 Sir Patrick Spens    
 The Twa Corbies    
 The Wife of Usher’s Well    
 Willie Drowned in Yarrow    

BARNEFIELD, RICHARD, 1574-1627:   
 The Nightingale    

BLAKE, WILLIAM, 1757-1828:   
 Nurse’s Song    
 The Chimney-sweeper    
 The Lamb    

 To Flush, my Dog    

 To a Waterfowl    

BUNYAN, JOHN, 1628-1688:   
 The Pilgrim    

BURN, MINSTREL. fl. 1700:   
 Leader Haughs    

BURNS, ROBERT, 1759-1796:   
 I Love my Jean    
 O, wert Thou in the Cauld Blast    
 The Banks o’ Doon    
 The Farewell    
 There’ll never be Peace till Jamie comes Hame    

BYRON, LORD, 1788-1824:   
 Could Love for Ever, Run like a River    
 So, we’ll go no more a Roving    
 Stanzas written on the Road between Florence and Pisa      
 The Destruction of Sennacherib    

CAMPBELL, THOMAS, 1777-1844:   
 Lord Ullin’s Daughter    
 The Battle of the Baltic    
 The Last Man    
 The Soldier’s Dream    
 Ye Mariners of England    

 Kubla Khan    
 The Rime of the Ancient Mariner    

COLLINS, WILLIAM, 1721-1756:   
 Ode written in MDCCXLVI    
 To Evening    

COWPER, WILLIAM, 1731-1800:   
 Epitaph on a Hare    
 John Gilpin    
 On a Spaniel called ‘Beau’ Killing a Young Bird    
 The Dog and the Water-lily    
 The Poplar Field    
 The Solitude of Alexander Selkirk    

DIBDIN, CHARLES, 1745-1814:   
 Tom Bowling    

DRAYTON, MICHAEL, 1563-1631:   
 Ballad of Agincourt    

DRYDEN, JOHN, 1631-1701:   
 Alexander’s Feast; or, the Power of Music    

ELLIOTT, JANE, 1727-1805:   
 The Flowers o’ the Forest    

GOLDSMITH, OLIVER, 1728-1774:   
 Elegy on the Death of a Mad Dog    

GRAY, THOMAS, 1716-1771:   
 Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard    
 The Bard    

HERRICK, ROBERT, 1591-1674:   
 To Blossoms    
 To Daffodils    

HEYWOOD, THOMAS—d. circa 1640:   

HOGG, JAMES, 1772-1835:   
 A Boy’s Song    
 The Skylark    

HOOD, THOMAS, 1798-1845:   
 A Lake and a Fairy Boat    
 I Remember, I Remember    

JONSON, BEN, 1574-1637:   
 Hymn to Diana    

KEATS, JOHN, 1796-1821:   
 La Belle Dame Sans Mercy    
 On First Looking into Chapman’s Homer    

LAMB, CHARLES, 1775-1834:   

LAMB, MARY, 1765-1847:   
 The Child and the Snake    

LANDOR, WALTER SAVAGE, 1775-1864:   
 Rose Aylmer    

LINDSAY, LADY A., 1750-1825:   
 Auld Robin Gray    

 The Beleagured City    
 The Day is Done    
 The Fire of Drift-wood    
 The Village Blacksmith    
 The Wreck of the Hesperus    

LOVELACE, RICHARD, 1618-1658:   
 To Althea from Prison    
 To Lucasta, on Going to the Wars    

MACAULAY, LORD, 1800-1859:   
 The Armada    
 The Battle of Naseby    

 The Passionate Shepherd to his Love    

MARVELL, ANDREW, 1620-1678:   
 Song of the Emigrants in Bermuda    
 The Girl Describes her Fawn    

 Cumnor Hall    

MILTON, JOHN, 1608-1674:       
 Il Penseroso    
 On The Morning of Christ’s Nativity     

Minstrelsy of the Scottish Border:       
 Battle of Otterbourne   
 Kinmont Willie   
 The Demon Lover       

MOORE, THOMAS, 1779-1852:       
 As Slow our Ship     
 The Light of Other Days     
 The Harp that once through Tara’s Halls    
 The Minstrel-Boy    

NAIRNE, LADY, 1766-1845:       
 The Land o’ the Leal       

NASHE, THOMAS, 1567-1600:       

PEACOCK, THOMAS LOVE, 1785-1866:       
 War-song of Dinas Vawr       

Percy’s Reliques of Ancient English Poetry:       
 Mary Ambree      

POE, EDGAR ALLAN, 1809-1849:       
 Annabel Lee    
 The Haunted Palace   
 The Sleeper
 The Valley of Unrest   
 To Helen   
 To One in Paradise   

PRAED, WINTHROP MACKWORTH, 1802-1839:       
 The Red Fisherman; or, the Devil’s Decoy   

SCOTT, SIR WALTER, 1771-1832:       
 A Weary Lot is Thine, Fair Maid   
 Alice Brand       
 County Guy
 Gathering Song of Donald Dhu    
 Hunting Song    
 Hymn for the Dead     
 Jock of Hazeldean      
 Lucy Ashton’s Song     
 Nora’s Vow      
 Proud Maisie      
 St. Swithin’s Chair       
 The Cavalier    
 The Eve of St. John     
 The Outlaw    
 The Sun upon the Weirdlaw Hill     
 Twist ye, Twine ye    
 Where Shall the Lover Rest?   
 Young Lochinvar      

SHAKESPEARE, WILLIAM, 1564-1616:       
 A Sea Dirge      
 Orpheus with his Lute    
 Where the Bee Sucks, there Suck I   
 Who is Silvia? What is she    

SHELLEY, PERCY BYSSHE, 1792-1822:       
 To a Skylark      
 The Recollection    

SHIRLEY, JAMES, 1594-1666:       
 Death the Leveller   

SIDNEY, SIR PHILIP, 1554-1586:       

SURTEES, ROBERT, 1779-1834:       
 Barthram’s Dirge   

WOLFE, CHARLES, 1791-1823:       
 The Burial of Sir John Moore at Corunna   
 To Mary   

WORDSWORTH, WILLIAM, 1770-1850:       
 I Wandered Lonely   
 Lucy Gray; or, Solitude      
 On the Departure of Sir Walter Scott        
  from Abbotsford for Naples, 1831   
 The Kitten and Falling Leaves   
 The Reverie of Poor Susan   
 The Solitary Reaper   
 To the Cuckoo   
 Two April Mornings   
 Yarrow Unvisited, 1803   
 Yarrow Visited, September 1814   

WOTTON, SIR HENRY, 1568-1639:       
 Elizabeth of Bohemia