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274. Children of the Church. By Mrs. O'Reilly. (Wells
Gardner, Darton, & Co.) Part II. 1^. 6d. (See No. 252.)

Very easy lessons for young children on the Collects.

275. Only a Tramp. By Grace Steering. (Shaw) 6d. and
3-r. 6d.

There are some mistakes in this, but they may be overlooked for the
sake of the practical illustrations of the Litany.

276. Stories and Teaching on the Litany. By Dr. W.

Hardman. (Skeffington) 5^.

Short chapters of comment on the Litany, containing telling anecdotes
illustrating each clause ; especially useful for those who have to get up
a lesson before giving it.

277. Number One, Brighton Street. By C. MacSorley.
(S.P.C.K.) 6d.

A story showing the comfort of intercessory prayer.

278. Prayer-Book Packet. (S.P.C.K.) Six books, is.
Short tales illustrating the services.

279. Chapters on the Te Deum. (Masters) 2s.

280. Letters from an Unknown Friend. (Kegan Paul) is.
More about the Church than the Prayer-Book, but very useful as

showing why Dissent is an evil.


These are needed for various classes of readers. The
highest and best are those who need to study the Scriptures
devotionally. Works for these hardly come within the
scope of a parish library — nor do the Commentaries, such
as the Speaker's or the Cottage Commentary of the S.P.C.K.,
although in an ideal school these ought always to be acces-
sible by the teachers. What is here to be provided is a set
of books that will illustrate the intellectual side of the Bible,
and may in the first place instruct the teachers, and in the
next make it plain to the young minds that there is infinite
interest in the study of Holy Scripture even after they have
left school, a fact which they are too slow to believe.
Conversations can be read with drawing-room classes or
Bible classes with advantage, leaving the pupils to look out
references and make observations. There are innumerable
varieties of Bible stories, but there is no use in mentioning
these. It is much better to teach the narrative of the
Patriarchs direct from the Book itself, reading it to the
children till they can read with perfect ease, and then read-
ing with them. Later, Dr. Maclear's two ' Class Books of
the Old and New Testaments,' 4s. 6d. and 5^. 6d. (Macmil-
lan), are useful in disentangling the narrative and explaining
the chronology ; and for those who find a difficulty in


selecting passages, and passing over those chapters, verses,
or phrases to which it is not well to direct children's atten-
tion, C. M. Yonge's ' Scripture Readings ' (Macmillan) may
be an assistance, as they are chronologically arranged, and
harmonised with portions of the Prophetical writings. Five
series, is. 6d. each, without comment ; 4s. 6d. with comment.
The books that follow begin with the easiest, and fittest
to lend to a thoughtful child, especially to a little invalid.

281. Parables of Our Lord. By the late Earl of Deri;y.
(S.P.C.K.) is. 6d.

These are conversations on the Parables in rather set language, but
with good applications.

282. Walks from Eden. By Susan and Anna Warner.
(Nisbet) 2s. 6d.

283. The House of Israel. By Susan and Anna Warner.
(Nisbet) is. 6d.

284. The Kingdom of Judah. By Susan and Anna Warner.
(Nisbet) 2s. 6d.

285. The Broken Walls. By Susan and Anna Warner.

(Nisbet) 2.s. 6c/.

286. The Star out of Jacob. By Susan and Anna Warner.

(Nisbet) 2s. 6d. \

These American books are admirable in their way, bringing in
Eastern research, historical inquiry, and lights from science in a con-
versational, but always reverent manner. They do not go into the
types or spiritual lessons, but are thoroughly sound and excellent for
reading with fairly intelligent young people. I used ' The Kingdom
of Judah ' with great success with a pupil-teacher.

287. The Chosen People. By C. M. Yonge. (W. Smith) is.
This is more of a lesson book, being a compendium of sacred and

Church history.

288. The Prophet Daniel Explained. By Prof. Gaussen
(W. Smith) 51.

A translation of very easy lectures on Daniel, given by the celebrated
Professor Gaussen to a class of children at Geneva.

For students beyond childhood : —

289. The World's Birthday. By Prof. Gaussen. (Nelson)
is. dd.

Science consulted in dealing with the first chapter of Genesis.
Useful in preparing lessons or in argument to those who stumble at the
Mosaic record.



290. The Nations Around. By Annie Keary. (Macmillan)
4J-. 6d.

Beginning from Ur of the Chaldees, and going through the contem-
porary Egyptian history, then the Phoenician, and on to the Babylonian
and Assyrian.

291. The Tabernacle : its Priests and Services. By Brown.
(Oliphant, Edinburgh) 2s. 6d.

An excellent explanation of the ritual in the wilderness.

292. The Child Samuel. By Dean Goulburn. (Rivingtons) 55.
Lessons from the youth of Samuel adapted to choir boys.

293. David's Life as seen in the Psalms. (Hodder) 3.5-. 6d.
A worthy and very interesting book.

294. The History of the Kingdom of Judah. By F. M.

Wilbraham. (Masters) is. 6d.

This is one of the best books to explain the contemporary royal
lines of Judah and Israel.

295. The World before the Flood, etc. By Dr. Edersheim.
(R.T.S.) 2J. 6d.

296. The Exodus and Wanderings in the Wilderness. By

Dr. Edersheim. (R.T.S.) 2s. 6d.

297. Israel under Joshua and the Judges. By Dr. Edersheim.

(R.T.S.) 2s. 6d.

298. Israel under Samuel, Saul, and David. By Dr. Eders-
heim. (R.T.S.) 2s. 6d.

299. Israel and Judah from Solomon to Ahab. By Dr. Eders-
heim. (R.T.S.) 2s. 6d.

300. Israel and Judah from Ahab to the Decline of the two
Kingdoms. By Dr. Edersheim. (R.T.S.) 2s. 6d.

301. Israel and Judah from Joash to Zedekiah. By Dr. Eders-
heim. (R.T.S.) 3s.

The set of seven volumes can be had bound in four, price 16s.

302. Sketches of Jewish Life. By Dr. Edersheim. (R.T.S.) $s.

303. The Temple, its Ministry and Services. By Dr. Eders-
heim. (R.T.S.) $s.

Very valuable for comprehension of the narrative.

304. Elisha the Prophet. By Dr. Edersheim. (R.T.S.) 2s. 6d.

305. Heroes of Hebrew History. By Bishop Samuel Wilber-
FORCE. (Strahan) $s.

Eloquent and stirring pictures of the lives of the great men of Israel,
especially Elijah and Elisha.


306. Simple Readings on the Minor Prophets. By M. C.

Hyett. (Masters) 2 s -

Useful to read with the Prophets.

307. Judaea and her Rulers. By M. Bramston. (S.P.C.K.)
3-r. 6d.

308. Wars of the Jews. ByA.L.O.E. (Nelson) is. 6d.
Jewish history from the return from the captivity.

309. Daniel— Statesman and Prophet. By the Rev. H. T.
Robjohns. (R.T.S.) y. 6d.

A bridge over the gulf between Nehemiah and St. Matthew.

310. Judas Maccabseus. By Capt. C. R. Conder, R.E.
(Marcus Ward) 2s. 6d.

A brilliant, soldierly description of that great man and of the scenes
of his exploits.

311. Eldad the Pilgrim. (S.P.C.K.) 2s. 6d.

In the form of a tale, showing the condition of Judaea under Hyrcanus.

312. Ephrem and Helah. (Hodder) $s.

A not ill executed tale of Israel in Egypt. The description of the
water turned into blood is particularly effective.

313. The Gospel Story. (Hodges) 6s.
The best harmonising narrative for popular use.

314. The Gospel of the Childhood. By Dean Goulbdrn.
(Rivingtons) 5^.

315. The Acts of the Deacons. By Dean Goulburn. (Riving-
tons) $s.

So excellent that it is much to be wished they were cheaper.

316. St. Paul. By Conybeare and Howson. Abridged.
(Longmans) Js. 6d.

317. The Fall of Jerusalem, (Nelson) is. 6d.
Well told and illustrated.

318. The Story of Salvation. By Mrs. J. Mercier. (Riving-

Admirable in many respects, though not perfect. It is well calcu-
lated to teach how Holy Scripture may be studied.

Nothing has been said here of the Psalms. Books on
them are rather devotional reading than fit for libraries.
The most compendious in giving information is an American

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319. The Treasury of the Psalms. Compiled by the Rev. G.
Huntington and the Rev. H. Metcalf. (Wells Gardner, Darton,
& Co. ) 7 j. 6d.

It ought to be widely known.

Next best for the purpose is : —

320. A Plain Commentary on the Psalms. (Parker) 2 vols.
10 s. 6d.

321. Eastern Manners and Customs. (Nelson) is. 6d.
Useful for teachers to consult when preparing a lesson.


Here only the small popular books are mentioned. The
great original authorities are too large and too expensive.

322. Assyria. (S.P.C.K.) 2s.

323. Babylonia. (S.P.C.K.) 2s.

324. Egypt. (S.P.C.K.) 2s.

325. Greek Cities. (S.P.C.K.) 2s.

326. Persia. (S.P.C.K.) 2s.

327. Sinai. (S.P.C.K.) 2s.

Full of most useful information, but for somewhat advanced students.

328. Mount Sinai and Petra. (Nelson) 2s.

329. Nineveh and its History, is. 6d.

Both of these speak to the eye by good illustrations.

330. Babylonian Life and History. By E. A. W. Budge, M.A.
(R.T.S.) 3*

331. Recent Discoveries on the Temple Hill. By the Rev. J.
King, M.A. (R.T.S.) 2s. 6d.

Lively and easy narrations of the experiences of a residence in
Jerusalem at the time of the chief discoveries, and easier than those
above mentioned.

332. A Year in Palestine. By Mrs. Finn. (Nisbet)

333. A Second Year in Palestine. By Mrs. Finn. (Nisbet)

334. Jerusalem and its Environs. (Nelson) is. 6d.
Language rather difficult, but numerous excellent illustrations.


Too many allegories are not desirable, nor should they even
be pressed upon those who do not accept them readily. To
the imaginative, who are perhaps two-thirds of the people
we deal with, they are an excellent and persuasive mode of
teaching and influencing. The remaining third at first take
them for fact, as people did in mediaeval times by the stories
of St. Christopher or St. Margaret, and when the delusion is
dispelled feel resentment, as if deceived ; or else they look
on the allegory either as a tale meant to cheat them into
being instructed or as an irreverent riddle. Any way, when
forced on them, it gives a sense of unreality which is, above
all, what they dislike, and which may damage even their
feeling for the truths thus represented.

Too many allegories, even for the most receptive readers,
are undesirable, and among those here mentioned, it may be
wiser to make a choice.

335. The Pilgrim's Progress. By John Bunyan. (Macmillan)
4s. (Nelson) is., 2s., and $s. (R.T.S.) is., is. 6d., 2s. 6d. (Nisbet)
is. , 1 s. 6d., 2s., 2s. 6d., 3^. 6d.

In spite of all its peculiarities, the king of allegories must be
admitted. It is not likely that Bunyan's doctrines will do any harm,
though for these purposes we do regret that Dr. Neale's edition,
arranged for Church people, is out of print.


336. Agathos. By Bishop Samuel Wilberforce. (Seeley) 6d.,
is., and 2s. 6d.

337. The Rocky Island. By Bishop Samuel Wilberforce.
(Seeley) 6d., is., and 2s. 6d.

' Agathos ' itself ought to be read to every child at the right age either
on Advent Sunday or the Twenty-first Sunday after Trinity, the other
parables in like manner.

338. The Shadow of the Cross. By the Rev. W. Adams.
(Rivingtons) Is.

339. The Distant Hills, and The King's Messengers. By the

Rev. W. Adams. (Rivingtons) is. each.

340. The Old Man's Home. By the Rev. W. Adams.

Separately is. each, altogether $s.

The third is rather an exquisite dreamy story than an allegory, but
the two first are of the very best and most practical description.

341. The Dark River. By the Rev. E. Monro. (Masters)

342. The Vast Army. By the Rev. E. Monro. (Masters)

343. The Combatants. By the Rev. E. Monro. (Masters)

344. The Revellers. By the Rev. E. Monro. (Masters)

345. The Journey Home. By the Rev. E. Monro. (Masters)
Separately is. each, collected Js. 6d.

' The Dark River ' has been known to terrify nervous children.
' The Combatants ' and ' The Vast Army ' are very inspiriting and

346. The Story of the Red Cross Knight. (Nelson) is. 6d.
Spenser's allegory told in conversations between an aunt and some


347. The Giants, and how to fight them. (Nelson) is.
Forms of evil, and lively practical lessons on how to meet them.

348. Truth in Tale. By Bishop Boyd Carpenter. (Mac-
millan) 4^. 6d.

Half allegories, half stories, some of them, such as the ' White
Flower,' very beautiful. Excellently suited for short grave readings.

349. The Gate of Paradise. By Edith S. Jacob. (Riving-
tons) 6d. and is.

350. The Vision of the Holy Child. By Edith S. Jacob.
(Rivingtons) is. 6d.

Very beautiful and touching dreams. The first is either appropriate
for Easter Eve or to a house of recent bereavement ; the second is a
Christmas vision.


351. Parables from Nature. By Mrs. Gatty. (S.P.C.K.) Four
series, to be had at *]s. 6d. in 2 vols. Selections, 2 vols. is. each.

The Selections might be most useful, as some of the others are too
difficult for the present purpose. No praise is needed for these.
Several, if read with children, are very successful.

352. Earth's Many Voices. (S.P.C.K.) 1st and 2nd Series.
2s. each.

In the style of Mrs. Gatty.

353. The Man on the Top of the Ark. (Nisbet) is.

The flood, the brazen serpent, and the city of refuge are here drawn
out in their typical meaning. They are very effective. In the first,
there is the serious defect that there is no explanation how to enter the
ark, but to add the text, ' The like figure whereunto even Baptism,
etc.,' gives the key.

354. The Golden Thread. By Dr. Norman McLeod. (Strahan)
2s. 6d.

A parable of life, so full of spirit and playfulness that children
delight in it for the story alone.

355. The Lord of the Forest. By Mrs. Alexander. (Masters)
2s. 6rf.

A tale with much allegory hidden within.

356. The Beautiful Face. By Mrs. Mitchell. (Masters) 4s. 6d.
A child's romance with a hidden meaning so interesting that ' Oh,

that is pretty ! ' the schoolchild's highest praise, is admiringly whispered
when it is read.

357. Coming. By Selina Gaye. (Seeley) $s.

A very beautiful semi-allegory, with Swiss surroundings. Somewhat
long, but of a very poetical and lofty tone, suited to readers of a more
cultivated taste.

358. Sintram and his Companions. By La Motte Fouqu£.
This most striking of allegorical tales cannot be omitted, when it is

on record that it made such an impression on Charles Lowder's boys
that they actually named places in Ratcliffe Highway and London
Docks from 'The Castle of the Moon,' 'Rocks,' &c. There was a
small cheap edition published by Burns, the poems exquisitely translated.
Hare's translation, less good, has been published, illustrated by Mr.
H. Sumner, by Seeley. 5^.

359. The Child's Pilgrimage. By Frances Clare. (Skefhngton)
2jv 6d.

Pretty little allegories and semi-allegories for children, tenderly and


gracefully touched, though it is a pity the child's departed spirit is
called an angel.

360. A Beleaguered City. By Mrs. Oi.iphant. (Macnvillan) 6s.

There is something so deep and solemn in this book, founded on

'Though one went unto them from the dead they will not repent,' that

it is added to the list, though it can only be understood by persons of

thought and cultivation.


These are of considerable value, not only as serving as
'sugared history' and conveying facts, but sometimes as
supplying the element of romance which is almost essential
to a wholesome development. Moreover, these stories are
of great assistance in making it evident that the actors in
history are not mere names with dates attached, to load the
memory for an examination, but that they have been flesh
and blood beings like ourselves.

There has been of late a great attempt to supply these
tales, with very varied success. Some are so interesting as
to be read apart from all purpose, for their mere interest.
Others present nothing but wooden puppets put into the
carefully studied costume of their period, and stiffly work-
ing out the facts, with much pains but no life. These, how-
ever, have a certain value, not only because perverse youth
will read them when it will not read real history ; but also
because when a special period has to be 'got up,' they
impress details of manners, dress, and habits in a convenient
way. We shall therefore endeavour to give a chronological
list of English, foreign, and Church history tales.


There are many of these, and it is difficult to choose
among them. Those are here mentioned which may serve


best to interest young people in the primitive Church, and
give some idea of the days of martyrdom.

361. Triumphs of the Cross, and Deeds of Faith. By Rev.
J. M. Neale. (Masters) Two series, each 2s.

362. Lent Legends. By Rev. J. M. Neale. (Masters) 2s.

363. Followers of the Lord. By Rev. J. M. Neale. (Masters) 2 s.
Brief tales through the whole range of Church history, some of them

quite unrivalled in effectiveness.

364. Helena's Household. By the author of ' The Schonberg-
Cotta Family. ' (Nelson) 4s.

This tells of the days of the Catacombs.

365. Gaudentius. By the Rev. G. F. Davies. (S.P.C.K.) 2s. 6d.
The builder of the Colosseum, who afterwards became a martyr there.

366. Lapsed not Lost. By the Author of ' The Schonberg-Cotta
Family.' (S.P.C.K.) 2s. 6d.

A failure from weakness in the days of St. Cyprian.

367. The Egyptian Wanderers. By Rev. J. M. Neale. (Masters)

Giving with much vividness the trials of the Christians at different
times of persecution.

368. Narcissus. By the Bishop of Ripon. (S.P.C.K.) 3s. 6d.

369. Conquering and to Conquer. (S.P.C.K.) 2s. 6d.
The days of St. Jerome and the Gothic invasion of Rome.

370. Bilihild. By Julie Sutter. (R.T.S.) is. 6d.
The conversion of part of Germany.

371. Mitslav, or the Conversion of Pomerania. (S.P.C.K.)
3*. 6d.

372. Tales illustrating Church History. (Parker, Oxford) In
seven 3s. 6d. vols., to be had separately.

I regret that these tales are not to be had singly as before, and that
they are arranged by countries, not chronology. The most useful for
illustrations of primitive Church history are those called ' Asia and
Africa' and 'France and Spain,' containing the four following: —

373. The Quay of the Dioscuri.
On the persecution of St. Athanasius.

374. The Exiles of the Cevenna.
Persecution in Gaul.


375. Lucia's Marriage.

Christians in Africa.

376. The Lazar House of Leros.

The Lepers in an island of the Archipelago.

377. The Farm of Aptonga. (Masters) 2s.
African adventures of Christians.


These tales of English History are given in greater
numbers and with less sifting than the others, because when
a particular period is proposed for study or examination a
story even of no great merit may be an assistance. Also
some belonging to higher literature are enumerated so as to
make out a complete list.

378. The Camp on the Severn. By Rev. E. Cutts.
(Mowbray) 2s.

379. No. XIII. The Lost Vestal. By Emma Marshall.
(Cassell) 2s. 6d.

Both these start from St. Alban's martyrdom. Neither is quite
satisfactory as to correctness, but the second is the more vivid, the
latter part being upon scenes at Rome. The first needs less education
to be understood.

380. Stories of the Days of King Arthur. By C. H. Hanson.
(Nelson) 3s. and 35. 6d.

Hardly to be called historical, but with the grand outlines of Sir T.
Malory's great romance and with excellent illustrations by Gustave
Dore. Desirable as giving the genuine English heroic tale, noble in
itself, and furnishing allusions. It is intended to prepare the way for
Malory and Tennyson, and there is thus little said of the Quest of the
Holy Grail.

381. Edwy the Fair. By Rev. A. D. Crake. (Rivingtons) 3s. 6d.

382. Alfgar the Dane. By Rev. A. D. Crake. (Rivingtons) 3s. 6d.

383. The Rival Heirs. By Rev. A. D. Crake. (Rivingtons) 3s. 6d.
This and the other * Chronicles of ^Escendune ' endeavour to drama-
tise the days of Anglo-Saxon history. Young people like them very
much, but there is more of adventure and research than of character or



384. The Champion of Odin. By Hodgetts. (Cassell) $s.

A fierce story of wild Northmen invading England.. The manners
are well touched, but there is the great error of making Alfred knowingly
re-baptise a Dane who had recurred to his wild life.

385. Harold. By Lord Lytton. (Routledge) 6d., 2s., and 3*. 6d.
This and other historical novels of high merit are here mentioned to

complete the series, though only for advanced readers.

386. The Camp of Refuge. (Leach) Ks.

The legend of Hereward le Wake, not told with the fire of imagina-
tion which Kingsley has thrown into it.

387. Hereward, the Last of the English. By C. Kingsley.

(Macmillan) 6s.

But we should prefer the former of the two for younger and simpler

388. Lady Sybil's Choice. By Emily S. Holt. (Shaw) $s.
Miss Holt's tales will be enumerated in their order of chronology, but

the following description must be understood to apply to all. Manners
and customs, history and chronicle, are minutely studied ; but the medi-
aeval Church is never understood, and sympathy is uniformly with those
who separated from it. What is especially to be regretted is that there
are often innuendoes and even more direct attacks on present practices
and opinions, which the author thinks a return to what she reprobates.

389. The Knight's Ransom. By Mrs. Valentine. (Warne)
2s. 6d.

Greatly relished by young people. It is founded on the legend of
the lady whose hand was the ransom of her crusading knight.

390. The Betrothed. By Sir Walter Scott.

Belonging to the higher order of literature. Bringing out the state
of things on the Welsh border under Henry II., not accurately but

391. The Talisman. By Sir Walter Scott. Scott's novels
may be had at any price from 6d. upwards. It is of no use to specify

The master hand has lighted up the relations between Coenr-de-Lion
and Saladin. There is no need to touch on the inaccuracies where
the scene is made so real.

392. Ivanhoe. By Sir Walter Scott.

The same may be said of this romance of the return of Coeur-de-Lion.

393. Philip Augustus. By G. P. R. James. (Warne) 6d.
Vividly giving the relations of King John with the astute Frenchman.

394. Earl Hubert's Daughter. By E. S. Holt. (Shaw) 5^.
The reign of Henry III., with a curious picture of Jewish life in



395. The Prince and the Page. By C. M. Yonge. (Mac-
millan) 45-. 6d.

The prince is Edward I., the page a son of Simon de Montfort.

396. Prentice Hugh. By F. M. Peard. (National Society) 3.*. 6d.
Burgher and apprentice life under Edward I., chiefly concerned with

the carvings of the corbels in Exeter Cathedral ; fit to raise the sense of
responsibility in such work.

397. The Lord of the Isles. By Sir Walter Scott.

The rise of Bruce and battle of Bannockburn had best be illustrated
by this grand tale in poetry.

398. Castle Dangerous. By Sir Walter Scott.
The perilous castle of Douglas.

399. In All Time of Our Tribulation. By E. S. Holt. (Shaw)
The times of Edward II., whose two favourites are well painted.

400. Not for Him. By E. S. Holt. (Shaw) 5^.
On the Earl of Lancaster and the Order of Poor Brothers.

401. The Well in the Desert. By E. S. Holt. (Shaw) 25. 6d.
The persecuted daughter of Hugh Le Despenser.

402. Golden Horse-shoes. By Mrs. Mitchell. (Masters) $s.
Founded on the golden horse-shoes in the Guildhall at Oakham.

Spirited and interesting to children, though the chivalry is rather fanci-
ful than real.

403. The Lances of Lynwood. ByC. M. Yonge. (Macmillan)

4S. 6d.

Gives the doings of the Black Prince in Spain and at Bordeaux.

404. Tales from Chaucer. (Nelson) 3s. and 3s. 6d.

Not exactly historical, but useful to those who have to get up know-
ledge of history and English literature.

405. John de Wycliffe. By E. S. Holt. (Shaw) y. 6d.
The Reformer according to Miss Holt's view.

406. The Lord Mayor. By E. S. Holt. (Shaw) 5*.
A sad and veritable tale.

407. The Lord of the Marches. By E. S. Holt. 3s. 6d.
Roger Mortimer, whose untimely death led to the Wars of the Roses.

408. The Fair Maid of Perth. By Sir Walter Scott.
Poor Robert III. of Scotland and the murder of Rothsay.

409. The Boy Bishop. By C. M. Yonge. (Macmillan)
A short outline in { Byewords, 5 No. 574.

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