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Androclus And The Lion
In Rome there was once a poor slave whose name was An'dro-c...

Socrates And His House
There once lived in Greece a very wise man whose name was S...

The White Ship
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Bruce And The Spider
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Casabianca
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The King And His Hawk
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Maximilian And The Goose Boy
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The Story Of William Tell
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Sir Philip Sidney
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Damon And Pythias
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The Story Of Regulus
On the other side of the sea from Rome there was once a gre...

The Sword Of Damocles
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The Ungrateful Soldier
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A Story Of Robin Hood
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The Kingdoms
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Julius Caesar
Nearly two thousand years ago there lived in Rome a man who...

Sir Walter Raleigh
There once lived in England a brave and noble man whose nam...

Grace Darling
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Pocahontas
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The Ungrateful Guest
Among the soldiers of King Philip there was a poor man who ...



HE NEVER SMILED AGAIN








The bark that held the prince went down,
The sweeping waves rolled on;
And what was England's glorious crown
To him that wept a son?
He lived, for life may long be borne
Ere sorrow breaks its chain:
Why comes not death to those who mourn?
He never smiled again.

There stood proud forms before his throne,
The stately and the brave;
But who could fill the place of one,--
That one beneath the wave?
Before him passed the young and fair,
In pleasure's reckless train;
But seas dashed o'er his son's bright hair--
He never smiled again.

He sat where festal bowls went round;
He heard the minstrel sing;
He saw the tour-ney's victor crowned
Amid the knightly ring.
A murmur of the restless deep
Was blent with every strain,
A voice of winds that would not sleep--
He never smiled again.

Hearts, in that time, closed o'er the trace
Of vows once fondly poured,
And strangers took the kins-man's place
At many a joyous board;
Graves which true love had bathed with tears
Were left to heaven's bright rain;
Fresh hopes were born for other years--
_He_ never smiled again!





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