Scrymgeour, Daniel. The Poetry and Poets of Britain, from Chaucer to Tennyson, with Biographical Sketches, and a Rapid View of the Characteristic Attributes of Each; Preceded by an Introductory Essay on the Origin and Progress of English Poetical Literature. Edinburgh: Adam and Charles Black, 1850. 
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Scrymgeour has a brief entry in Allibone's Dictionary of Authors with the note that this volume was recommended by several authorities. This is a revised edition, the Preface notes that it has been issued "in a form more adapted to the library, or the the drawing-room table."
"The leading principle which governed the compiler in the choice of the pieces, was their suitableness for the purpose of education; but in no national poetry, perhaps, can this object so easily be combined with the selection of the pleasing and the beautiful, as in that of England. The following extracts will therefore be found to contain a large proportion of what will be read and studied, not only with instruction but with delight, while the extent over which the extracts range will furnish, to students of our British poetry, a succinct and comprehensive manual of its history and characteristics." - Preface.