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PIECES IN PROSE AND POETRY,

SELECTED FROM THE BEST WRITERS,

DESIGNED TO ASSIST YOUNG PERSONS TŐ BEAD WITH

PROPRIETY AND EFFECT: .

TO IMPROVE THEIR

LANGUAGE AND SENTIMENTS;

AND TO- INCULCATE SOME OF THE MOST

IMPORTANT PRINCIPLES OF
PIETY AND VIRTUE.

Wüh a few Prelimingry Observations
ON THE PRINCTF LES OF COOD READING

BY LINDLEY MURRAY,
Anthor of " English Gramp'ar, adapted to the different

classes of Leiners," &C..

BURLINGTON, Vt.
PRINTED. AND PUBLISHED BT"

JAMUEL "LLS.

Hi - HARVARD COLLEGE LIBRARY

GIFT OF THE GRADUATE SCHOOL OF EDUCATION !

MAY 19 1926

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MANT selectious oi excellent matter bare iately be for the bevent of young perso118. Performances of this are of so great u ility, that fresh pretiuctions of them, a BeV attempts to improve the young miod, will scarcely be dermed superfluous, if the writer makes iris compilatioa instructive and interesting, aud sufficiently distinct from others.

The present work, as die title expresses, aims at the attainment of three objects ; to improve youth iu the art of reading; io meliorate their lauguage and sentiments; and to inculcate soide of the most in portant principles of piety aud virtue.

I tie pieces seleeted; not only give exercise to a great va riety ot' en otious, aut the correspondent tones and variations of voice, but contain sentences and members of sentences, which are diversifierl, proportioned, and pointed with acciu macy. Exercises of this bature are, it is presumed, well calGuiated to teach youth to read with propriety and effect. A selection of sentences, in which variety and proportion with exact punctuation, have beeg carefully observed in a} teir parts as well as w respect to one anothei, will proba ably have a much greater effect, in properly teaching the art of reading, than is coninionly imagined. In such constructious,'every thing is accomodated to the understanding and Hie vuice; and the common difficulties of learning to read well are obviated. When the learner has acquired a habit of readiog such sentences with justness and facility, he will readily apply that habit, and the improvemeuts he has made, to sedi€ices Alore compicated abd irregular, and of a cerstruction-eatirely different...

The language of the pieces chosen for this collection, bas been carefully regarded. Purity, propriety, perspecuity, and is maoy instances, elegance of diction, distinguish them. They are extracted from she works of the most correct and elegant writers. From the sources whence the sentiments are drawn, the reader may expect to find them connected and regular, sufficiently important and impressive, are divested of every dring that is either trite or eccentric. The frequent perusal of such composition, baturally tends to infuse a taste for this spects of excellence, and to produce a habit of thinking, and of composing, with judgment and accuracy. ::

That this collection may also serve the purpose of proq moting piety and virtue, the Compiler has introduced many

extracts which place religion in the most amiable light; amet which recommend a great variety of moral duties by the excelleyce of their bature, and the happy effects which they produce. These subjects are exhibited in a style and mair ner, which are calculated to arrest the attention of youth; and to make strong and durable impressions on their minds. : The Compiler has been careful to avoid every expression and septimeat that might gratify, a corrupt mind, or in the least degree offend the eye or ear of innocence. Mriş he conceives to be peculiarly incumbent ou everý person who writes for the benefit of youth. It would indeed be a great and happy improveinent in education, if no writings were al lowed to come uuder their notice, but such as are perfectly innocent; and, if on all proper occasions they were encoun aged to pertise ihoso which tend to inspire a dhe feterence for: virtue, and an abhorrence of yice, as well as to animate them with sentiments of picty and goodness. Such impres siops deeply engraven on their minds, sed consected with all their attainments, could scarcely fail ofaticuding them through Whe; and.of producing a solidity of principle and character Male would be able to resist the danger arising from future intercourse with the world. : ... nisi

The Avihor has endeavored to revieve the grave and see vious parts of biş collection by the occasiobal admission of pieces which amüse as well as instinct. If however any of his readers should thluk it contains too great a proportion of the former it way be some apology to observe that in the existing publication designed for the perusał of youug per Rood, the preponderarice is greatly on the side of gay and amusing productions. Too much attentioà may be paid to this medium of improvement. When the imagination, of youth especially, is much entertained, the sober dictates of: the understanding are regarded with indifference; and the Indience of the good affections is either fechle or transient. A temperate tee of şach entertainment seems therefore reouisite to afford proper scope for the operations of the derstanding and the heart. 1

The rearler will perceive that the compiler has been sc. 1 citrus, to recommend to young persons the perusal of the 89cred Scripruures, by interspersing through his work, some of the most beautiful agd interesting passages of those into Tavalle writings. Di

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