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CHAPTER XIII.

Poetry— Thoughts are drawn more to a point în verse

than in prose-Rhyme catches the attention and clings

to the memory-Lines to secure promptitude, to pro-

mote cheerfulness, and to set forth the uncertainty of

life—The wasp and the bee-Dr. Byron's reproof of a

soldier — The use of flowers – Benevolence—Lines of

Dr. Adam Clarke in an album.....

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CHAPTER XIV.

Dr. Watts's Divine Songs-Suitable in many respects for

youth and age—The verse repeated by an aged friend-

The peevish repiner—The poor blind boy-Old Father

William-Montgomery's lines on the soul-Advantage of

making conversation and poetry the handmaids of piety 93

CHAPTER XV.

Speaking much and thinking little is a bad course—The

hollow drum and the empty head-A child should be

encouraged to express its thoughts — The alphabet-

ho book-Boasting—Braggart Bill–His vaunted

courage turns out to be cowardice

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CHAPTER XVI.

Vulgarisms, cockneyisms, bad grammar, wrong pronuncia-

tion, and indecent language-Pronouncing w for v, and

v for w—Introducing and leaving out the letter h im-

properly in conversation-A useful rule—Examples of

interesting descriptions in Holy Scripture....... 106

CHAPTER XVII.

Mocking, scoffing, backbiting, talebearing, and slander-

Scoffing at the

ned, the half-witted, and

the Jew—Disposition to add to idle reports—The tale

of Alan Broom shooting his neighbour through the

head — The churchwarden, the barber, the postman,

the laundress, and the baker-Swearing–Irony- The

swearer reproved

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