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DESIGNED TO AMUSE THE MIND, AND IMPROVE

THE UNDERSTANDING OF YOUTII.

By ELIZABETH HELME.

« Let us consider that youth is of no long duration ; and that

" in maturer age, when the enchantments of fancy shall cease,
“ and phantoms of delight no more dance about us, we shall
“ have no comfort but the esteem of wise men, and the means
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RINTED TOR T. N. LONGMAN, AND O.

REES, PATERNOSTER

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AND E. NEWBERY, ST. PAUL'S CHURCH-YARD,

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In writing the following sheets, my design
has been to blend instruction with amuse-
ment; to give “Virtue its own feature, ,
“ Vice its own image;" and to shew the
necessity of all evil propensities being
crushed in infancy; and that children of
good natural abilities and dispositions may
be led to tread the paths of truth and rec-
titude, as easily as they may be suffered
to imbibe erroneous opinions; which, like
the weeds in the Scripture, that choaked the
corn, destroy the virtuous principles implant-
ed in them by their Creator. To inculcate
a love of study, industry, charity, duty to
parents, &c. has been my wish; and equal-
ly to discourage idleness, dissatisfaction with
our situation, vanity, falsehood, and arro-
gance.-Should I be happy enough to
awaken in the susceptible bosom of uncor-
rupted childhood any of the former, how
greatly will my efforts be repaid ! Nor will
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