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PART 1.
PIECES IN PROSE.

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CHAPTER I.
Select Sentences and Paragraphe,

21 CHAPTER II.

Narrative Pieces. 1. No rank or possessions can make the guilty mind happy, 33 2. Change of external condition often adverse to virtue, 34 3. Haman; or the misery of pride,

id. 4. Lady Jane Gray,

36 5. Ortogrul; or the vanity of riches,

38 6. The hill of science,

39 7. The journey of a day; a picture of human life,

42 CHAPTER III.

Didactic Pieces. 1. The importance of a good education, 2. On gratitude,

45 3. On forgiveness,

46 4. Motives to the practice of gentleness,

47 5. A suspicious temper the source of misery to its possessor, ib. 6. Comforts of religion,

48 7. Diffidence of our abilities a mark of wisdom,

49 8. On the importance of order in the distribution of our time, 50 9. The dignity of virtue amidst corrupt cxamples,

51 10. The mortifications of vice greater than those of virtue, 52 11. On contentment,

53 12. Rank and riches afford no ground for envy,

55 13. Patience under provocations our interest as well as duty, 56 14. Moderation in our wishes recommendedl,

57 15. Omniscience and omnipresence of the Deity, a source of consolation,

59 CHAPTER IV.

Argumentative Picces. 1. Happiness is founded in rectitude of conduct,

61 2. Virtue man's highest interest,

ib. 3. The injustice of an uncharitable spirit,

62 4. The misfortunes of men mostly chargeable on themselves; 63 5. On disinterested friendship,

65 6. On the immortality of the soul,

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3. On pride,

162

4. Cruelty to brutes censured,

163

5. Paraphrase on the latter part of 6th chapt. of Matthew, 164

6. Death of a good man a strong incentive to virtue,

ib,

7. Reflections on a future state, froin a review of winter, 165

8. Adam's advice to Eve, to avoid temptation,

166

9. On procrastination,

ib.

20. That philosophy which stopsat secondary causes reproved, 167

11. Indignant sentiments on national prejudice, slavery, &c. 168

CHAPTER IV.Descriptive Pieces.

1. The morning in summer,

169

2. Rural sounds, as well as rural sights, delightful,

170

3. The rose,

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4. Care of birds for their young,

171

5. Liberty and slavery contrasted,

ib.

6. Charity. A paraphrase on the 13th chap. to Corinthians, 172

7. Picture of a good man,

173

8. The pleasures of retirement,

175

9. The pleasures and benefit of an improved imagination, ib.

CHAPTER V.-Pathetic Pieces.

1. The hermit,

177

2. The beggar's petition,

178

3. Unhappy close of life,

179

4. Elegy to Pity,

ib.

5. Verses by Alex. Selkirk, in the island of Juan Fernandez, 180

6. Gratitude,

181

7. A man perishing in the snow, with reflections, &c.

182

8. A morning hymn,

183

CHAPTER VI.-Promiscuous Pieces.

1. Ode to Content,

185

2. The shepherd and the philosopher,

186

3. The road to happiness open to all men,

187

4. The goodness of Providence,

188

5. The Creator's works attest his greatness,

ib.

6. Address to the Deity,

189

7. The pursuit of happiness often ill-directed,

190

8. The fire-side,

191

9. Providence vindicated in the present state of man,

193

10. Selfishness reproved,

194

11. Human frailty,

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12. Ode to peace,

195

13. Ode to adversity,

ib.

14. The creation required to praise its author,

196

15. The universal prayer,

198

16. Conscience,

199

17. On an infant,

ib.

18. The cuckoo,

200

19. Day-a pastoral, in three parts,

ib.

20. The order of nature,

202

21. Confidence in Divine protection,

204

22. Hymn on a review of the seasons,

ib.

23. On solitude.

206

THE ENGLISH READER.

PART I.
PIECES IN PROSE.

CHAPTER I.

SELECT SENTENCES AND PARAGRAPHS

SECTION I.

DILIGENCE, industry, and proper improvement of timne, ale material duties of the young.

The acquisition of knowledge is one of the most honourable occupations of youth.

Whatever useful or engaging endowments we possess, virtue is requisite, in order to their shining with proper lustre.

Virtuous youth gradually brings forward accomplished anci Hourishing manhood

Sincerity and truth form the basis of every virtue.
Disappointments and distress are often blessings in disguise.
Change and alteration form the very essence of the world.

True happiness is of a retired nature, and an enemy to pomp and joise.

In order to acquire a capacity for happiness, it must be our first study to rectify inward disorders.

Whatever purifies, fortifies also the heart.
From our eagerness to grasp, we strangle and destroy pleasure.

A temperate spirit, and moderate expectations, are excellent safeguards of the mind, in this uncertain and changing state.

There is nothing, except simplicity cf intention, and purity of principle, that can stand the test of near approach and strict examination.

The value of any possession is to be chiefly estimated, by the relief which it can bring us in the time of our greatest need.

No person who has once yielded up the government of his mind, and given loose rein to his desires and passions, can tell how far they may carry him.

NOTE.--In the first chapter, the compiler has exhibited sentences in a great variety of construction, aud in all the diversity of punctuation. If well practised upon, he presumes they will fully prepare the young reader for the various pauses, inflections, and modulations of voice, which the succeeding pieces require.

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