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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,
7. A man perishing in the snow, with reflections, &c.
THE ENGLISH READER.
SELECT SENTENCES AND PARAGRAPHS
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.
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.
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.