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PIECES IN PROSE AND VERSE,

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ASSIST YVING PERSONS TO READ WITH PRO,

PRIETY AND EFFECT;

IMPROVE THEIR
LANGUAGE AND SENTIMENTS; AND TO INCULCATE THE

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BY LINDLEY MURRAY, '
AUTHOR OF AN ENGLISH GRAMMAR, &c. &c

STEREOTYPED BY H. & 2. WALLIS, NEW-TORT.

- NEWARK, N. J.

PUBLISHED AND SOLD BY BENJAMIN OLDI.

1830
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PUBLIC LIBRAR

ASTOR, LENOX ANO TILDEN FOUNDATIONS. 1902

Repal Nox 250 - 0 bondante tanto the internes et ections or excellent matter have been made for the benefit o.

T song. Performances of this kind are of so great utility, that fresh me of them, and new attempts to improve the young mind, will reci de docmed superfluous, if the writer makes his compilation instructive ra s tuis, and sufficiently distinct from others.

til present work, as the title expresses, aims at the attainment of thru Catch to improve youth in the art of reading ; to meliorate their language Sit a nts; and to inculcate some of the most important principles of it'st. Eg virtue.

Cienieces selected, not only give exercise to a great variety of emotions,

no te correspondent tones and variations of voice, but contain sentences m

a rs of sentences, which are diversified, proportioned, and pointed it decrey. Exercises of this nature are, it is presumed, well calculated tä teri youth to read with propriety and effect. À selection of sentences, in H an vricty and proportion, with exact punctuation, have been carefully norried, in all their parts as well as with respect to one another, will proDainty have a much greater effect, in properly teaching the art of reading, 71003is commonly, imagined. In such constructions, every thing is accom

Dit ic the uzderstanding and the voice; and the comn.on difficulties in birini tortad well are obviated. When the learner has acquired a habis.

roduto such sentences with justness and facility, he will readily apply 5: , and the improvements he has made, to sentences more complicated with soyectar, und of a construction entirely different.

The inauge of tlie pieces chosen for this collection has been carefully müed. Purity, propriety, perspicuity, and, in many instances, elegance

09. Cietin uish them. They are extracted from the works of the 20 1 0 ot and cicgtant writer's. From the sources whence the sentin tits water , the reader may expect to find them connected and regular, snifi. Candy inportant tidl. nupressive, and divested of every thing that is either amit or eccentrie. Tlie freyjurut perusal of such composition paturally tends i mise a taste for this species of excellence, and to produce a habit of thinking, and of composing, with judgmeni did accuracy.*

That this collection may also scivo che purpose of promoting piety iind vir. tae, the Compiler has introduced many extracts, which place religion in tire aost anziable light and sphich recomirend a great variety of moral duties, by the excellence of Gizir nature, and the happy effects they produce. These subjects are exhibitöd in a-style and traner which are calculated to arre the attention of youth ; and to make strong and durable impressions on their mindst

The Compiler has been careful to avoid every expression and sentiment, the The learner, in his progress through this volume and the Sequel to it, will upet with numerous instances of composition, in strict conforinity to the rules or promoting perspicuous and elegant writing, contained in the Appendix to the Author's English Grammar. By occasionally examining this couformity, he will be confirmed in the utility of those rules ; and be enabled to apply them with ease and dexterity.

. It is proper further to observe, that the Reader and the Sequel, besides

ching to read accurately, and inculcating many important sentiments, mav be considered as auxiliaries to the Author's English Grammar; as practica? Cuirations of the principles and rules containcd in that work. "

la fome of the pieces, the Compiler has made a few alterations, chiefs pagbal, to adapt then the better to the dooign of his tyork.

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that mig at gratify & corrupt mind, or, in the least degree, offend the eye, er ear ri i inocence. This he conceives to be peculiarly incumbent on every person who writes for the benefit of youth. Ders

It would indeed be a great and happy improvement in education, if no writings were allowed to come under their notice, but such as are perfectly innocent; and if on all proper occasians, they were encouraged to peruse those which tend to inspire a due reyerance for virtue, and an abhorrence of vice, as well as to animate them with sentiments of piety and goodness. Such impressions deeply engriren on their minds, and connected with all their attainments, could scarcely faith of attending them through life, and of producing a solidity of principle and character, that would be able to resist the danger arising from future intercourse with the world. · Tit Author has endeavoured to relieve the grave and serious parts of his collection, by the occasional admission of pieces which amuse as well as instruct. If, however, any of his readers should think it contains too great as portion of the former, it may be some apology to observe, that in the existing publications designed for the perusal of young persons, the preponderance is greatly on the side of gay and amusing productions. Too much attention 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 influence of good affections is either feeble, or transient. A temperate use of such entertainment seems therefore riquisite, to afford proper scope for the operations of the understanding and the heart.

The reader will perceive, that the Compiler has been solicitious to recommnend to young persons, the perusal of the sacred Scriptures, by interspersing tirouri, his work some of the most beautiful and interesting passages of those invaluable writings. To excite an early taste and veneration for this great rule of life, is a point of so high importance, as to warrant the attempt to promote it on every proper occasion.

To improve the young mind, and to afford some assistance to tutors, in the arduous and important work of education, were the motives which led to this production. If the author should be so successful as to accomplish these ends, even in a small degree, he will think that his time and pains have been well employed, and will deem himself amply rewarded.

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