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PART 1.
PIECES IN PROSE.

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CHAPTER I.

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CHAPTER IL

Narrative Picces.

ct. 1. No rank or poosessions can make the guilty mind happy, - 44

2. Change of external condition often adverse to virtue,

3. Haman; or the misery of pride, -

4. Lady Jane Gray,

5. Ortogrul; or the vanity of riclics, -

6. The hill of science, ..

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

CHAPTER III.

Didactic Pieces.

Sect. 1. The importance of a good education,

2. Ou gratitude, - - - - - - - - - -

3. On forgiveness, - . - - - - - - ... 65

4. Motives to the practice of gentleness,

5. A suspicious temper the source of misory to its possessor

6 Comforts of religion, - - . .

7. Diffidence of our abilities a mark of wisdom

On the importance of order in the distribution of our time,

9. The dignity of virtue amidst corrupt examples, -

20. The mortifications of vice greater than those of virtue, -

11. On contentment, - -

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

13. Patience under provocations our interest As well as duty,

14. Moderation in our wishes recommended,

15. Omniscience and omnipresence of the Deity, the source of conso-

lation to good men, - - - -

CHAPTER IV.

Argumentative Pieces.

Soct. 1. Happiness is founded in rectitude of conduct, - - - -

2. Virtue man's highest interest, - - - - - - -

3. The injustice of an uncharitable spirit, .

4. The misfortunes of men mostly eable on themselves,

5. On disinterested friendship,

6. On the immortality of the soul,

CHAPTER V.

Descriptive Pieces.

Sact. 1. The seasons, . - -

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2. The cataract of Niagara, in Canada, North America, ..104

3 Grotto of Antiparos,

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4. The grotto of Antiparos, continued, ..

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5. Earthquake at Catanca, .

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6. Creation, - . - - - -

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7. Charity, - - - - -
8. Prosperity is redoubled to a good man,

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9. On the beauties of the Psalms, -

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10. Character of Alfred, king of England,

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11. Character of Queen Elizabeth,

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12. On the slavery of vice,

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13. The man of integrity, , -

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14. Gentlones,

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CHAPTER VI..

Pathetic Picles.
Sect. 1. Trial and erection of the Earl of Strafferd, - - - .

2. An eninent instance of true fortitude of mind,
3. The good man's comfort in a Miction,

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4. The close of life, - - - -
5. Exalted society, and the renewal of virtuous connections, two

sources of future felicity,'.
6. The clemency and amiable character of the patriarch Joseph,
7. Altamont,

CHAPTER VII.

Dialogues.
Sect. 1. Democritus and Heraclitus, -

2. Dionysius, Pythias, and Damon,
3. Locke and Bayle,

. . . . 140 CHAPTER VIII.

Public Speeches.
Sect. 1. Cicero against Verres, . . - -

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2. Speech of Adherbal to the Roman Senate, imploring their protec-
tion against Jugurtha,. - - -

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3. The Apostle Paul's noble defence before Festus and Agrippa -
4. Lord Mansfield's speech in the House of Lords, 1770, on the bill

for preventing the delays of justice, by claiming the privilege
of parliament,

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3. An address to young persons, - -

CHAPTER IX.

Promiscuous Pieces. set. 1. Earthquake at Calabria, in the year 1638,

165 2. Letter from Pliny to Geminius,

- 169 3. Letier from Pliny to Marcellinus, on the death of an amiable young

woman, - - - - - - - - - 4. On Discretion, - -

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1 5. On the government of our thoughits. - - - - -
6. On the evils which flow from unrestrained passions,
7. On the proper state of our temper, with respect to one anothor 178
8. Excellence of the Holy Scriptures, - - - - - - 180
9. Reflections occasioned by a review of the blessings, pronounced

Cbrist on his disciples, in his sermon on the mount, -
10. Schemes of life often illusory,
11. The pleasures of virtuous sensibility,
12. On the true honour of man,

of man.

."! . . . . 187 13. The influence of devotion on the happiness of life,

• 189 14. The planetary and terrestrial worlds comparatively considered 15. On the power of custom, and the uses to which it may be applied, 194 16. The pleasures resulting from a proper use of our faculties. 17. Description of Candour, 18. On the imperfection of that happiness which reste sol ly pleasures, .

- - - - - - 198 19. What are the real and solid enjoyments of human life,

202 20. Scale of beings, .

204 21. Trust in the care of Providence recommended,

- 207 22. Piety and gratitude enliven prosperity, 23. Virtue, when deeply rooted, is not subject to the influence of for

ture - - - - - - - - - - 21 24. The speech of Fabricius, a Roman ambassador, to king Pyrrhus,

who attempted to bribe him to his interests, by the offer of a great sum of money,

- - - - - - 213 25. Character of James I king of England, . . . . 214 26. Charles V Emperor of Gerniany, resigns his dominions, and re

tires fro the world, 27. The same subject continued,'. . . . . . . 218

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PART 'II.
PIECES IN POETRY.

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CHAPTER I.

Sclect Sentences and Paragraphs. 1.1. Short and epgy sentences, 2. Verses in which the lines are of different length,

. 221 3. Vers98 containing exclamations, interrogations, and parenthese 225 4. Verses in various forms,

227 5: Verses in which sound corresponds to signification,

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CHAPTER II.

Narrative Pieces. Sect. 1. The bears and the bees .

233 2. The nightingale and the glow worm, - - - 3. The trials of virtue,

ib. 4. The youth and the philosopher, - - - -

236 5. Discourse between Adam and Eve retiring to rest,

- 237 6. Religion and death, - - - - - -

240 CHAPTER III.

Didactic Pieces.
Blect. 1. The vanity of wealth, ... - - - -

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2. Nothing formed in vain, - - - - - -
3. On pride, . . . . . . . .

243 4. Cruelty to brutes censured, -

244 5. A paraphrase on the latter part of the 6th chap. of Matthew 6. The death of a good man a strong incentive to virtie,

246 7. Reflections on a future state, from a review of winter,

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

947 9. On procrastination, - - - - - - - - - - 248 10. That philosophy, which stops at secondary cauces, reproved, 11. Indignant sentiments on national prejudice and hatred; and on slavery,

250 - CHAPTER IV.

Descriptive Pieces.
Boct. 1. The morning in summer, .

2. Rural sounds, as well as rural sights, delightful, - .
3. The Rose, - - - -
4. Care of birds for their young, .
5. Liberty and slavery contrasted,
6. Charity. A paraphrase on the 13th chap. of the First Epistle to

the Corinthians, - -
9. Picture of a good man, -
8. The pleasures of retirement,
9. The pleasure and benefit of an improved and well directed imagi-
nation,

CHAPTER V.

Pathetic Pieces.
Sect. 1. The Hermit,

2. The Beggur's Petition,
3. Unhappy close of life,
4. Elegy to Pity, . . .
5. Verses supposed to be written by Alexander Selkirk, during his
solitary abode in the island of Juan Fernandez,

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6. Gratitude, -, - - - - - - - -
7. A man perishing in the snow ; from whenco rollactions are raised

on the miseries of life, 8. A morning bymn, • •

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CHAPTER VI.

Promiscuous Pieces.
Sect. 1. Ode to content,

2. The Shepherd and the Philosopher, .
3. The road to happiness open to all men,

. The goodness of Providence, - -
5. The Creator's works attest his greatness,
6. Address to the Deity,
7. The pursuit of happiness often ill directed,
8. The fire side,
9. Providence vindicated in the present state of me
10. Selfishness reproved, .

. 11. Human fraiity,

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12. Cde to Peace, . - - - - -
13. Ode to Adversity,
34. The Creation required to praise its Author
15 Tbe universal prayer,
16. Conscience,
17 On an infant,
18. The Cuckoo,
19. Day. A pastoral, in three parts,
20. The order of nature, - -
21. Lymn composed during sickness,

Hymn on a review of the seasons,
On Solitude, -

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