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ENGLISH READER :

Pieces in Prose and Poetry,

SELECTED FROM

THE BEST WRITERS.

Designed to assist young Persons
TO READ WITH PROPRIETY AND EFFECT ;
To improve their Language and Sentiments ;

And to inculcate some of the most important
PRINCIPLES OF PIETY AND VIRTUE.

With a few

PRELIMINARY OBSERVATIONS ON THE PRINCIPLES OF

GOOD READING.

BY LINDLEY MURRAY,
Author of an English Grammar, &c. &e.

From a late London Edition.

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STOCKBRIDGE ;

PUBLISHED BY CHARLES WEBSTER,

MATAND COLLEGE LIBRARY

616T OF THE GHADUATE SCHOOL OF EDUCATION

APN . 1921.

PREFACE.

TANY selections of excellent matter have been made for V the benefit of young persuns. Performances of this kind

- are of so great utility, that fresh productions of them, and new attempts to improve the young mind, will scarcely be deemed superfluous, if the writer make his compilation instructive and interesting, and sufficiently distinct from others.

The present work, as the title expresses, aims at the at. tainment of three objects: to improve youth in the art of read. ing ; to meliorate their language and sentiments ; and to inculcate some of the most important principles of piety and virtue.

The pieces selected, not only give exercise to a great varie. ty of emotions, and the correspondent tones and variations of voice, but contain sentences, and meinbers of sentences, which are diversified, proporlioned, and pointed with accuracy. Exercises of this nature are, it is presumed, well calculated to teach youth to read with propriety and effect. A selection of sentences, in wbich variety and proportion, with exact punctuation, have been carefully observed, in all their parts as well as with respect to one another, will probably have a much greater effect, in properly teaching the art of reading, than is commonly imagined. In such constructions, every thing is accommodated to the understanding and the voice ; and the common difficulties in learning to read well are obviated. When the learner has acquired , habit of readirig such sentences with justness and facility, he will readily apply that habit, and the improvements he has made, to sentences more complicated and irregular, and of a construction entirely different.

The language of the pieces chosen for this collection has been carefully regarded. Purity, propriety, perspicuity, and, in many instances, elegance of diction, distinguish them. They are extracted from the works of the most correct and elegant writers. From the sources whence the sentiments are drawn, the reader may expect to find them connected and regular, sufficiently important and impressive, and divested of every thing that is either trite or eccentric. The frequent perusal of such composition, naturally tends to infuse a taste

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