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PIECES IN PROSE AND POETRY,

SELECTED FROM

The Rest'writers.

Designed to assist young I'crsons
TO READ WITH PROPRIETY AND EFFECT;
TO IMPROVE THEIR LANGUAGE AND SENTIMENTS J

AND TO INCULCATE

SOME OF THE MOST IMPORTANT PRINCIPLES OF P1ETV
AND VIRTUE.

With a sew preliminary Observations

ON THE FX1KC1PIE$ OF tSOOD RE4DIXG.

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PRINTED FOR 'LONGMAN AND REES, NO. 39, PATERNOSTER.
J,OW, LONDON J SOLD ALSO BY DARTON AND HARVEY. NO. 5 5j
CRACECUURCH-STREET I —AND BY WILSON,
fiPEXCEj AND MAWMAN, YORK.

1799. , P

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PREFACE.

Many selections of excellent- matter have lately been made for the benesit of young persons. Performances of this kind are of fo great utility, that fresh productions of them, and new attempts to improve the young mind, will scarcely be deemed fuperfluous, if the writer make his compilation instructive and interesting, and fufficiently distinct from others.

The present work, as the title exprefses, aims at the attainment of three objects: to improve youth in the art of reading; to meliorate their language and fentiments; and to intulyote Jode os'the most important principles 6'f piety and virtue.

The pieces felected." hpt or)iy give exercife to a great variety of emotions, and /.he correfpondent tones and variations of^oice, but contain fentences and members of fentences, which are diversisied, proportioned, and pointed with accuracy. Exercifes of this nature are, it is prefumed, well calculated to teach youth to read with propriety and effect. A felection of fentences, in which variety and proportion, with exact punctuation, have been carefully obierved, 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.

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